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Dennis O’Connell’s practice concentrates in the areas of insurance coverage, counseling and disputes, product liability and toxic tort defense. He has particular experience in commercial casualty, general liability, directors and officers, and professional liability insurance, aircraft accidents and fire losses.

Mr. O’Connell’s insurance practice involves counseling, policy drafting, negotiation and interpretation of coverage and mediation, arbitration and litigation arising out of disputes involving all types of commercial, professional and personal insurance and reinsurance. In particular, he has handled claims and litigation on behalf of insureds in coverage disputes arising out of commercial property and business interruption losses, comprehensive general and product liability claims, employer liability and errors and omissions claims for a wide variety of clients, including product manufacturers, aircraft operators, mining companies, banks, pharmaceutical companies, retail store operations and metal refineries.  He also has experience in dealing with insurance insolvencies and protection of insureds in the event of the liquidation of an insurer.

Mr. O’Connell is a member of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section and the Insurance Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.

Representative Experience

  • Coverage counsel to Fortune 100 companies providing general advice and counsel in developing and negotiating policy terms and coverages
  • Representation of major mining company for coverage of property losses and business interruption associated with underground mine fire resulting in full recovery
  • Representation of chain store operator in a dispute with its insurer regarding business interruption claim resulting in full recovery
  • Coverage counsel to major provider of medical services to correctional institutions providing both advice and counsel on coverages, as well as litigation and dispute resolution services
  • Representation of major mining company in litigation with primary and excess insurers for coverage of multimillion dollar loss resulting in full recovery
  • Coverage counsel for a solvents manufacturer in successful resolution of dispute with multiple carriers involving multiple policies of insurance for personal injury claims
  • Representation of pharmaceutical manufacturer in litigation to recover amount paid to settle disparagement claim resulting in multimillion dollar verdict for the insured
  • Representation of various insureds in connection with insurance insolvencies
  • Coverage counsel to Fortune 100 company in negotiation and drafting terms of reinsurance agreements between captive reinsurer and primary carriers
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Dennis O’Connell’s practice concentrates in the areas of insurance coverage, counseling and disputes, product liability and toxic tort defense. He has particular experience in commercial casualty, general liability, directors and officers, and professional liability insurance, aircraft accidents and fire losses.

Mr. O’Connell’s insurance practice involves counseling, policy drafting, negotiation and interpretation of coverage and mediation, arbitration and litigation arising out of disputes involving all types of commercial, professional and personal insurance and reinsurance. In particular, he has handled claims and litigation on behalf of insureds in coverage disputes arising out of commercial property and business interruption losses, comprehensive general and product liability claims, employer liability and errors and omissions claims for a wide variety of clients, including product manufacturers, aircraft operators, mining companies, banks, pharmaceutical companies, retail store operations and metal refineries. He also has experience in dealing with insurance insolvencies and protection of insureds in the event of the liquidation of an insurer.

Mr. O’Connell is a member of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section and the Insurance Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.

Select Representations

  • Coverage counsel to Fortune 100 companies providing general advice and counsel in developing and negotiating policy terms and coverages
  • Representation of professional liability insurer in drafting policy terms and conditions
  • Representation of major mining company for coverage of property losses and business interruption associated with underground mine fire resulting in full recovery
  • Representation of chain store operator in a dispute with its insurer regarding business interruption claim resulting in full recovery
  • Coverage counsel to major provider of medical services to correctional institutions providing both advice and counsel on coverages, as well as litigation and dispute resolution services
  • Representation of major mining company in litigation with primary and excess insurers for coverage of multimillion dollar loss resulting in full recovery
  • Coverage counsel for a solvents manufacturer in successful resolution of dispute with multiple carriers involving multiple policies of insurance for personal injury claims
  • Representation of pharmaceutical manufacturer in litigation to recover amount paid to settle disparagement claim resulting in multimillion dollar verdict for the insured
  • Representation of various insureds in connection with insurance insolvencies
  • Coverage counsel to Fortune 100 company in negotiation and drafting terms of reinsurance agreements between captive reinsurer and primary carriers

