Robert A. Whitney
Mr. Whitney has 25 years of experience in complex insurance coverage, bad faith, reinsurance, regulatory affairs and compliance, and commercial litigation, and he has resolved disputes throughout Massachusetts, New England and nationally. His practice includes representing insurers and reinsurers in coverage and bad faith disputes before state and federal courts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Whitney also has extensive experience in negotiating the resolution of disputed coverage claims, and has counseled insurance company clients on claims litigation strategy, claims resolution procedures, and coverage questions. He also served as Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Harold Baker, District Judge, United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.
Mr. Whitney has also represented ceding companies and reinsurers in reinsurance litigation and arbitration, in disputes involving a variety of insurance coverage and bad faith claims. He has also arbitrated matters arising under both facultative certificates and treaty programs and he has counseled both ceding and reinsuring companies about their obligations and their rights. Mr. Whitney was previously the Corporate Secretary for the Stonewall Insurance Company and Seaton Insurance Company, and was also on the Board of Directors of the Transport Insurance Company. He also is an ARIAS-US Certified Insurance and Reinsurance Arbitrator. Mr. Whitney has been selected by his peers to be included in the Best Lawyers in America® as one of the best lawyers in Massachusetts in Insurance Law.
Mr. Whitney was formerly the Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel of the Massachusetts Division of Insurance for four years. In that role, he provided legal advice to the Commissioner of Insurance, as well as to the Governor’s Chief Counsel and Chief of Staff and other senior administration officials, concerning the interpretation and application of state and federal insurance laws and regulations. Mr. Whitney now provides legal guidance to clients with respect to the application of federal and state regulations to insurance and reinsurance companies. He also advises clients with respect to responses to requests for information from regulatory agencies, external auditors and others concerning regulatory requirements, and appears before regulatory agencies, to help clients resolve any regulatory and compliance issues, and to facilitate regulatory approvals. Mr. Whitney also advises senior executive management on legal and regulatory matters related to all company operations and products, which includes the preparation of legal memoranda concerning significant legal, compliance and regulatory matters.
Mr. Whitney has frequently written and presented on issues relating to insurance coverage, reinsurance, and bad faith. He has written several law review articles and is Co-Editor of the Massachusetts Liability Insurance Manual, where he also authored two of the manual’s chapters. Mr. Whitney’s articles and comments have also appeared in Mealey’s Litigation Reports – Insurance, and in publications of the MCLE organization, the ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section, and the Massachusetts Insurance & Reinsurance Bar Association. He has appeared as a speaker at conferences, symposiums and seminars sponsored by DRI, ABA, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, LexisNexis, Mealey’s Publishing, MCLE, the Boston Bar Association, ACI, ARIAS-US, the Massachusetts Insurance and Reinsurance Bar Association, Ecology and Environment, Inc., among many others.
Mr. Whitney’s extensive community involvement includes being: the former President and Board Member of the Massachusetts Disability Law Center; the former President and current Board Member of the Massachusetts Insurance and Reinsurance Bar Association; the former President and current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Beacon Hill Civic Association in Boston, Massachusetts; Co-Chair and Trustee of the Boston Groundwater Trust; President of the Boston Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society; Member of the Steering Committee of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the Boston Bar Association; and current Member of the Suffolk University Institutional Master Plan Task Force.