Litigation

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litigationCurtin & Heefner LLP maintains a solid reputation in the community and among our peers for experience and results in matters of civil litigation. A substantial focus of our Litigation Group includes handling personal injury cases representing both plaintiffs and defendants, as well as effectively resolving disputes involving property damage, disability, bad faith, and civil rights litigation.

Firm attorneys are recognized in both state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. Our successful track record is a product of thorough preparation and significant experience; these qualities, combined with our ability to approach matters with innovation and fresh perspective, have established our reputation as formidable opponents in the courtroom and across the conference table.

Personal Injury

Curtin & Heefner LLP is recognized throughout the region as a formidable presence in the realm of personal injury law. Learn more about our Personal Injury Law Group.

Property Damage

The firm has developed a specialized practice involving property damage issues. Property damage issues arise in matters relating to real estate, personal property and motor vehicles and often involve an insurance policy including homeowner, commercial, landlord/tenant, marine and motor vehicle policies.

With substantial experience in this specialized practice, we represent plaintiffs and defendants in all matters relating to property damage. Our representation often includes filing suit for civil insurance fraud on behalf of insurers.

Bad Faith

Our attorneys are at the forefront of this emerging area of the law. Attorneys at the firm were among the first to specialize in this field when the bad faith law was enacted in 1991. Our attorneys are often asked by local and state bar associations, as well as national organizations, to participate on panels addressing bad faith.

The breadth of our collective experience includes cases involving allegations of:

  • Breaching the common law or statutory duties of good faith and fair dealing
  • Creation of coverage because a policy was not properly canceled
  • Life insurance coverage in the face of the beneficiaries’ participation in the insured’s death
  • Disputes between excess and primary carriers
  • Violating the Unfair Insurance Practices Act
  • Issuing the wrong type of policy to insure a property
  • Underpaying or under evaluating a claim

Firm attorneys were lead counsel with successful verdicts upheld on appeal in frequently quoted bad faith cases such as O’Donnell v. Allstate and Adamski v. Allstate.

Insurance Coverage

Our attorneys are well versed in the nuances of coverage analysis and provide opinions, reservation of rights letters and disclaimer letters to our insurance company clients. We also prosecute declaratory judgment actions to judgment frequently handling policy language being judicially analyzed for the first time.

Disability Law

Curtin & Heefner LLP provides representation in the area of Social Security disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income, as well as in disability insurance claims, appeals, and bad faith and ERISA lawsuits. Learn more about our Disability Law Group.