Michael Mullins, chair of the Insurance and Reinsurance practice group, is an experienced courtroom advocate who represents companies in complex commercial disputes. He acts on behalf of cedents, intermediaries and reinsurers in both arbitration and litigation. Michael also represents insurance companies in coverage disputes, regulatory investigations, general commercial transactions and other high-stakes matters.
Michael has advised insurers and reinsurers on some of the industry's thorniest issues, including disputes concerning:
Michael is also active in firm management. He currently serves as the Office Managing Partner in Boston.
Served as arbitration counsel to reinsurer of worker's compensation pool in dispute over the proper application of mandatory commutation provision.
Served as arbitration counsel to cedent in dispute relating to large property loss and subsequent subrogation recoveries.
Served as counsel to industry-leading insurer with respect to a series of civil investigative demands issued by attorney general's office.
Served as arbitration counsel to reinsurers in dispute concerning compensability of cedent's ex gratia payments.
Served as appellate counsel to liability insurer regarding the enforceability of policy limit caps on contract damages.
Served as arbitration counsel to reinsurer in dispute over the propriety of aggregating unrelated claims.
Successfully represented retrocessionaire in series of arbitrations resulting from worker's compensation carveout business.
Served as arbitration counsel to reinsurer in dispute over aviation bodily injury carveout losses.
Successfully represented ceding company in arbitration concerning compensability of DJ expenses under excess of loss treaty program.
Successfully represented large reinsurer in arbitration over cedent's attempted interlocking of claims across a series of facultative certificates.
Arbitration counsel to major domestic ceding company in series of high-stakes asbestos non-products reinsurance arbitrations.
Represented top-tier reinsurer with respect to action in Texas insolvency court affecting client's participation on several layers and across many years of an intricate reinsurance program.
Successfully represented domestic ceding company with respect to losses arising out of book of builder's risk policies.
Successfully represented insurer in direct-side coverage action concerning business interruption claim.
Obtained summary judgment concerning allegations of bad faith and then prevailed on consequential damages claim after a two-week jury trial in U.S. District Court.
Served as counsel to major domestic reinsurer regarding the presentation of various Bermuda hurricane losses as a single "program" loss under the reinsurance contract.
Served as counsel to domestic ceding company in connection with losses emanating from weather-related reinsurance catastrophe bond.
Served as counsel to major domestic ceding company in connection with claims against intermediary that negligently failed to place reinsurance cover.
Served as counsel to European insurer regarding high-profile D&O liability dispute.
Served as trial counsel in U.S. District Court case to enforce oral agreement between insurance companies to co-reinsure a block of individual disability policies.
Named Outstanding Pro Bono Detention Attorney of the Year by the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project for extraordinary trial work successfully representing a detained refugee from Darfur
Selected to the list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Insurance, 2012-2015, 2017
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Previously served as program officer and finance director for Public Allies, a non-profit agency that became a national model for leadership development
Founding chair of the board for Chicago Scores, an innovative after-school program combining literacy training with athletic programming