J.D., magna cum laude, George Mason University School of Law
B.A., with high distinction, University of Virginia; Phi Beta Kappa
Member, George Mason Law Review
Bar and Court Admissions
District of Columbia Bar
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Legal Lean Sigma Institute (LLSI) White Belt
Leland advises insurers on potential coverage issues and assists in monitoring complex litigation and regulatory investigations under directors and officers, media and technology errors and omissions,
lawyers malpractice, cyber, bankers, investment advisors, financial services, fidelity, fiduciary, and employment practices liability policies. He also counsels professional liability insurers in coverage litigation in state and federal courts across the country. Leland, a certified Legal Lean Sigma Institute (LLSI) White Belt, uses the LLSI process and project management tools to continually improve the value proposition the firm delivers to its clients.
- Obtained Fourth Circuit affirmance of favorable district court ruling that all claims against insured engineering firm arising from the collapse of two, nearly identical bridges constituted “related claims” under architects and engineers professional liability policy and were subject to a single per claim limit of liability. Stewart Engineering v. Continental Cas. Co., No. 18-1386 (4th Cir. Nov. 7, 2018).
- Obtained ruling by California federal court granting management liability insurer’s motion to dismiss lawsuit seeking coverage for securities class action based on prior acts exclusion barring coverage for claims arising out of wrongful acts before policy inception. Jayhawk Private Equity Fund II LP v. Liberty Ins. Underwriters, Inc., No. 17-cv-5523 (C.D. Cal. June 7, 2018).
- Obtained summary judgment ruling by North Carolina federal court that all claims against insured engineering firm arising from the collapse of two, nearly identical bridges constituted “related claims” and were subject to a single per claim limit of liability. Stewart Engineering v. Continental Cas. Co., 2018 WL 1403612, No. 5:15-CV-377-D (E.D.N.C. Mar. 20, 2018).
- Presented oral argument and obtained Ninth Circuit ruling that insurer had no duty to indemnify insured accountant for judgment arising from his solicitation of an investment in entity the accountant partially owned because insured’s actions did not constitute “professional services.” Continental Cas. Co. v. Kool Radiators, Inc., 2017 WL 1457031 (9th Cir. Apr. 25, 2017).
- Obtained summary judgment and Eleventh Circuit affirmance for liability insurer that eleven claims against insured pharmacy and pharmacist arising from use of two similar drugs for ocular injections on different dates constituted “related claims” under errors and omissions policies because the drugs were “negligently repackaged by the same individual at the same pharmacy for the same doctor over a relatively short period of time." Amer. Cas. Co. of Reading, Pa. v. Belcher, 2017 WL 372094 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 26, 2017), aff’d 2017 WL 4276057 (11th Cir. Sept. 27, 2017).
- Obtained summary judgment determining that quality of services exclusion in a technology errors and omissions policy barred coverage for a lawsuit arising out of the insured online auction service’s alleged misrepresentations concerning the safety and reliability of its auctions. Equipmentfacts, LLC v. Beazley Ins. Co., 2016 WL 119651 (M.D. Fla. Jan. 12, 2017).
- Obtained reversal of adverse district court decision when appellate court held lawsuit alleging no malpractice by insured lawyer did not trigger coverage under a lawyers professional liability policy because lawsuit did not “arise out of an act or omission . . . in [the lawyer’s] rendering of or failure to render legal services.” Edwards v. Continental Casualty Co., 841 F.3d. 360 (5th Cir. Nov. 2, 2016).
- Obtained summary judgment determining that insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify insured accountant for lawsuit because insured had prior knowledge of claims 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., 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).
- Particular experience in related claims litigation.
- 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.
