Elaine Panagakos is an attorney in the Insurance Group. Since returning to Crowell & Moring in 2006, she has worked extensively in insurance litigation and counseling, with a particular focus on matters involving educational institutions. These range from the coverage issues presented by highly publicized incidents on college campuses -- such as the 2006 controversy involving the Duke Men's Lacrosse Team -- to cutting-edge insurance issues arising out of medical and scientific research conducted at major universities.
Elaine has also developed experience in toxic tort matters from the dual perspectives of both insurance coverage and underlying tort law. In the torts area, Elaine has worked extensively on the legal implications of scientific advances, advocating for the integration of causation rules and evidentiary standards with reliable scientific methodology. Those efforts contributed, most recently, to a landmark state supreme court decision upholding the exclusion of expert testimony based on the discredited "any exposure" theory.
Before returning to Crowell, Elaine practiced for many years as a civil litigator in other subject areas. She represented plaintiff landowners in class actions seeking just compensation for the use of their property, achieving litigation successes that ultimately culminated in favorable settlements for her clients. Elaine also has extensive experience with franchise litigation and counseling, having successfully enforced the contractual and trademark rights of franchisor clients in numerous federal and state courts.
Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York
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