Under the leadership of Pamela Carlos and Yolanda Konopacka Desipio, the Property Litigation group provides specialized representation in a wide range of claims arising out of homeowner and commercial property policies. These claims often risk millions of dollars in exposure to a carrier and can jeopardize a client’s critical branding interests. With so much at stake, our highly experienced team delivers exceptional results that defend and protect all of our clients’ important concerns.
Our property litigation group has successfully arbitrated, negotiated, and tried countless residential and commercial property matters. We provide litigation defense strategies in first party property claims while working closely with our firm’s Insurance Bad Faith and Special Investigations practices to draw on a wealth of knowledge and experience in insurance coverage and investigation. We are always mindful that property litigation defense involves uniquely personal and direct contact with insurers and insureds, and our team works hard to maintain meaningful relationships as we fight to protect our client’s interests.
In addition to providing a robust defense in the courtroom, Pamela, Yolanda and their teams also stress that the best defense is a strong offense. Our group provides pre-suit training and guidance to carriers, their adjusters, in-house counsel and frequently present to the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (”PBI”) and Defense Research Institute (“ DRI”) on legal issues arising in property litigation. Our team also assists with developing claim handling guidelines and protocols for carriers, drafting and evaluating coverage forms and working closely with carriers to draft and redraft policies. In addition, based upon our expertise in the analysis of complex residential and commercial property forms and issues, we are frequently called upon to provide our clients with investigation assistance in the form of examinations under oath, as well as detailed coverage evaluation and application opinions.
With regard to litigated matters, we are mindful that preparation and knowledge in this specialized practice area is critical. To provide our clients with the most comprehensive defense possible, we regularly conduct detailed meetings with the underlying claim handling team and attend inspections of the insured locations during discovery. Each team member is well versed in the relevant Insurance Department and statutory requirements, as well as in the technical knowledge and understanding needed to assess detailed construction estimates and the principles of construction being advocated in same.
Moreover, our vast experience has made us highly equipped to manage and advise our clients with regard to complex discovery issues including retrieval and production of electronic discovery and corporate documents involving confidential and trademark concerns. We have prepared and defended numerous clients for corporate designee depositions. We also have a considerable network of experts in various contracting specialities, engineering and forensic investigative fields to assist in our defense of claims for coverage, physical damages, contents, business income and extra expense. Our depth and breadth of experience in these matters translates into invaluable guidance for our clients that lasts well beyond the life of the suit.
For more information on the services of our Property Litigation Group, please contact Pamela Carlos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-665-3315 or Yolanda Konopacka DeSipio at email@example.com or 267-654-1116.