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Education

  • Duke University, B.A. political science and history (1983) magna cum laude
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D. (1986) Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review and The Order of the Coif

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
Paul W. Kalish, Partner Washington, D.C.
pkalish@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2644
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Paul W. Kalish is a partner and co-chair of the firm's Insurance and Reinsurance practice. He represents domestic and Bermuda-based clients in a variety of litigation and counseling matters, including:

  • Serving as national coverage counsel for insurers with regard to various tort (implants, asbestos, pharmaceuticals, and allegations of underlying sexual abuse) and environmental matters.
  • Representation of insurers and reinsurers in liquidation matters, such as the Midland Insurance Company and Home Insurance Company liquidation proceedings.
  • Representation of insurers in Bermuda form international arbitrations.
  • Representation of insurers in putative class actions involving allegations of unfair claims handling practices in connection with the resolution of thousands of underlying claims.
  • Counseling insurers with regard to new insurance products and policy wording.

In addition to his insurance and reinsurance practice, Paul also represents both defendants and insurers in underlying litigation, with regard to asbestos, silica and other mass tort claims. In that regard, since 2000 he has served as counsel for the Coalition of Litigation Justice, a group formed by insurers to address abuses and inequities in the current mass tort litigation environment. The Coalition files amicus briefs (including briefs in the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Courts of various states), promotes judicial education through legal scholarship and educational conferences and works with counsel in key jurisdictions to promote changes in the way in which courts handle mass tort litigation. He was also a member of the Steering Committee of the federal asbestos multi-district litigation ("MDL 875") in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

On several occasions, Paul has also teamed with lawyers from the firm's Torts and Corporate Groups to counsel clients who were considering purchasing or investing in companies that face exposure to asbestos liabilities regarding the risks and benefits of such proposed transactions as well as possible structures for such transactions.

Since 2004, Paul has been recognized by clients and peers as a top lawyer in Chambers USA in the area of Insurance. Paul has also been selected by his peers as a leader in the area of Insurance law in The Best Lawyers In America since 2008 and was also recognized in 2012 by The Legal 500 and the Top Attorneys in Washington, D.C. Paul has also been included as a Top-Rated AV Preeminent Lawyer in Insurance and Mass Tort Litigation by The American Lawyer. Paul is a member of the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation and, among other things, has served as a co-chair for the ABA Section of Litigation's Annual Meeting, a member of the ABA's Task Force on the State of the Civil Justice System and a co-chair of the Section of Litigation's Pretrial Practice and Discovery Committee. Paul is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel.



Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland



Highlights, News & Knowledge


Speeches & Presentations

  • "Bermuda Form," 2016 ARIAS-U.S. Spring Conference, Palm Beach, FL (May 12, 2016). Moderator: Paul W. Kalish.
  • "Effective Resolution Techniques," Practical Considerations for a Reinsurance Catastrophe Risk, Falconbury Conferences (2012). Speaker: Paul W. Kalish.
  • "Dealing with Mass Tort Claims," Practical Considerations for a Reinsurance Catastrophe Risk, Falconbury Conferences (October 2, 2012). Moderator: Paul W. Kalish.
  • "Appellate Court Decisions," Harris Martin's California Asbestos Litigation Conference (2012). Speaker: Paul W. Kalish.
  • "Strengthing the Relationship Between National Coordinating Counsel, Local Counsel and Insurers in Asbestos Litigation," International Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting (2012). Speaker: Paul W. Kalish
  • "Asbestos Bankruptcy Current Trends and Future Outlook," HB Litigation Conferences (2010). Moderator: Paul W. Kalish; Panelist: Mark Plevin.
  • "Emerging Issues In Asbestos Coverage Litigation," Mealey’s The New Face of Asbestos Litigation (2007). Speaker: Paul W. Kalish.


Publications



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Firm News & Announcements

Aug.18.2016 The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Recognizes 38 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.27.2016 Chambers USA Ranks 56 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
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
Aug.25.2015 The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.19.2015 Chambers USA Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 20 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Jan.13.2015 Crowell & Moring Releases Third Annual Litigation Forecast Report and Inaugural Regulatory Forecast
Sep.30.2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.28.2014 The Best Lawyers In America 2015 Recognizes 40 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.27.2014 Crowell & Moring's Insurance/Reinsurance Group Nominated for Chambers USA "Award of Excellence"
May.23.2014 Chambers USA Ranks 51 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Sep.03.2013 The Best Lawyers In America 2014 Recognizes 41 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.01.2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.24.2013 Chambers USA Ranks 45 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Sep.04.2012 The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 44 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.01.2012 Super Lawyers 2012 Recognizes 42 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.07.2012 Chambers USA Ranks 45 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 18 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Aug.30.2011 The Best Lawyers in America 2012 Recognizes 43 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.10.2011 Chambers USA Ranks Crowell & Moring Attorneys and Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Sep.01.2010 Super Lawyers 2010 Recognizes 36 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.03.2010 The Best Lawyers in America 2011 Recognizes 44 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.11.2010 Chambers USA Ranks 42 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 14 Practice Areas as Among Best In Class
Jun.13.2008 Chambers USA Ranks 33 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 13 Practice Areas as Among Best In Class
Sep.11.2007 The Best Lawyers in America 2008 Recognizes 34 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.21.2007 Chambers USA Ranks 28 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 13 Practice Areas
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