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Overview

Dave Larson represents insurers in complex insurance coverage disputes. During his more than 20 years of practice counseling insurers on coverage issues, he has represented insurers in litigation across the nation in trial courts and at the appellate level. He has counseled and represented insurers on diverse policies and issues related to numerous types of insurance including general liability, commercial property, professional liability, public entity liability, directors and officers, auto including uninsured and underinsured and workers’ compensation and employers’ liability.

He has been involved in a number of significant coverage disputes across the United States, including disputes over coverage for trademark infringement, alleged misuse of patents by pharmaceutical companies, coverage for claims arising out of fiber-optic cable installation, claims for damage to homes across the country caused by failed particle board siding, coverage for environmental contamination and coverage for claims against municipalities for civil rights violations. Dave also has experience addressing class-action claims by insureds related to policy interpretation issues, as well as bad faith claims against insurers.

Dave started his legal career at Pretzel & Stouffer in 1994 and worked as an associate in the insurance coverage group until 1998. From 1998 to 2009, he worked at Bollinger, Ruberry & Garvey, becoming a partner in 2006 and representing insurers in coverage disputes nationwide. Dave returned to Pretzel & Stouffer in 2009.

Education

  • California Western School of Law, J.D. 1994
  • Northwestern University, B.A. 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Related Practices

Results

Robert Chemers and David Larson obtain summary judgment for an insurer

Robert Chemers and David Larson obtained summary judgment for an insurer sued for bad faith for alleged unreasonable and vexatious delay to arbitrate the plaintiff insured’s UM claim. The carrier arbitrated, lost and paid the award, and then was sued for bad faith for the lengthy delay in going to arbitration. Circuit Court ruled that ...

June 2022

Robert Chemers and Dave Larson obtain summary judgment for an insurer client

Robert Chemers and Dave Larson obtained summary judgment for an insurer client against its Insured, which Insured was defended by the carrier through personal counsel under reservation, no settlement occurred, and the Insured tried the underlying business tort case (conversion, detinue, and two tortious interference claims) and lost with an adverse judgment entered for $8.3M, ...

May 2022

Robert Chemers and Dave Larson win summary judgment in federal district court

Robert Chemers and Dave Larson won a summary judgment in federal district court that their insurer client had no duty to defend the insured homeowners for an underlying suit seeking damages by a disgruntled neighbor, a senior partner in a Chicago Big Law firm, for their alleged maintenance of a nuisance, public and private, creation ...

May 2022

Robert Chemers and Dave Larson obtain judgment for insurer client in federal court

Robert Chemers and Dave Larson obtained a judgment for their insurer client in their federal court declaratory judgment action that the insurer had no duty to defend its insureds who were sued in Cook County in a 44 page multi-count complaint for defamation and other claims based on no bodily injury and no property damage, ...

April 2022

Robert Chemers and Dave Larson win summary judgment for an insurer

Robert Chemers and Dave Larson won summary judgment for an insurer in the federal court in Rockford holding that a defendant in a serious underlying personal injury action is not an additional insured. The policy’s additional insured endorsement extended status as an additional insured where the named insured agreed in a written contract to name another ...

March 2022