Insurance Law

Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith

Sulloway & Hollis’ Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith attorneys provide strategic guidance and advocacy to insurers and third-party administrators across New England, in areas that include insurance coverage under first-party and third-party policies, extracontractual and bad faith liability, regulatory compliance and related matters. Our attorneys are licensed in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. We help our clients fulfill their business objectives and maintain regulatory compliance by providing efficient, creative and timely legal solutions and informed advice. Given our proven track record of thinking outside the box and staying abreast of important developments in all facets of insurance law, we help our clients achieve their goals and lessen their legal exposures in the most cost-effective manner possible.

Sulloway & Hollis’ Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith attorneys are leaders in the legal profession. Many have achieved professional distinction such as:

  • Leadership in national and international insurance and corporate counsel bar associations such as the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and the International Association of Defense Counsel, most of which are “invitation only” and whose lawyers are considered to be the “best of the best”
  • Recognition in Who’s Who in Insurance, Best’s Directories of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters, The Best Lawyers in America©, Super Lawyers®
  • Frequent appearances as authors and speakers on insurance issues

Our services include proactive counseling, coverage analysis and litigation on behalf of insurers, third-party administrators and related entities under a wide array of insurance policies, including first-party, general liability, D&O, and professional liability policies of all types. We bring in-depth knowledge of insurance issues, coupled with substantial trial and appellate experience in federal and state courts throughout New England. With offices in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island, we work with clients throughout New England, including insurance companies, insurance agents and brokers, employee benefit plans, third-party administrators, health maintenance organizations and self-insured entities.

(From left to right: Barbara O’Donnell and William D. Pandolph)

We represent insurance companies in a wide range of coverage and extracontractual liability disputes. We understand the importance of consistent and principled policy interpretation, timely claims handling, and the need for cost-effective resolution of coverage issues. Our services include:

  • Coverage analysis
  • Reservation of rights and other communications with insureds on coverage issues
  • Litigating coverage disputes in declaratory judgment actions in state and federal courts and arbitration forums throughout New England
  • Litigating insurance fraud, misrepresentation and rescission claims in state and federal courts and arbitration forums throughout New England
  • Defending bad faith, unfair insurance trade practices and breach of contract claims on behalf of insurers in state and federal courts and arbitral proceedings throughout New England
  • Handling appellate matters regarding coverage and other issues for insurers in federal and state courts throughout New England
  • Policy drafting and review
  • Customized training programs for claims professionals concerning significant trends and developments and ways to minimize extra contractual exposures

In addition, our attorneys counsel clients on risk management, coverage analysis, minimizing extra contractual liability exposures, regulatory requirements and other facets of the insurance business. Drawing on Sulloway & Hollis’ strong corporate and administrative law experience, we also offer:

  • Guidance on corporate and regulatory matters, including formation, organization, qualification, domestication, licensing, registration, rehabilitation, mergers and acquisitions, and reorganizations
  • Representation before insurance regulators and other state agencies
  • Guidance on significant legal decisions as well as legislative and regulatory changes at the state and federal level
  • Preparation of amicus curiae briefs on matters of industry to the insurance industry

Sulloway Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Attorneys:

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For more information about our Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith practice, visit our contact page, or call one of our Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Practice Area Co-Chairs, Barbara O’Donnell at 401-421-3659, or Alex Henlin at 603-223-2841.


9 Capitol St. & 29 School St.,
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-224-2341


30 Exchange St.
Gorham, NH 03581
Phone: 603-466-5946


265 Franklin St., Suite 1702
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 781-320-5400


477 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207-253-5141


50 Cabot St., Suite 204
Needham, MA 02494
Phone: 781-320-5400


40 Westminster St. Suite 201
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Phone: 401-421-7110