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John DeLascio represents and counsels insurers, reinsurers and retrocessionaires in complex insurance coverage and reinsurance matters in various forums. He has substantial experience in litigating, arbitrating and mediating a wide variety of insurance cases, including alleged bad faith claims, mass tort, environmental, asbestos, Managing General Agent, and risk pool disputes. John handles matters involving occurrence-based and claims-made based coverage and is experienced in varied lines of insurance, including professional liability; Directors & Officers (D&O); Errors & Omissions (E&O) for insurance brokers, lawyers, accountants, real estate agents, medical and human resources professionals; Employment Practices Liability (EPL); and Comprehensive General Liability (CGL) lines, including long-tail toxic tort (asbestos and environmental claims), and advertising injury claims.

John regularly assists and advises industry clients in numerous aspects of the insurance business from policy drafting and claims handling to coverage litigation and reinsurance arbitrations. He also has extensive experience defending professionals against malpractice claims and consumer-related class actions such as the FDCPA and TCPA in both federal and state courts and has extensive appellate experience. In addition, John also has managed a national claims bordereaux for a London-based professional liability carrier.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in April 2015, John was a partner in a litigation firm headquartered in Chicago. Before entering private practice, he served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Justice Everette A. Braden (Retired), Illinois Appellate Court, First District, and Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division. In addition, John served as a legal extern to the Honorable George N. Leighton (Retired).

Professional Affiliations

  • ARIAS US, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • DRI, Member
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), Member

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Insurance Law, 2019 – 2020
  • Recognized on the Super Lawyers list by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2015 – 2019
  • Recognized by his peers as a "Leading Lawyer" in Insurance and Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law, 2019

Representative Matters

  • Representation of primary and excess property and casualty insurers in complex multi-party environmental cases involving significant coverage disputes
  • Representation of primary and excess property and casualty insurers in significant mass tort and long-tail cases including asbestos claims
  • Representation of insurers and reinsurers in disputes over claims and collections including issues such as "follow the fortunes," late notice, "utmost good faith," allocation and accounting
  • Representation of insurer in multi-million dollar insurance and reinsurance pool dispute with pool manager regarding various risk pool management issues

Presentations

  • "Emerging Legal Trends and Allocation Disputes In Environmental Claims," Society of Environmental Insurance Professionals (SEIP) Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, October 8, 2019
  • "And This Changes Everything in Post 1986 Allocations (Site Pollution)," CLM Environmental and Toxic Tort webinar, July 17, 2019
  • Panelist, "Claims Arising From Climate Issues," Insurance Coverage & Allocation Issues Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 30, 2019
  • "Legal Trends in Environmental Insurance," SEIP Conference, San Francisco, California, June 20, 2018
  • "The Impact Of Industry Consolidation On The Arbitration Process," ARIAS U.S. Fall Conference, New York, New York, November 2015
  • 22nd National Conference on Employment Practices Liability Insurance New York City, February 2015
  • PLRB Claims Conference (Global Warming Claims: Liability Coverage & Defenses) Seattle, Washington, 2009

Publications

  • "Overlooking Environmental Coverages In An Allocation Battle Could Be Costly," ARIAS U.S. Quarterly, First Quarter 2019
  • "Disregarding Honored Traditions: Attempts to Invoke State Statutes of Limitations In Reinsurance Arbitration", ARIAS U.S. Quarterly, Third Quarter 2014
  • "Professional Liability And Global Warming Claims, Liability For Climate Change?" Experts' View On Potential Emerging Risk, Munich Re's Publication on Climate Change 2010
  • "Emerging Issues: Global Warming Claims And Coverage Issues" Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 76, January 2009
  • "Global Warming Claims And Insurance Coverage Issues" Declarations, Winter 2008

J.D., The John Marshall Law School

B.A., DePaul University