- 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)
- Defense Research Institute (DRI)
- Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
- Named one of DCA Live's "Rising Stars of Law 40 under 40" (2018)
- Named by The Legal 500 US a "recommended lawyer" in Insurance Law (2018)
- Recognized by Law360 as a "Rising Star" in Insurance Law (2018)
News & Insights
- December 1, 2018 | NewsletterFourth Circuit Affirms that All Claims Arising from Negligent Design of Two, Nearly Identical Bridges Constitute “Related Claims”
- July 30, 2018 | Press Release
- June 1, 2018 | Press Release
- April 1, 2018 | NewsletterAll Claims Arising from Negligent Design of Two, Nearly Identical Bridges Constitute “Related Claims”
- March 2018 | Newsletter
- February 23, 2018 | ArticleLaw360
- November 16, 2017 | Press Release
- October 1, 2017 | NewsletterEleventh Circuit Affirms that Eleven Claims Arising Out Of Negligently Repackaging Two Drugs Are “Related Claims”
- May 2017 | Newsletter
- Spring 2017 | ArticleSmorgasBoard: The Menu of D&O Exposures is Expanding as Plaintiff's Attorneys Innovate, Regulators Encroach and Shareholders Demand MoreProfessional Times MagazineDavid H. Topol, Co-Author, Leland H. Jones IV, Co-Author
- February 2017 | Newsletter
- February 2017 | NewsletterQuality of Services Exclusion Bars Coverage for Online Auction Service’s Alleged Misrepresentations About Its Reliability
- January 11, 2017 | ArticleLaw360Jason P. Cronic, Leland H. Jones IV
- November 2016 | Newsletter
- November 2016 | NewsletterInsurer Has a Duty to Defend Lawsuits Potentially Seeking Damages Not Flowing From a Contractual Obligation
- October 11, 2016 | Newsletter
- October 11, 2016 | Newsletter
- September 2016 | Newsletter
- August 2016 | NewsletterInsurer Entitled to Rescind Policy Based on Insured’s Failure to Disclose Claim Made After Application Submitted but Before Coverage Bound
- July 2016 | NewsletterExcess Insurer Can Pursue Statutory and Common Law Bad Faith Claims Against Primary Insurer as Assignee of Insured
- July 2016 | Newsletter
- June 2016 | NewsletterExcess Insurer Can Pursue Statutory and Common Law Bad Faith Claims Against Primary Insurer as Assignee of Insured
- May 2016 | Newsletter
- April 2016 | Newsletter
- April 2016 | NewsletterPrior Knowledge Condition Does Not Bar Coverage for Suit Alleging Negligent Licensure of Foster Parent
- February 2016 | Newsletter
- January 2016 | NewsletterSpecific Litigation Exclusion Bars Coverage for Condo Owners’ Second Lawsuit against Condo Association
- December 2015 | Newsletter
- October 2015 | Newsletter
- October 2015 | NewsletterProfessional Services Exclusion in D&O Policy Bars Coverage for Claim Arising from Provision of Payroll Services
- October 2015 | Newsletter
- September 2015 | Newsletter
- August 2015 | NewsletterFinancial Institution Bond Bars Coverage for Loss Not Resulting Solely from Duties of Outside Investment Advisor
- July 2015 | Newsletter
- June 2015 | Newsletter
- June 2015 | NewsletterProfessional Services Exclusion Does Not Bar Coverage Because Alleged Wrongful Conduct Tenuously Connected to Provision of Professional Services
- April 2015 | NewsletterBorrowing Funds from Client Does Not Constitute Professional Services and Profit Exclusion Bars Coverage for Accountant's Failure to Repay Client
- April 2015 | Newsletter
- February 2015 | Newsletter
- February 2015 | NewsletterClaimant Has No Right to Policy Proceeds as Judgment Creditor of Insured Who Defaulted in Underlying Action
- October 2013 | ArticleProfessional Liability Underwriting Society Journal, Vol. 26, No. 10David H. Topol, Leland H. Jones IV
- December 2010 | ArticlePLUS Journal Issue XXIII, Volume 12David H. Topol, Leland H. Jones IV