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1776 K Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
Telephone: 202-719-7000
Fax: 202-719-7049
E-Mail: dstandish@wileyrein.com
www.wileyrein.com
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Established: 1983

Practice Areas
  • Accountants
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Bad Faith
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Complex Litigation
  • Coverage Issues
  • Cyber
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Environmental Coverage
  • Excess and Surplus Lines
  • Health Care
  • Health Insurance
  • Insurance Agents
  • Insurance Law
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Errors and Omissions
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Crime Insurance/Fidelity
  • Lawyers Professional Liability
  • Property Insurance
  • Renewable Energy Risks
  • Asbestos Coverage
  • Expert Witness/Consultation
  • Data Breach
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
AEGIS Insurance Services, Inc.Allied World Assurance Company
American Insurance Association (AIA)Arch Insurance Group
Argonaut Insurance GroupAspen Specialty Insurance Company
AXIS Financial Insurance SolutionsBCS Insurance Company
Beazley GroupBerkley Professional Liability
Berkley Select, LLCBlue Cross & Blue Shield Association
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of LouisianaBlue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North CarolinaBlue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc.Blue Shield of California Group
Capital BlueCrossCareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Central Benefits Mutual Insurance CompanyChubb Group
CNA Insurance CompaniesCoalition against Insurance Fraud
Complex Insurance Claims Litigation AssociationEndurance Insurance
Evanston Insurance CompanyEverest Reinsurance Company
Farmers Insurance CompanyGeneral Reinsurance Corporation
General Star Indemnity CompanyGenesis Insurance Company
Hannover ReHanover Insurance Company
The Hartford Insurance GroupHawaii Medical Service Association
Health Care Service CorporationHighmark Inc.
ICI Mutual Insurance GroupIFG Companies
Lexington Insurance CompanyLiberty Mutual Insurance Company
Mountain State Blue Cross Blue ShieldNational Insurance Crime Bureau
Nationwide Insurance CompanyThe Navigators Group, Inc.
OneBeacon InsurancePremera Blue Cross
QBE the Americas GroupResolute Management - New England
Starr Indemnity & Liability CompanyState Farm Insurance Companies
Tokio Marine KilnTravelers Insurance Companies
ULLICO GroupWellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
XL Catlin
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Personnel Information
Partners
Kimberly A. Ashmore
Washington, DC
E-Mail:kashmore@wileyrein.com
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Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
Admitted
  • Maryland, 2005
  • District of Columbia, 2007
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth and Eleventh Circuits
Education:
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1995
  • University of Central Florida, M.S., 1999
  • The George Washington University, J.D. (with highest honors), 2005
Born:1975
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Mary E. Borja
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-4252
E-Mail:mborja@wileyrein.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • District of Columbia, 1994
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits
Education:
  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1990
  • University of Miami, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1993
Honors:
Order of the Coif
Born:1969
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John D. Cole
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-7333
E-Mail:jcole@wileyrein.com
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Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Maryland, 1979
  • District of Columbia, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
Certifications:
  • ARIAS - U.S. Certified Insurance/Reinsurance Arbitrator
Education:
  • Rutgers University, B.A., 1971
  • University of Baltimore, J.D., 1979
Born:1949
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Jason P. Cronic
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-7175
E-Mail:jcronic@wileyrein.com
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Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • District of Columbia, 1994
Education:
  • Tulane University, B.A. (cum laude), 1990
  • The University of Chicago, J.D., 1993
Honors:
Mulroy Prize for Appellate Advocacy
Born:1968
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Cara Tseng Duffield
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-7407
E-Mail:cduffield@wileyrein.com
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Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • District of Columbia, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
Education:
  • Harvard-Radcliffe College, A.B. (magna cum laude), 1996
  • The University of Chicago, J.D. (cum laude), 2000
Honors:
Recipient, Hinton Moot Court Cup
Born:1974
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Benjamin C. Eggert
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-7336
E-Mail:beggert@wileyrein.com
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Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
Admitted
  • Virginia, 2000
  • District of Columbia, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A. (with distinction), 1996
  • University of Virginia, J.D., 2000
Born:1974
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Laura A. Foggan
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-3382
E-Mail:lfoggan@wileyrein.com
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Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Insurance Law
Admitted
  • District of Columbia, 1983
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association (Past Chair, Litigation Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee)
  • The District of Columbia Bar (Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice Section)
  • Defense Research Institute (Appellate Advocacy and Insurance Coverage Committees)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Education:
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1980
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.S.Ed., 1980
  • The George Washington University, J.D. (with high honors), 1983
Honors:
Order of the Coif
Born:1958
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John Howell
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-7047
E-Mail:jhowell@wileyrein.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • District of Columbia, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Third, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
Education:
  • Tulane University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2004
  • Harvard Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 2007
Clerkship:
