Representative Matters

Erik Kowalewsky focuses his practice on insurance coverage, including, among other lines, cyber and tech E&O, D&O, professional liability, general liability, property, healthcare, marine, and energy, in the primary, excess, and reinsurance context. He has particular experience with manuscript policy forms under U.S. and English law, including those providing difference in conditions and difference in limits coverage, and master-local coverage programs. Mr. Kowalewsky advises London Market and other international insurers on scope of coverage, monitoring and settling underlying litigation by third parties, and advice on wordings, as well as litigating disputed coverage claims.

Mr. Kowalewsky also has substantial experience representing parties in maritime litigation, including hull and machinery loss and pollution claims, and the defense of professional liability claims. He has handled major commercial litigation, including contract and business tort claims, real estate disputes, and copyright and trademark disputes.

Mr. Kowalewsky was seconded to a major Lloyd's syndicate in London, where he worked closely with the professional liability and directors and officers claims teams.

Mr. Kowalewsky regularly gives seminars to insurers in-house on compliance with the California Fair Claims Settlement Regulations.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in May 2015, Mr. Kowalewsky worked for more than a decade in the San Francisco, New York and London offices of major insurance law firms. In London, he qualified as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

Mr. Kowalewsky's law school accomplishments include having been a member of the Dean's List. He received Legal Research and Writing Honors, and participated in pro bono litigation through the Legal Clinic: D.C. Law Students in Court.

Professional Affiliations

  • Chartered Insurance Institute
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society

Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment for Lloyd's insurers on rescission of property policy. Affirmed on appeal to the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, 954 N.Y.S.2d 883, 101 A.D.3d 851 (2d Dept. 2012).
  • Brandwein v. Butler, 218 Cal. App. 4th 1485, 161 Cal. Rptr. 3d 728 (2013). Successful appeal of dismissal of coverage claim against Lloyd’s Underwriters, upholding the principle of utmost good faith as part of marine insurance law in California.


  • "Emerging Insurance Issues," "Differences Between English and American Insurance Law," Insurance Market Conference Seminar Series, Cambridge University
  • "California Fair Claims Settlement Regulations," presented to clients in-house


  • "Going it Alone," Maritime Risk International, September 2008
  • "Navigating – and Working to Reconcile – a Sea of Conflicting Cargo Laws," co-author, Maritime Risk International, October 2007
  • "U.S. Court Applies the Doctrine of Equitable Estoppel," co-author, Insurance Day, July 13, 2007


Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test program, The University of Law incorporating The College of Law, London, 2008

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1999

B.A., cum laude, Philosophy, University of California at Los Angeles, 1995