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J.D., University of Virginia School of Law; Order of the Coif

B.A., with highest honors, University of Tennessee; Phi Beta Kappa

Law Journals

Member, Virginia Law Review


Law Clerk for the Honorable Bailey Brown, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee (1977-1978)

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth, Eighth, District of Columbia, and Federal Circuits

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Richard L. McConnell

Senior Counsel

Practice Areas

Dick has more than 35 years of experience in complex litigation before state and federal courts and in alternative dispute resolution and arbitration proceedings. He has represented insurers and reinsurers in major insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes, negotiated settlements, commutations, and other agreements, and advised insurers and reinsurers on claim, underwriting, and compliance matters.

Representative Experience

  • Insurance coverage disputes regarding a wide variety of underlying liabilities and losses including environmental, toxic tort, asbestos, product liability, construction, wrongful death, credit risk, residual value, and bad faith claims.
  • Coverage issues arising under general liability, property, construction, credit risk, residual value, and specialty policies.
  • Insurer subrogation claims against the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act and the Tucker Act.
  • Claim handling and compliance issues, including those arising under state claim handling laws and the duty of good faith and fair dealing.
  • Reporting and reimbursement issues applicable to insurers and self-insured entities under the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) statute, the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA), and Section 111 reporting requirements.
  • Reinsurance disputes arising under facultative, treaty, and excess treaty reinsurance contracts.
  • Arbitration agreements and procedure, including arbitrability, consolidation, arbitrator selection and qualifications, discovery, and evidentiary standards.
  • Commercial disputes arising from breach of contract and other causes of action.
  • Environmental regulatory and enforcement matters arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, the Compensation and Liability Act (Superfund), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Litigation Section
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS-US)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Insurance Committee and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee


  • AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability

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