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Walter J. Andrews

Walter J. Andrews

Partner

Expertise

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • 3D Printing
  • Crisis Management

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

Profile

Walter’s practice focuses on complex insurance litigation, counseling and arbitrations and expert witness testimony.

As the head of the firm’s insurance coverage practice, Walter offers clients more than 30 years of experience managing insurance-related issues, including program audits, policy manuscripting, counseling, litigation and arbitration. He works with companies in a diverse range of industries, including financial services, consumer products, food and beverages, chemicals, real estate and municipalities. 

Walter is the former Chair of the ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee and a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel. He is admitted to practice before courts and arbitral bodies across the United States and abroad, including the United States Supreme Court, US Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and US District Courts for the District of Columbia, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, District of North Dakota, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, Southern District of New York, and Eastern District of North Carolina. He  litigates and arbitrates insurance coverage and bad faith disputes around the nation, involving business interruption, product liability, construction defect, reinsurance matters, cyberinsurance and e-commerce issues, and other emerging claims. These matters involve a variety of insurance contracts, including professional liability, first party property, general liability insurance policies, cyberinsurance, and various reinsurance agreements.

Walter also has served as an expert witness in insurance matters and as an arbitrator in insurance coverage arbitrations.

Relevant Experience

  • Advised on and litigated COVID-19 insurance recovery claims related to business interruption and other related policies.
  • Successfully litigated Hurricane Harvey business interruption recovery for financial institution in Texas.

  • Advised luxury resort concerning property damage, business interruption and extra expense loss resulting from catastrophic flood event.

  • Litigated significant fire loss claim for industrial manufacturing facility.

  • Successfully recovered substantial insurance proceeds for damage caused to office building by gas explosion.

  • Represented a private golf club in Naples, Florida to secure recovery for building and outdoor grounds damage caused by Hurricane Irma.
  • Secured a seven-figure recovery on behalf of national furniture company due to business interruption caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
  • Obtained summary judgment for our client in the World Trade Center Properties coverage litigation, regarding the number of occurrences arising from the 9/11 terrorist attack.
  • Secured a favorable award in arbitration related to a dispute regarding obligations to manage a book of umbrella and high excess liability risks. The arbitration panel granted all relief requested by our client, a result that was confirmed by the Supreme Court of New York.
  • Litigated D&O issues involving claims against public union board of directors. 
  • Represented clients in numerous criminal investigations regarding D&O coverage.
  • Represented non-profit boards of directors on fiduciary claims under D&O policies.
  • Advised clients on potential D&O and cyber insurance coverage for data breach claims.
  • Obtained summary judgment for client on Civil Authority claim arising out of a North Carolina hospital’s business interruption claims related to Hurricane Floyd.
  • Led coverage strategy for a mobile home manufacturer facing hundreds of claims arising out of FEMA's use of our client’s recreational vehicles as “temporary” living accommodations following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, resulting in alleged exposure to formaldehyde.
  • Successfully represented a client in district court and appellate court proceedings to determine the number of occurrences that resulted from claims brought due to several shootings at a graduation party in Miami, Florida.
  • Counsel for a national real estate development company on coverage under a Builder’s Risk policy for property damage, delay damages, and business income loss resulting from a significant gas explosion affecting construction of a high-rise hotel and office tower. Also advised the client on coverage for potential third party claims under its commercial general liability policies and additional insured coverages.
  • Obtained summary judgment in the Eastern District of Virginia on the question of the reach of territorial coverage for international terrorism claims, in a decision affirmed by the Fourth Circuit.
  • Selected reported cases include:
    • Mt. Hawley Insurance Company v. Brickell on the River South Tower Condominium Association, Inc. et al, 2020 WL 6106856 (S.D. Fla. 2020)

