Tancred Schiavoni


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Tancred Schiavoni, Chair of the Firm's Insurance Practice, represents insurance and reinsurance 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 also was involved in the trial of another major multiparty coverage dispute involving coverage claims in a dozen states and Canada.

Chambers USA notes that Tanc is “known as a go-to lawyer on high-stakes mass tort and insurance bad faith litigation.”


Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a Local Litigation Star and National Practice Area Star for Insurance by Benchmark Litigation (2020)
  • Ranked by Chambers USA in the New York and Nationwide “Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer” categories (2012, 2014-2021)
  • Listed in The Legal 500 US as a Leading Lawyer (2013-2019) and Hall of Fame (2018, 2020-2021) for Insurance 
  • 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
  • Preeminent AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (2013)
  • Recipient of Law360’s 2012 MVP award in Insurance honoring achievements in major litigation that have set a new standard for accomplishment


Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, District of Connecticut, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of New York
  • US Court of Appeals, Second, Third, Ninth, and Federal Circuits
  • US Supreme Court


  • Georgetown University, J.D., 1988:  Member, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
  • Georgetown University, B.S., 1984

Professional Activities


  • New York City Bar Association


  • “Responding to Extreme Losses in the New Normal,” ARIAS US Spring Conference (May 2018)
  • “Recent Trends and Developments in Allocation Issues – Which Policies Apply and in What Order,” Perrin Conferences: Insurance Coverage and Allocation Issues Conference (April 2018)
  • “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)



  • Emerging Insurance Coverage & Allocation Issues Conference (January 2011)

Press Releases

In the News

Law360: Boy Scouts To File New Ch. 11 Docs With Two Plan Options

April 12, 2021

Reuters Legal: Boy Scouts offer settlement to resolve sex abuse claims in bankruptcy court

March 2, 2021

Law360: Boy Scouts Propose $300M Sex Abuse Settlement Fund

March 2, 2021

The Wall Street Journal: Boy Scouts Offer Sex-Abuse Settlement, Aiming for End to Bankruptcy

March 2, 2021

The Washington Post: Boy Scouts Releases Sex-abuse Bankruptcy Plan, with US$300 Million Coming from Local Councils

March 2, 2021

USA Today: Boy Scouts of America plan to exit bankruptcy would pay abuse survivors an average of $6,000 each

March 2, 2021

Los Angeles Times: Boy Scouts propose more than $300 million, Norman Rockwell paintings to settle sex abuse claims

March 1, 2021

Associated Press: Boy Scouts submit reorganization plan to bankruptcy court

March 1, 2021

Law360: Insurance Group of the Year - O’Melveny

December 7, 2020

Insurance Journal: Diverging Views: Is COVID a One-Off Catastrophe or Not?

June 5, 2020

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