Greg Ligelis has over four decades of experience as a litigation lawyer, and he focuses on property subrogation cases, maritime litigation involving ship mortgage foreclosures, and marine insurance coverage disputes. He frequently represents insurance carriers, banks, financial companies, ship repair facilities, and high-end yacht owners. Greg is a member of the firm’s Insurance + Reinsurance Group.
Property Damage Subrogation
Greg handles large loss property damage subrogation cases in New York and Connecticut involving fires, explosions, sprinkler system failures, and other casualties. He represents insurers who have compensated their customers for damage pursuant to their property insurance policies, and pursues reimbursement from responsible third parties. He has successfully litigated and resolved several high-stakes subrogation cases, including one involving a $2 million fire loss in a strip mall against the restaurant where the fire started. He also obtained a favorable resolution in a case involving extensive water damage after a fire sprinkler pipe burst.
Ship Mortgage and Lien Foreclosures
Greg represents banks and financial companies in the enforcement of, and foreclosure on, ship mortgages. He also handles lien foreclosures and arrest of vessel actions. Throughout his career, he has foreclosed on over 100 ship mortgages and numerous maritime lien claims. He recently successfully represented a maritime lender in foreclosing on a ship mortgage on a tugboat and defeating the competing lien claims of other creditors.
Marine Insurance Coverage
Greg frequently advises clients with respect to marine and inland marine insurance coverage issues. He represents marine insurers in coverage disputes and litigation with insured parties. He has obtained positive results for clients, such as successfully defending a $2 million coverage claim for damages to a 110-foot racing yacht which capsized in a race.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Greg also has extensive experience in commercial arbitrations and dispute resolution involving insurance claims. These disputes have included international sales and commodity contracts as well as property and marine insurance subrogation and casualty losses. He has decades of experience with evaluating a case and bringing it to a cost effective and timely resolution for clients in mediation.
Greg also represents finance companies and banks with regard to enforcing their Uniform Commercial Code rights as secured creditors in bankruptcy and litigation and defending unfair trade practice and lender liability claims.
He has attained the Proctor in Admiralty designation through the Maritime Law Association of the United States and has taught admiralty and marine insurance at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Greg also serves as a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.