Jay M. Levin

Jay focuses his practice on representing policyholders in disputes with insurance companies involving all types of insurance coverage. Jay has extensive litigation experience in multi-million dollar property insurance coverage cases, including suits involving policy construction and application, cause and origin, valuation, and business interruption issues. He has assisted clients in successfully resolving eight and nine figure Hurricane Katrina cases without litigation, and successfully representing other policyholders in litigating Katrina cases. Jay represents financial institutions and other commercial policyholders in claims arising under fidelity and crime policies, including claims arising out of defaulted mortgages and employee embezzlement. He has also litigated significant professional liability and general liability coverage cases. In the Directors and Officers liability area, Jay actively works with clients to resolve all types of disputes, including application of exclusions and allocation issues. Jay has also arbitrated cases before the American Arbitration Association and in private binding arbitration. Most of his litigated cases involve allegations of bad faith and he is well-versed in that area, as well.

Jay is an experienced appellate lawyer with over thirty years of experience in briefing and arguing appeals in state and federal court. In addition to insurance coverage cases, Jay has argued cases involving indemnity agreements, case dispositive procedural issues, tort liability and criminal law. Jay is an associate member of the firm's Appellate Practice Group.

Jay also counsels policyholders in non-litigation contexts. He analyzes coverage after a loss has occurred or claim has been made to assist policyholders in presenting the claim to the insurance carrier. He assists policyholders in responding to inquiries and in pointing out errors in the carrier’s coverage position in order to avoid litigating insurance claims, including, inter alia, first-party, professional liability, EPL, D & O, fidelity, crime, and general liability claims. Jay also counsels clients and evaluates coverage in connection with policy renewals, primarily in property, D&O and professional liability insurance.

Jay is an editor and contributing author of the Property Insurance Litigator's Handbook. The first edition was published by the American Bar Association in 2007. The second edition was published by the ABA in 2013. He frequently speaks on insurance coverage and has spoken at dozens of programs sponsored by, inter alia, the ABA, American Conference Institute, PLI, Mealey’s, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Urban Land Institute, and other organizations. He also provides continuing education programs for lawyers and other professionals through Reed Smith University and other organizations. He was the 2007-2008 Chair of the TTIPS Property Insurance Law Committee.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Insurance Recovery, 2) Health Care Insurance Recovery, 3) Property Damage & Business Interruption Insurance, 4) Commercial Disputes & Intellectual Property Claims, 5) Construction Defect Coverage, 6) Appraisal and 7) Environmental Liability Policies
Law School University of Pennsylvania Law School, Penn Law, J.D., 1981
Education University of Pennsylvania, A.B., 1977
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Pennsylvania State Bar Association
Most recent firm Reed Smith LLP
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