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Turning risk into reward

To adapt to a changing market, insurance companies have to adjust to consumer needs. That means insurers are introducing new products to capture market share in emerging areas such as cybersecurity, business interruption, credit risk, and corporate social responsibility. As insurers expand their types of coverage, they need a law firm that understands the risks inherent in those new products and that can help them avoid litigation and resolve disputes.

The insurance team at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig works with insurers to address their most pressing challenges, whether they involve litigation, arbitration, or mediation. Our AM Best-approved law firm handles large loss claims and represents insurance companies in complex coverage disputes. We also routinely work with insurance carriers to represent their insureds in high-stakes insurance defense matters. In short, we help insurers manage their own risks so they can help their clients manage theirs.

Our experience in the insurance industry

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s multidisciplinary team defends insurers in complex, high-exposure coverage matters. Our experience includes analyzing claims, drafting opinions, and delivering sound pre-litigation coverage advice. We draft reservation of rights and declination letters for our clients with an eye toward litigation, particularly since these letters are often key exhibits in coverage litigation. Our lawyers also prosecute declaratory judgment actions and defend clients against bad faith allegations and punitive damages claims.

We are also routinely retained by carriers to defend individual policyholders against various claims, including negligence, wrongful death, professional misconduct, and product liability matters. Our goal is to help insurers calculate the potential exposure and outcomes so clients can decide on the best strategy to reduce risk and avoid protracted liability claims.

What we do

  • Draft comprehensive insurance coverage opinion letters
  • Draft declination and reservation of rights letters
  • Aggressively represent clients in coverage litigation, including high-dollar claims involving construction, professional liability, personal injury, and property damage
  • Represent insureds in insurance defense matters beginning with the initial investigation of a claim through trial and the appeal stages

Our Team


Ellis Bennett


Dominique Braggs


Alex Butterman


Dubs Herschlip


Cortland Putbrese



Scott Cipinko

Of Counsel

Michael Loscialpo

Of Counsel

Chris Marston

Of Counsel

Andrew Sindler

Of Counsel

Geoffrey Varney

Of Counsel

Farzad Panjshiri


Frederick (Erick) Poorbaugh

Senior Associate


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Intern Program

As part of our effort to recruit, develop and retail the best and brightest attorneys, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig offers a summer intern program for promising law school students who are looking to work as part of an innovative and incredibly successful team. With a global team of lawyers, selected candidates are able to work on high level projects in a collaborative space.

Paralegals and Legal Support Staff

At Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, our team of paralegals and staff work together collaboratively along side our attorneys toward a common goal. We have created a positive work environment where our paralegals and legal assistants work to successfully reach firm-wide goals and support each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance. They regularly assist our attorneys with organizing and maintaining files, conducting legal research, and preparing documents.