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Education

J.D., magna cum laude, George Mason University School of Law

B.A., magna cum laude, Mary Washington College

Law Journals

Notes Editor, George Mason Law Review

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Virginia Bar

U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, Eastern District of Virginia, and Southern District of Indiana

Kimberly M. Melvin

Partner

Practice Areas

Kim represents insurers in connection with coverage issues related to professional liability lines of coverage, including liability policies issued to directors and officers, financial institutions, mutual funds, investment advisors, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), rating agencies, insurance companies, insurance brokers, and lawyers. She has particular expertise regarding bankruptcy and insolvency issues arising in the insurance context as well as fiduciary liability matters. Kim also serves as co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Women's Forum Affinity Group and is a member of the firm's Management Committee.

Representative Experience

  • Represents professional liability insurers in connection with major corporate scandals, significant financial disruptions, and corporate bankruptcies, including civil litigation, arbitration proceedings, and governmental investigations involving directors and officers, financial institutions, and rating agencies arising from the global credit crisis and subprime mortgage meltdown. 
  • Regularly represents professional liability insurers in coverage litigation before federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts, as well as state courts nationwide.
  • Serves as monitoring counsel in connection with securities, derivative, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), bankruptcy, and employment claims, including large, complex multi-district litigation matters.
  • Frequently represents insurers in the mediation of large, complex claims and the negotiation of sophisticated settlements, including coverage workouts.
  • Advises clients regarding insurance underwriting for directors and officers and other professional liability policies.

Professional Experience

  • Executive Committee, McBee Strategic Consulting, LLC

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Co-Chair, Section of Litigation's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Bankruptcy & Insolvency Subcommittee (2010-2012)
    • Sections of Litigation and Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)
    • Tort and Trial Insurance Practice Section, Emerging Issues Special Standing Committee (2010-2011)
    • Co-Chair, Section of Litigation's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Professional Liability Subcommittee (2009-2011)
    • Task Force on Corporate Governance Institute (2008-2009)
    • Co-Chair, Section of Litigation's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Diversity Subcommittee (2007-2009)
    • Website Editor, Section of Litigation's Professional Liability, Litigation Committee (2007-2009)
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
    • PLUS Journal Editorial Board 

Recognitions

  • Named to Business Insurance magazine's list of "Women to Watch" (2013)
  • Named a "Rising Star" by Law360 and included on their list of "five insurance lawyers under 40 to watch" (2011)
  • Named one of DC's "Super Lawyers" for Insurance Coverage by Super Lawyers magazine (2013-2015)
  • Named by The Legal 500 US a "recommended lawyer" in Insurance Law (2013-2015)

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