John Heintz is a partner in Blank Rome’s policyholder-only insurance recovery practice, formerly the insurance practice of Dickstein Shapiro LLP. He is a veteran in the fields of corporate insurance coverage and complex litigation. With more than 40 years of experience, John has recovered billions of dollars in coverage for his clients. He has handled major cases in every area of insurance coverage, including several that rank among the largest in coverage litigation history. Many of his cases have involved issues of first impression, resulting in landmark trial and appellate rulings for his clients at the state and federal levels. John’s grasp of the legal issues and his ability to direct large-scale litigation have earned him praise from clients and opponents alike.
He has represented numerous clients in the chemical, petrochemical, petroleum, auto, hotel, and technology industries, in securing coverage for asbestos, lead, public nuisance, environmental contamination, professional liability, class-action employment discrimination, directors and officers liabilities, political risk, and medical product liability claims.
John has also represented clients in securing coverage for property and business interruption losses arising out of the 9/11 attacks, hurricanes, and other catastrophic events. He has litigated and secured favorable resolutions of insurance coverage disputes and related bankruptcy issues arising in several asbestos-related bankruptcies. He has tried numerous cases and argued before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Circuits and numerous state appellate courts, U.S. district courts, and state trial courts across the country.
According to Chambers USA, “Considered a ‘dean of the policyholder Bar,’ John Heintz possesses significant experience in the representation of policyholders in large-scale recovery actions and complex disputes. One client asserts: ‘He is a sage of insurance coverage and his experience is beyond compare.’” Chambers has also noted that “John is highlighted by sources for his ‘encyclopedic knowledge of coverage law,’ with another further remarking: ‘John’s years of experience enable him to provide very thoughtful and strategic advice.’”
Outside the Firm
He is an avid, lifelong sailor, who has sailed offshore to his favorite cruising grounds in New England, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland, and continues to race his Harbor 20 on the Chesapeake.