PRACTICE AREAS


Robert Lewin is Chair of the firm's Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation/Arbitration practice. He has represented numerous clients in various insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes involving comprehensive general liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions, excess and umbrella liability, worker’s compensation and financial guarantee and performance bonds. His experience in the reinsurance area has been in representing cedents, reinsurers, retrocessionaires, pool members, intermediaries and liquidators. Mr. Lewin has been involved in more than 100 reinsurance disputes, of which over 25 have been resolved after hearings or trials. 

Over the past 30 years, Mr. Lewin has been responsible for several complex litigations and arbitrations, at both the trial and appellate level, in a variety of domestic and foreign jurisdictions and recently successfully arbitrated a dispute that resulted in a 9 figure award. Mr. Lewin also represents clients in insurance regulatory matters.

Mr. Lewin is active in various professional organizations and has served as a speaker at insurance/reinsurance conferences.


REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Representative cases include the following:
 
  • Arbitrations on behalf of ceding companies against reinsurers relating to Enron claims;
  • Arbitrations on behalf of ceding companies and reinsurers relating to asbestos and environmental claims;
  • Arbitrations on behalf of ceding companies and reinsurers over 9/11 World Trade Center property claims;
  • Arbitrations on behalf of ceding companies and reinsurers relating to hurricane losses under catastrophe and clash treaties;
  • Arbitration on behalf of a reinsurer against a ceding company relating to excess workers' compensation treaties;
  • Arbitrations on behalf of a ceding company against reinsurers relating to the fraudulent issuance of a surety bond;
  • Litigations and arbitrations on behalf of ceding companies against reinsurers asserting late notice and bad faith;
  • Litigation challenging the reinsurer's efforts to replace a party arbitrator in connection with a pending arbitration;
  • Litigations involving requests that the court appoint a neutral umpire in a reinsurance arbitration;
  • Litigation on behalf of an insurer in which the New York Court of Appeals determined that pro rata allocation was the appropriate method of allocation where the policy provided that the insurer would pay all sums for an occurrence happening during the policy period. (Consolidated Edison Co. of N.Y. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 98 NY2d 208 (2002);
  • Litigation on behalf of a financial guarantee insurer against parties fraudulently transferring assets;
  • Litigations and arbitrations against program managers for violating their obligations to insurers;
  • Insurer in a contested Form A proceeding before the Delaware Insurance Department;
  • Demutualization proceeding before the New York Insurance Department;
  • Litigation defending an insurer and its directors in a class action for alleged violations of law in connection with a sponsored demutualization; and
  • Litigation on behalf of a ceding company enjoining a reinsurer from collaterally attacking a final arbitration award.

HONORS & AWARDS

Mr. Lewin is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as well as Super Lawyers and Who's Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

SPEECHES & EVENTS

  • Speaker, National Insurance Conference of Canada (NICC), September 21-23, 2014
  • Panelist, "An AIRROC DRP Roadmap: How Should the DRP be Applied to My Dispute?" AIRROC/R&Q Rendez-Vous Education Sessions, October 2013
  • Working Group Leader, "Mediation," ARIAS-US 2011 Fall Conference, November 2011
  • Panelist, Mealey's 14th Annual Insurance Insolvency & Reinsurance Roundtable, April 25, 2007
  • Speaker, "Re Claims - Reinsurance Claims Management," New York, NY, September 28-29, 2006
  • Speaker, Fundamentals of Reinsurance Litigation & Arbitration Conference, Boston, MA, March 23, 2006

PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-author, "Emerging Insurance Issues in the Debate over 'Fracking,'" Insurance Coverage Law Report, December/January 2013
  • Co-author, "Reinsurance Implications of the Japanese Earthquake," Stroock Special Bulletin, July 21, 2011
  • Co-author, "The Access to Records Clause," ARIAS-U.S. Quarterly, Volume 13, Number 3, Third Quarter 2006
  • Co-author, "Obtaining Discovery from Reinsurance Intermediaries and Other Non-Parties – Updated Caselaw and Commentary," ARIAS-U.S. Quarterly, Third Quarter 2005 and Mealey's Litigation Reports: Reinsurance, Third Quarter 2005
  • Co-author, "Obtaining Pre-hearing Discovery from the Uncooperative Reinsurance Intermediary: The Current State of the Law and Avenues for Reform," ARIAS-U.S. Quarterly, First Quarter 2003

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

New York, 1978

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1978; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1978; U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1997; U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2002; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1981; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1985; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1998; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2000; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2002; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2010; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2015; U.S. Supreme Court, 2000


EDUCATION

J.D., New York University School of Law, 1977

B.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 1974