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.  Brian’s 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.  He 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. He also acts as breach counsel to guide entities in the investigation and response to a data breach.

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.

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