Paul Ferland

Member

New York

(212) 453-3914

(212) 509-9492

Paul concentrates his practice in civil litigation involving first-party property insurance coverage. Paul has successfully represented clients in litigation, mediations, and arbitrations. He has significant experience successfully advising clients with regard to the multifaceted issues that arise out of damage to property including, but not limited to, natural disasters, explosions, fires, equipment failures, and collapses. He is also skilled at handling the difficult issues that can accompany property damage claims, such as business interruption claims, allegations of bad faith, and various contract and tort-based issues as well. Significantly, Paul has developed strong relationships in the London Market. To that end, Paul, has represented carriers and syndicates in connection with large energy losses, hurricanes, builder’s risk losses, and extracontractual claims. Paul also frequently conducts seminars and workshops with London insurers to advise of recent trends and issues in U.S. law that may impact London Market members. 

Paul earned his bachelor’s degree from State University of New York – Brockport and his law degree, cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law.

 

News

Insurance Attorney Paul C. Ferland Joins Cozen O'Connor

April 19, 2019

Cozen O'Connor welcomes Paul C. Ferland, an attorney who concentrates his practice in civil litigation involving first-party property insurance coverage, to its nationally recognized Global Insurance Practice.

Publications

Coronavirus: Is There Coverage Under Property Insurance Policies? [Property Insurance Law Observer Blog]

March 18, 2020

Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) has disrupted events, supply chains, sales, and entire industries. As a result, businesses are going to look to their property insurers to recuperate lost business income, as well as expenses related to cleaning, sanitizing and decontamination. The first lawsuit alleging...

Property Insurance Coverage Issues Associated with COVID-19 [Alert]

March 16, 2020

Joe Ziemianski, Melissa Brill, Alycen Moss, Stephen Pate, and Paul Ferland discuss how courts have analyzed and applied first-party property policies for these types of non-physical losses, potential coverage under a civil authority provision, and pollution/contamination exclusions.

New York Ruling Could Significantly Impact Disclosure of Communications Between Insurer and Counsel [Property Insurance Law Observer Blog]

October 29, 2019

A recent decision from one of New York’s trial courts of general jurisdiction could have a chilling effect on written communications between an insurer and its retained counsel during a claim investigation.  In Otsuka America, Inc. v. Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance Co., 2019 WL 4131024,...

Failure of Insured to Provide Requested Documents Triggers Appraisal Under First Party Insurance Policy [Property Insurance Law Observer Blog]

October 14, 2019

Those familiar with first party insurance policies have undoubtedly encountered a recurring issue with the interpretation of appraisal provisions – what does it mean to disagree on the amount of loss?  In Valvano Realty Co. v. American Fire and Casualty Co., the United States District Court for the...

Policy Language Can Curtail Long-Tail Insurance Claims [Law360]

May 21, 2018

Paul Ferland authored a piece titled, "Policy Language Can Curtail Long-Tail Insurance Claims" in Law360. This piece discusses long-tail insurance claims, and how they have proved particularly vexing to insurers and insureds alike, specifically with regard to allocation of liability.

Considering Alternatives To Reverse Bad Faith Claims [Law360]

November 27, 2017

Paul Ferland authored a piece titled, "Considering Alternatives To Reverse Bad Faith Claims" in Law360 discussing reverse bad faith claims.

Hurdles To Consider When Securing A Personnel File [Law360]

November 16, 2017

Paul Ferland co-authored a piece titled, "Hurdles To Consider When Securing A Personnel File" in Law360 discussing a personnel file, and why it is an overlooked avenue to explore.

Undertaking Property Repair Or Replacement As An Insurer [Law360]

October 20, 2017

Paul Ferland co-authored a piece titled, "Undertaking Property Repair Or Replacement As An Insurer" in Law360 discussing the risks, potential benefits and legal issues involved in an insurer’s decision to undertake repair or replacement, rather than pay the value of damage or take property at an agreed-upon value.

Colo. Appraisal Dispute Seems To Discount True Impartiality [Law360]

August 29, 2017

Paul Ferland co-authored a piece titled, "Colo. Appraisal Dispute Seems To Discount True Impartiality" in Law360 discussing the recent decision of the Colorado Court of Appeals in Owners Insurance Co. v. Dakota Station II Condominium Assoc., 2017 WL 3184568 (Colo.App. 2017).

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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2005
  • State University of New York – Brockport, B.A., 2001
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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