Insurance Defense and Coverage

Insurance Defense

Many of the attorneys at Hartel DeSantis & Howie, LLP practices extensively in the area of insurance defense. The partners have more than 90 years of combined experience representing insurance companies and their insureds in the state and federal courts of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. We represent insurance companies and their insureds regarding premises liability claims, automobile tort claims, products liability, workers' compensation matters, coverage matters, and any other matters for which our insurance clients need defense counsel and/or general assistance and guidance.

Insurance Coverage

The attorneys of Hartel DeSantis & Howie, LLP are experienced with regard to insurance coverage matters. We regularly assist our insurance clients with coverage issues such as an insured's failure to cooperate, an insured's failure to give notice of a loss, the existence of a duty to defend and/or indemnify, priority of coverages in various contexts, and resolution of complex coverage issues through declaratory judgment actions, mediation, and/or arbitration.

Insurance Commission Matters

Our experienced insurance attorneys are adept at handling insurance matters such as investigations of an insurer by the insurance commissioner, unreasonable subpoenas of insurers' claims files, and complaints against insurers for alleged violations of unfair claims practices laws.

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