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Insurance Defense

Proven Skill in the Defense of Insurance Companies and Self-Insured Entities

As one of the primary practice areas upon which Shorall McGoldrick Brinkmann was founded, insurance defense is among the law firm's core strengths.

Insurance companies and self-insured entities throughout the United States count on our extensive trial experience, our commitment to defending their interests, and our understanding of the issues and exposure specific to insurers and high-risk industries.

Insurance Coverage

Our firm advises and represents both national and regional insurance companies relating to complex issues of insurance coverage, policy interpretation in today’s legal environment, and the appropriate application of policy exclusions. Our first party and third party experience encompasses all types of insurance lines, including property, casualty, commercial general liability, professional liability, auto liability, umbrella and reinsurance.

Bad Faith Defense

Bad faith claims are a major source of exposure and expense for many insurance companies. In court and in administrative proceedings before the Arizona Department of Insurance, Shorall McGoldrick Brinkmann has defended against first-party allegations of insurer violation relating to unfair trade practices and improper claims.

Our insurance defense attorneys also defend against third-party extra-contractual liability (ECL) claims. ECL cases, often relating to the insurer’s alleged failure to defend, require a proactive, comprehensive assessment to determine how to manage the carrier’s potential exposure.

Results

As an example of Shorall McGoldrick Brinkmann's skill in insurance defense, Paul McGoldrick led our legal team that successfully argued for the affirmance of a judgment, worth over $2.8 million, in favor of a Washington-based insurer against its former insured. The judgment resolved an unpaid insurance premium. In the underlying trial, Paul McGoldrick and Tom Shorall had successfully defended the insurer against bad faith allegations and obtained a jury verdict awarding the insurer all of its unpaid premium. In addition:

  • Achieved a defense verdict for a major national apartment owner in one of Arizona's largest personal injury mold claims

  • Won a defense verdict on behalf of the State of Arizona in a civil rights and excessive force claim arising from an arrest

  • Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a residential landlord in a wrongful death case that alleged the landlord’s pool was defectively designed and maintained.

  • Obtained numerous defense verdicts on behalf of retail stores on premises liability, false arrest and assault theories.

 
Tom Shorall, Phoenix Insurance Defense Attorney

Tom Shorall

Paul McGoldrick, Phoenix Insurance Defense Attorney

Paul McGoldrick

Scott Zerlaut, Phoenix Insurance Defense Attorney

Scott Zerlaut

Jason Boblick, Phoenix Insurance Defense Attorney

Jason Boblick

Michael Morgan, Phoenix Insurance Defense Attorney

Michael Morgan

Michael Trowbridge, Phoenix Insurance Defense Attorney

Michael Trowbridge

Phoenix Insurance Defense Attorneys