Atlanta, Georgia 30309
is a partner in King & Spalding’s Atlanta office and a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice. Mr. Tatum’s practice focuses on policyholder insurance coverage litigation, arbitration, and consultation, as well as securities and shareholder litigation. He has litigation experience in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Tatum’s current and recent representations include litigation and other matters on behalf of such leading companies as:
First Horizon National Corporation
Harbert Management Corporation
Kelly Services, Inc.
Shell Oil Company
SunTrust Banks, Inc.
The Coca-Cola Company
Recently, Mr. Tatum obtained a $9.12 million verdict after a three-week jury trial in federal court on behalf of a policyholder for a large industrial property damage and business interruption loss. The jury verdict included pre-judgment interest and a rare finding of bad faith against the insurance company. (Trade Am International Inc. v. The Cincinnati Ins. Co., Civil Action No. 1:08-cv-03711-ECS.)
Insurance Coverage Expertise
In his insurance coverage practice, Mr. Tatum regularly represents policyholders in all aspects of insurance coverage disputes, including complex litigation and arbitration relating to property damage, business interruption, directors and officers liability (D&O), professional liability/errors and omissions (E&O), environmental and pollution, advertising injury and intellectual property, political risk, employment practices liability, fiduciary liability, fidelity and crime coverage, and other manuscripted lines of coverage.
Consulting and Advisory Practice
Mr. Tatum also has experience in a wide range of securities and shareholder litigation matters, government investigations, and related audit committee and other internal investigations. Mr. Tatum regularly advises clients and their Board of Directors regarding D&O indemnification and insurance issues related to these matters, and in negotiating best in class terms and conditions for clients with U.S. and international insurers for D&O and other lines of insurance coverage. Mr. Tatum also regularly advises financial institutions regarding bankers E&O matters, including claims relating to the 2008 credit crisis.
Recent Publications & Speaking Engagements
Mr. Tatum is frequently invited to speak on insurance coverage and related litigation topics and has authored the following recent publications:
Working with Policyholder Clients to Make the Most of Their Insurance Coverage, Aspatore Thought Leadership, Insurance Law 2013, Thomas Reuters/Aspatore.
How to Defend your Co. From Gov’t Health Care Claims, Law360, March 7, 2013.
Insurance Coverage for Healthcare False Claims Act, Stark, and HIPPA/HITECH Government Investigations, Client Alert, February 27, 2013.
Insurance Checklist for Mergers & Acquisitions, Law360, December 11, 2012.
Insurance Checklist for Mergers & Acquisitions: What Every Executive Should Know, Client Alert, December 4, 2012.
How to Maximize Your Insurance Recovery for Property Damage, Business Interruption, and Supply Chain Losses After Superstorm Sandy, Client Alert, November 9, 2012.
Insurance Coverage for Food and Beverage Contamination Claims and Recalls, Client Alert, September 4, 2012.
Recent Georgia Coverage Decisions Affecting Policyholders, Client Alert, August 7, 2012.
Tips for Managing Emerging Catastrophic Risks and Supply Chain Disruption, Client Alert, June 2012.
How Do You Protect Your Business When the Sky Really is Falling? Emerging Trends in Property Damage Insurance and Tips for Maximizing Coverage in the Event of Catastrophic Loss, Client Presentation, April 2012.
The Intersection of Contractual Indemnity Clauses and Additional Insured Status: You May Have Less Coverage Than You Think, Client Alert, February 2012.
Securities Litigation and SEC Enforcement: Recent Trends and D&O Update, Client Presentation, August 2011.
Broken Supply Chains, Lost Customers, and Property Damage: Insurance as a Resource for Losses Sustained After the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, Client Alert, June 2011.
Maximize Your Insurance Recovery for Losses from Tornadoes, Floods, and Other Natural Disasters, Client Alert, May 2011.
D&O Fiduciary Duties in Insolvency (Strafford), January, 2011.
Insurance Coverage for Losses Related to the Gulf Oil Spill; Client Alert, May 2010.
Climate Change Liability Moves Forward: Does Your Insurance Cover Your Risk?; Client Alert, February 2010.
Litigation Oil Spill Insurance Claims; sponsored by Lorman Education, September 2010.
Is Your D&O Coverage Adequate?, Client Alert, August 2009.
What You Need to Know if Your Insurance Company is in Financial Distress; Client Alert, March 2009.
Bracing For Climate Change Exposure; Law360, February 2009.
Panel Moderator, Network and Privacy Liability-Risk Control Strategies, Food Marketing Institute Conference, Hilton Head, South Carolina, October 2008.
Revisiting The Scope of Your D&O Coverage After Stoneridge; Risk Management Magazine, June 2008.
Panel Moderator, Cyber Liability and Insurance Solutions, Executive Edge Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 2008.
Ten Issues to Consider When Negotiating Your Company’s D&O Coverage;ACC Docket, July/August 2007.
Take the Pollution Out of Your D&O Policy; Insurance Journal, April 3, 2006.
Education and Recent Recognitions
Mr. Tatum obtained his undergraduate degree in Risk Management and Insurance from The University of Georgia. Mr. Tatum later worked as a senior analyst with two leading financial services firms in the area of regulatory insurance compliance before graduating, cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law. He was a law clerk for the U.S. Attorneys Office, Department of Justice and an extern for former Georgia Congressman Ed Jenkins.
Named “Future Litigation Star” in Georgia by Benchmark Litigation 2009-2013. Selections are made on the basis of extensive face-to-face and telephone interviews with the nation’s leading private practice peer lawyers and in-house counsel. In 2013, Mr. Tatum was one of only 9 “Future Litigation Stars” in Georgia.
Named a “Georgia Rising Star” by Atlanta magazine in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Fewer than 2.5 percent of Georgia lawyers are chosen for this recognition.
|Areas of Practice||1) Insurance Coverage/Recovery , 2) Crisis Management: Food and 3) Financial Institutions: Litigation|
|Law School||J.D., cum laude, Georgia State University|
|Education||B.B.A., University of Georgia|
|Bar Member / Association||State bar of Georgia|
|Most recent firm||King & Spalding LLP|
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