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Two new partners for Lippes Mathias Friedman LLP

Wednesday, September 09, 2020 @ 9:09 AM | By John Chunn

 Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP announced that Kevin T. Merriman and David M. Knapp have joined the firm as partners.

According to the Buffalo, N.Y., firm’s press release, Merriman and Knapp focus their insurance recovery, counselling and litigation practices on assisting clients in resolving complex coverage disputes, securing carrier participation in defence and settlement of claims and maximizing insurance recoveries.

Merriman, partner and insurance recovery, counselling and litigation practice team leader, counsels corporate and institutional clients in a broad range of risk and insurance issues, providing detailed insurance coverage analyses and working collaboratively with brokers and insurers to meet clients’ business and insurance objectives. He represents his clients in complex insurance recovery litigation, involving asbestos, pollution, construction, product liability, cyber, and bad-faith claims, among others. Merriman is a graduate of Cornell University and the University at Buffalo School of Law.

Knapp focuses his practice on insurance coverage, insurance counselling and complex commercial litigation. He has experience over a broad array of coverages, including general liability, excess/umbrella, directors and officers, pollution, builder’s risk, auto, property, employee dishonesty, professional, tech E&O and cyber. He counsels clients on insurance coverage issues, performs detailed policy and insurance program reviews, drafts insurance procurement requirements in contracts and subcontracts and works with insurance brokers to optimize coverage for clients. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo and Brooklyn Law School.

“Advancing the legal and business interests of our clients is always our goal,” said Kevin Cross, managing partner. “Our insurance team helps companies address coverage issues and maximize insurance recoveries. We welcome this additional key service as we strive to be a one-stop shop for our business clients. I’m thrilled Kevin and David have joined the team.”