Law Clerk for the Honorable E. Grady Jolly, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2007-2008)
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Parker J. Lavin
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-7367
E-Mail:plavin@wileyrein.com
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Practice Areas
  • Insurance
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Virginia, 2007
  • District of Columbia, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 2001
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 2007
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Charles C. Lemley
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-7354
E-Mail:clemley@wileyrein.com
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Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Florida, 1994
  • District of Columbia, 1996
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education:
  • University of North Florida, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1989
  • Georgetown University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1994
Honors:
Order of the Coif
Born:1960
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Richard L. McConnell
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-7265
E-Mail:rmcconnell@wileyrein.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • District of Columbia, 1978
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal, District of Columbia, Second, Sixth and Eighth Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society
Education:
  • The University of Tennessee, B.A. (with highest honors), 1974
  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1977
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to Judge Bailey Brown, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee, 1977-1978
Honors:
Order of the Coif
Born:1952
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Kimberly M. Melvin
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-7403
E-Mail:kmelvin@wileyrein.com
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Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Virginia, 2000
  • District of Columbia, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
Education:
  • Mary Washington College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1997
  • George Mason University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2000
Born:1975
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Leslie A. Platt
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-3174
E-Mail:lplatt@wileyrein.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • District of Columbia, 1995
  • New York
Education:
  • Albion College, B.A. (cum laude), 1989
  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 1994
Born:1967
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Marc E. Rindner
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-7486
E-Mail:mrindner@wileyrein.com
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Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Maryland, 1997
  • District of Columbia, 1998
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, First, Second, Fourth, Fifth and Ninth Circuits
Education:
  • University of Delaware, B.A. (cum laude), 1994
  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1997
Born:1973
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Kenneth E. Ryan
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-7028
E-Mail:kryan@wileyrein.com
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Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
Admitted
  • Massachusetts, 1988
  • District of Columbia, 1989
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Fourth Circuits
Education:
  • Boston College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1985
  • The George Washington University, J.D., 1988
Born:1963
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Gary P. Seligman
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-3587
E-Mail:gseligman@wileyrein.com
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Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1999
  • District of Columbia, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Education:
  • Harvard University, A.B. (magna cum laude), 1996
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1999
Born:1972
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Richard A. Simpson
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-7314
E-Mail:rsimpson@wileyrein.com
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Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1978
  • District of Columbia, 1987
  • Virginia, 1991
  • Maryland, 2000
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education:
  • Wesleyan University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1974
  • The University of North Carolina, J.D. (with high honors), 1977
Honors:
Order of the Coif
Born:1952
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William E. Smith
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-7350
E-Mail:wsmith@wileyrein.com
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Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Maryland, 1992
  • District of Columbia, 1994
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Education:
  • Michigan State University, B.A. (with high honors), 1989
  • University of Michigan, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1992
Honors:
Order of the Coif
Born:1966
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Daniel J. Standish
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-7130
E-Mail:dstandish@wileyrein.com
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Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • District of Columbia, 1988
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
Additional Biographical Details:
Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, 1989-1993
Memberships:
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (Past President and Trustee)
  • PLUS Foundation (Current Director)
Education:
  • Bowdoin College, A.B. (magna cum laude), 1983
  • The University of Chicago, J.D., 1986
Born:1960
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David H. Topol
Washington, DC
Telephone:202-719-7214
E-Mail:dtopol@wileyrein.com
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Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
Admitted
  • Maryland, 1992
  • District of Columbia, 1993
Education:
  • Cornell University, B.A., 1988
  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1992
Clerkship:
Law Clerk for the Honorable A. Raymond Randolph, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1992-1993)
Born:1966
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Of Counsel
Thomas W. BrunnerMichael J. Gridley
Mary Catherine Martin
Associates
Matthew W. BeatoEdward R. Brown
Ashley E. EilerJessica Gallinaro
Leland H. Jones, IVJessica C. Lim
Laura Lee MillerJason O'Brien
Nicole A. RichardsonMargaret Thomas
Karen TotoJennifer A. Williams
Bonnie T. Wise

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