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Insurance Coverage

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Insurance Coverage

Guiding New England Clients Through Insurance Law Matters

Melick & Porter, LLP’s insurance coverage practice has an incredible reputation. Our success is founded upon our superior research, legal analysis, and writing skills. We provide detailed coverage analyses and practical advice to help our clients achieve the best outcomes promptly and economically. Clients count on us not only as advisors, but also as their trial and appellate counsel. We help our clients navigate the intricacies of policy language and the law, and we always stand ready to vigorously defend their positions in court. Our senior attorneys have conducted thousands of coverage evaluations, have tried numerous cases in state and federal courts, and have enjoyed successes before judges and juries alike. Our firm has also helped forge new coverage law through the many appellate cases we have handled.

Contact our team online or by phone to schedule an appointment today at (617) 523-6200.

Who We Serve

We represent primary and excess insurers as well as self-insured companies, and we are familiar with a wide range of insurance policies, including commercial general liability, employment practices liability, professional liability, errors and omissions, directors and officers, automobile, pollution, excess, and umbrella. Our practice also includes representing insurance companies against claims for bad faith and punitive damages.

Decades Of Experience To Back Our Reputations

We are proud of our tradition of excellence. Our senior attorneys have earned AV ratings from Martindale-Hubbell and have been recognized for their insurance coverage expertise as Massachusetts Super Lawyers and New England Super Lawyers. Partner William Rose is a member of the American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel. Our late partner, Andre Sansoucy, authored Liability Insurance Law in Massachusetts, and partner Michael Byrne carries on his legacy with regular supplements to this leading treatise. For anything from a simple first or second opinion on a reservation of rights to a complex declaratory judgment action, we would be pleased to put our energy, experience, and expertise to work on your behalf.

Notable Cases

  • American Home Assur. Co. v. First Specialty Ins. Co., 73 Mass.App.Ct. 1 (2008) (trucking coverage)
  • Merrill v. Colbert, 79 Mass.App.Ct. 1124 (2011) (sexual relations between patient and therapist not covered by professional liability policy)
  • Newton v. Krasnigor, 404 Mass. 682 (1989) (intentional act exclusion)
  • Utica Mut. Ins. Co. v. Amity Ins. Agency, Inc., 84 Mass.App.Ct. 1111 (2013) (errors and omissions insurance)

Our insurance coverage lawyers are ready to assist you. Call us at (617) 523-6200.

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Nationally-Recognized & Award-Winning Trial Attorneys

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    Alexander W. Ahrens

    Associate

    Alex is an associate in our Connecticut office. He graduated summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law. He has a B.A. degree in English from Gettysburg College. Alex was an Associate Editor of the Quinnipiac Law Review and received awards for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Performance in Oral Advocacy.

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    Michael R. Byrne

    Partner

    Having begun his career at Melick & Porter over twenty-five years ago, Mike rejoined the firm in 2015 after several years at a national firm specializing in civil litigation defense and insurance coverage matters. Mike has experience in a variety of areas, from professional liability and premises liability claims to business disputes, housing discrimination, and environmental claims.

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    William D. Chapman

    Member

    Bill joined Melick & Porter in 1988 and has been a Member of the firm since 1998. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and has been repeatedly named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer (2004 – present). He concentrates his practice in the areas of general liability, professional liability, and the representation of insurers with regard to coverage issues, insurance fraud, and property claims.

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    Christopher A. Costain

    Associate

    Chris is an Associate in Melick & Porter's Connecticut office. His practice focuses on defending individual and corporate clients in a wide range of civil litigation matters involving employment practices liability, premises liability, general liability, and insurance coverage issues.

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    Matthew B. DiMario

    Partner

    Matt is a Partner in the General Liability and Professional Liability practice groups. He is admitted to practice in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island and regularly represents insurance carriers, their policy holders and self-insureds in state and federal court. Matt is a skilled litigator who has successfully represented clients on a wide range of insurance defense matters.

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    Lauren S. Fackler

    Partner

    Lauren is a Junior Partner in the firm’s Boston office. Her practices focus on defending employment practices liability matters involving a variety of issues, including harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. She also handles professional liability, general liability, and insurance coverage matters. Lauren represents clients in both state and federal courts as well as before state and federal agencies.

