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Richard P. Lewis

Richard P. Lewis



  • Cornell Law School, 1992, J.D., magna cum laude, Member of the Cornell Law Review and the Cornell International Law Journal
  • Oberlin College, 1989, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • New York

Richard has experience litigating a wide variety of first- and third-party insurance coverage issues.  He also has experience in international arbitrations, assisting policyholders in securing coverage under Bermuda forms. Since 1998, a large portion of Richard’s practice has involved first-party or property insurance disputes for policyholders nationwide.  Richard handled a number of such cases stemming from the 2005 hurricanes, as well as from the attacks of September 11, 2001.  These representations ranged from small, mom and pop operations, to clients suffering hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to multiple facilities. He is the author of the treatise Business Income Insurance Disputes (Second Edition 2012) which he supplements on an annual basis by reading and reviewing all time-element cases decided in the past year, along with relevant briefing and commentary.  This treatise cites and discusses every time-element case ever decided, and aims to assist policyholders in evaluating and perfecting Business Income, Extra Expense, Contingent Business Income, Civil Authority, and other time-element claims.

Employment History

  • 2008 - Reed Smith
  • 1992 - Anderson Kill & Olick

Professional Affiliations

Member of the faculty of the Practising Law Institute, focusing on property and business interruption issues, since 2000

Notable Quotes

Insurance Cases of the Decade, Law360 (Jan. 25, 2010) “Business Interrupted. The Tale of the 2007 Fires,” Risk Insurance (December 1, 2007) “How to Make Sure Coverage Will be There When Needed,” Business Insurance (January 22, 2007) "Windstorms and Windfalls: It’s Possible to Profit From Demand Surge and File a Business Income Claim – Is it Fair?," Viewpoint (Winter 2006)
"WTC Janitorial Company Had ‘Insurable Interest’ in Building," Insurance Coverage Litigation Reporter (February 25, 2005)
Daniel Hays, "Zurich Loses Ruling in a 9/11 Case," NU Online News Service (February 11, 2005)
Daniel Hays, "No Coverage Likely for N.Y. Transit Strike," NU Online News Service (December 20, 2005)
Theo Francis, "Terror Insurance Battle Heats Up," Wall Street Journal, C3 (July 1, 2004)
Tommy Fernandez, “9/11 Lawsuits Are Filing in as Deadline Looms,” Crain’s NY Business (August 25, 2003)
Michael Ha, “N.Y. Top Court Pollution Ruling Against Carrier,” NU Online News Service (July 8, 2003)
John Russell, “Ohio Court Ruling To Help Goodyear with Clean-Up Claims,” Akron Beacon Journal (July 2, 2002)
Leslie Johnson, “Knitting Factory Wins Battle To Recoup Fire-Damage Costs,” Charlotte Observer (April 12, 1999)