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Mark D. Plevin


Mark D. Plevin is a Crowell & Moring partner who litigates and tries cases in the bankruptcy and insurance coverage areas. His unusual blend of experience in these two distinct areas has resulted in him assuming a lead counsel role, on behalf of both U.S. and international insurers, in some of the nation's most important asbestos bankruptcy and other mass tort bankruptcy cases. Mark also litigates major insurance coverage cases and handles trials and appeals in both bankruptcy and insurance matters.

In the asbestos bankruptcy area, Mark served as lead trial counsel for several insurers in the Plant Insulation, Thorpe Insulation, Federal-Mogul, and W.R. Grace confirmation hearings. Before that, Mark was lead trial counsel for several insurers in the Combustion Engineering confirmation hearing, then orally argued for those insurers in the subsequent district court and Third Circuit appeals; and in JT Thorpe, Mark argued in the Fifth Circuit the insurers' appeal of the confirmation order, having first obtained a stay of the confirmation order pending appeal. Currently, Mark is playing a leading role for several insurers in the Imerys Talc AmericaKaiser Gypsum, and Aldrich Pumps asbestos bankruptcy cases.

Mark also represents insurers in bankruptcy cases involving mass torts besides asbestos, such as opioids; sexual abuse by priests and others; silica; defective products; and liability for wildfires.

Outside the mass tort area, Mark represents both debtors and creditors in non-mass tort bankruptcy cases throughout the country. He was one of the debtors' lawyers in Baldwin-United, then the nation's largest-ever Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

Mark's creditor representations have included manufacturing companies, banks, airlines, consulting firms, insurance companies, shopping center owners, and health care providers. He has litigated a broad range of bankruptcy matters, including plan confirmation objections, automatic stay issues, issues concerning the sale and disposition of significant assets, claim objections, estimation proceedings, motions to appoint trustees, avoidance actions, approvals of settlements, and bankruptcy court jurisdiction and venue issues. Some of these matters involved trials in which Mark acted as lead counsel, and some involved appeals that Mark argued. In addition to litigating, Mark also counsels bankruptcy clients in pre-litigation situations, including negotiating prepackaged bankruptcy plans, and with respect to receiverships and corporate dissolutions. 

In the insurance coverage area, Mark has long experience as lead counsel representing insurers in cases involving environmental, asbestos, and products liability underlying claims and alleged insurer bad faith. For example: in American Home Products, a multi-phase case involving 39 separate contaminated sites, Mark won several summary judgment rulings knocking out of the case several of the most costly sites; in Exxon Corporation, an environmental insurance coverage lawsuit concerning Exxon's claims for more than $1.5 billion in insurance coverage relating to approximately 5200 sites in the United States and Canada, Mark's clients won nine summary adjudication motions and settled after trial commenced; and in In re Eljer-Brass Insurance Coverage Litigation, a products liability coverage case, the Illinois Supreme Court, following Mark's oral argument, adopted a "trigger of coverage" ruling sought by our clients and other insurance companies. Mark is currently representing insurers in coverage litigation involving sex abuse claims, cyber issues, lead paint, opioids, environmental contamination, and asbestos, and he is currently handling coverage litigation in California, New York, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Minnesota, and Hawaii. 

Mark has also represented different insurers in connection with their surety exposures, including in the W.R. Grace bankruptcy and in a series of cases in the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit involving customs bonds.

On several occasions, Mark has teamed with lawyers from the firm's Torts Group and Corporate Group to counsel clients who were considering purchasing or investing in companies that face exposure to asbestos liabilities regarding the risks and benefits of such proposed transactions as well as possible structures for such transactions.

Mark has repeatedly been named one of the top lawyers in both the bankruptcy and insurance fields by Chambers USA, in both California and the District of Columbia. Chambers currently ranks Mark nationally and in California in insurance. Mark has also repeatedly been listed in The Best Lawyers In America for both bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and insurance law, in the Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers and the Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers, and as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in the field of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights. Lawdragon included Mark in its 2022 list of 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers. In 2015, Mark was recognized as a winner of the D.C. Bankruptcy Litigation Attorney of the Year category for the 6th Annual Global Law Experts Awards.

Mark regularly speaks on bankruptcy, insurance, and litigation topics. He has spoken at conferences or seminars for the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the Third Circuit Judicial Conference, the American Bankruptcy Institute, Perrin Conferences, Mealey's Lexis-Nexis, ALI-ABA, the Practising Law Institute, HB Conferences, the American Bar Association’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, and at law school symposia.

Before starting law school, Mark was sports director of WCDB-FM and WSUA-AM in Albany, New York, where he did play-by-play of college basketball, football, soccer, and NHL hockey.


  • State University of New York at Albany, B.A. economics summa cum laude
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., The Order of the Coif, Virginia Law Review


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Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights

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Insurance Disputes

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The Best Lawyers in America 2023 Recognizes 54 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Three Selected as Lawyer of the Year (August 18, 2022)
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Chambers USA 2022 Ranks 70 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 37 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S. (June 1, 2022)
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“Mass Tort Bankruptcies In Review,” American Bankruptcy Institute, 2022 Bankruptcy Battleground West, Los Angeles, CA (March 3, 2022). Panelist: Mark D. Plevin.
Mark Plevin and Monique Almy Named to 2022 Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers List (February 8, 2022)
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The Best Lawyers in America 2022 Recognizes 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, One Selected as Lawyer of the Year (August 19, 2021)
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Chambers USA 2021 Ranks 63 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 30 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S. (May 20, 2021)
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“How Did We Get Here? Mass Torts and Bankruptcy,” Bar Association of San Francisco, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section, Webinar (September 8, 2020). Panelist: Mark D. Plevin.
The Best Lawyers in America 2021 Recognizes 46 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Two Selected as Lawyer of the Year (August 20, 2020)
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"Recent Court Decisions Clarify When Asbestos Tort Claims Against Reorganized Debtors Are Effectively Enjoined," Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice (August 2020). Author: Mark D. Plevin.
Chambers USA 2020 Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 21 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S. (April 23, 2020)
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