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    Michael C. Grenier

    Associate

    Mike is an associate in the firm's Boston office. Mike's practice focuses primarily on the defense of complex general liability, product liability, premises liability, personal injury, construction, and recreational liability cases.

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    Richard E. Heifetz

    Partner

    Rick Heifetz is entering his fortieth year of practicing law. He is a 1972 graduate of the University of New Hampshire (B.A., cum laude) and a 1978 graduate of the New England School of Law (J.D., cum laude). He began his legal career as an associate in the firm of Darling & McLaughlin in Burlington and was a founding partner in the Boston firm of Roche, Heifetz, Murphy & Wholley.

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    Christian H. Hinrichsen

    Partner

    Christian has extensive experience in complex litigation matters, including bench and jury trials, arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and mediations. His corporate counseling includes risk assessment and contract review. He is admitted to the state and federal courts of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Christian's practice has earned him selections as a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer.”

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    Johnathan L. Konandreas

    Associate

    Johnathan graduated magna cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2018. During law school, he won the Connecticut Judges Association Memorial Award and was named Student Leader of the Year in 2018.

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    Nicholas M. Luise

    Associate

    Nick is an Associate in Melick & Porter's Boston office. His practice focuses on employment law, general liability, professional liability, and premises liability.

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    Casey C. Miller

    Associate

    Casey is an Associate in Melick & Porter's Connecticut office. Her practice focuses on defending individual and corporate clients in a wide range of civil litigation matters involving employment practices liability, premises liability, general liability, and insurance coverage issues. She has experience defending against premises liability and personal injury cases on behalf of her clients.

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    Malik Eice Muhammad

    Associate

    Malik is an Associate in our Boston office. He is a graduate of the University of London and received his law degrees from Georgetown and Berkeley Law. His practice focuses on general liability and product liability.

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    René M. Pickett

    Partner

    Attorney Pickett represents clients in all areas of the firm’s practice, including claims involving insurance coverage, toxic torts, premises liability, and products liability in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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    Robert P. Powers

    Member

    Bob joined the firm in 1984 after graduating from law school and has made it his professional home. In the years since, he has tried numerous jury cases in both federal and state courts involving a variety of civil matters, including professional malpractice, insurance coverage, and general liability claims. Bob oversees our firm's appellate practice and has successfully argued cases before the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

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    Victoria M. Ranieri

    Associate

    Victoria joined Melick & Porter after several years working with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, where she rose to the position of Supervising Trial Attorney. Victoria’s work with this agency, which provides for public defense in Massachusetts, allowed her to gain extensive jury trial experience, including numerous felony criminal cases involving sexual assault, home invasion and controlled substances offenses.

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    Holly G. Rogers

    Partner

    Holly is a partner in the firm’s Connecticut and New York offices. Her practice focuses on all facets of employment law, and the areas of professional liability and general liability. Holly represents clients in both federal and state courts in Connecticut and New York, as well as before federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights.

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    William P. Rose

    Partner

    Bill Rose is a graduate of University of Massachusetts and a cum laude graduate of Suffolk University School of Law. He also obtained his C.P.C.U. designation. Bill previously practiced at Morrison, Mahoney & Miller; Gillespie & Associates; the Law Offices of Peter Eleey; and Tucker, Heifetz & Saltzman, LLP. He handles cases in all areas of the firm’s practice.

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    Syd A. Saloman

    Partner

    Syd is a cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and a cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School. During law school, he was the recipient of the Goodwin Scholarship for Best Trial Advocacy. Syd previously practiced at Regan & Kiely LLP and Tucker, Heifetz & Saltzman in Boston.

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    James T. Scamby

    Partner

    Jim is a graduate of Boston College, B.A., 1992 and New England School of Law, J.D., 1995. He was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence award in Administrative Law in 1995. He clerked at Roche, Heifetz, Murphy & Wholley during law school and joined the firm as an associate in 1995. He was a partner in the Boston firm of Tucker, Heifetz & Saltzman, LLP from 2002 through 2012.

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    John N. Yokow

    Associate

    John is an associate in the firm’s Boston office. John’s practice focuses on civil litigation matters including personal injury/negligence defense, product liability, premises liability, insurance coverage, bad faith claims, complex commercial / business disputes and employment.

What Sets Us Apart

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