Deirdre G. Johnson, Partner Washington, D.C.
djohnson@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2980
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Deirdre Johnson is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring. Ms. Johnson has nearly two decades of experience handling disputes in the U.S., Bermuda, London, and European markets in lawsuits and arbitration proceedings arising out of a broad range of claims and virtually all types of insurance and reinsurance agreements. She heads the group’s Professional Liability/Financial Lines Practice.

Ms. Johnson represents insurers and reinsurers in coverage disputes involving professional liability, variable annuity, general liability, surety, product liability, employment discrimination, and environmental matters. She has handled dozens of arbitrations in both domestic and international proceedings, including many Bermuda and London arbitrations arising out of a broad range of claim types in both direct insurance and reinsurance matters. Ms. Johnson also represents mono-line insurers in disputes concerning financial guaranty contracts covering mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations and other asset-backed securities. She represents insurers providing directors and officers/errors and omissions/fidelity coverage and has taken disputes arising out of such coverage through to arbitration award.

Ms. Johnson's practice also includes the defense of public corporations in class actions, derivative lawsuits, mergers and acquisitions litigation, and SEC enforcement actions. For example, Ms. Johnson represented an international life reinsurer in a class action alleging material misstatements in financials concerning certain valuation allowances on deferred tax assets and the company's Sarbanes-Oxley certifications. She has also led internal investigations of reserving practices employed by Health Maintenance Organizations and property/casualty reinsurers in response to shareholder demand letters.

Ms. Johnson has been recognized by clients and colleagues as a leader in the insurance field. Chambers USA 2016 notes her as a “Recognised Practitioner,” and Super Lawyers has listed her as a “Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney” in Washington, D.C., every year since 2013. Ms. Johnson has been included in Who’s Who Legal: Insurance and Reinsurance every year since 2011. She is a frequent lecturer on reinsurance issues and has published a number of articles addressing insurance and reinsurance principles. Ms. Johnson also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society.

Representative Matters

  • Litigating a contested death benefits claim on behalf of Amex Assurance Company
  • Trials and arbitrations. Ms. Johnson has extensive trial, arbitration and deposition experience, including numerous domestic and international reinsurance arbitrations, including those governed by the Bermuda International Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1993, and the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration; and
  • London markets. Ms. Johnson represents various London market insurers and reinsurers in complex disputes including those relating to liability, surety, and property and casualty issues.

Selected Activities

  • NCAA, Division I, All-American in Swimming
  • Participant in the 1988 U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials
  • Captain, University of Tennessee Womens Swimming Team

Professional Designations

  • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Earned Credit:
    • CPCU 500: Foundations of Risk Management & Insurance
    • CPCU 530: Business Law for Insurance Professionals
    • ARe 144: Reinsurance Principles and Practices

Honors

  • Noted as a “Recognised Practitioner,” Chambers USA 2016.
  • Included in Who's Who Legal: Insurance and Reinsurance, 2011-2016.
  • Listed as a “Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney” in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers, 2013-2016.


Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia, Various Federal Courts 

Other Affiliations

Co-Chair, Reinsurance Subcommittee for ABA's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
Member, Association of Professional Insurance Women (APIW)
Member, Board of Directors of the AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society



Highlights, News & Knowledge


Speeches & Presentations

  • "Dispute Resolution Clauses: Arbitration, Mediation and Litigation," Re Contracts: The Art of Designing Reinsurance Contracts and Programs, New York, NY (July 19, 2016). Presenter: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • "Judicial Perspectives on the Neutral Decision Process," 2016 ARIAS-U.S. Spring Conference, Palm Beach, FL (May 13, 2016). Moderator: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • "Judicial Perspectives on the Neutral Decision Process," 2016 ARIAS-U.S. Spring Conference, Palm Beach, FL (May 13, 2016). Moderator: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • RAA’s 2016 Re Claims Bermuda: Navigating the World of Reinsurance Protection When Loss Strikes, Hamilton, Bermuda (March 17, 2016). Presenter: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • "Stolt-Nielsen - The Future of Consolidation of Arbitrations," ARIAS-US Spring Conference, Miami, Florida (May 2011). Panelist: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • "The Stolt-Nielsen Decision - The Future of Consolidation in Arbitrations and Other Procedural Controls," ARIAS 2011 Spring Conference (May 2011). Presenter: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • "Reinsurance Contract Wordings and Disputes," Falconbury Conferences (October 2010). Presenter: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • "Team Players to Team Leaders," ACE Women's Forum (August 2010). Presenter and Panelist: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • "The Madoff Financial Fraud Tsunami: Impact on Financial Lines Insurers and Reinsurers," RAA Reinsurance Claims and Loss Management Seminar (September 2009). Presenter: Deirdre Johnson.
  • 2009 ARIAS Spring Conference, Palm Beach, Florida (2009). Moderator: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • Insurance Coverage 2009: Claim Trends and Litigation (2009). Speaker: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • Understanding Insurance Law 2009, Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (2009). Speaker: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • "Building Airtight Access to Records Clauses While Maintaining Confidentiality," American Conference Institute's Fourth National Forum on Reinsurance Agreements (2008). Speaker: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • "Dispute Resolution Clauses in Contracts," Reinsurance Association of America's Re Contracts: The Art of Designing Reinsurance Contracts and Programs, New York, NY (2008). Speaker: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • The International Reinsurance Summit, Bermuda (2008). Co-chair: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • 2008 ARIAS U.S. Spring Conference, Amelia Island, FL (2008). Speaker: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • Understanding Insurance Law 2008, Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (2008). Speaker: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • 2007 ARIAS U.S. Fall Conference, New York, NY (2007). Co-chair: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • Reinsurance Association of America's Re Claims, Reinsurance Claims Management for Claims Professionals by Claims Professionals, Philadelphia, PA (2007). Speaker: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • Insurance Law 2007: Understanding the ABC's, Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (2007). Speaker: Deirdre G. Johnson.
  • The International Reinsurance Summit, Bermuda (2007). Co-chair: Deirdre G. Johnson.


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May.27.2016 Chambers USA Ranks 56 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Mar.22.2016 Crowell & Moring Featured in Global Arbitration Review’s 9th Edition “GAR 100” List
Oct.30.2015 21 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2015
Oct.27.2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.30.2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jul.01.2014 25 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2014
May.27.2014 Crowell & Moring's Insurance/Reinsurance Group Nominated for Chambers USA "Award of Excellence"
Nov.01.2013 Crowell & Moring’s Deirdre Johnson Elected to ARIAS·U.S. Board of Directors
Sep.01.2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.01.2013 26 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2013
Jun.01.2012 26 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2012
May.04.2009 Crowell & Moring Gains Experienced Insurance/Reinsurance Partner Deirdre Johnson
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