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Education

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

B.A., with high distinction, University of Virginia; Phi Beta Kappa

Law Journals

Member, George Mason Law Review

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Virginia Bar

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Leland H. Jones, IV

Associate

Practice Areas

Leland represents professional liability insurers in coverage litigation and counsels insurers on potential coverage issues.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment determining that insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify insured accountant for lawsuit because insured had prior knowledge of claim before inception of policy and because lawsuit did not allege accountant performed any professional services. Continental Casualty Co. v. Stephen Evans, et al., No. 2:13-cv-2379-JJT (D. Ariz Apr. 21, 2015).

  • Presented oral argument and obtained summary judgment determining that insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify insured accountant for lawsuit alleging that insured breached agreement to repay loans from client. Navigators Insurance Co. v. Hamlin, et al., No. 6:14-cv-196-MC, 2015 WL 1084825 (D. Or. Mar. 10, 2015).
  • Obtained summary judgment determining that insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify insureds in an underlying malpractice suit arising from sale of investments in mortgages. Darwin National Assurance Company v. Rosenthal, et al., No. 2:13-cv-05670-FMO-RZ (C.D. Cal. Sept. 24, 2014).
  • Advises insurers on potential coverage issues and assists in monitoring complex litigation and regulatory investigations under directors and officers, errors and omissions, lawyers malpractice, bankers, investment advisors, financial services, fidelity, and employment practices liability policies.
  • Counsels professional liability insurers in coverage litigation in the state and federal courts across the country.
  • Particular experience in policy rescission actions and coverage litigation concerning prior knowledge provisions.
  • Assists insurers in assessing potential bad faith exposure for claims handling practices and represents insurers in bad faith litigation.
  • Drafts and reviews policy forms and endorsements for insurers with a focus on fidelity and cyber-liability wording addressing new risks and exposures.

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant, Professor Jeffrey Parker, George Mason University School of Law (2007-2009)
  • Legal Intern, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney's Office (2007)

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