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Mary A Lopatto
Current Employment
  • Company:
    Williams Lopatto PLLC
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Founding Partner

  • Address:
    1200 New Hampshire Ave., N.W. Suite 750
    Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 20036 United States
  • Phone:
    202-296-1661
  • Cell:
    202-744-5155
  • Email:
  • Website:
    www.WilliamsLopatto.com
Offering Services as Expert Witness in:
Asbestos Claims, Pollution Claims, Professional Liability Claims, Property Claims, Reinsurance Claims, Toxic Tort Claims, Workers Compensation Claims, Captives, Commutations, Coverage / Contract Interpretation, Fronting Arrangements, Life Reinsurance, Reinsurance Contract Wording
Previous Employment
  • Company:
    Cozen O'Connor
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Member, Global Insurance Department

  • Company:
    Chadbourne and Parke LLP
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Partner in the Reinsurance Practice Group and Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. Office

  • Company:
    LeBoeuf Lamb Greene and MacRae LLP
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Partner in the Reinsurance Practice Group and Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. Office

Credentials
  • Attorney:
    Yes
  • Education:
    Princeton University, A.B.
    Catholic University Columbus School of Law, J.D.
  • Degrees:
    A.B., J.D.
Breakdown of Experience
  • Asbestos
    20%
  • Captives/Risk Retention Groups
    10%
  • Financial Guarantee
    5%
  • Environmental/Pollution
    5%
  • Accident & Health
    2%
  • Contract Wording
    2%
  • Toxic Tort
    2%
  • Professional Liability/Errors &, Omissions
    2%
  • Product Liability
    2%
  • Life
    2%
  • Excess/Surplus Lines
    2%
  • Employment Practices Liability
    2%
  • Directors &, Officers
    2%
  • Fidelity &, Surety
    2%
  • Workers' Compensation
    2%
  • Commercial Property
    2%
  • Aviation
    2%
  • Commercial Liability
    2%
  • Commutations
    2%
  • Catastrophes (Property)
    2%
  • Catastrophes (Casualty)
    2%
  • Insolvencies
    1%
  • Automobile Liability/Property
    1%
  • Bad Faith/ECO
    1%
  • Regulatory/Licensing
    1%
  • Agricultural
    1%
  • Alternative/Self-Insurance/Risk Management
    1%
By Market
  • U.S. Market:
    60%
  • U.K. Market:
    20%
  • Bermuda/Off-shore Market:
    20%

Insurance vs. Reinsurance: 20/80%
Treaty vs. Facultative Reinsurance: 60/40%

Mediation Experience
  • Number of Mediations
    As Counsel: 8
Arbitration Experience

Number of Arbitrations

As an Arbitrator: 1

As Outside Counsel: 59

Arbitrator Experience
Number of Arbitrations
1
Appointed as an arbitrator.
Lead Counsel Experience
Number of Arbitrations
15
Retained and Acted as Lead Counsel, up to, but not including, the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage.
2
Acted as Lead Counsel through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage and the resolution of significant pre-hearing motions.
2
Acted as Lead Counsel through to an evidentiary hearing of at least three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
8
Acted as Lead Counsel 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.
32
Acted as Lead Counsel through to final award after completion of an evidentiary hearing of at least three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
Biography

Mary Lopatto has more than 30 years of experience in reinsurance and direct insurance, primarily in the claims and dispute resolution area. She has appeared in federal and state courts on behalf of her clients and has provided specialized advice to cedents and reinsurers with respect to underwriting, regulatory, and contract wording issues. She has extensive experience with all contract forms, including automative facultative treaties, cat covers, and commutation and portfolio transfer agreements.

A particular focus of Ms. Lopatto's practice has been complex and large-scale international arbitrations of allocation disputes under the Bermuda form and subject to the Bermuda International Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1993. She has handled major arbitrations involving the reinsurance of Bermuda captives with respect to professional liability, pollution liability, insolvency issues, and product liability.

As counsel for cedents and reinsurers, she has resolved disputes across a broad range of Property Casualty and Life Insurance lines, most recently including asbestos liability, workers compensation, financial reinsurance, GMDB, crop insurance, catastrophe reinsurance, and boiler and machinery coverage.

She is a former Chairman of ARIAS and longtime Board Member and initiated ARIAS' s long-range planning project which led to the major reform of the arbitrator certification process.