Seth D. Lamden

Partner

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School (J.D., 1999), magna cum laude
  • Brandeis University (B.A., 1996)

Related Services

For nearly two decades, Seth has focused his practice on representing policyholders in disputes with their insurers. Through litigation and negotiation, Seth has helped policyholders recover hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance proceeds in connection with a broad array of claims and losses, including consumer class actions, professional liability claims, environmental claims, course-of-construction property damage, construction defect claims, toxic tort claims, product liability claims, directors and officers liability claims, employment practices claims, property damage, and business interruption losses, among others. In addition to his litigation practice, Seth also offers strategic advice to his clients on managing risk and maximizing insurance recovery.

Seth is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel, an honorary organization of the country's top insurance coverage lawyers, and in 2013, he was profiled as one of the "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch" by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Seth also has been recognized as a leading insurance recovery lawyer by a variety of publications, including The Best Lawyers in America, Illinois Super Lawyers, and Leading Lawyers Network, and he maintains an Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rating.

Seth is a frequent speaker on insurance coverage issues, and he has written dozens of articles and nine book chapters on topics relating to insurance recovery, including:

  • “Duty to Defend,” 3 New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition § 17
  • “Product Liability Insurance,” 3 New Appleman Law of Liability Insurance § 16
  • “Discovery,” 12 New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition § 152
  • “Duty to Defend,” Illinois Insurance Law, Ch. 5 (IICLE®, 2015) (Co-author)
  • “Insurance,” The Construction Contracts Book: How to Find Common Ground in Negotiating Design and Construction Contract Clauses, Ch. 15 (ABA Forum on Construction, 2nd ed. 2008)

Activities:

  • Member, Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism, American Bar Association’s Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • Executive Editor, CGL Reporter, International Risk Management Institute
  • Board Member, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2017–present)
  • Chair, Insurance Law Committee, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2012–2013 and 2016–2018)
  • Chair, Self-Insurance and Risk Management Committee, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association (2017-2018)
  • Vice Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association (2011-present)

Product Manufacturers:

  • Representation of stainless steel tubing manufacturer in coverage litigation arising out of underlying consumer class action. Omega Flex, Inc. v. Pacific Ins. Co., No. 09- P-628, 2010 Mass. App. LEXIS 1457 (Mass. App. Ct. Nov. 16, 2010).
  • Representation of beverage container manufacturer in coverage litigation arising out of underlying consumer class action. Hartford Fire Insurance Co. v. Thermos L.L.C., No. 14 C 6080, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156373 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 18, 2015).
  • Representation of children’s car seat manufacturer in coverage litigation arising out of underlying product liability settlements in excess of $36 million.

Professional/Financial Services Providers:

  • Representation of law firm and individual attorneys in coverage litigation arising out of $20 million claim alleging legal malpractice, conspiracy and fraud.
  • Representation of insurance broker in coverage litigation arising out of $10 million claim alleging fraud and negligence in connection with the creation and sale of a captive insurance program.
  • Representation of managed care company in coverage litigation against its E&O insurers arising out of underlying class actions involving alleged improper administration of PPO networks.
  • Representation of life insurer in coverage litigation against its E&O insurers arising out of underlying “disappearing premium” class actions alleging fraudulent conduct and deceptive sales schemes. Country Life Ins. Co. v. St. Paul Surplus Lines Ins. Co., 422 F. Supp. 2d 977 (C.D. Ill. 2006); 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39656 (C.D. Ill. April 14, 2005); 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39691 (C.D. Ill. Jan. 31, 2005).
  • Representation of insurance broker in coverage litigation arising out of underlying lawsuit alleging defamation and violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act. Utica Mutual Ins. Co. v. David Agency Ins., Inc., 327 F. Supp. 2d 922 (N.D. Ill. 2004).

Construction and Energy:

  • Representation of a utility company in first-party property insurance coverage matters arising out of the $500 million rebuild of a hydroelectric dam.
  • Representation of general contractor in coverage litigation arising out of underlying $30 million claim alleging negligent professional services in connection with construction of hospital.
  • Representation of general contractors and subcontractors in coverage litigation and disputes arising out of underlying defective construction claims.
  • Representation of general contractor in D&O coverage dispute arising out of underlying qui tam suit related to bidding on government construction contracts.
  • Representation of utility company in $20 million builder’s risk and delay in start-up claims arising out of the construction of a 1,600-megawatt coal-fired power plant.
  • Representation of various insureds, including Fortune 500 companies in the petrochemical and residential construction industries, in coverage litigation arising out of underlying bodily injury worksite claims.
  • Representation of utility company in coverage litigation arising out of $177 million settlement with the State of Missouri for damages caused by the catastrophic failure of a hydroelectric dam. Union Elec. Co. v. AEGIS Energy Syndicate 1225, 713 F.3d 366 (8th Cir. 2013); Union Elec. Co. v. AEGIS Energy Syndicate 1225, No. 4:12CV877, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119584 (E.D. Mo. Aug. 23, 2012); Union Elec. Co. v. Energy Ins. Mut., Ltd., 689 F.3d 968 (8th Cir. 2012).
  • Representation of architect in coverage litigation arising out of underlying lawsuit alleging occupational exposure bodily injury caused by the design of a building at a Chicago-based university. American Econ. Ins. Co. v. Holabird & Root, 382 Ill. App. 3d 1017 (1st Dist. 2008).
  • Representation of utility companies and energy industry contractors in coverage litigation arising out of underlying asbestos bodily injury claims and historic environmental contamination claims.
  • Representation of coal mining company in litigation against insurer arising out of administration of self-insured Federal Black Lung claim program.

Local Government:

  • Representation of municipality in coverage litigation arising out of underlying wrongful conviction claims.
  • Representation of school district in insurance dispute arising out of underlying sexual abuse claims.
  • Representation of municipality in coverage dispute arising out of underlying pollution claims.

Transportation:

  • Representation of Canadian shipping company in indemnity action brought pursuant to Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act. Frontier Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. v. Streamline Transport Solutions, LLC, No 13-C-07811, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101354 (N.D. Ill. July 25, 2014).

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois