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Insurance

One of the most experienced group of insurance class action defense practices in the country, Winston & Strawn lawyers have a deep understanding of the unique tactics and strategies for defending insurance companies in high-stakes matters. We have been involved in many of the watershed cases that have shaped the contours of insurance law today. The issues in these cases have run the gamut—from the interpretation of allegedly ambiguous insurance policies, sales practices claims under different states' consumer protection statutes, denial of benefits, suitability of annuities, claims payment practices, modal premiums, class arbitration, and changes in non-guaranteed elements of universal life policies, among others.

Our attorneys have substantial experience representing insurance companies in other adversarial matters beyond class action defense, including commercial and coverage litigation to employment and intellectual property disputes. The firm has been deeply involved in insurance sector corporate governance issues such as securities disclosure and board governance. We have also represented major insurance companies in connection with internal investigations and grand jury investigations.

On the transactional and government relations and legislative arenas, we have represented insurance companies in connection with corporate lending, lease finance, acquisition, and restructuring matters, as well as with all aspects of private equity funds and financial products. Firm attorneys have also been involved in legislative initiatives affecting the insurance industry, particularly regarding Optional Federal Charter initiatives before the U.S. Congress. We also serve as corporate and legislative counsel to an insurer concerning TARP and other government-sponsored programs.

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