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Jeanne M. Kohler

Jeanne M. Kohler

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Overview

Jeanne Kohler represents U.S. and international insurers and reinsurers in complex commercial litigation and arbitrations, including complex insurance coverage disputes and reinsurance matters. She regularly represents and counsels insurers, cedents, reinsurers, and retrocessionaires on claims, coverage and regulatory issues across all lines of business.

Jeanne is co-leader of the firm’s reinsurance division. She has represented insurers and reinsurers in numerous litigations, mediations and arbitrations involving facultative and treaty reinsurance with respect to a variety of issues including allocation, aggregation, number of occurrences, follow the fortunes, late notice, salvage and subrogation recoveries, inuring insurance and/or reinsurance, warranties, rescission, commutations, offset, insolvency, contract wordings, claims handling and other coverage issues. These matters involved property and casualty, life and health reinsurance, as well as financial and surety products. She has also represented insurers, brokers, third-party administrators and managing general agents and underwriters in disputes.

Jeanne also has experience representing cedents and reinsurers in life, health, LTC and annuity reinsurance matters, with respect to a variety of issues including rate increases, recapture, actuarial and pricing issues, and agent/broker misconduct, among others.

In addition, she has negotiated and drafted settlement agreements and commutation agreements on behalf of clients. She also assists clients with product development and the drafting of insurance policy wordings. In addition, she has extensive experience drafting reinsurance contracts and assisting clients in the review and analysis of reinsurance contracts.

Jeanne is the New York office managing shareholder.

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Experience

  • Represented a reinsurer with respect to its denial relating to the aggregation of claims under the event wording of a catastrophe treaty.
  • Secured a multi-million award for client with respect to asbestos billings, where the issues involved aggregation and follow the fortunes.
  • Represented a reinsurer in arbitration concerning its denial of a multi-million dollar medical malpractice loss ceded to it in a matter involving late notice and bad faith claims handling.
  • Prevailed in matters on behalf of reinsurers with respect to subrogation recoveries.
  • Represented various reinsurers in matters relating to two major Pennsylvania liquidations and other insolvencies.
  • Represented a leading aviation insurance pool in litigations to secure increases in LOCs, necessitated by 9/11 and other large aviation losses.
  • Represented reinsurers in multiple arbitrations involving surety bond claims.
  • Prevailed in matters for insurers in disputes with their managing general agents regarding a variety of issues, including profit commissions.
  • Represented insurers in a variety of disputes with their insureds.

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Recognition

  • Euromoney's Insurance & Reinsurance Expert Guides (2016)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • ARIAS - U.S.
  • Association of Professional Insurance Women
  • New York State Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Re Contracts, Reinsurance Association of America, New York(July 2016)
  • Re Claims 2016, Reinsurance Claims and Loss Management, Reinsurance Association of America, Bermuda (March 2016)
  • "ABC Insurance Company Case Study" and "KGM Re Case Study," Re Claims 2014: Reinsurance Claims and Loss Management, Reinsurance Association of America, New York (October 2014)
  • "A Comparative Workshop: AIRROC DRP or "Traditional" Arbitration - What Fits Your Dispute Better?" AIRROC, Philadelphia (September 2014)
  • "Reinsurance Contract Wording Issues," IRUA's Next Generation Leadership Seminar, New York (July 2014)
  • "The Arbitration Process: Presentation and Workshop," AIRROC Boston Regional Education Day, Boston (April 2014)
  • "Reinsurance Contract Issues Related to Superstorm Sandy," Re Claims 2013: Reinsurance Claims and Loss Management, Reinsurance Association of America, New York (October 2013)
  • Re Claims 2012, Reinsurance Association of America, New York (October 2012)
  • Re Claims 2011, Reinsurance Association of America, New York (September 2011)
  • "What, Exactly, Is Bad Faith In Reinsurance," HarrisMartin Reinsurance Summit: Fresh Prespectives on the Reinsurance Front, Philadelphia (September 2011)
  • Re Claims 2010, Reinsurance Association of America, New York (September 2010)
  • "Arbitration Process," ARIAS, Palm Beach, FL (May 2009)
  • "Reinsurance Issues: U.S. v. U.K. - A Comparative Study," Xchanging Claims Services, London (September 2008)
  • "Developments in Reinsurance Case Law," Brokers & Reinsurance Markets Association 2008 Committee Rendezvous, Naples, FL (April 2008)
  • "Electronic Discovery in the U.S. - What Insurers and Reinsurers Need to Know," International Underwriting Association, London (September 2007)
  • "Developments in the Wake of Katrina," Reinsurance Association of America Reinsurance Claims Conference, Chicago (March 2007)
  • Re Claims 2007, Reinsurance Claims Management for Claims Professional, Chicago (March 2007)

Credentials

Education
  • Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University (J.D., 1995)
  • Hofstra University (B.A., 1991)
Bar Admissions
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Background

  • Locke Lord LLP (New York)
    Partner (2005-2015)
    Associate (1999-2004)
  • Mendes & Mount (New York)
    Associate (1995-1999)

Disclaimer

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