Clark Hill Attorneys Benjamin A. Blume and John D. LaBarbera Author Article in American Bar Association’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Spring Newsletter

Aug 3, 2009

CHICAGO, IL – Clark Hill attorneys Benjamin A. Blume and John D. LaBarbera article, “Re-Evaluating Trigger of Coverage in Asbestos Bodily Injury Claims Involving Mesothelioma and Brochogenic Carcinoma: A Review of Recent Case Law,” was featured in the American Bar Association’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee spring newsletter. The article provides an overview of recent case law involving asbestos. Click here to read the article. To learn more about Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee ’s newsletter, please visit www.aba.net .


Benjamin A. Blume is a member in Clark Hill’s Chicago office. He is co-chair in Clark Hill’s new Insurance and Reinsurance Practice Group, which will focus on representing client’s in all aspects of the insurance and reinsurance business, including claims counseling, litigation and arbitration, business transactions and tax matters, regulatory issues and government relations, and formation of captive insurers and risk retention groups. His practice includes the handling of issues involving commercials, primary, umbrella, excess and surplus lines, and reinsurance. Benjamin has tried to verdict and regularly advises clients with respect to bad faith, fraud, spoliation of evidence, and other extra-contractual matters.


Prior to joining the firm, Benjamin worked for a major international insurer. Benjamin is admitted to practice in all courts in Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the United States District court for the Northern District of Illinois. He has also been admitted pro hac vice counsel in numerous other jurisdictions.


John D. LaBarbera is a member in Clark Hill’s Chicago office. He is co-chair in Clark Hill’s new Insurance and Reinsurance Practice Group, which will focus on representing clients in all aspects of the insurance and reinsurance business, including claims counseling, litigation and arbitration, business transactions and tax matters, regulatory issues and government relations, and formation of captive insurers and risk retention groups. He represents insurers in all aspects of their business, including claims counseling, litigation, and dispute resolution. His practice includes the handling of issues involving commercial, primary, umbrella, excess and surplus lines, and reinsurance. John has tried to verdict and regularly advises clients with respect to bad faith, fraud, spoliation of evidence, and other extra-contractual matters. He is also co-editor of the Insurance Quarterly.


Prior to practicing law, John was employed with various insurers in both the health and life and property casualty industries most recently overseeing the handling and resolution of various pollution and toxic tort matters, as well as various matters relating to environmental coverage issues, including litigation, mediation and arbitration. He is licensed to practice in the Illinois state courts, as well as the United States District court for the Northern District of Illinois and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits and has appeared as pro hac vice counsel in courts throughout the United States.



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