Wiley Rein LLP


Laura A. Foggan
Practice Areas
Education
  • J.D., with high honors, The George Washington University Law School; Order of the Coif
  • M.S. Ed, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania
Law Journals
  • Member, The George Washington Law Review
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Laura A. Foggan

PARTNER

202.719.3382  |  lfoggan@wileyrein.com


Laura A. Foggan is described by LawDragon 500 Magazine as “one of the most successful advocates for the insurance industry to ever practice” and has been named one of Law360’s “10 Most Admired Insurance Attorneys.” Practicing for more than 25 years, Ms. Foggan has made significant contributions to the development of key insurance law precedents across the country.  She is praised by Chambers USA as an “acknowledged expert in her field” (2013) with an “encyclopedic knowledge of insurance law” (2014) and by LawDragon 500 Magazine as “the best in the business at protecting insurers facing all types of major claims with an unmatched track record in significant trials and appellate cases” (2014).  Ms. Foggan serves as lead counsel in trial and appellate matters involving complex insurance claims under general liability and other policy forms and counsels insurers on emerging exposures, including Section 111 Medicare secondary payer compliance. She has participated in more than 200 insurance coverage appeals nationwide. A former co-chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Litigation Section, Ms. Foggan is the leader of the firm’s Insurance Appellate Group.

In addition to her litigation work, Ms. Foggan represents insurers in arbitration and mediation settings. On behalf of both individual insurers and industry trade groups, she also advocates for insurers in legislative and regulatory matters. Ms. Foggan is regularly rated by Chambers USA as one of Washington, DC’s “Leading Lawyers” for insurers in commercial insurance work, and the directory notes she is known for being a “favorite with both clients and peers” for “complex trial and appellate work” (2011) and for her involvement in “some of the group’s most significant complex work” (2010).  The Legal 500 US recommends Ms. Foggan for being “at the top of her field” and for having “one of the best analytical minds” (2012).  She is included in the Best Lawyers in America directory for insurance law and has been named one of Washington, DC’s “Top 100 Lawyers” and “Top 50 Women Lawyers,” among many other honors.


REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Directs major complex commercial litigation in courts nationwide.  Lead counsel in trial and appellate matters involving insurance for terrorism, technology, environmental, construction, personal and advertising injury, employment, product liability, mass tort, and pharmaceutical claims.
  • Participated in more than 200 appellate cases including key national precedents on insurance issues.  Argued before numerous federal circuits and state appellate courts.
  • Counsels property and casualty insurers on emerging risks and litigation trends under general liability and other policy forms. Current issues include coverage for consumer privacy claims, global warming (climate change), nanotechnology, fracking, Section 111, tainted drywall, bad faith exposures, and more.
  • Assists insurers in drafting policy forms and endorsements. Collaborates with insurers on new products, offering strategic suggestions and form language to meet product goals and regulatory requirements.
  • Represents insurers in arbitrations, as well as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and mediation proceedings.  Handles multi-party negotiations involving private claimants, multiple carriers, and insureds.
  • Advocates for insurers in legislative and regulatory matters, including providing technical analysis of insurance issues, testifying before legislative committees, and analyzing and formulating regulatory and legislative proposals. Current issues include Section 111 Medicare secondary payer requirements, privacy regulation and compliance, and insurer interests in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or more commonly, drones).
  • Counsel, Complex Insurance Claims Litigation Association (CICLA).

AFFILIATIONS

  • American Bar Association.
    • Co-Chair (2012-2013) and Member (2013-2014), Section of Litigation, Sound Advice Committee.
    • Past Chair, Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC).
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Appellate Advocacy Committee.
  • Elected Member, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC).
  • Center for Public Resources, Distinguished Panel of Neutrals for the Inter-Insurer Program.
  • Senior Member, CGL Reporter Editorial Board (2014-Present).
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Appellate Advocacy and Insurance Coverage Committees.
  • District of Columbia Bar.
    • Co-Chair (2002-2004) and Steering Committee Member (2002-2007), Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice Section.
  • Editorial Advisory Board, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition.
  • Elected Member, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC).
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA).
    • Founding Co-Chair, Insurance Law Forum (2008-2012).

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Named one of DC's "Top 100 Lawyers" (2012-2014), "Top 50 Women Lawyers" (2009, 2011-2014), and "Super Lawyers" for Insurance Coverage (2008-2014) by Super Lawyers magazine.
  • Named one of Washington's "Best Lawyers" by Washingtonian magazine (2011).
  • Named to Business Insurance magazine's list of "Women to Watch" (2011).
  • Named one of Law360's "10 Most Admired Insurance Attorneys" (2010).
  • Included in The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers (2010-2014).
  • Included in Legal Media Group's Expert Guides: Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law for Insurance and Reinsurance (2010, 2012-2014).
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America directory for Insurance Law (2008-2015).
  • Listed by Chambers USA as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Insurance (2002-2014).
  • Included in Legal Media Group's Expert Guides: Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (2006-Present).
  • Named by The Legal 500 US a "recommended lawyer" in Insurance Law (2012-2013).
  • Named by Lawdragon as one of "500 Leading Lawyers in America" (2010-2014) and as one of "3000 Leading Lawyers in America" (2006-2007).
  • Named one of Business Insurance magazine's "100 Leading Women" in Insurance (2000).
  • AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability.

PUBLICATIONS

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  • Volume 12: Insurance Litigation, Arbitration and Settlement
    Laura A. Foggan, Editor
    2014 | New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition

SPEECHES

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  • Recent Rulings and Trends in Decision Making Impacting Allocation

    Laura A. Foggan
    ACI's National Forum on Insurance Allocation
    October 29, 2014 | New York, NY | More Information
  • Understanding the Scope and Limits of Duty to Defend, Duty to Settle, and Initiating Settlement Negotiations

    Laura A. Foggan, Speaker
    ACI's National Forum on Bad Faith Claims & Litigation
    November 19, 2014 | Orlando, FL | More Information

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