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   3Scott M. SeamanChicago(312) 704-3699sseaman@hinshawlaw.comsseaman@hinshawlaw.comHinshaw & Culbertson LLPwww.hinshawlaw.comwww.hinshawlaw.comseamanscott.jpgCommercial LitigationInsurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law
Scott M.
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
151 N Franklin St Ste 2500
Chicago IL 60606
Ph.(312) 704-3699 Fx.(312) 704-3001
Recommended by peers in:
Commercial Litigation
Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Seaman is a civil litigator with more than 23 years of experience. He concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance, reinsurance, and complex commercial law and litigation. He has successfully represented companies in trial courts, appellate courts, and arbitrations across the country in a variety of high stakes matters, including cases and cessions involving general liability coverage (primary, umbrella, and excess), professional liability coverage, first-party property coverage, bad faith and extra-contractual matters, fee disputes, and facultative and treaty reinsurance contracts. Mr. Seaman has served as national coverage counsel as well as trial and appellate counsel. His advice has been sought on a wide-range of case specific and portfolio issues. He has drafted contract language, trained insurance and reinsurance professionals, and assisted companies in evaluating and resolving issues in the claims stage. He also has handled a variety of international, professional liability, tort and product liability, and business and commercial cases (including corporate control, contract disputes, business torts, misappropriation, and other matters).

Mr. Seaman is a frequent speaker on insurance, reinsurance, business law, and litigation issues. He has presented before and on behalf of various organizations, including: the American Bar Association; the Defense Research Institute; the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education; the Illinois State Bar Association; the Chicago Bar Association; PLRB/LIRB; Lorman Education Services; Strafford; Perrin; and West Legalworks. He writes extensively on substantive legal issues, insurance and reinsurance topics, and litigation practice matters. His treatise "Allocation of Losses in Complex Insurance Coverage Claims (2d Ed. Thomson West Legalworks) addresses many of the important issues in contemporary insurance and reinsurance disputes. He graduated first in his law school class and served as a law journal editor.

Notable Cases and Results:  
Mr. Seaman has been involved in numerous high profile coverage cases, including cases involving General Electric, Liggett, Owens Corning, Babcock & Wilcox, Kaiser, and Viacom.

Bar Admissions:  
United States Supreme Court
United States Courts of Appeals (Seventh, Tenth Circuits)
United States District Courts (Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Northern District of Florida)
Admitted pro hac vice in numerous matters

Year of Birth:  1962

Law School:  Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1987
Law School Honors/Involvement:  Magna cum laude; first in his law school class; law journal editor

Undergraduate School:  Barat College

Representative Clients:  
Clients include corporations, companies, individuals, and organizations.

Employment History:  
Previously with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • American Bar Association
    • Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
      • Former vice-chair
    • Litigation Section
      • Business Interruption Insurance Subcommittee
        • Co-chair
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
    • Insurance Committee
    • Commercial Litigation Committee
    • International Law Committee
    • Climate Change Litigation Task Force
    • Business Torts SLG
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society

Awards: Honors; Distinctions:
      • Keynote Address: 2006 North American Forum on Lymphoma in Los Angeles
      • Judge John V. McCormack Award
      • Thomas L. Owens Award
      • Judge John C Hayes Award
      • Chief Justice Roger B. Taney Award
      • Loyola Leadership and Service Award
      • Illinois Lawyers Auxiliary Scholarship
      • Listed, International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers
      • Listed, International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
      • Martindale & Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating
      • Listed Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law
      • Illinois Super Lawyer®
      • Leading Lawyers Member selected by peers in Commercial Litigation and Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law

Community Involvement:  
  • National Board of Selectors Jefferson Awards For Public Service
  • Co-chair, Jefferson Awards Chicago
  • Co-founder, Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation
  • Lymphoma Research Foundation: Inaugural Tribute Award Recipient
  • Co-founder, Chicago Chapter, Lymphoma Research Foundation