    • The Childrens Place, Inc. v. Great Am. Ins. Co., 2019 WL 1857118 (D.N.J. Apr. 25, 2019)
    • Ranger Construction Industries, Inc. v. Allied World National Assurance Company, 2019 WL 436555 (S.D. Fla. Dec. 18, 2017)
    • Century Sur. Co. v. Deari, No. 3:13-CV-02553-N, 2017 WL 5642578, at *1 (N.D. Tex. Jan. 4, 2017) (order granting summary judgment)
    • Century Sur. Co. v. Seidel, 893 F.3d 328 (5th Cir. 2018) (affirming order granting summary judgment)
    • Hillsborough County v. Star Ins. Co., ---F.3d---, 2017 WL 460999, (11th Cir. 2017)
    • State Nat. Ins. Co. v. Robert, 139 So. 3d 949 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2014), rev. denied, No. SC14-1662, 2015 WL 1844052 (Fla. Apr. 22, 2015)
    • Gen. Sec. Nat'l Ins. Co. v. N.J. Intergov’tl Ins. Fund et al., No. A-5591-08T1, 2011 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2288 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Aug. 25, 2011)
    • Cato Inst., Inc. v. Cont’l Cas. Co., et al., No. 8:11-cv-01418-JFM, 2011 WL 3626784 (D. Md. Aug. 16, 2011)
    • State Nat’l Ins. Co. v. Miami, No. 09-23273, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 105621 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 21, 2010)
    • U.S. Specialty Ins. Co., et al. v. North River Ins. Co., et al., Civ. No. CAM-L-4901-08 (N.J. Super. Ct., Law Div. March 1, 2010)
    • State Nat’l Ins. Co. v. Lamberti, No. 08-CV-60760, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22707 (S.D. Fla. March 20, 2009); affirmed, 362 Fed. Appx. 76 (11th Cir. 2010)
    • CACI Int’l, Inc. v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co., 566 F.3d 150 (4th Cir. 2009)
    • Parts, Inc. v. Utica Mut. Ins. Co., 602 F. Supp. 2d 617 (Md. Feb. 27, 2009)
    • Government Employees Ins. Co. v. Rivas, 573 F. Supp. 2d 12 (D.C. Aug. 26, 2008)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Virginia

Education

BA, Swarthmore College, 1979
Areas of Practice

3D Printing | Business Litigation | Commercial Litigation | Crisis Management | Cross-Border Insurance Coverage | Cyber Insurance | Cyber Investigation and Privacy Litigation | Cyber Investigations and Privacy Litigation | Energy Sector Security Team | Insurance Coverage | Insurance Coverage Counseling and Litigation | Insurance Litigation and Counseling | Litigation | Reinsurance | Rocket Docket Practice (US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia) | Transactional Insurance

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Obtained summary judgment for client on Civil Authority claim arising out of a North Carolina hospital’s business interruption claims related to Hurricane Floyd.
  • Obtained summary judgment for our client in the World Trade Center Properties coverage litigation, regarding the number of occurrences arising from the 9/11 terrorist attack.
  • Secured a favorable award in arbitration related to a dispute regarding obligations to manage a book of umbrella and high excess liability risks. The arbitration panel granted all relief requested by our client, a result that was confirmed by the Supreme Court of New York.
  • Led coverage strategy for a mobile home manufacturer facing hundreds of claims arising out of FEMA's use of our client’s recreational vehicles as "temporary" living accommodations following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, resulting in alleged exposure to formaldehyde.
  • Successfully represented a client in district court and appellate court proceedings to determine the number of occurrences that resulted from claims brought due to several shootings at a graduation party in Miami, Florida.
  • Counsel for a national real estate development company on coverage under a Builder’s Risk policy for property damage, delay damages, and business income loss resulting from a significant gas explosion affecting construction of a high-rise hotel and office tower.  Also advised the client on coverage for potential third party claims under its commercial general liability policies and additional insured coverages.
  • Obtained summary judgment in the Eastern District of Virginia on the question of the reach of territorial coverage for international terrorism claims, in a  decision affirmed by the Fourth Circuit.
  • Selected reported cases include:

