Seth D. Lamden

Biography

Seth Lamden is a partner in Blank Rome’s policyholder-only insurance recovery practice. For more than 20 years, Seth has focused his practice exclusively on helping policyholders understand and enforce their rights to insurance coverage. Through litigation and negotiation, Seth has helped policyholders recover hundreds of millions of dollars from their insurers in connection with a wide array of claims and losses under nearly all types of commercial insurance. In addition to his dispute resolution practice, Seth offers strategic advice to his clients in connection with policy negotiation, drafting contractual insurance requirements, transactional due diligence, placement of deal-specific insurance policies, and maximizing insurance recovery.

Seth is ranked in insurance dispute resolution by Chambers USA, which noted in 2022 that Seth “has an encyclopedic knowledge of insurance law, is a creative strategist and an excellent writer.” Seth is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel, an invitation-only organization of leading insurance coverage attorneys, where he serves on the Board of Regents. Seth previously chaired the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee and Self-Insurers & Risk Managers Committee of the ABA’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section. The American Lawyer named Seth a “Midwest Trailblazer” in 2022 and he was profiled as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Seth maintains an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating (5.0) from Martindale-Hubbell® and is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Illinois Super Lawyers in the area of insurance coverage.

Seth is a frequent speaker and commentator on insurance coverage issues and he has written dozens of articles and nine book chapters on topics relating to insurance coverage. Seth also serves as the executive editor of Insurance Law Essentials, a publication of the International Risk Management Institute.

Experience

  • Representation of a utility company in coverage litigation arising out of a $177 million settlement with the State of Missouri for damages caused by the catastrophic failure of a hydroelectric dam. 
  • Representation of a utility company in first-party property insurance coverage matters arising out of the $500 million rebuild of a hydroelectric dam.
  • Representation of a general contractor in coverage litigation arising out of an underlying $30 million claim alleging negligent professional services in connection with the construction of a psychiatric hospital.
  • Representation of a mobile refrigeration unit manufacturer in coverage litigation arising out of an underlying nationwide consumer class action. 
  • Representation of an insulated drink and bottle manufacturer in coverage litigation arising out of an underlying nationwide consumer class action. 
  • Representation of a utility company in a $20 million builder’s risk and delay in start-up claim arising out of the construction of a 1,600-megawatt coal-fired power plant.
  • Representation of insurance broker in coverage litigation arising out of a $10 million underlying claim alleging fraud and negligence in connection with the creation and sale of a pooled captive insurance program.
  • Representation of a managed care company in coverage litigation against its E&O insurers arising out of underlying class actions involving alleged improper administration of PPO networks.
  • Representation of a bank in coverage litigation arising out of an underlying $10 million RICO lawsuit.

News & Views

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Recognitions

  • 2022, Midwest Trailblazers, listed in The American Lawyer
  • 2021–2022, Insurance: Dispute Resolution, listed in Chambers USA
  • 2023, Litigation – Insurance, listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014–2023, Insurance Law, listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • 2022, listed in The Legal 500 United States
  • 2015–2022, Insurance Coverage, Illinois, listed in Super Lawyers
  • 2010–2014, “Rising Star” in Insurance Coverage, Illinois, listed in Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent®, listed by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2013, “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Affiliations

Professional Activities

Seth is a fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel, an honorary organization of the country's top insurance coverage lawyers. He serves as the executive editor of Insurance Law Essentials, a publication of the International Risk Management Institute, and is the chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section.

Seth previously served as a board member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2017–2020); chair of the Insurance Law Committee, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2012–2013 and 2016–2018); co-chair of the D&O Committee, American College of Coverage Counsel (2019-2020); and chair of the Self-Insurance and Risk Management Committee, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association (2017–2018).

Credentials

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois

Education

  • Brandeis University, BA
  • The John Marshall Law School, JD, magna cum laude