Andrew Bourne has helped clients obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance proceeds and other recoveries. He represents corporate and individual policyholders in federal and state courts and litigates significant and cutting-edge cases involving a wide range of insurance contracts, including cases that involve commercial general liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions, property and business interruption, professional liability, and multimedia errors and omissions policies, as well as fidelity bonds.
Advocating for corporate and individual policyholders in federal and state courts across the country, Andrew draws on nearly two decades of insurance industry-related legal experience. With his deep knowledge of various jurisdictions, he considers the circumstances of each case and brings lawsuits in the venues that are most advantageous.
On the front end, Andrew helps clients avoid pitfalls by thoroughly analyzing their policies to ensure they contain complete information. He carefully identifies any potential traps such as intentionally buried language that would eventually allow an insurance company to avoid paying on claims.
Andrew has successfully litigated and tried cases and argued appeals in numerous courts and arbitral forums. For example, Andrew secured a complete victory for a policyholder in a multimillion-dollar claim under a cargo insurance policy, which included coverage for certain attorneys’ fees under the policy’s “Sue and Labor” provision, which was unanimously affirmed by an appellate court. Andrew also recently secured a significant appellate decision for New York policyholders, clarifying – for the first time – the minimal standard needed to plead a bad faith claim and confirming that New York recognizes that a policyholder may assert a claim for damages, including attorneys’ fees, arising from an insurance company’s bad faith claims handling. In June, he secured a motion for partial summary judgment in a case that could potentially open up an avenue for criminal defendants to find funding for their defense under a professional liability insurance policy.
Andrew has been recognized as an Elite Boutique Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, and a New York Metro Super Lawyer. He is an associate editor of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal and previously served on the New York City Bar Association’s Insurance Committee. Before entering private practice, Andrew served as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Updates Aug 2022