In October of 2018, Ohrenstein & Brown joined Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, PC, merging their insurance industry practice into RMF’s renowned Litigation Department, and joining forces with RMF’s other affiliated practice areas including its privacy and cyber security, employment practice, corporate securities, real estate, trusts and estates and government relations practices. O&B’s Insurance Practice was rated “Tier 1” by U.S. News & World Report, the only Long Island insurance practice to be ranked as Tier 1. In-depth experience, a keen understanding of the industry, and a thorough grasp of the ever-changing legal and regulatory landscape allows us to provide our clients with comprehensive counsel and sound guidance in disputed matters involving claim defense, coverage litigation and counseling, reinsurance matters, and the creation of alternative risk transfer structures, including captive insurers, Risk Retention Groups, Risk Retention Purchasing Groups, regulatory and government relations matters.
The firm has handled a wide variety of matters across the country. For example, when a large telecommunications rated operator had a coverage dispute of the shortened lives of two of its satellites under a specially written insurance policy, the firm successfully litigated the case in New Jersey. When an insurer had a $450 million dispute with an insured bank concerning a novel “automobile residual value policy” covering a fleet of 225,000 leased vehicles the firm litigated in North Carolina and reached a favorable outcome. There are many other such stories, in addition to the defense of a variety of professional liability, construction, property and entertainment claims on contingency and producers errors and omissions claims.
We see our primary role as consummate problem solvers; because we take the time to get to know our clients’ businesses, we can rapidly respond to disputes as they arise while simultaneously delivering creative and cost-effective solutions to minimize risk and liability. We invite you to explore the depth and breadth of what we do for clients in the insurance industry and those with intersecting issues, and we look forward to the privilege of working with you.
The firm is widely respected for both its courtroom skill and business acumen, combining vigorous advocacy with comprehensive strategies designed to find the best possible resolution of disputes. Please review what some of our clients have said about the effectiveness of our services.
“I have found the attorneys to be extremely knowledgeable and resourceful in addressing complex regulatory and compliance issues.” -John Hill, President and Chief Operating Officer, Magna Carta Companies
“Mike is a creative problem-solver, always looking for the optimal solution. He’s an honest evaluator of a case in terms of chances at settlement or chances at trial.” – Ivy Fischer, Esq., Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel – HUB International Northeast
“They are not only great lawyers, but they are very creative when they have to be to solve problems.” Don DeCarlo,Director, AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.; Former Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Travelers Group
“Mike Brown is a strategic resource. He is a true counselor as well as a litigator. If a matter shouldn’t be litigated, Mike will tell you that. But when you do need a litigator, Mike is a tough, knowledgeable and feared one.” Stephen B. Ungar, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.
Mike is a very well-prepared, insightful, determined litigator. He is always available and gives you a lot of insight. He listens carefully to what to the client wants and proceeds from there.” Terence Kelleher, President and CEO, Combined Coordinating Counsel
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