pwalkerbright@reedsmith.com

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Paul concentrates his practice on complex litigation and insurance recovery, primarily for corporate policyholders. He has successfully obtained recoveries on behalf of clients under a variety of insurance policies, including general liability policies, directors & officers insurance, first-party property coverages, and additional insured provisions. He has also handled litigation involving environmental liability, toxic torts, contractual indemnity, and commercial disputes (including bankruptcy). Paul has been recognized by Chambers USA 2007-2016: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, stating that “he receives a wealth of endorsements from clients due to his extensive knowledge of the field” and his “professionalism and dedication to excellence.”

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized in Chambers USA as one of America's leading lawyers (2007 - 2016)

Notable Quotes

Paul has been quoted or cited as an authority on insurance law. The following are recent representative samples:

  • 1 December 2016 "Fla. Policyholders Gain Slight Edge In Property Damage Cases" Law360
  • 25 October 2015 “Precise Policy Language Needed to Cover Affiliated Businesses” Business Insurance
  • 7 June 2015 “Environmental Responsibility Is Latest Front in D&O Litigation” Business Insurance
  • 5 March 2015 "Liberty Mutual Reduces Its Comp Exposures" Business Insurance
  • 5 August 2010 "Filling New Consumer Agency Post Is Just the Start Under Dodd-Frank" BNA's Daily Report for Executives
  • 26 July 2010 "Industry Weighs In on Feds Creating Office to Watch Insurance" BestWeek
  • 1 May 2006 "Business Exclusions Defined: Recent Liability Case is a Win for Energy Companies—Perhaps All Policyholders" Risk & Insurance
  • 13 December 2005 "Insurers Denying Oil B.I. Claims" National Underwriter
  • Armstrong Cleaners, Inc. v. Erie Ins. Exchange, 364 F. Supp.2d 797, 809 (S.D. Ind. 2005)
    • "An insurer may not reserve its rights to assert otherwise unidentified defenses with a general statement to the effect that such defenses may arise during the course of its investigation of the claim. Consequently, if the insurer fails to set forth specific defenses in its reservation of rights letter, it may be held to have waived those defenses or be estopped from asserting them at a later stage." James M. Davis and Paul Walker-Bright, Insurers' Use of Boilerplate Affirmative Defenses and Rule 11 – Where's the Outrage, 15 Coverage 1, American Bar Association Section of Litigation (January/February 2005)

Credentials

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D., with highest honors, Order of the Coif
  • University of Chicago, B.A., with honors

  • Illinois

  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit

  • Co-Chair of the Property Insurance Subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation
  • American Bar Association Construction Law Forum, Division 7 (Insurance, Surety and Liens)