Lawrence W. Pollack, Esq. serves as arbitrator, mediator, Special Master, and Discovery Master of complex business/commercial matters. Mr. Pollack specializes in negotiating the resolution of difficult disputes with significant claims among multiple parties with divergent interests.
Mr. Pollack has thirty years of experience addressing sophisticated issues in all aspects of domestic and international insurance and reinsurance, including those relative to claims, subrogation, policy language, regulation, and business strategy.
As observed in Legal 500, Mr. Pollack has been described both by claimants and insurers as “personable and thoroughly commercial, perfect for insurance litigation.”
Prior to joining JAMS, Mr. Pollack was in private practice for twenty-eight years at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP and its predecessor firms, LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae LLP and LeBoeuf Lamb Leiby & MacRae. Mr. Pollack’s frequently worked on both sides of the Atlantic for work on cases venued in the U.S. involving insurers based overseas. During that time, Mr. Pollack served for ten years as Co-Chairman of the firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Pollack became a member of the firm’s Executive Committee in 2003 and served on that committee until his retirement.
- Insurance and Re-Insurance
- Professional Liability
- Appointed Special Master in UBS Securities LLC et al v. Highland Capital Management, LP et al (New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division)
- Appointed arbitrator in various significant matters, both as sole arbitrator and member of tripartite arbitration panels
- Mediated a dispute being arbitrated in London involving insurance coverage for underlying MTBE claims
- Mediated a dispute over the dissolution of a joint venture between a U.K. company and a U.S company relating to the manufacture and development of electrical vehicles
- Mediated a matter implicating claims between a life insurance provider and a life settlement company
- Negotiated the settlement of insurance claims concerning alleged respiratory injury following the clean-up of the September 11, 2001 disaster brought against numerous London-based insurers by the World Trade Center Captive on behalf of the City of New York
- Negotiated settlement of insurance claims lodged by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with certain London insurers, in relation to the substantial property damage arising out of the September 11, 2001 disaster
- Negotiated settlement of claims in Insurance Antitrust Litigation against foreign reinsurer group (nineteen parties), following ruling by United States Supreme Court
- Litigated and eventually negotiated settlement of high profile insurance recovery action for construction defect arising out of a massive explosion on an oil platform off the coast of Brazil
- Argued leading case on parameters of federal court jurisdiction under the Air Traffic Safety and Stabilization Act, following the September 11, 2011 disaster
- Settlement of intellectual property claims in large-scale case pending in federal court in Denver, Colorado, and subsequent protection of settlement agreement against charges of unenforceability (Gates v. Bando) (1997-1999)
- Arbitration of six (confidential) matters involving extended warranty reinsurance coverage provided by certain London Market reinsurers, and ongoing provision of advice concerning related issues (1999-2009)
- Litigated and eventually negotiated settlement (following favorable verdict after six-week jury trial) of major bad faith insurance coverage action that implicated all aspects of the pertinent Florida law (Millar v. Underwriters at Lloyd’s) (1994-1997)