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Insurance & Reinsurance 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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Suzanne Midlige is a distinguished figure in the US market, thanks to her high-profile work on cross-border insurance and reinsurance disputes.

Biography

Suzanne Cocco Midlige is the managing partner of Coughlin Midlige & Garland LLP, and a member of the insurance and reinsurance services group. Ms Midlige’s practice focuses on the representation of domestic and international insurers and reinsurers in litigated and non-litigated transnational disputes.

Ms Midlige has extensive experience in disputes relating to financial institutions, directors and officers, professional indemnity, professional liability, asbestos, pollution and health hazards. Ms Midlige acts for multinational insurers in coverage disputes relating to water contamination, pesticides, PFOA/PFAS; and in relation to coverage disputes concerning securities class actions pertaining to the automotive industry, the California wildfires, and pharmaceutical products. Ms Midlige also acted for multinational reinsurers in a series of corporate malfeasance claims and failed tax strategy claims, as well as coordinating counsel for a multinational reinsurer in relation to subprime and credit exposures. Ms Midlige has significant experience with asbestos and product coverage disputes, including the area of asbestos and talc bankruptcy litigation.

Significant cases include acting as counsel to 50 multinational insurers in a complex insurance and antitrust dispute involving US and Australian asbestos claims, and counsel to European insurers in asbestos coverage litigation filed in the US and London. Ms Midlige works closely with insurers in relation to the development and implementation of models to allocate losses across complex insurance programmes, and in evaluating future loss projections and developing burn rate analyses.

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