Published Legal Writing:  
Books and chapters authored/co-authored:
  • Allocation Of Losses In Complex Insurance Claims, 2nd Ed. Thomson-West Legalworks, 2006, 2008 supplements
  • Wrongful Death And Survival Actions, IICLE, 2007, 2003, and 1993
  • "Reinsurance Law & Practice: A Primer On Basic Principles & Contemporary Issues In Illinois," BRMA, 1999
  • "Reinsurance Law & Practice: An Overview Of Principles And Contemporary Issues," Glasser, 1999
  • "Reasonable Defense Costs, Legal Fees, And The Legal Audit," Glasser, 1999
  • "Environmental Coverage: Law And Litigation," Liability Insurance, IICLE 1996, 1998 supplements
  • "Employing Discovery, Investigation, And Surprise To Capture Plaintiff's Expert," Defense Practice Notebook DRI, 1996
Articles and papers authored/co-authored include:
  • "Emerging Issues: Global Warming Claims And Coverage Issues," Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 76, No. 1, Jan. 2009
  • "Global Warming Claims And Insurance Coverage Issues," Declarations, Winter 2008
  • "The Illinois Supreme Court's Decision In Kajima Limits Illinois' `Targeted Tender' Rule And Establishes Illinois As A Pro Rata Allocation Jurisdiction," Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance, Vol. 22, No. 11, January 17, 2008
  • "Allocation Issues Presented By Reinsurance Cessions: Perspectives Of Ceding Companies, Reinsurers, And Umpires," The Insurance And Reinsurance Allocation Party's National Convention, West Legalworks, 2007
  • "A Basic Overview Of Issues Potentially Impacting Insurance Coverage Resulting From A Policyholder?s Chapter 11 Bankruptcy," The Insurance And Reinsurance Allocation Superbowl, West Legalworks, 2007
  • "Insurance Settlements And Buy-Outs: You Can?' Always Get What You Want, But If You Try, You Can Get What You Need," Litigation 2007 Insurance Coverage Committee CLE Seminar, March 2007
  • "Recent Developments In Excess, Surplus Lines, And Reinsurance Law," Tort & Insurance Law Journal, Vol. 39, No. 2, Winter 2004
  • "Bankruptcy & Insurance Coverage Issues In The Context Of Asbestos-Related Claims," 2003
  • "An Overview Of Allocation Methodologies For Defense And Indemnity Costs And Insurers' Rights Of Recoupment," Defense Practice Seminar, Defense Research Institute, 2001
  • "The Year 2000 Problem: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly," Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance, Vol. 13, No. 33, July 7, 1999
  • "The Good The Bad And The Ugly About Joint Defense," The Brief, ABA Tort & Insurance Practice Section, Vol. 28, No. 1, Fall 1998
  • "All Counsel For Insurers That Participated In A Joint Defense Are Disqualified," For The Defense, Vol. 39, No. 8, August 1997
  • "Mounting The Joint Defense In Complex Insurance Coverage Litigation," For The Defense, Vol. 39, No. 7, July 1997
  • "The Anatomy Of A Joint Defense In Complex Insurance Coverage Litigation," For The Defense, Vol. 39, No. 6, June 1997
  • "Excess Liability Insurance: Law And Litigation," Tort & Insurance Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 3, ABA, Spring 1997
  • "Substantive Coverage Issues In `Long Tail' Claims: Trigger, Pollution Exclusion, And Duty To Defend," Environmental Coverage Litigation-From Soup To Nuts, ISBA Insurance Law Section, May 1997
  • "Excess Liability Insurance Issues In An Era Of Increased Exposure And Visibility," Sixth Annual Institute Contemporary Reinsurance And Excess Insurance Issues, Glasser 1996
  • "Can Daubert Bar `Witchcraft' From The Courtroom? Or Does The Case Only Heighten The Level Of Judicial Scrutiny?" Corporate Legal Times, May 1995
  • "Think Proactively About Product Liability Management," Corporate Legal Times, September 1994
  • "Using Surprise To Capture The Expert Witness," For The Defense, April 1993
  • "Achieving Case Objectives Through Deposition Strategy," TIPS, August 1990
  • "When The Other Side Sends You A Subpoena," The Brief ABA Tort & Insurance Practice Section, Vol. 19, No.3, Spring 1990

Legal Lectures:  
  • "A Primer On Global Warming Claims: Liability, Coverage, And Defenses," PLRB/LIRB 2009 Claims Conference Seattle, WA
  • Co-chair and presenter, "Insurance and Reinsurance Allocation 2008-A Comprehensive Workshop," West Legalworks, New York, NY
  • "Contemporary Reinsurance Arbitrations-Issues and Insights," West Legalworks Web Cast
  • "Emerging Insurance Coverage Issues," Chicago Bar Association, Chicago
  • "A Basic Overview Of Issues Potentially Impacting Insurance Coverage Resulting From A Policyholder's Chapter 11 Bankruptcy," West Legalworks Chicago and New York

Firm Description:  
At Hinshaw, we value long-term client relationships. That's why we make it a priority to help contribute to our clients' success, whether that means solving a problem or helping to achieve their goal. We like to think that we are more than just our clients' "lawyers." We feel we are on the same journey with our clients - to grow their business into a sustainable institution. Sometimes this requires next generation solutions; in other words, a little creativity applied to legal issues or problems. Other times, it requires just purely practical thinking. We do both. Whatever the matter, our advice and counsel are tailored to our clients, which can only come from a strong partnership and deep understanding of their business and objectives.

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