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Elizabeth Kniffen

Partner
Zelle LLP

Liz is a partner in the firm’s Minneapolis office where her practice is focused on complex commercial litigation, and insurance and reinsurance disputes.

Liz handles first-party property coverage disputes in a variety of contexts and has dealt extensively with issues relating to policy interpretation, as well as the application of a wide variety of coverage exclusions and policy endorsements.  Liz also handles liability coverage matters and matters involving structured insurance programs.  She has also represented cedents, reinsurers, and retrocessionaires in confidential arbitrations concerning a wide range of matters including rescission, coverage reinstatements, ex gratia payments, claims control, punitive/exemplary damages, and global property/casualty programs.

She represents clients in financial services litigation and other complex commercial disputes, taking cases from the early stages of investigation through trial.

Liz represents clients in all aspects of litigation in federal and state courts as well as alternative dispute resolution proceedings. She has handled matters in numerous state and federal courts throughout the country including California, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, South Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Liz is actively involved with Twin Cities Diversity in Practice and serves on its Professional Development and Recruiting committees.  She is also the Past-Chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Excess, Surplus Lines and Reinsurance Committee.

Session Information:

Thursday, November 5th | 2:35 – 3:25 PM & 3:30 – 4:20 PM

Breakout Two | COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Case Law Developments
Even those not involved in the (re)insurance industry are aware of the avalanche of disputes between policyholders and insurers related to the COVID pandemic. This session will provide an overview of recent court decisions addressing coverage disputes arising from the pandemic and other relevant legal developments.

Speaker: Frank DeMento, Transatlantic Reinsurance Co.
Elizabeth Kniffen, Zelle LLP