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Nora A. Valenza-Frost

Nora A. Valenza-Frost

Associate

Overview

Nora Valenza-Frost represents U.S. and international insurers and reinsurers in arbitration and litigation involving complex claims, coverage and regulatory issues across all lines of business.

Nora provides coverage opinions for claims involving several lines of business, including commercial general liability (CGL), professional liability, directors and officers liability (D&O), contractor’s protective professional indemnity (CPPI), errors and omissions (E&O), excess and surplus lines, property, workers’ compensation, business interruption, life and health, pollution, environmental, energy, and marine and inland marine policies. She also provides guidance on questions relating to cyber risk and data breach exposures, liability, and insurance coverage issues.

She drafts and revises insurance policies. She also advises insurers, reinsurers and third party administrators with respect to regulatory issues. Nora has represented insurance companies before the New York State Department of Financial Services.

Nora also has experience handling consumer finance and complex commercial disputes on behalf of lenders, mortgage servicers, and financial institutions in litigation involving a wide variety of tort, property, and contract issues.

During law school, she served as intern for the Honorable Faith S. Hochberg, United States District Court, District of New Jersey.

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Experience

  • Representation of a stop-loss insurer/reinsurer in arbitration against a claims administrator and underwriter under an MGU agreement.
  • Representation of insurers facing allegations of extra-contractual claims of bad faith and unfair claims handling.
  • Provide monitoring counsel for professional lines policies.
  • Representation of insurers under investigation by state insurance regulators.
  • Representation of an insurer in an action to determine the impact of CERCLA on a property insurance policy.
  • Advises clients on cyber risk and data breach exposures, liability and insurance coverage issues.
  • Counsel an insurer to determine and settle the number of occurrences under related event policy wording.
  • Provided assistance to insurers in revising policy wording to incorporate new regulations and better risk management practices.
  • Represents financial institutions, lenders, mortgage services, and other entities in complex litigation, including the following reported decisions:
    • Jean-Baptiste v. Saxon Mortgage Services, Inc., et al., No. CAE13-04688 (Prince George's Cty, Circuit Court, July 16, 2015) (obtaining dismissal of lawsuit against servicer/lender alleging violations of TILA, Maryland's Consumer Protection Act, and RESPA and asserting claims of rescission, conversion, wrongful foreclosure and breach of fiduciary duty).
    • Craig v. Saxon Mortgage Services, et al., No. 13-cv-4526 (E.D.N.Y. 2015) (obtaining dismissal of Complaint alleging fraud, unjust enrichment, violations of the FDCPA and TILA, and other claims against lender/mortgage servicer).
    • Mayor and City Council of Baltimore v. Saxon Mortgage Inc., et al., No. 23651-14 (D. Ct., Baltimore City, 2015) (obtaining dismissal of action against lender alleging certain violations related to abandoned property and seeking fines/violations).
    • SMI Home Mortgage v. Coyne, No. 17838/0009 (Sup. Ct., Suffolk Cty. 2014); SMI Home Mortgage v. Downs, et al., No. 18262-09 (Sup. Ct., Suffolk Cty., 2014); SMI Home Mortgage v. Goodman, No. 23786/09 (Sup. Ct., Suffolk Cty.); SMI Home Mortgage v. Sakla, No. 005220/09 (Sup. Ct., Orange Cty.) SMI Home Mortgage v. Hakanjin, No. 10870/009 (Sup. Ct., Westchester Cty) (obtaining discharge of erroneous satisfaction of mortgage and declaration that CEMAs are valid and subsisting liens on the subject premises, taking priority over other liens).
  • Deramo v. Laffey, et al., No. 15061/2011 (Sup. Ct., Queens Cty. 2014) (mortgage servicer not liable in action to determine adverse claims to property under New York’s Real Property and Proceedings Law)

 

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Recognition

  • Semifinalist, Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Moot Court Competition for Appellate Advocacy

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, New York State Bar
  • Member, Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Member, American Bar Association

Credentials

Education
  • Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 2010)
  • University of Maryland (B.A., 2005)
Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Background

  • Locke Lord LLP (s/b/m Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP) (New York, NY) 
    Associate (2012-2015)
  • Nicoletti Hornig & Sweeney (New York, NY)
    Associate (2010-2012)
  • Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP (New York, NY)
    Legal Assistant (2005-2007)

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