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Christopher Yetka is a commercial trial attorney with an emphasis on insurance recovery disputes. He has successfully enforced the coverage rights of policyholders across the country in cases relating to nearly every type of insurance policy. He has also represented and counseled financial institutions, utilities, medical device companies, construction companies, product manufacturers, transportation agricultural and technology companies.

  1. Notify Your Insurer.

    Typically, property insurance policies require notice of a claim as soon as practicable. Notice requires a description of when, where and what happened to result in a claim.  If you have a loss, put your insurer on notice immediately.

  2. File a Police Report.

    Make sure to file a police report.  Many policies

COVID-19 and the stay at home mandates have had a devastating impact on the business community. Many business owners are looking to their business interruption and other insurance to cover the losses but finding insurers are asserting various coverage issues and exclusions. Paul Smith and Chris Yetka shine a light on what to look for

The Novel Coronavirus and related COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented effect on businesses across the country.  Even “essential” businesses like construction have seen their businesses turned on their heads.  These types of unpredictable events are the very reason that businesses carry insurance.  What can your business do now to make sure that they maximize

For a period of time now businesses have seen the effects of COVID-19 on supply lines and suppliers. But now that the virus has been officially labeled a pandemic, and businesses are being asked to shut their doors to effectuate social distancing, will insurance be the last bulwark against financial harm? The answer, as always,

When an insured business is faced with litigation, sometimes the question of who gets to select defense counsel arises. Third-party liability policies often state that the insurer has both the duty and right to defend the policyholder. Most courts interpret these policies to give the insurer the right to select defense counsel. However, the right

In Part I of this blog, I discussed issues that real estate and construction companies face when placing and renewing Directors and Officers Coverage.  Specifically, I addressed avoiding gaps in coverage, knowledge of insureds, the definition of who is an insured, and notice.  In this Part II, I will address arbitration provisions, choosing policy limits,

Introduction

What do all construction and real estate companies have in common?  They have directors or managers and officers concentrating on running the companies and remaining profitable.  Most companies maintain Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance to protect these important stakeholders from liability and lawsuits that can arise from their work.  Because there is no standard

The language of a policyholder’s insurance policy determines whether all those premiums will translate into dollars paid after a loss.  For the most part, it is the insurance company that controls that language.  Therefore, it is very important that policyholders pay attention to that language at the time they buy insurance to be sure that