    • Gen. Sec. Nat'l Ins. Co. v. N.J. Intergov'tl Ins. Fund et al., No. A-5591-08T1, 2011 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2288 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Aug. 25, 2011)
    • Cato Inst., Inc. v. Cont'l Cas. Co., et al., No. 8:11-cv-01418-JFM, 2011 WL 3626784 (D. Md. Aug. 16, 2011)
    • State Nat'l Ins. Co. v. Miami, No. 09-23273, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 105621 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 21, 2010)
    • U.S. Specialty Ins. Co., et al. v. North River Ins. Co., et al., Civ. No. CAM-L-4901-08 (N.J. Super. Ct., Law Div. March 1, 2010)
    • State Nat'l Ins. Co. v. Lamberti, No. 08-CV-60760, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22707 (S.D. Fla. March 20, 2009); affirmed, 362 Fed. Appx. 76 (11th Cir. 2010)
    • CACI Int'l, Inc. v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co., 566 F.3d 150 (4th Cir. 2009)
    • Parts, Inc. v. Utica Mut. Ins. Co., 602 F. Supp. 2d 617 (Md. Feb. 27, 2009)
    • Government Employees Ins. Co. v. Rivas, 573 F. Supp. 2d 12 (D.C. Aug. 26, 2008)


Professional Associations

  • Vice Chairman, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Senior Executive Orientation Committee (2016–2017)
  • Fellow, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel; Co-Chair, Communications Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (Former Chair, 2001-2004)
  • Former Chair, 2008-2010, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Insurance Section
  • Former Member, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Professional Activities and Experience

  • Recognized, Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance 2015
  • Recognized, Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance 2014
  • Leader in the Field, Insurance, Virginia, Chambers USA: Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2011-2014
  • Legal Leader, Litigation, ALM Legal Leaders – Washington, DC, 2013
  • E. Randolph Williams Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, 2005–2010, 2012 

Articles

Hunton Insurance Recovery Blog: Updates, Analysis and Breaking News for Commercial Policyholders
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, December 2020

This Client Alert is a monthly update on insurance recovery developments as posted on the Hunton Insurance Recovery Blog. If you would like to receive email alerts when new posts are published, please visit our blog and enter your email address in the subscribe field...

Hunton Insurance Recovery Blog: Updates, Analysis and Breaking News for Commercial Policyholders
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, November 2020

The top three most read articles for the month were:  Policyholders Pump Out Another COVID-19 Litigation VictoryA Pennsylvania trial court denied an insurer’s early attempt to lunge out of coverage for COVID-19 business interruption losses suffered by a fitness center, stating it would be premature for the court to resolve factual determinations the insurer raised in its demurrer. Ridley Park Fitness, LLC v. Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co., No...

Year in Review: Top Insurance Cases of 2018
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, January 2019

2018 was a busy year for courts deciding insurance coverage disputes. Many of those decisions will shape the coverage landscape for years to come. Policyholders enjoyed their fair share of the wins, including substantial victories in areas involving social engineering to disgorgement of corporate gain. We take this opportunity to reflect on some of the year’s most notable coverage decisions...

