Michael S. Komar has almost twenty-five years of experience handling complex insurance coverage and commercial litigation matters. Mr. Komar's insurance coverage litigation experience has included handling dozens actions involving pollution, asbestos, silica, lead paint, toxic tort, construction defect, general liability and California Prop. 64 and 65 claims, in addition to representing insurance clients in prepackaged bankruptcy, reinsurance, broker liability and first-party property disputes. Many of the coverage actions defended by Mr. Komar involved claims not only for declaratory judgment and breach of contract, but also bad faith and unfair claim handling practices.
Mr. Komar has developed an intimate working knowledge of the various liability insurance policy forms utilized through the years (e.g., M&C, OL&T, Garage Keepers Liability, CGL, Spectrum Business Liability, umbrella, excess and claims-made coverage forms). In addition, Mr. Komar has taken and defended hundreds of fact witness and expert depositions, argued numerous discovery, in limine and dispositive motions, participated in the trial/hearing of a number of cases and arbitrations, submitted and argued various appeals, and interviewed countless individuals involved with underwriting, the development of policy forms, drafting committees of the NBCU, IRB and ISO, the handling of claims, and the rendition of loss control and engineering services.
Aside from his extensive work in the insurance coverage field, Mr. Komar also has spent many years representing banks and other clients in various securities actions, and has provided litigation advice to financial institutions and investors in connection with various corporate transactions. Mr. Komar also has extensive experience defending commercial contract and business disputes, product liability, toxic tort and environmental cases, including government, class action and individual claimants.