Stephen O. Clancy focuses his practice on insurance coverage and extra-contractual litigation, as well as professional liability and other complex litigation. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation Section, and its Insurance + Reinsurance Practice Group.
Insurance Coverage Litigation and Counseling
Mr. Clancy’s insurance coverage experience includes the representation of property, liability and excess insurance carriers in connection with high-exposure litigation often involving claims for extra-contractual damages. In the property insurance arena, he has served as counsel for major commercial property insurers in connection with litigation arising out of damages associated with Chinese Drywall, and natural catastrophes such as Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. He has also handled cases involving large business interruption and/or ordinance or law exposures. In addition to handling litigation, Mr. Clancy also assists his property insurer clients by coordinating investigations and appraisals, providing coverage opinions and analysis, and assisting with responding to inquiries from various State Insurance Departments. Mr. Clancy has also been retained to provide advice regarding the proper organizational structuring of a claims department in order to best avoid imputed conflicts of interest and to protect privileged communications and confidentiality.
Mr. Clancy’s liability coverage litigation experience includes the representation of liability and professional liability insurance carriers in connection with high-exposure litigation often involving allegations of bad faith settlement practices. Mr. Clancy also provides pre-judgment advice to liability and professional liability insurance carriers in connection with minimizing bad faith failure to settle exposure.
Professional Liability Defense
Mr. Clancy’s experience also includes the representation of a diverse group of individual and institutional clients including legal, medical, financial, insurance, and design professionals. Mr. Clancy has successfully defended professionals in connection with seven and eight figure malpractice litigation.
Mr. Clancy is a regular speaker before legal and industry organizations on various insurance coverage related topics. He is also the Chair Elect of the American Bar Association TIPS Property Insurance Law Committee, a member of the Steering Committee of the Hartford Chapter of the Professional Liability Underwriters Society, and a frequent author and contributor to Robinson+Cole’s Property Insurance Coverage Insights blog.
Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Clancy served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Barry R. Schaller of the Connecticut Appellate Court. While at the University of Connecticut, Mr. Clancy represented indigent clients as a member of the school's criminal appellate and trial clinics, and he also served on the editorial board of the Connecticut Law Review.