Mike Manire

Partner / 646.780.5303

Mike Manire’s practice has focused on insurance since 1993.  Mr. Manire has represented global D&O, E&O, and professional liability insurers in connection with complex claims on policies issued both in the U.S. and abroad.  He has represented insurers in coverage and bad faith litigation, and he has participated in settlements of both coverage and underlying liability issues in hundreds of matters, including securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative actions, antitrust actions, creditors’ committee and bankruptcy trustee claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, consumer class actions, employment liability actions, bankers' and investment advisers’ liability claims, media and intellectual property claims, and a variety of other professional and management negligence claims.


Deeanna Galla

Partner / 646.780.5302

Deeanna Galla focuses on D&O, E&O, professional liability, and employment practices insurance coverage counseling and litigation, representing domestic and international insurers. She has handled and resolved coverage claims in the context of mergers and acquisitions, stock options backdating, bankruptcies, subprime lending, consumer credit reporting, investigations and suits by the FDA, FDIC, SEC, FINRA and other agencies, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and a variety of alleged securities frauds. Ms. Galla has participated in mediations and negotiated settlements for insurers of a variety of companies including AT&T, Regions Financial Corp., Schering-Plough Corp., Par Pharmaceutical, and Smith & Wesson Corp. Ms. Galla also advises her clients on coverage audits, policy renewals and policy language.


Gavin Curley

PartnER / 646.780.5307

Gavin J. Curley regularly advises clients on coverage analysis and policy interpretation arising under directors and officers liability (public, private and not-for-profit entities), errors and omissions, fiduciary liability, employment practices liability and other third-party liability exposures. Representative matters include securities class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits, private equity disputes, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, breach of fiduciary duty claims, inadequate consideration litigation, cross-border regulatory investigations and high-level employment practices disputes.

Mr. Curley's practice includes providing advice regarding claims handling and resolution, case valuation, bad faith avoidance, as well as coverage litigation strategy. Mr. Curley has resolved numerous claims through mediation and other alternative dispute methods. Mr. Curley also provides guidance to management and professional liability insurance underwriters regarding emerging trends, particularly with respect to exposures faced by directors and officers.


Craig Kavanagh

Senior Associate / 646.780.5306

Craig Kavanagh has extensive experience with directors and officers liability insurance, professional liability insurance, commercial general liability and employment practices insurance coverage, and has represented insurers in a wide variety of coverage disputes.  He has regularly attended mediations and worked closely with clients to develop coverage strategies, keeping clients apprised as to the relevant legal and coverage issues. 

Craig is also highly experienced in electronic discovery, including the oversight of large-scale document reviews, productions and discovery processes in complex litigation.  Craig advises insurers of coverage issues in representing them in coverage disputes and litigation.  He also advises insurers regarding underlying claims, including complex securities, corporate governance, regulatory, environmental, employment and consumer protection actions.


Willis Taylor

Associate / 646.780.5305

Willis Taylor’s practice focuses on counseling D&O and other professional liability insurers on a variety of coverage matters.  Willis represents clients in connection with resolution of complex securities fraud actions, shareholder derivative suits, antitrust matters, and claims arising in the context of policyholder bankruptcy.  In conjunction with his D&O coverage practice, Willis also represents clients in coverage and bad faith litigation, drawing on his experience as a defense litigator to provide effective and efficient strategies for successful outcomes.