Deirdre Johnson is a partner in the Litigation team of the Washington DC office. She has nearly two decades of experience handling disputes in the US, Bermuda, London and European markets in lawsuits and arbitration proceedings arising out of a broad range of claims and virtually all types of insurance and reinsurance agreements.

    Deirdre represents insurers, reinsurers and captives in coverage disputes involving professional liability, life and health, variable annuity, general liability, surety, product liability, employment discrimination and environmental matters. She has handled dozens of arbitrations in both domestic and international proceedings, including many Bermuda and London arbitrations arising out of a broad range of claim types in both direct insurance and reinsurance matters.

    Deirdre represents insurers providing directors and officers/errors and omissions/fidelity coverage and has taken disputes arising out of such coverage through to arbitration award. Additionally, she represents companies in disputes under life reinsurance treaties on such matters as rate increases pursuant to Yearly Renewable Term Agreements.

    Chambers USA ranked Deirdre as a top attorney in insurance/reinsurance and she is recognized as a leader in insurance/reinsurance by the Who’s Who and Super Lawyers rankings.

    Deirdre’s practice also includes the defense of public corporations in class actions, derivative lawsuits, mergers and acquisition litigation, and SEC enforcement actions.

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    • Represented an assurance company associated with a multinational financial services corporation in a contested death benefits claim.
    • Represented various London market insurers and reinsurers in complex disputes, including those relating to liability, surety and property and casualty issues.
    • Represented an international life insurer in a class action alleging material misstatements in financials concerning certain valuation allowances on deferred tax assets and the company’s Sarbanes-Oxley certifications.
    • Led internal investigations of reserving practices employed by health maintenance organizations and property/casualty reinsurers in response to shareholder demand letters.
    • Represented captive manager in the drafting of insurance policies and reinsurance contracts, as well as a variety of corporate governance and regulatory issues. 

    Education

    • Georgetown University, cum laude, 1993
    • University of Tennessee, B.A., with honors, 1989

    Admissions

    • District of Columbia, 1994
    • Virginia, 1993

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Co-chair, ABA’s Reinsurance Subcommittee, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
    • Member, Association of Professional Insurance Women
    • Chair, AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS US)

    Languages

    • English
    • French
    • Recognized in Chambers USA 2018 in: District of Columbia - Insurance: Insurer
    • Band 4 Insurance Attorney, Chambers USA 2017
    • Recognized Practitioner, Chambers USA 2016
    • Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Washington DC, Super Lawyers since 2013

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    • Presenter, “Dispute Resolution Causes: Arbitration, Mediation and Litigation,” Re Contracts: The Art of Designing Reinsurance Contracts and Programs, New York, NY, July 19, 2016.
    • Moderator, “Judicial Perspectives on the Neutral Decision Process,” 2016 ARIAS-US Spring Conference, Palm Beach, FL, May 13, 2016.
    • Presenter, “RAA’s 2016 Claims Bermuda: Navigating the World of Reinsurance Protection When Loss Strikes,” Hamilton, Bermuda, March 17, 2016.

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