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Dan Millea
Partner
Minneapolis
500 Washington Avenue South
Suite 4000
Minneapolis MN 55415
TEL: (612) 336-9170
FAX: (612) 336-9100
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Dan Millea

Dan's practice is focused on property insurance, reinsurance and financial services litigation. He has worked with a number of insurers defending coverage actions related to major claims involving property damage, construction/builder’s risk issues, business interruption, contingent time element and bad faith claims. He has represented insurers in connection with claims and litigation arising from catastrophic events, including the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and the 2011 Thailand Flood.  He has also acted as lead counsel in financial services litigation defending against multi-million dollar claims, including class action claims.

Representative Matters

Financial Services

Counsel to Wells Fargo Bank in litigation concerning securities lending and 2007-08 financial crisis (Blue Cross/ Blue Shield et al. v. Wells Fargo; City of Farmington Hills v. Wells Fargo; Securian v. Wells Fargo; Catholic United Financial v. Wells Fargo).

Insurance Coverage

Representing market of domestic and non-domestic carriers in builder’s risk insurance litigation in Washington State Court concerning SR 99 Tunnel project in Seattle.

Represented market of domestic and non-domestic carriers in insurance coverage matter related to Las Vegas, Nevada construction defect litigation involving City Center development.

Insurance coverage action and related appraisal involving claims in excess of $1 billion stemming from property damage on 9/11 and related real estate and time element loss claims (Taunus Corporation v. Allianz Insurance Company).

Participated as trial counsel in multi-year appraisal concerning replacement cost, construction planning, tenant improvements and critical path issues stemming from destruction of World Trade Center complex on 9/11, with claims in excess of $7 billion for property damage and time element losses (Allianz Insurance Company v. World Trade Center Properties LLC).

Insurance coverage action and related appraisal involving alleged loss in excess of $100 million involving property damage, time element losses and construction timeline and critical path issues, stemming from fire at a poultry processing facility in Georgia (Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company v. Contigroup Companies).

Lead counsel to market of property insurers defending multiple suits in New York state court related to alleged property damage caused by Super Storm Sandy.

Lead counsel to market of property insurers defending lawsuit in Michigan state court related to alleged contingent business interruption losses stemming from Thailand Flooding.

Lead counsel to property insurer defending property damage and business interruption claims by international manufacturer following Japan Earthquake.

Reinsurance

Trial counsel to cedent in successful defense of arbitration claim by reinsurer concerning liability for underlying multi-billion dollar property damage and time element claims made following destruction of the World Trade Center complex on September 11.

Counsel to reinsurer in disputes with captive cedent concerning multi-million dollar claims for property damage and business interruption to on-shore energy facilities in Louisiana and Texas following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Lead counsel to market of property insurers defending lawsuit in Michigan state court related to alleged contingent business interruption losses stemming from Thailand Flooding.

Lead counsel to property insurer defending property damage and business interruption claims by international manufacturer following Japan Earthquake.

Articles & Presentations

"Preparing for the Unpredictable and the Unmanageable: Catastrophes and Contingent Business Interruption," TIPS Property Insurance Law Committee Newsletter, Winter 2016, author

"Contingent Business Interruption: Limited Case Law and CBI Challenges," Westlaw Journal, January 22, 2016, author

"The Paris Agreement and Business Interruption Coverage," Insurance Law360, December 22, 2015, author

Builders Risk Coverage: Navigating Hard and Soft Costs, Delay in Opening Expenses and Construction Delay Measurement,” Strafford webinar, November 18, 2015, panelist

"Litigating Securities Matters in U.S. Courts," Lloyd’s Market Association Financial Institutions & Professional Indemnity Claims Committee, September 19, 2013, presenter

“Contingent Business Interruption,” Lloyd's Market Association Masterclass, May 24, 2013, co-presenter

Loss Executives Association Complex Commercial Claim Workshop, presented a mock trial to senior insurance claim executives in London regarding complex commercial insurance claims, November 13, 2012

“Contingent Business Interruption Claims – Lessons Learned” – Munich and Hanover, Germany, July 2012, co-presenter

Professional Affiliations

Community Service

Noteworthy

Dan is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was named a Minnesota Super Lawyer for 2014-2017. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

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