Photograph of Leslie A. Davis

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 co-chair of the firm's Insurance/Reinsurance Group, and resident in the Washington, D.C. and New York offices. Leslie’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels, specializing in general liability and professional liability coverage disputes and disputes involving commercial transactions. Leslie has handled cases in state and federal courts throughout the country on behalf of U.S.-based and international clients. Leslie also has significant experience arbitrating reinsurance and contractual indemnification disputes.

Leslie is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars, as well as many federal, district, and appellate courts.

Recent matters include:

  • Counseling reinsurers in disputes involving obligations and ability to increase premiums on books of yearly renewable term life insurance.
  • Representing a global petroleum and petrochemical trading company in multiple U.S. and international contract disputes involving the purchase or sale of biodiesel fuel, chemicals, and other energy products.
  • Representing insurers regarding coverage for concussion-related injuries involving the National Football League, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and World Wrestling Entertainment.
  • Representing entities in arbitrating disputes regarding contractual indemnification for multi-million dollar losses, including an arbitration where our client obtained a 3-0 award, including attorneys’ fees and interest, from the other contracting party.
  • Representing London market insurers with respect to coverage issues for various professional liability matters, including crime, technology and media, and architects and engineers.
  • Representing companies in breach of contract and alleged business tort cases in state and federal courts.
  • Representing insurers in litigation regarding coverage for underlying asbestos-related claims, where, following Leslie's oral argument, the federal court adopted the ruling sought by our clients, 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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