Douglas R. Widin

Counsel

Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law, 1983, J.D., cum laude, Projects Editor of the Dickinson Law Review
  • Franklin & Marshall College, 1980, A.B., Mathematics

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • State Supreme Court - New Jersey
  • State Supreme Court - Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Doug is a member of Reed Smith’s Insurance Recovery Group focusing his practice on representing and counseling policyholders in complex insurance coverage disputes with their insurance companies, including litigation, arbitration, and mediation. He has tried insurance coverage cases to verdict in both the state and federal courts. In addition to claims for policy proceeds, he represents policyholders in bad faith claims against insurers arising from unreasonable denials of insurance.

Doug has more than twenty-five years of insurance coverage litigation and counseling experience. He has handled client matters involving all aspects of property insurance, including cause and origin, valuation, business interruption, contingent business interruption and codependency, valuable papers and records, and sue and labor claims, under the full spectrum of standardized and manuscript policies. His matters involve both primary and excess coverages.

Doug has represented clients in a wide variety of property insurance matters, including claims from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, fine art, mine floods, high-rise building fires, structure collapses, boiler and machinery losses, food product contamination, a glass furnace failure, and loss of a communications satellite. He also has extensive experience in political risk claims, including ones related to the U.S. invasion of Panama, the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the Liberian civil war, civil disturbances in Haiti, and politically motivated bombings in Northern Ireland.

Doug represents policyholders in claims based on employee theft and dishonesty under standard crime policies and financial institution bonds.

He also has significant experience regarding claims under general liability policies, professional and managed care errors and omissions polices, directors and officers insurance, and numerous specialty liability insurance coverages.

In addition to litigation matters, Doug regularly reviews clients’ existing and proposed insurance programs with respect to scope and terms and conditions of coverage. He advises clients with respect to insurance implications of corporate transactions, such as acquisitions, mergers, and divestitures, including drafting provisions for clients’ transactional contracts to address those issues.

Employment History

  • 2005 - Reed Smith
  • 1998 - Wolf Block Schorr & Solis-Cohen
  • 1985 - Cozen O’Connor

Clerkships

  • Honorable John B. Hannum, U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Honors & Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2005-2006, 2008-2014)
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Insurance (2005-2015)
  • Included in Benchmark Litigation as Local Litigation SuperStar in Insurance (2013-2014)

Professional Affiliations

  • CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution Insurance Advisory Board, Member
  • American Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association