Marine Insurance

The Wiggin and Dana Insurance Practice Group provides underwriters and other professionals in the marine insurance industry with effective and efficient representation. Our lawyers advise clients in connection with marine insurance claims and coverage issues, defense and monitoring of complex claims, policy wordings, and compliance matters. We represent clients in individual lawsuits and class actions, and insurance and reinsurance arbitrations and mediations. We also have broad experience in many substantive areas in addition to inland and ocean marine, including energy, property, commercial general liability, professional liability, environmental, and aviation.

We bring our substantial knowledge and experience to bear in providing our clients sound counsel. Group members frequently publish and lecture to industry trade groups, conduct insurance company workshops, and instruct in law schools on insurance law and issues. Group members also serve as arbitrators in insurance and reinsurance matters. The Group is proud to serve as counsel to both the American Institute of Marine Underwriters and the Inland Marine Underwriters Association.

The Group includes partners Joe Grasso, Michael Thompson and Tim Diemand. In addition to his experience in private practice, Joe worked in the General Counsel's office of Amlin Underwriting Ltd., one of the premier syndicates at Lloyd's of London. Joe has been nationally recognized as a leading insurance lawyer in several publications, including Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys, Who's Who Legal, and The Legal 500. Tim has extensive experience representing clients both domestically and abroad in high profile and cutting edge litigation and has worked overseas in both London and the Middle East. Mike represents insurers and reinsurers worldwide on complex commercial matters. He practiced in London for several years where he advised Lloyd's and company market entities on a variety of marine claims and regulatory issues.

We have represented many major marine insurance underwriters in coverage disputes, casualties, arbitrations and litigations worldwide, including matters involving yachts, ocean-going (blue water) and coastal and inland (brown water) vessels of all descriptions, and cargoes, as well as liability insurers, war risk insurers, insurers of shipyards, drydocks, terminal operations, marinas and wharfs and loss of earnings, hire or passenger monies insurers.

We also advocate the interests of marine insurers before legislative and regulatory bodies and administrative agencies in the United States.