Elisa Alcabes

Elisa Alcabes is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on insurance coverage disputes and bankruptcy litigation, with an emphasis on asbestos-related matters. She has successfully represented insurers and reinsurers that have been drawn into the bankruptcy process through the Chapter 11 filings of their policyholders. In particular, she has secured favorable resolutions for insurance clients in numerous asbestos-driven bankruptcy cases, including Fuller-Austin, Armstrong World Industries, NARCO/Global Industrial Technologies, Babcock & Wilcox, Federal-Mogul, W.R. Grace and others. In addition, Elisa regularly litigates complex insurance coverage cases in state and federal court, focusing on a wide array of issues involving coverage for product liability, environmental and mass tort claims.

Complementing her litigation activities, Elisa counsels private equity, corporate, and banking clients regarding insurance, asbestos and other mass tort issues in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, loans and securities offerings. She also regularly advises clients with respect to their directors’ and officers’ liability insurance coverage in the context of policy renewals, new insurance, and claim-related issues.

For over a decade, Elisa has served as co-editor of The Handbook on Insurance Coverage Disputes by Barry R. Ostrager and Thomas Newman (Aspen Law & Business 2012), a widely used, three-volume treatise currently in its sixteenth edition. Over the years, she has appeared as a panelist and speaker at several litigation conferences and frequently teaches client and firm-wide CLE’s on insurance-related topics.

Elisa is deeply committed to pro bono work on behalf of veterans through the Veterans Assistance Project of the City Bar Justice Center. For the last several years, she has represented veterans seeking benefits from the Veterans Administration and relief from military discharge review boards. She has been selected to receive the 2014 Jeremy G. Epstein Award for Pro Bono Service from the City Bar Justice Center in recognition of her work.

Elisa received her B.A. in Philosophy from Vassar College, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa, her Masters of Music from The Juilliard School, and her J.D. from Columbia Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Insurance and Reinsurance, 2) Complex Commercial Litigation, 3) Bankruptcy Litigation, 4) Product Liability and Mass Tort and 5) Litigation
Law School Columbia Law School, (J.D.1988)
Education Juilliard School, (M.M. 1983), Vassar College, (B.A. 1981)
Most recent firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
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