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Catastrophic Loss Litigation

Fields Howell attorneys are skilled at developing and implementing litigation strategies in the aftermath of natural and man-made catastrophes. Our goal is to quickly assist clients in responding to large, complex claims, implementing a coordinated approach to address multiple claims in a consistent manner.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Fields Howell served as monitoring counsel for multiple London Market insurers. In this capacity, we have assisted in the formulation of legal guidelines for compliance with claims handling requirements in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas law.

After Superstorm Sandy, our team aided insurer clients in navigating the tolling of cancellation and non-renewal provisions, working with public adjusters, and developing legal guidelines for compliance with claims handling requirements under various state jurisdictions impacted by the storm. We successfully resolved, and we continue to defend, individual lawsuits involving complex losses on behalf of our insurer clients.

Our attorneys are also well-versed in the myriad of coverage issues arising from catastrophic losses. We advise our clients with respect to numerous issues including:


  • Enforceability of flood exclusions
  • Anti-concurrent causation exclusions including wind damage versus water damage
  • Application of valued policy law
  • Complex accounting issues with respect to time-element claims
  • Cause and origin analysis and guidance in large-scale arson and industrial disaster claims
  • Valuation issues regarding actual cash value and replacement costs

Catastrophic Loss Litigation Team

Catastrophic Loss Litigation Team

Aaron E. Ames

Kamber S. Burke

Paul L. Fields, Jr.

Julieth A. Fresco

Taryn M. Kadar

Ann T. Kirk

Gregory L. Mast

Caitlin Dorné Mattler 

Robert E. McLaughlin

Christina M. Nosari

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Mattler named to Best Lawyers® “Ones to Watch”

Mattler named to Best Lawyers® “Ones to Watch”

Caitlin Dorné MattlerFields Howell is excited to announce associate Caitlin Dorné Mattler has been named to the 2021 "Ones to Watch" list by Best Lawyers® in its inaugural edition. Those selected to this list are attorneys who have been in private practice 5-9 years...

A Note on COVID-19

A Note on COVID-19

To our valued business partners and friends: We hope this message finds you, your family, and your loved ones safe and healthy. We write to advise that Fields Howell continues to operate at full capacity without any interruption in service. Due to preparedness efforts...

Kadar & Kahn Promoted

Kadar & Kahn Promoted

Fields Howell has two new partners in its Atlanta office. Attorneys Taryn M. Kadar and Stephen A. Kahn were promoted to the ranks of partner last week after serving as associates at the firm for nearly five years. The two have become major assets to the firm, both in...

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