Insights from a Coverage Lawyer: Unpacking the Intricacies of Insurance Law (CLM)

Insights from a Coverage Lawyer: Unpacking the Intricacies of Insurance Law

  Tuesday, November 21st, 2023 Source: CLM

Beth A. Jenson Prouty, a partner at Arthur Chapman in Minneapolis, Minnesota, specializes in insurance coverage law. She transitioned to this niche after initially focusing on complex motions and appeals in various practice areas. Prouty highlights the appeal of insurance coverage law as akin to solving a puzzle, applying facts to policy terms and researching case law to determine coverage. This field often leads to resolving cases on summary judgment as a matter of law.

Prouty’s career in coverage law has involved significant cases, like Earthsoils, Inc. v. Farm Bureau and Rodenburg LLP v. Cincinnati Insurance Company. These cases have explored definitions of "property damage" and the application of exclusions in commercial general liability policies. Her experience demonstrates the evolving nature of coverage law and its critical role in clarifying insurance policies and claims.

For new lawyers in this field, Prouty advises persistence despite the steep learning curve and limited courtroom opportunities. She emphasizes the importance of gaining real-world experience and not shying away from court appearances, as insurance coverage law is a continually learning process that requires balancing other legal skills development.

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