CURRICULUM VITAE

Brian concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance coverage, excess monitoring, cyber and professional liability and general liability. He represents insurance companies in complex claim disputes, declaratory judgment actions, and appeals. His work encompasses third-party coverage disputes involving primary and excess liability policies, as well as multi-million dollar first-party coverage disputes regarding obligations under commercial property and inland marine policies. Brian counsels excess insurers on their rights and obligations in multi-million dollar third party claims. Brian handles coverage analysis under all types of professional liability, D&O, commercial general liability and cyber policies. He also provides policy drafting services to clients.

Brian is very experienced in cyber matters. He represents insurance companies in complex claim disputes and declaratory judgment actions involving the interpretation of standalone cyber policies and endorsements affording data breach coverage. Brian has authored articles discussing the scope of coverage provided by cyber policies and is a frequent speaker on cyber coverage topics, including federal and state data breach notification laws.

Brian also acts as breach counsel to guide entities in the investigation and response to data breach and privacy incidents. He provides prompt recommendations to clients to ensure they take the proper steps to safeguard their interests while complying with state and federal notification laws. Brian is a trusted advisor to clients when they are faced with responding to exposure of sensitive and confidential information, and he takes pride in ensuring that clients preserve their hard-earned reputation and minimize potential liability.

Brian is a member of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Associate Board of Directors – Midwest Division. The IICF is a national organization that seeks to help communities and enrich lives by combining the collective strengths of the industry to provide grants, volunteer service and leadership. Through collaborative efforts of insurance companies, reinsurance companies, employees, agents & brokers, and strategic partners of the industry, the IICF primarily supports programs that focus on health, safety and education. He was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2013 through 2016, a designation given to only 2.5% of attorneys in Illinois each year. While in law school, he served as Lead Articles Editor for the John Marshall Law Review. Brian received the 2005 Scribes Award for authoring the best Comment of the 2005 John Marshall Law Review class.

AREAS OF FOCUS

Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
Brian has provided guidance to clients facing challenging coverage for his entire legal career. He acts as a trusted counselor on the coverage laws of almost every jurisdiction nationwide, litigated complex coverage disputes in 15 different states, and successfully argued in state and federal courts of appeals in numerous jurisdictions. His dealings with policyholders in every geographic region provide Brian with the background to provide clients with timely and accurate advice when they are in need of zealous advocacy. Brian’s experience touches almost every type of primary and excess commercial lines policy, including CGL, E&O/Professional Liability, Cyber, D&O, and EPL.

Cyber Risk, Tech and Data Security
Brian has been handling cyber coverage disputes for over five years. He provides clients with a wide range of services, from policy form drafting to complex coverage litigation involving multi-million claims. Brian’s clients count on him to provide guidance on cyber coverage issues nationwide.

Brian also serves as breach counsel to policyholders impacted by breach and privacy incidents. He provides prompt recommendations to ensure that his clients take the proper steps and secure experts to safeguard their interests while minimizing potential liability. He also works closely with clients to satisfy notification obligations with federal and state laws. The firm’s cyber team also interfaces with state and federal regulators to respond to inquiries concerning privacy incidents.

EDUCATION

  • The John Marshall Law School, 2005, J.D.
    • John Marshall Law Review, Lead Articles Editor
    • 2005 Scribes Award for best comment in the 2005 John Marshall Law Review
  • University of Dayton, 2002, B.A.

ADMISSIONS

  • Bar
    • Illinois
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan