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Climate Change

One of the most significant issues facing businesses, climate change presents a unique challenge due to its political, economic and physical effects. While the insurance industry is highly susceptible to the financial impact of climate change, it is also uniquely placed to pro-actively manage the risks.

Zelle has more than 30 years of experience representing insurance companies, corporations and governments in traditional liability cases and emerging areas, in the US and internationally.  Our attorneys are currently acting for (re)insurers in connection with climate change liability lawsuits brought by government entities against the Carbon Majors.  We have also advised on the impact of carbon trading schemes on business interruption claims. 

In addition, for nearly three decades, Zelle lawyers have been at the forefront of large-scale liability coverage issues, advising and representing (re)insurers on environmental, asbestos, MTBE and weather-related matters.  We have navigated the vast spectrum of coverage and technical issues these present, gaining an institutional knowledge that extends directly to climate change coverage disputes.

Our network of offices across the US and in London, and our relationships with trusted local counsel in Latin America and other jurisdictions around the world, means that we are able to work seamlessly between jurisdictions and offer our insurer clients a one-stop solution to climate change-related challenges.

Recent Articles 

"Climate Change for Insurers: When Politics Fail, Flood the Courts, January 29, 2020

Jason Reeves Quoted in Climate Wire Regarding Climate Change for Insurers, August 5, 2019

Jason Reeves Quoted in Climate Liability News: Insurance Lawsuits Against Big Oil Could Be Next Wave in Climate Liability, July 19, 2019

"Climate Change and Insurance: Insurers' Subrogation Claims," Insurance Law360, July 12, 2019

"Climate Change and Insurance: Learn From MTBE, Asbestos," Insurance Law360, April 2, 2019

"Climate Change and Insurance: Lliuya v. RWE Makes History," Insurance Law360, March 22, 2019

"New Lessons from Oroville: Climate Change Creates Evolving Risks for Dam and Reservoir Systems," CAT-Law Navigator, February 20, 2019

"Climate Change and Insurance: Increasing Foreign Lawsuits," Insurance Law360, February 14, 2019

"Staying Agile and Resilient to Future Climate Risks," CAT-Law Navigator, January 31, 2019

"Climate Change and Insurance: Litigation Risks for Insurers," Insurance Law360, January 23, 2019

"Climate Change Forecasts Trouble for the Insurance Industry," Insurance Law360, November 30, 2018

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

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