Schiffer, Larry P.

Larry P. Schiffer


Larry Schiffer practices in the areas of commercial, insurance and reinsurance litigation, arbitration and mediation. He also provides advice on coverage, insurance insolvency, and contract wording issues for a wide variety of insurance and reinsurance relationships. 

He is active in legal and insurance industry associations where he has held various leadership positions. He has lectured in the US, Bermuda and the UK, and has been widely published on reinsurance and other insurance, litigation, and technology topics in various national and international journals and publications and is editor-in-chief of the Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes Blog. In addition, Larry serves as a mediator for the mandatory commercial mediation program of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, and for the New York Supreme Court Commercial Division's Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.


  • Representing first-named insurance carrier plaintiff in a major declaratory judgment action concerning insurance coverage for personal injuries arising out of mild traumatic brain trauma of former National Football League players.
  • Represented London Market in litigation with the World Trade Center Captive Insurance Company over coverage for more than 10,000 plaintiffs claiming respiratory injuries arising out of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
  • Represented lead blanket bond insurer in a declaratory judgment action concerning claims arising out of the Madoff Ponzi scheme.
  • Represented a major reinsurer in the Unicover debacle in a confidential multiparty arbitration and related litigation.
  • Represented medical malpractice insurer in multiple challenges to premium rates allowed by insurance regulator.


  • Albany Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1979
  • City University of New York, Brooklyn College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1976


  • New York


  • U.S. Ct. of App., Second Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. of New York
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of New York

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, New York State Bar Association; Chair, Committee on Association Insurance Programs, 1999-2008; Member, Commercial and Federal Litigation and Tort, Insurance and Compensation Law Sections
  • Member, American Bar Association; Section of Litigation; Section of Trial Tort & Insurance Practice; Chair, Excess, Surplus Lines & Reinsurance Committee, 1994-1995, Vice-Chair, Webmaster, Listserv Manager, 1997-present; Chair, Technology Committee, 1997-1999, 2006-2008, 2012-2013; Chair, Electronic Media Coordinating Group, 1999-2000; Member, Communications Coordinating Group, 1997-2000; Distance Learning Co-Coordinator, 2000-2001; Co-Coordinator of Regional Meetings, 1995-1997; Member, CLE Board, 1995-1997, 1998-2001; Member, Communications Website Editorial Board, 2005-2008; Member, Task Force on Revenue Enhancement, 2006-2008; Member, Annual Meeting Arrangements Committee, 2007-2008; Member, Task Force on Disaster Relief Insurance Coverage, 2008-2009; Member, Task Force on Disaster Preparedness and Response, 2011-2012; Member, Cybersecurity Task Force, 2015-present
  • Chair, Technology Committee, ARIAS•U.S.; Member, ARIAS•U.S. Ethics Discussion Committee
  • Past Vice Chair, Reinsurance Excess and Surplus Lines Section, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • Expert Commentator, Reinsurance Issues, International Risk Management Institute,
  • Insurance Law 360, Editorial Advisory Board, 2009-2010
  • President, National Alumni Association, Albany Law School of Union University, 2005-2007
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Albany Law School of Union University, 2007- 2011
  • Past Co-Chair and Member, Executive Committee, MDA’s Wings Over Wall Street

Clerk Experience

  • Justices of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department
    Law Assistant
    October 1979 - December 1981
  • Recognized in Chambers USA 2017 Edition for: New York - Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer
  • Recommended in Chambers USA 2016 Edition for Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer in New York
  • A Martindale-Hubbell ® featured 5.0 Peer Review Rated Lawyer, 2016
  • Chambers USA, Insurance: Dispute Resolution (2006-2015)
  • Who’s Who Legal 100, Insurance and Reinsurance (2015)
  • Who’s Who Legal, Insurance and Reinsurance (2005-2016)
  • Legal 500 US, Recognized for Litigation: Insurance: Reinsurance (2009-2016)
  • Expert Guides to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (2004-2016)
  • Expert Guides Best of the Best USA, Insurance and Reinsurance, 2014, 2016
  • Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award, American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (2014-2015)
  • Leadership in Action Award, American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (2011-2012)
  • Donald D. DeAngelis Excellence in Alumni Service Award, Albany Law School (2007)
  • Humanitarian Award, MDA’s Wings Over Wall Street (2007)
  • Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Award, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association (2006)
  • Member, Albany Law Review, Albany Law School

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  • Author, “Lack of Sophistication Does Not Excuse Late Notice of Claim,” Lorman Education Services, April 7, 2017. 
  • Author, “Notice to Carrier Means Notice to Carrier,” The ALI Adviser, March 31, 2017. 
  • Co-author, “A Brief Review of Reinsurance Trends in 2016,” WestLaw Journal Insurance Coverage, March 17, 2017.
  • Author, "What is a Financial Interest Clause in a Reinsurance Contract?" IRMI Update, International Risk Management Institute (, August 19, 2016.