Litigation: Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith


Lawyers in Hand Arendall’s Insurance Coverage Practice Team provide a broad range of services to businesses and insurers on insurance coverage matters. Our goal is to secure efficient and effective resolutions of insurance coverage questions. Pre-suit, our lawyers supply guidance on clients’ rights and responsibilities through advice and formal opinion letters. If litigation or arbitration is necessary, we have extensive experience in prosecuting declaratory judgment actions and pursing interventions in underlying suits on issues such as intentional/criminal acts or punitive damage exclusions. Our firm has litigated many large commercial property loss claims. We regularly handle ensuing suits over agent’s and broker’s conduct, claims handling conduct, and bad faith failure to settle. Hand Arendall defends numerous companies accused of breaching their insurance contracts and bad faith failure to pay or to properly investigate claims. This work covers the entire spectrum of policies and coverages ranging from commercial general liability to environmental to business interruption to life and disability. Our Practice Team has experience in mass natural disaster casualty claims, including policy and claim file review and advice, case handling plan development, witness interview and preparation, and deposition representation. We have regularly handled appeals of coverage cases across the insurance spectrum in state and federal courts, including cases on occurrences/intentional acts, completed operations, work-product exclusions, forcible entry conditions, ripeness of bad faith claims, additional insured demands, contracts to procure insurance, constitutionality of punitive damages, and many other issues.

Our practice team has handled matters under the following product lines:

  • Commercial policies, including commercial general liability, property, and auto
  • Commercial Inland Marine
  • Business owners
  • Executive protection (Directors and Officers and entity coverage)
  • Professional Liability (Errors and omissions and professional malpractice)
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Fiduciary liability (including ERISA fiduciary)
  • Crime and dishonesty bonds
  • Trucking lines
  • Garagekeepers
  • Personal lines, including auto, homeowners, and umbrella
  • Boiler and machinery
  • Excess and umbrella insurance
  • Surplus lines

For more information regarding the Insurance Coverage Practice Team, please contact Practice Team Leader Mark Hart or any of the other lawyers on the Practice Team.

Firm News

Friday, Oct 19th, 2018
Hurricane Michael Update

Our Destin and Santa Rosa Beach offices along with all of our Alabama offices, are open and able to help any clients in need. We now have phone service restored in our Destin office. The new main number to reach the Destin office is 850.460.3500.

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Wednesday, Aug 15th, 2018
Congratulations to our Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC is pleased to announce that 34 lawyers have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.

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Wednesday, Aug 15th, 2018
Three Attorneys Selected as "Lawyer of the Year"

Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC is pleased to announce three members of the firm have been selected as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas for 2019 by Best Lawyers®.

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Wednesday, Aug 1st, 2018
Hand Arendall Recognized in Chambers USA

The Firm was recognized as a top firm in Banking & Finance and Labor & Employment. Also, Preston Bolt, Ginger Gaddy and Nick Greenwood, Neil Johnston and Mark Waggoner were all recognized by the publication as top attorneys in their field.

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Monday, Jul 30th, 2018
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC Mourns the Passing of Alex F. Lankford, III

It is with great sadness that the Hand Arendall Harrison Sale family announces the death of our dear friend and member of the firm, Alex F. Lankford, III on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

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