O'Melveny Partner Paul Koepff Invited to Join Council on Litigation Management

February 23, 2011



Andrea Rodeschini
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Piper Hall
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

NEW YORK, NEW YORK ─ FEBRUARY 23, 2011 ─ O’Melveny & Myers LLP is pleased to announce that partner and Chair of the Firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance Practice Paul Koepff has been invited to join the Council on Litigation Management (CLM).  The Council is a nonpartisan alliance composed of thousands of insurance companies, corporations, corporate counsel, litigation and risk managers, claims professionals, and lawyers.  Through education and collaboration, the organization’s goals are to promote and further the highest standards of litigation management in pursuit of client defense.  The exclusive membership is by invitation-only as CLM Fellows nominate select lawyers and law firms.


“It is an honor to be recognized among my peers and be extended membership to the Council on Litigation Management," said Koepff.  “For over three decades, my practice has been devoted to the insurance defense industry, and it is a privilege to be given the opportunity to extend my knowledge with individuals on litigation management.” 


Koepff will be a featured speaker at CLM’s Annual Conference 2011, which is taking place in New Orleans from March 23-25.  He will participate on the panel entitled, “Hardball: Cutting Edge Litigation Management Strategies,” which will address innovative litigation management strategies and ethical considerations employed by the insurance industry and corporate America.  The panel will examine the use of existing strategies, the implementation of new and improved litigation management protocols, and the effectiveness of these strategies to reduce legal spend and improve the quality of the defense.


With more than 30 years of experience in handling insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes, Koepff has tried numerous coverage cases in state and federal courts, has argued appeals in various state and federal appellate courts, and has arbitrated a number of insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes, including multiple arbitrations in the UK and Bermuda.


More specifically, Koepff has been involved in litigating various kinds of insurance and reinsurance-related disputes and claims in state and federal courts under the laws of various jurisdictions.  He has prevailed in his last 10 arbitrations involving various insurance and reinsurance-related disputes and claims in domestic and foreign arbitrations, including recovering the fees and expenses as the prevailing party.  Among other things, the matters have related to claims of ceding companies seeking reinsurance with respect to environmental claims, asbestos claims, products liability, product tampering and accidental contamination, and professional liability, among other coverages.  He also has been involved in challenges made to arbitration proceedings and awards in courts of the United States and Bermuda.


About O'Melveny & Myers LLP's Insurance and Reinsurance Practice

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s Insurance and Reinsurance practice combines more than 75 years of experience with forward-looking innovation.  Our team handles disputes involving insurance coverage company practices, regulatory issues, ERISA issues, reinsurance claims, mutual funds, securities, and criminal defense. The lawyers represent clients worldwide under various international arbitration regimes, such as the English Arbitration Act and AAA rules, and have achieved success in almost every international procedural and industry setting.  Our regulatory litigation work includes state commission insurance hearings related to hostile takeovers, constitutional challenges to state laws and regulations, and voter-passed initiatives.  On the transactional side, we address insolvencies, liquidations, and financially distressed situations for insurers and reinsurers.  O'Melveny’s Insurance and Reinsurance practice is widely recognized as a leading practice, including being named “Insurance Practice of the Year” (Insurer category) at Chambers USA’s Awards for Excellence 2010.


About O’Melveny & Myers LLP

With approximately 900 lawyers in 14 offices worldwide, O’Melveny & Myers LLP helps industry leaders across a broad array of sectors manage the complex challenges of succeeding in the global economy. We are a values-driven law firm, guided by the principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship. Our commitment to these values is reflected in our dedication to improving access to justice through pro bono work and championing initiatives that increase the diversity of the legal profession. For more information, please visit www.omm.com