Additional Articles

  • Interim Security: A Powerful Tool for Protecting the Integrity of Reinsurance Arbitrations, Reinsurance Encounters, Reinsurance Interest Group, CPCU Society
  • The Arrival of Hurricane–and College Football–Season Underscores the Importance of Having Event-Cancellation Insurance in Place
  • Not So Fast: Federal Court Blocks Insurers’ Bid to Remove to Federal Court, Daily Business Review
  • Is Insurance a Safety Net for Phishing of Whaling Attacks?, Daily Business Review
  • Bellefonte: The Tide Continues to Turn, Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage
  • The First 60 Days Post-Irma Are Critical to Your Insurance Recovery, Daily Business Review
  • New Opportunities – and New Risks – in an Era of Autonomous Vehicles, Risk & Compliance
  • Your Liability Insurer May Be Obligated to Provide a Defense in the Chapter 558 Process, Daily Business Review
  • Will Insurers Invoke the “War Exclusion” to Deny Coverage for Losses from Ransomware?, ACCC
  • Can Estoppel Coverage be Created if Defense Prejudices the Insured?, Law.com
  • Cross-Border Insurance Coverage, New Appleman Insurance Law, LexisNexis Publishers
  • Clock Ticks for Irma Insurance Claims: Don’t Leave Money on the Table, Daily Business Review
  • After Irma: Is Your Business Entitled to Insurance Coverage for Additional Lost Profits?, Daily Business Review
  • The USF&G (Western MacArthur) Case: Key Takeaways, Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage
  • Practitioner Insights: Coal Ash Poses Slew of Coverage Issues, Bloomberg BNA
  • Cybersecurity Insurance – Mitigating Compliance Risk Under the DFARS and Other Federal Regulations, Contract Management
  • Navigating Insurance Claims for Business Interruption after Hurricane Irma: Key Considerations to Avoid Leaving Money on the Table
  • Ransomware Attacks Highlight Need for Cyberinsurance Coverage, Daily Business Review
  • Multiple hurricanes, multiple insurance claims, Houston Chronicle
  • Fla. Court Refuses to Apply So-Called ‘Virus Exclusion’ in COVID Insurance Lawsuit, Daily Business Review
  • First Party Insurance Compendium: Fee Shifting, ACCEC
  • Have You Examined Your Cyber Insurance Policy Lately? (Q&A with Walter Andrews), Daily Business Review
  • For Businesses Suffering From Coronavirus Losses, Insurance Coverage May Offer a Remedy, Daily Business Review
  • Insurance Planning for 2016: Top Ten Real Estate Liability Concerns, Real Estate Finance Journal
  • Harvey Reminds South Florida to Review Insurance Coverage Before Irma, Daily Business Review
  • 3 Takeaways Squeezed Out of Juicer’s Insurance Battle, Law360
  • Not If, But When: Five Questions You Should Ask When Seeking Cyber Insurance, Global Banking & Finance Review
  • Digital Due Diligence: Four Questions to Evaluate Cyber Insurance Coverage, Risk Management Magazine
  • What, me worry? My insurance will cover this, right?, South Florida Business Journal
  • Harvey Reminds South Florida to Review Insurance Coverage Before Irma, The American Lawyer
  • Using the War Exclusion to Deny Computer Virus Claims, The Risk Report
  • Cyber Insurance Coverage Comes in All Shapes and Sizes, Daily Business Review
  • Chapter 153: Expert Witnesses, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition
  • Court: You Can Create Coverage by Estoppel if Insurer’s Defense Prejudices the Insured, Daily Business Review
  • Sexual Harassment and Insurance: Are Your Clients’ Businesses Covered?, PropertyCasualty360
  • #MeToo—Sexual Harassment and Insurance. Is Your Business Covered?, Daily Business Review
  • Bloomberg Law Practice Suite – Cyber Insurance, Bloomberg BNA
  • How To Avoid Getting Squeezed Out Of Coverage, Law360
  • In the Race to Win the Autonomous Vehicle Market, Covering Risk Is Key, Daily Business Review
  • Eroding Insurance Policies: As Time Passes, Policyholders Lose Out, Daily Business Review
  • After Matthew, The Insurance Storm Begins, Daily Business Review
  • OFAC Cyber Ransom Guidance Has Insurance Implications, Law360
  • Construing Ambiguities: Insurers Cannot Meet Their Burden in COVID-19 Cases, Daily Business Review
  • Court Resolves Reinsurance Limits Dispute Based on Contract’s Unique Terms, Law360
  • Rethinking Insurance Coverage for Autonomous Vehicles, ABA SciTech Lawyer Magazine
  • Ensuring Your Business Has Adequate Insurance Coverage Before A Hurricane Strikes
  • Do You Have a Claim if Your Business Was Interrupted Due to a Hurricane?, Daily Business Review
  • Courts Continue To Assess Insurance Policies’ Unique Terms, Law360
  • A Cyber Coverage Warning for Hospitality Insureds
  • The Duty to Settle and Its Variations, Insurance Coverage Litigation Newsletter, ABA Section of Litigation
  • Quoted, Companies say insurance companies are stiffing them over coronavirus losses Article Name, CBS News
  • Protecting Business Income When Disaster Strikes
  • Real Estate Is Not Above the (Cyber Attack) Risk, Commercial Observer
  • Groundbreaking Opinion: COVID Sufficient to Trigger Business Interruption Coverage, Daily Business Review

Blogs

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Updates, Analysis and Breaking News for Commercial Policyholders

The Nickel Report
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