Bar and Court Admissions

Missouri, 1969

United States Courts of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and Fifth, Eighth and Tenth Circuits

United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri and Southern District of Illinois

Education

Saint Louis University, J.D., 1969

University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1966

Representative Experience

  • Coverage counsel to Fortune 100 companies providing general advice and counsel in developing and negotiating policy terms and coverages
  • Representation of major mining company for coverage of property losses and business interruption associated with underground mine fire resulting in full recovery
  • Representation of chain store operator in a dispute with its insurer regarding business interruption claim resulting in full recovery
  • Coverage counsel to major provider of medical services to correctional institutions providing both advice and counsel on coverages, as well as litigation and dispute resolution services
  • Representation of major mining company in litigation with primary and excess insurers for coverage of multimillion dollar loss resulting in full recovery
  • Coverage counsel for a solvents manufacturer in successful resolution of dispute with multiple carriers involving multiple policies of insurance for personal injury claims
  • Representation of pharmaceutical manufacturer in litigation to recover amount paid to settle disparagement claim resulting in multimillion dollar verdict for the insured
  • Representation of various insureds in connection with insurance insolvencies
  • Coverage counsel to Fortune 100 company in negotiation and drafting terms of reinsurance agreements between captive reinsurer and primary carriers
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Dennis O’Connell’s practice concentrates in the areas of insurance coverage, counseling and disputes, product liability and toxic tort defense. He has particular experience in commercial general liability, professional liability and casualty insurance, aviation products and fire losses.

Mr. O’Connell’s insurance practice involves counseling, policy drafting, negotiation and interpretation of coverage and litigation arising out of disputes involving all types of commercial, professional and personal insurance. In particular, he has handled claims and litigation on behalf of insureds seeking coverage under comprehensive general liability policies, employer liability policies, commercial property policies and errors and omissions policies for a wide variety of liability claims and losses including product and tort liability, environmental and pollution liability, flood and fire losses, business interruption and claims for excess coverage and bad faith. He also has experience in dealing with insurance insolvencies and protection of insureds in the event of the liquidation of an insurer. He also has drafted coverage terms for general and professional liability coverages.

Mr. O’Connell is a member of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section and the Insurance Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.

Select Representations

  • Coverage counsel to Fortune 100 companies providing general advice and counsel in developing and negotiating policy terms and coverages
  • Representation of professional liability insurer in drafting policy terms and conditions
  • Coverage counsel to major provider of medical services to correctional institutions providing both advice and counsel on coverages, as well as litigation and dispute resolution services
  • Coverage counsel for a solvent manufacturer in successful resolution of dispute with multiple carriers involving multiple policies of insurance for personal injury claims
  • Representation of commercial lines insurer in suit for coverage of fire loss
  • Representation of major mining company for coverage of losses associated with underground mine fire
  • Representation of various insureds in connection with insurance insolvencies

Bar and Court Admissions

Missouri, 1969

United States Courts of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and Fifth, Eighth and Tenth Circuits

United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri and Southern District of Illinois

Education

Saint Louis University, J.D., 1969

University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1966

Representative Experience

  • Coverage counsel to Fortune 100 companies providing general advice and counsel in developing and negotiating policy terms and coverages
  • Representation of major mining company for coverage of property losses and business interruption associated with underground mine fire resulting in full recovery
  • Representation of chain store operator in a dispute with its insurer regarding business interruption claim resulting in full recovery
  • Coverage counsel to major provider of medical services to correctional institutions providing both advice and counsel on coverages, as well as litigation and dispute resolution services
  • Representation of major mining company in litigation with primary and excess insurers for coverage of multimillion dollar loss resulting in full recovery
  • Coverage counsel for a solvents manufacturer in successful resolution of dispute with multiple carriers involving multiple policies of insurance for personal injury claims
  • Representation of pharmaceutical manufacturer in litigation to recover amount paid to settle disparagement claim resulting in multimillion dollar verdict for the insured
  • Representation of various insureds in connection with insurance insolvencies
  • Coverage counsel to Fortune 100 company in negotiation and drafting terms of reinsurance agreements between captive reinsurer and primary carriers