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Lorelie  Masters

Lorelie Masters

Perkins Coie LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Lorelie S. Masters is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Washington, DC office.  She is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department and Climate and Clean Technology Law and Insurance Litigation and Counseling Practices. Ms. Masters is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. Ms. Masters was also recognized in the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 editions of Washington DC Super Lawyers for Insurance Coverage Litigation, and by The Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Since 2005, Chambers & Partners USA has named Ms. Masters one of the country’s leading lawyers in Insurance Law.

Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Ms. Masters spent 17 years at Anderson Kill & Olick, L.L.P., in its nationally recognized insurance coverage group. Since 1983, she has advised and represented companies and individuals seeking to enforce insurance coverage under general liability, directors & officers, first-party property, health, and other types of insurance.  Ms. Masters also has extensive experience in e-commerce issues and related records-management and electronic-discovery issues that arise from the increasing reliance on technology and computers.

Ms. Masters has handled, tried, and settled cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts across the country and, more recently, in arbitrations in the United States and abroad. At issue in these cases typically have been millions of dollars of insurance coverage for products liability and directors and officers claims.

Ms. Masters served as lead trial counsel for policyholder Hoechst Celanese Corporation in its action enforcing general liability insurance coverage for hundreds of thousands of product-liability claims against the policyholder in what the press called the largest property damage class action settlement ever. The National Law Journal called the jury's verdict in Hoechst Celanese’s coverage case one of the “most significant jury verdicts of 1997.” Most recently, Ms. Masters obtained an award of more than $92 million to cover product-liability claims against a major pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturer in an arbitration conducted in London under the English Arbitration Act, 1996.

Ms. Masters is co-author of Insurance Coverage Litigation, an in-depth legal treatise first published in 1997 and updated annually; and Liability Insurance in International Arbitration: The Bermuda Form.  Ms. Masters serves on the Litigation Steering Committee for the District of Columbia Bar and on the Committee on Admissions which administers and oversees applications and examinations for admission to the District of Columbia Bar.  Ms. Masters was President of the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia from 2007-2008.  She is a past Policyholder Chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association and continues to serve in the Section of Litigation’s Leadership.

Ms. Masters serves on the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession.  She chaired the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee's Midyear CLE Meeting in 1999 and is a former Editor of the Committee’s award-winning, bi-monthly journal, Coverage.  Ms. Masters is a member of the American Law Institute.  Ms. Masters received the National Association of Women Lawyer's 2005 Service Award for her work as Chair of NAWL's Amicus Committee.

Ms. Masters graduated in 1981 from Notre Dame Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Legislation and a Scholar with the Thomas J. and Alberta White Center. She graduated from Georgetown University, cum laude, in 1977.

Education:
·  University of Notre Dame Law School,  J.D.,  1981,  Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Legislation; Scholar, Thomas J. & Alberta White Center
·  Georgetown University,  A.B.,  1977,  cum laude

Prior Employment:·  Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., Washington, DC (Director, 2000-2002)
·  Anderson Kill & Olick, LLP, Washington, DC (DC Managing Partner, 1996-2000; Partner, 1986-1996; Associate, 1983-1986)
·  Howrey & Simon, Washington, DC (Associate, 1981-1983)

Admissions:
·  District of Columbia, 1981
·  New York, 2000

Courts:
·  U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
·  U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 1982
·  U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1986
·  U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 1982
·  U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1985

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