John M. Edwards

Practice Areas:

  • Insurance Recovery

Professional Experience

John Edwards concentrates his practice in the area of commercial and environmental litigation and appellate practice with a special concentration in the areas of insurance coverage for policyholders. He has litigated or arbitrated a broad range of cases in the contract, product liability, property, school funding and environmental areas. In the insurance coverage area, Mr. Edwards has handled coverage disputes for policyholders in the context of first party property insurance as well as third party liability insurance claims. In the area of first party property insurance claims, Mr. Edwards has represented several policyholders in connection with tens of millions of dollars in industrial or commercial property and business interruption losses. In the area of liability insurance, Mr. Edwards has represented policyholders in coverage disputes arising under commercial general liability insurance policies, professional errors and omission policies, directors and officers liability insurance policies and various specialty lines liability insurance policies. In these matters, he has recovered very significant sums to cover the defense settlement and/or judgment costs incurred in underlying environmental, construction, product liability, professional negligence and securities claims. He has litigated cases before juries or judges in Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin. In his appellate practice, Mr. Edwards has argued appeals before the state supreme courts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Wisconsin as well as the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the First and Seventh Circuits.

Important Trials:

Welch Foods v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
Worcester Superior Court (Massachusetts 2008) (successfully obtained jury verdict that Liberty Mutual breached its duty to defend underlying anti-trust claims and in so doing, acted in bad faith)

Enterasys Networks v. Gulf Insurance Co. et al,
USDC NH (2006)(successfully obtained substantial insurance recoveries for underlying SEC and class action claims that arose from allegations of improper revenue recognition practices)

Waste Management, Inc. v. Stonewall Ins. Co., et al,
NJ Super Ct. (2004) (successfully obtained very substantial insurance recoveries arising from liability at superfund sites in Washington State)

Health Reinsurance Management, Inc. v. Cologne Life Underwriting Management Co. et al,
USDC Mass. (2002) (successfully obtained breach of contract jury verdict for plaintiff)

Waste Management, Inc. v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., et al,
NJ Super Ct. (1999) (successfully obtained very substantial insurance recoveries arising from liability at superfund sites in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania)

Interex Corporation v. Atlantic Mutual Ins. Co.,
USDC Mass. (1997) (successfully obtained substantial insurance recoveries arising from liability at superfund sites in Massachusetts and New Hampshire)

Important Appeals

Nortek Inc. v. Liberty Mutual,
65 Mass. App. Ct. 764 (2006)

In re Feld’s Case
2002 NH 178 (NH 2002)

Aviators for Safe and Fairer Regulation, Inc. v. FAA,
221 F2d 222 (1st Cir. 2000)

Opinion of Justices,
712 NH 892 (NH 1998)

St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co. v. Warwick Dyeing Corp.,
26F.3d 1195 (1st Cir. 1994)

City of Edgerton v. General Casualty Co of Wisconsin,
184 W.S.2d 750 (Wisconsin S. Ct. 1994)

Polaroid Corp. v. Travelers Indemnity Co.,
414 Mass 747 (Mass. 1993)

Trustees of Tufts University v. Comm’l Union Ins. Co.,
415 Mass 844 (1993)

Bar Admissions

  • Bar of Massachusetts
  • Bar of New Hampshire

Education

  • J.D., Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (1989) (Executive Editor, The Loyola University of Chicago Law Review)
  • B.A., McGill University (1984)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (Vice Chair, Property Insurance Committee)
  • Boston Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Bar Association

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