is a partner in O'Melveny & Myers LLP's New York office and a member of the Class Actions, Mass Torts, and Insurance Litigation Practice. He has represented insurance companies in a variety of disputes, including bad faith claims and environmental coverage litigation. Tanc has represented carriers in cases in a number of states, including New Jersey, New York, and New Hampshire. He has also conducted and assisted in mediations and provided coverage advice to clients to assist them in avoiding disputes without the need for litigation. Tanc participated at trial in the defense of a major environmental coverage action involving multiple parties and claims for coverage exceeding US$500 million. Tanc was also involved in the trial of another major multiparty coverage dispute involving coverage claims in a dozen states and Canada.
Chambers USA 2012
notes that Tanc is “known as a go-to lawyer on high-stakes mass tort and insurance bad faith litigation.”
Apart from his work for insurance companies, Tanc has been active in a broad range of complex commercial litigation and appeals in both federal and state court, involving such issues as accountants liability, fraudulent conveyance, securities, and employment litigation. Tanc has represented lenders and borrowers in actions involving securities transactions and loans. He has also been involved in a variety of adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court.
Admitted to Practice
, US Supreme Court; US Court of Appeals, Second, Third, Ninth, and Federal Circuits; US District Court, District of Connecticut; various US District Courts Member
, New York City Bar AssociationSpeaker
, "Changing Politics of Asbestos Bankruptcies," HB Asbestos Bankruptcy Current Trends & Future Outlook (October 2010); "Ethics in Asbestos Litigation," Perrin Asbestos Litigation Conference (September 2010); "The Intersection Between Bankruptcy and Insurance Coverage: What Every Coverage Practitioner Should Know," ABA Section of Litigation—Insurance Coverage Annual Conference (March 2010), “Claim Trends & Update—What is the Forecast?,” Mealey’s Asbestos Insurance Conference (September 2006); “Investigations Into Fraudulent Asbestos & Silica Claims,” Mealey’s teleconference (August 2006); “Asbestos Bankruptcy,” Andrews Asbestos Litigation Conference (June 2006); “Changing Landscape in Asbestos Claims Filings and Emerging Trends,” Mealey’s Asbestos Insurance Litigation (December 2005); “Asbestos: The Times They Are Changing,” Tillinghast Asbestos Litigation Conference (September 2005)Author
, "Victory for Insurers in Skinner Engine May Change Landscape for Asbestos Bankruptcies," Bloomberg Law Reports: Bankruptcy Law
(June 29, 2009; co-authored with Gary Svirsky and Allen Schwartz); “No Final Answer,” Best’s Review
(May 2008); “The Fourth Circuit Re-Installs Limits on Coverage for Asbestos Personal Injuries,” Mealey’s Litigation Report
(November 3, 2004)Participant,
Emerging Insurance Coverage & Allocation Issues Conference (January 2011) Accolades,
Named National Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
(2013); named Client Choice 2013 in the New York Insurance & Reinsurance category by International Law Office and Lexology; Chambers USA 2012
- ranked in the New York and Nationwide “Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer” categories; Preeminent AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (2013); Recipient of Law360'
s 2012 MPV award in Insurance honoring achievements in major litigation that have set a new standard for accomplishment