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Ronald R. Robinson

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Ronald R. Robinson is a founder and the executive partner of Berkes Crane Robinson & Seal LLP. He has over 35 years experience as a trial and appellate attorney specializing in complex, multi-party insurance coverage and underwriting disputes.

INSURANCE PRACTICE: His national coverage and underwriting practice includes insurance advice, mediations, arbitrations, ADRs, litigation and appeals in the following coverage areas: casualty, E&O, D&O, intellectual property/media/web risks; personal injury, advertising injury and terrorism risk with an emphasis on asbestos, bad faith, construction defects, environmental, entertainment/media/web risks and toxic tort insurance disputes.

Ron is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and of the Defense Research Institute ("DRI"). He previously served on DRI's Law Institute Committee, as Chair of its Insurance Law and its Excess & Reinsurance Committees, and as co-founding Editor of "Covered Events," DRI's national coverage newsletter. He also served as Chair of DRI's Subcommittee on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Acts of 2005, 2007 and 2015, for which he was awarded DRI's National Community Service Award.

Ron speaks and presents papers at public conferences throughout the United States and abroad for the American Law Institute of the American Bar Association, American Conference Institute, Defense Research Institute, Emerging and Environmental Claims Managers Association, Executive Enterprises, Midwest Environmental Claims Association, Practicing Law Institute, Reinsurance Association of America and the World Jurist Association; as well as at private corporate venues.

Ron previously served in the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney as: Chief of Criminal Branch Trial Operations, Assistant-in-Charge, Organized Crime Task Force, Sound Piracy Task Force and Terrorism Risk Task Force. He also served as Assistant-in-Charge, Department of Airports, City of Los Angeles, for its Risk Management Program, Insurance Program, and Terminal/Upper Roadway Construction Program.

His most recent papers are listed in the Articles and Publication page of this website. Following is a complete list of his articles and papers: “A Letter to the Editor re TRIA Reauthorization,” Business Insurance, December 8, 2014; At the Crossroads Again – the Debate Over Re-authorization of TRIA in 2014, DRI’s For the Defense, June 2014; “Underwriting Unknown Nanotechnology Risks – It’s NOT the Next Asbestos,” Reinsurance Association of America September 2010 Re Claims Conference, New York; “The Bankruptcy Asbestos Wars – A Field Guide for the Troops In the Trenches” (co-author), Emerging and Environmental Claims Managers Association March 2010 Conference Florida; "Lost in §524(g) Space: Asbestos Bankruptcies – The Survival Guide For The Voyage Back To Your Coverage Litigation" (Co-author) Defense Research Institute December 2008; "Terrorism Insurance Returns From the Land of Oz" For the Defense September 2007; "Distinguishing Terrorism from Civil Protest, Crime and War" For the Defense Magazine January 2007; "Underwriting Terrorism Risk – The Specific Peril Solution" (Co-author) The World Jurist Association: Edinburgh, Scotland May 2006; "A Defining Moment – Ought and Can We Distinguish "Terrorist Acts," "Criminal Acts" and "Acts of War" Under the Rule of Law?" The World Jurist Association: Edinburgh, Scotland May 2006; "Terrorism Risk Insurance: Assessing TRIA and the Way Forward" The George Washington University December 8, 2005;“Terrorism Risk Insurance: Assessing TRIA and the Way Forward,” Executive Brief, George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, December 2005; .“Another Casualty of Terrorism?” DRI’s For the Defense Magazine, October 2005; “Treasury’s Take on TRIA,” DRI’s For the Defense Magazine, August 2005;"Perspectives- Private Government Terror Cover is Possible," Business Insurance, January 2005; "The Risk Transfer & Insurability Debates Surrounding TRIA'S Successor," World Jurist Association's Rome Conference on International Financial Markets 2004; "Shared Private and Public Specific Peril Terrorism Risk Programs," Defense Research Institute 2003; "New Solutions To An Old Asbestos Problem," Defense Research Institute 2003; "Terrorism Coverage: Partnership Of Carriers And Governments," DRI's For The Defense Magazine, January 2003 Issue; "The Challenges of September 11th Test The Resources & Resolve of Insurance Business and Government Communities," World Jurist Association's Madrid Conference on International Terrorism 2002; "Specific Peril Cover - A Proposed Partnership Of Insurance And Governments," World Jurist Association's Conference on International Terrorism 2002; "Strangers In The Own Land - - The Loss Of Due Process," Defense Research Institute 2002; "Good Faith - A Field Guide For Troops In The Trenches," Defense Research Institute 2001; "Tailored Arbitration Agreements - - One Size Need No Longer Fit All," Defense Research Institute, 2000; "Emerging Issues Between Excess and Primary Carriers," Defense Research Institute, 1999; "Dividing The Allocation Pie: The Fight For The Smallest Piece," Defense Research Institute, 1999; "Controlling The Defense Obligation, The Latest Developments in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas & Utah," Defense Research Institute, 1998; "The 'Five Corner' Complaint - - What Really Determines the Duty to Defend?," Defense Research Institute, 1996; "Allocation of Coverage: The Drafting History, Evolution and Current State of the Law Concerning Multiple Policy Indemnity and Defense Obligations," Defense Research Institute, 1995; " 'Sudden Impact' The History of the Drafting Of The 1973 CGL Policy's Pollution Exclusion," Practising Law Institute, 1994; "The Best of Intentions: Drafting the 1966 Occurrence and 1973 Pollution Exclusion Policy Language," Environmental Claims Journal, Vol. 4, No. 3, Spring 1992; "Single Carrier Settlements In Multi-Carrier Coverage Actions - How To Bar Further Claims," Defense Research Institute, 1992; "A New Strategy for Cost-Effective Coverage Litigation Management," Defense Research Institute, 1991 & 1993; "Drafting History: The Scope and Limits of Underwriting Intent Arguments," Executive Enterprises, 1991; "Underwriting Exposure Claims: The Drafting of Comprehensive General Liability Policies, 1939-1973," Defense Research Institute, 1991; and Co-Author: Compendium of Bad Faith Law, Second Edition, Published by RM&S in July, 1996; and "Insurance Coverage for Environmental Claims Under the Comprehensive General Liability Policy," ALI-ABA, 1991.

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