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

    Larry is active in legal and insurance industry associations where he holds 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. He is editor of the firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes Blog and the quarterly Reinsurance Newsletter. 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.

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    • Represented a life insurer in a high-value dispute with its reinsurer over the unilateral termination of retrocessional agreements.
    • Represented a reinsured in a dispute over a facultative reinsurer's refusal to pay a significant construction claim.
    • 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.

    Education

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

    Admissions

    • New York

    Courts

    • 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 1999-present; Member, Commercial and Federal Litigation and Tort, Insurance and Compensation Law Sections
    • Member, American Bar Association; Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section: Chair-elect, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Committee, member (2017-present); Chair, Excess, Surplus Lines & Reinsurance Committee, 1994-1995, Technology Vice-Chair, 1997-present; Chair, Technology Committee, 1997-1999, 2006-2008, 2012-2013
    • ARIAS•U.S.: Editor-in-Chief The ARIAS•U.S. Quarterly; Chair, Technology Committee (1999-2019), member (1999-present); Member, ARIAS•U.S. Ethics Discussion Committee (2012-present)
    • Expert Commentator, Reinsurance, International Risk Management Institute, IRMI.com
    • President, National Alumni Association, Albany Law School of Union University, 2005-2007
    • Past Co-Chair and Current 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 The Best Lawyers in America 2020 for Insurance Law
    • Recognized in Who's Who Legal, Insurance and Reinsurance from 2005-2020 and in 2018-2020 as a Thought Leader
    • Recognized in Chambers USA from 2006-2019 for Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer in New York
    • Recognized as one of the Top 30 Practitioners of Insurance and Reinsurance Law by Euromoney’s Best of the Best Expert Guide, 2014-2020
    • Expert Guides to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers, 2004-2019
    • A Martindale-Hubbell featured 5.0 Peer Review Rated Lawyer, 2016
    • The Legal 500 US, Recognized for Litigation: Insurance: Leading Lawyers – Reinsurance, 2009-2019; Legal 500 Hall of Fame, 2018-2019
    • ARIAS•U.S. Dick Kennedy Award, 2019
    • The National Law Review, Go-to Thought Leader Award, 2018
    • 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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    • Co-author, “Businesses Scramble to Assess Business Interruption Insurance Coverage for COVID-19,” HarrisMartin's Covid-19 Litigation Report Publication, March 30, 2020.
    • Author, “Reinsurance and COVID-19,” HarrisMartin Reinsurance & Arbitration Publication, March 30, 2020.
    • Author, "Reinsurance and COVID-19," Mealey's Litigation Report: Reinsurance, Larry Schiffer, March 27, 2020.
    • Co-author, “Top 50+ Reinsurance Cases Every Risk Professional Should Know,” IRMI.com, February 2020.
    • Presenter, “Attorney-Client Privilege in Insurance Disputes: Preserving Confidentiality, Meeting Legal Ethics Standards,” Strafford Webinar, January 22, 2020.
    • Author, “A Reinsurer’s Right to Recoveries,” IRMI.com, December 2019.
    • Author, “In the Beginning: Reflections on the Birth of ARIAS•U.S.,” The ARIAS•U.S. Quarterly, 4th Quarter, 2019, December 2019.
    • Author, “No Business Cards? No Problem. Use Your Smartphone,” The ARIAS•U.S. Quarterly, 4th Quarter, 2019, December 2019.
    • Co-author, “Ensuring the Enforceability of an Arbitration Provision That Does Not Designate an Arbitral Forum,” The ARIAS•U.S. Quarterly, 4th Quarter, 2019, December 2019.
    • Author, “Chapter 15, Reinsurance,” Insurance Law Practice, Third Edition, John M. Nonna et al. eds., New York State Bar Association, 2019.
    • Speaker, “Round Pegs in Round Holes: Effectively (and ethically) Marketing, Evaluating, and Selecting Arbitrators in a Changing World” Breakout Session, ARIAS•U.S. 2019 Fall Conference, Brooklyn, New York, October 2019.
    • Co-author, “Delaware Court Concludes Shareholder Appraisal Action Is a ‘Securities Claim’ Under a D&O Policy," Squire Patton Boggs Client Alert, August 2019.
    • Speaker, “Reinsurance 101” Podcast, Spot on Insurance, June 11, 2019.
    • Author, “Consolidation of Reinsurance Disputes Under Reinsurance Contracts,” IRMI.com, June 2019.
    • Author, “Why Reinsurance Matters, and Other Must-Know Reinsurance Concepts,” IRMI.com, May 2019.
    • Co-author, “A Brief Review of Reinsurance Trends in 2018,” Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage, March 22, 2019.
    • Author, “Interplay of Loss Portfolio Transfers and Other Reinsurance Contract,” IRMI.com, March 7, 2019.
    • Author, “Reinsurance Contract Wording Revisited,” IRMI.com, December 2018.
    • Presenter, “ETHICS: Vacating an Award: Lessons from the ICA v. Underwriters Decision,” ARIAS•U.S. Fall Conference, November 9, 2018.
    • Author, “Vacating a Reinsurance Arbitration Award for Evident Partiality,” IRMI.com, September 2018.
    • Author, “Insurtech, Disruptive Technologies, and Reinsurance,” IRMI.com, June 2018.
    • Moderator, “Reinsurance – Emerging Issues and Global Challenges,” Surplus Lines and Reinsurance Forum, May 16, 2018.
    • Co-author, “A Brief Review of Reinsurance Trends in 2017,” Thomson Reuters Westlaw, March 30, 2018.
    • Author, “When Interpreting Insurance and Reinsurance Contracts Under New York Law, Don't Presume Anything,” Euromoney Best of the Best USA, March 20, 2018.
    • Author, “Has Bellefonte Met Its Match?” IRMI.com, March 16, 2018.
    • Moderator, "Catastrophe Bonds: What are Cat Bonds and How Do They Differ From Insurance and Reinsurance?" ARIAS•U.S. Webinar, January 25, 2018.
    • Author, "The Struggle to Maintain the Attorney-Client Privilege for In-House Insurance Counsel," Lorman Educational Services, June 2017.
    • Author, "Liability Insurance: Notice to Carrier Means Notice to Carrier," Lorman Educational Services, June 2017.
    • Author, "Battle of Other Insurance Clauses In CGL Policies for Contractors," Lorman Educational Services, June 2017.
    • Speaker, "D&O Insurance and Government Investigations," Marsh 2017 Insurance Company Conference, May 25, 2017.
    • Co-Chair, ARIAS•U.S. 2017 Spring Conference, May 3-5, 2017.
    • Co-presenter, “Insurance Coverage Litigation: Recent Trends and Developments Explored!” The Knowledge Group, August 24, 2017.
    • Author, “Is It Over Yet? ‘Functus Officio’ in Reinsurance Arbitrations,” IRMI.com, June 2017.

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