Robert D. Goodman

Robert Goodman focuses his practice on insurance coverage disputes and counseling, products liability litigation and other mass torts, as well as complex commercial litigations and arbitrations. He has represented a wide variety of clients, including both insurers and defendants in the underlying litigations, in matters involving the full range of personal injury and mass tort matters, including over 25 years of experience in asbestos-related litigation.  Robert currently represents a leading property casualty insurer in connection with a major asbestos bankruptcy, as well as related state court coverage matters. Other current and recent matters include representations of a number of insurance clients in connection with coverage disputes arising out of asbestos, environmental and products liability exposures, as well as efforts to enact federal asbestos reform legislation. 

Robert’s practice has involved class actions, consolidations and federal multidistrict proceedings. He has handled litigation matters in a number of well-known “high-risk” jurisdictions, including state courts in New York, Illinois, Mississippi, Texas and West Virginia.

 

Experience

  • Lead counsel representing a major insurance company in connection with the multibillion- dollar Pittsburgh Corning asbestos bankruptcy, playing a leading role in negotiation of Pittsburgh Corning bankruptcy plan and related insurance coverage settlements, as well as the defense of the insurer in related state court coverage litigation.  This included defending depositions of company witnesses, taking depositions of policyholder witnesses, and briefing and argument of major substantive and discovery issues.
  • Representation of several major property and casualty insurers in connection with coverage disputes arising out of asbestos, pollution, and product liability exposures, involving wide range of coverage issues and bad faith allegations.
  • Counsel for issuer of lender-placed homeowners’ hazard insurance in purported class action involving unjust enrichment claims due to “back-dating” of policies.
  • Represented leading insurance company in connection with efforts to enact federal asbestos reform legislation, working closely with key legislative staff and representatives of other insurers and reinsurers, major manufacturers, and asbestos defendants.
  • Lead counsel for property casualty insurer in litigation concerning effectiveness of corporate reorganization separating active and run-off operations, including briefing and argument of dispositive motions, preparation and defense of Rule 30(b)(6) witnesses, development of expert witness addressing critical issues in litigation, and supervision of related document discovery.
  • Represented major life and health insurer in arbitration arising from stop-loss reinsurance dispute.

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