Insurance Defense and Coverage
Wright, Constable & Skeen has extensive experience in defending both complex and routine cases including general liability, employment, construction, professional liability, maritime, and surety among others. The lawyers at WC&S are also well versed in assisting insurers with coverage questions. In addition to major insurance companies, Wright, Constable & Skeen’s litigation clients include numerous self-insured, including multi-state corporations.
We are a member of the Harmonie Group, an association of insurance defense law firms, and are listed in Best´s Directory of Insurance Defense Attorneys, the Insurance Law List, the Defense Research Institute, the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, The Maritime Law Association and The Propeller Club of The United States, The Propeller Club of Baltimore.
Our principal areas of insurance defense and coverage:
- Litigation-General Liability
- Construction Law-Insurance Defense
- Admiralty and Maritime
- Employment and Labor
- Workers’ Compensation
- Insurance Coverage
- Professional Liability Defense
The Litigation General Liability Group deals with all types of personal injury, death and property damage claims including routine auto torts, truck and bus accidents, premises liability claims, intentional tort claims and toxic tort litigation.
CONSTRUCTION LAW—INSURANCE DEFENSE
The Construction Law Group is distinguished as a local leader in the industry. The group is comprised of a talented set of attorneys well recognized by professional groups and publications for excellent legal service. Attorneys within the group are active members and participants in many of the most prominent professional groups and associations within the industry. The Construction Law group represents a wide range of clients in the construction industry.
Defending an insured is a typical part of our attorneys’ practice. Our construction attorneys have the experience necessary to represent an insured on all claims relating to construction projects, construction defects, and architect or engineering malpractice.
ADMIRALTY, MARITIME AND RAILROAD
Our Admiralty, Maritime and Transportation Law Group handles matters related to commercial and recreational vessels, including vessel arrests and attachments, commercial disputes relating to charters, contracts, preferred mortgage foreclosures, maritime claims in bankruptcy, collision, products liability, personal injury and death claims, and cargo and property damage claims. Throughout our history, we have represented railroads in corporate, labor, real estate, regulatory matters as well as personal injury and property damage.
We represent management in labor and employment cases in Federal and State courts and before administrative agencies. These cases include wage and hour laws, wage payment laws, employment discrimination, and wrongful discharge litigation. We also prepare personnel policies and procedures and employee handbooks.
The WC&S attorneys are experienced in Maryland´s Workers´ Compensation system, appearing before the Workers´ Compensation Commission and handling claims appealed from the Commission. The firm also has an extensive FELA defense practice in both State and Federal courts. WC&S also have extensive experience in mediating claims when on appeal.
The experience our attorneys have in a wide range of practice areas results in familiarity with insurance policies of all types. We render opinions on coverage, including a carrier’s duty to defend or indemnify, and we provide defense in insurance coverage litigation and monitor claims.
PROFESSIONAL AND LIABILITY DEFENSE
When it comes to professional liability, i.e., malpractice matters, our attorneys have years of experience defending professionals, including lawyers, design professionals, construction managers, insurance agents and brokers, real estate agents and brokers, and appraisers. We strive to provide efficient yet thorough representation to professionals by recognizing the special circumstances and requirements of working with both them and insurers in a tripartite relationship.