Profile
John D. Cole
Current Employment
  • Company:
    Wiley Rein LLP
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Partner

  • Address:
    1776 K Street, N.W.
    Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 20006
  • Phone:
    202-719-7333
  • Cell:
    202-256-1212
  • Fax:
    202-719-7049
  • Email:
Offering Services as Expert Witness in:
Asbestos Claims, Automobile Claims, Errors and Omissions Claims, Health Hazard Claims, Insurance Claims, Liability Claims, Medical Malpractice Claims, Pollution Claims, Property Claims, Toxic Tort Claims, Workers Compensation Claims, Coverage / Contract Interpretation, Offshore / London Markets, Regulatory / Compliance
Previous Employment
  • Company:
    Zurich Financial Services Group (Zurich North America)
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Executive Vice President and Chief Claims Officer – North America (staff of 3,500)
    Executive Vice President – Legal Services

  • Company:
    Maryland Casualty Company
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Senior V.P. and General Counsel
    SVP and Chief Claims Officer
    Director of Environmental Claims

Credentials
  • Attorney:
    Yes
  • Education:
    Admitted to Practice – Maryland (1979); U.S. District
    Court of Maryland (1980); District of Columbia (2003)
  • Degrees:
    Rutgers University - B.A.
    University of Baltimore School of Law - J.D.
  • Languages:
    Conversant in Spanish
  • Other Information:
  • Founding Chairman - Insurance Environmental Litigation Assoc., 1986-88
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (Member 1989 - Present; Vice President – Insurance, 1994-96)
  • Asbestos Claims Managers Association (Founding Member - Governance Committee, 1981-85)
Work Experience
  • Insurance Company: 31 years.
    Legal Department: 5 years. SVP & General Counsel
    Claim Department: 26 years. Executive Vice President, Chief Claims Officer; SVP; VP; Director
  • Law Firm (Insurance/Reinsurance Practice): 8 years.
    Partner: 5 years.
    Counsel: 3 years.
Breakdown of Experience
  • Commercial Liability
    10%
  • Asbestos
    10%
  • Environmental/Pollution
    8%
  • Bad Faith/ECO
    6%
  • Workers' Compensation
    5%
  • Toxic Tort
    5%
  • Automobile Liability/Property
    4%
  • Construction Defects
    4%
  • Excess/Surplus Lines
    3%
  • Commercial Property
    3%
  • Commutations
    3%
  • Product Liability
    3%
  • Professional Liability/Errors &, Omissions
    3%
  • Captives/Risk Retention Groups
    3%
  • Insolvencies
    2%
  • Contract Wording
    2%
  • Directors &, Officers
    2%
  • Personal Lines
    2%
  • Third Party Administrator
    2%
  • MGA/MGU
    2%
  • Life
    2%
  • Political Risk
    1%
  • Ocean Marine
    1%
  • Regulatory/Licensing
    1%
  • Long Term Disability
    1%
  • Libel/Slander/Media Liability
    1%
  • Accident & Health
    1%
  • Intellectual Property
    1%
  • Energy
    1%
  • Alternative/Self-Insurance/Risk Management
    1%
  • Aviation
    1%
  • Catastrophes (Property)
    1%
  • Disability
    1%
  • Employment Practices Liability
    1%
  • Financial Guarantee
    1%
  • Finite
    1%
  • Fidelity &, Surety
    1%
By Market
  • U.S. Market:
    80%
  • U.K. Market:
    10%
  • Bermuda/Off-shore Market:
    5%
  • European Market:
    4%
  • Global Market:
    1%

Insurance vs. Reinsurance: 90/10%
Treaty vs. Facultative Reinsurance: 70/30%

ARIAS Experience

Ethics Training, as Trainee: 1; May 2010

ARIAS Conference Faculty: 6; Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Fall 2012, Fall 2014, Spring 2017

Other Approved Training:

February 2011 Educational Seminar - FACULTY
March 2014 Educational Seminar - FACULTY

Arbitration Experience

Number of Arbitrations

As an Arbitrator: 78

As an Umpire: 2

As Employee Manager: 5

Arbitrator Experience
Number of Arbitrations
24
Appointed as an arbitrator.
22
Acted as an arbitrator through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage.
21
Acted as an arbitrator through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage and the resolution of significant pre-hearing motions.
2
Acted as an arbitrator through an evidentiary hearing of at least one full day and less than three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
1
Acted as an arbitrator through an evidentiary hearing of at least three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
2
Acted as an arbitrator through to final award after completion of an evidentiary hearing of at least one full day and less than three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
6
Acted as an arbitrator through to final award after completion of an evidentiary hearing of at least three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
Umpire Experience
Number of Arbitrations
1
Appointed as an umpire.
1
Acted as an umpire through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage and the resolution of significant pre-hearing motions.
Employee Manager Experience
Number of Arbitrations
5
Not available or unwilling to provide. ARIAS recognizes that in an effort to protect the respective company(ies) that you work(ed) for, you may not be able to divulge the status of the arbitrations that you participated in. Indicate such arbitrations here.
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