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Education

  • University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. criminal justice (1996)
  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D. (2002) with honors

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
Leslie A. Davis, Partner Washington, D.C.
ldavis@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2727
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Leslie A. Davis is a partner in the firm's Insurance/Reinsurance and Bankruptcy groups, resident in the Washington, D.C. Office. Leslie concentrates her practice on representing and counseling professional liability and general liability insurers in all aspects of dispute resolution practice, and focuses on insurance coverage litigation at the trial and appellate levels. Leslie also has significant experience representing insurers in policyholder bankruptcy cases, and counseling insurers regarding potential implications raised by prospective or actual policyholder bankruptcy cases.

Leslie regularly represents insurance carriers in negotiations, mediation, arbitration, and/or litigating coverage disputes addressing a range of issues, including professional liability, underlying products liability, asbestos, and environmental claims. Leslie often works with, and takes leading roles in, joint defense efforts among insurers.

Examples of Leslie's recent experience include:

  • Representing insurers regarding coverage for concussion-related injuries involving the National Football League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
  • Representing insurers in litigation regarding coverage for stolen property under professional liability crime policy.
  • Counseling and representing insurers in error & omissions coverage dispute arising out of joint venture efforts.  
  • Counseling and representing insurers in coverage litigation involving underlying asbestos claims against, and certain environmental liabilities of, General Motors.
  • Representing insurers in litigation regarding coverage for underlying asbestos-related claims, where, following Leslie's oral argument, the federal court adopted an allocation ruling sought by our clients and other insurance companies, even as the policyholder was represented during that argument by the former state court justice who had decided the leading case in that jurisdiction.
  • Representing insurers in the nation's most significant asbestos bankruptcy cases, including Combustion Engineering, Congoleum, Federal-Mogul, Flintkote, JT Thorpe, Mid-Valley, Quigley, Owens Corning, Plant Insulation, Skinner Engine, Specialty Products, Thorpe Insulation, and W.R. Grace, where Leslie took leading roles at the trial court level and in appeals.


Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, U.S. District Courts of the District of Maryland and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, and Eighth Circuits

Other Affiliations

Co-Chair of the ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee, Mass Torts & Environmental Claims Subcommittee
Member, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance



Highlights, News & Knowledge


Speeches & Presentations

  • "Garlock Decision/Transparency Issues – the Bankrupt Legacy Insured and the Double Dipping Claimant," AIRROC’s New York Regional Education Day, New York, NY (April 21, 2016). Presenter: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "Asbestos - A Perspective from the Direct Side: Current Trends and Future Predictions," ARIAS•U.S. Webinar (April 22, 2015). Panelist: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "Insurance Coverage Issues: Pursuing Claims Against Bankrupt, Dissolved, or Defunct Entities; Issues Involving Joint Insurers and Non-Settling Insurers; Trigger, Exhaustion and Allocation Nuances; Assignment of Policies and Proceeds; and Developments with Respect to CUMIS Counsel," ACI 18th National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Claims and Litigation (January 16, 2015). Panelist: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "Asbestos Bankruptcy Cases, Tort Litigation, and Discovery Issues," National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (October 10, 2014). Panelist: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "The Effect of the Estimation Ruling in the Garlock Bankruptcy Case on the Future of Asbestos Litigation and the Latest on Courts and Legislatures Providing for Greater Transparency Between the Trust Claim and Civil Tort Systems," ACI 17th National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Claims and Litigation (June 26, 2014). Panelist: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "Jargony – Insurance Basics for Business Lawyers," ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting (April 10, 2014). Panelist: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "Insurance Basics for Bankruptcy Lawyers," 2013 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges/ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee Fall Meeting (November 1, 2013). Panelist: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "Key Insurance Issues Impacting Asbestos Coverage," American Conference Institute, 15th National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Claims and Litigation (October 8, 2013). Panelist: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "Coverage (or Lack Thereof) For Cyber Risks," Association of Insurance and Reinsurance Run Off Companies, 1st Annual West Cost Insurance and Reinsurance Conference (September 20, 2012). Panelist: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "The Environmental Aspects of the General Motors/Motors Liquidation Bankruptcy: Can & Should the Results be Replicated in Other Cases?" ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee Fall Committee Meeting (October 2011). Panelist: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "Bankruptcy-Related Issues For Insurers," Practising Law Institute's 2011 Conference on Commercial Insurance Law Issues (July 2011). Panelist: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "National Update on Chapter 11 Asbestos Bankruptcy Proceedings," Perrin Conferences' Asbestos Bankruptcy Conference (June 2011). Panelist: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "US Employment Practices Liability "OMG – DSK is my Insured…!," In-house presentation (May 2011). Co-Presenters: Nilam R. Sharma and Leslie A. Davis.
  • "Prepackaged Bankruptcy: Recent Developments and Emerging Issues," ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting (April 2011). Panelist: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "How Bankruptcies Are Continuing to Change the Landscape of Asbestos Litigation and How to Implement Strategies in Response," American Conference Institute, 11th Annual Advanced Forum on Litigating and Managing Asbestos Claims (May 19, 2010). Presenter: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "The Intersection Between Bankruptcy and Insurance Coverage: What Every Coverage Practitioner Should Know," ABA Section of Litigation, 2010 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar (March 4, 2010). Speaker: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "A National Update on Current Cases & Trends that are Driving Asbestos Bankruptcy Litigation," Perrin Conferences, Asbestos Bankruptcy (December 2, 2009). Co-Presenter: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "Mass Tort Bankruptcy Update -- Recent Events and the Impact of the Supreme Court's Decision in Travelers v. Bailey," ABA Section of Business Law, Business Bankruptcy Committee Fall Meeting/National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Fall Meeting (October 21, 2009). Program Chair and Moderator: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "Asbestos Trusts Round The Globe: Facts and Issues," Butterworths Conferences, International Asbestos Litigation (September 30, 2009). Co-Presenter: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "Insurance and Claims Management," American Conference Institute, 10th National Advanced Forum on Litigating and Managing Asbestos Claims (June 24, 2009). Co-Presenter: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "Claims Estimation in Mass Torts Cases," ABA Section of Business Law's Spring Meeting, Vancouver, BC (April 16, 2009). Co-Presenter: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "Considerations When Confronting Asbestos Bankruptcies," American Conference Institute, 9th National Expert Strategies for Litigating, Settling and Managing The New Wave Of Asbestos Claims (May 15, 2008). Speaker: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "The Next Chapter In Dealing With Bankruptcy Related Issues," Mealey's Asbestos Insurance Conference (September 20, 2006). Speaker: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "The Next Generation of Asbestos Bankruptcies," American Conference Institute, 7th National - Litigating, Settling, and Managing Asbestos Claims (June 16, 2006). Speaker: Leslie A. Davis.
  • "Asbestos Bankruptcies: Prepackaged Deals and Key Considerations," American Conference Institute - Litigating, Settling, and Managing Asbestos Claims (April 6, 2005). Speaker: Leslie A. Davis.


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