Farrell J. Miller

Associate

New York

(212) 453-3931

(212) 509-9492

Recent Publication:

Does a CGL Policy’s “Business Description” or “Class Code” Limit Coverage? [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

One way a CGL insurer can narrow otherwise broad bodily injury and property damage coverage is by activity. Activities that face similar risk can be grouped using an activity classification code, which can be incorporated into the policy through a class limitation endorsement. For instance, a...

Farrell focuses his practice on insurance. He has experience litigating insurance coverage disputes involving general liability and excess liability policies. He’s drafted insurance coverage opinions, coverage position letters, declaratory judgment pleadings, motions, and appeals. He also has experience in general civil litigation practice representing businesses and personal injury plaintiffs.

While in law school, Farrell was an criminal defense intern at Brooklyn Defender Services; an intern at the Federal Public Defender in the Western District of Washington; an intern at Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Trial Bureau division; and a judicial intern for the Honorable James M. Catterson, New York Appellate Division, 1st Department.

Farrell earned his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Florida Gulf Coast University and he earned his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law. While in law school, he was senior staff member of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development and associate director of the Moot Court Honor Society.

 

Experience

Publications

Does a CGL Policy’s “Business Description” or “Class Code” Limit Coverage? [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

January 13, 2021

One way a CGL insurer can narrow otherwise broad bodily injury and property damage coverage is by activity. Activities that face similar risk can be grouped using an activity classification code, which can be incorporated into the policy through a class limitation endorsement. For instance, a...

NY Appellate Court: Liability Insurer Cannot Recover Defense Costs Absent Express Policy Provision [Alert]

January 11, 2021

Melissa Brill, Laura Dowgin, and Farrell Miller discuss the decision in American W. Home Ins. Co. v. Gjonaj Realty & Mgt. Co. and what insurers in New York need to do if they want to recover its defense fees when there is ultimately no duty to indemnify.

Policyholders’ Counsel Test “Mother of All” Covid-19 Coverage Suits in a Bid to Block Insurers’ Path to Federal Court [Property Insurance Law Observer Blog]

January 04, 2021

Covid-19 has caused trillions in business losses. Whether those losses are covered by commercial property insurance is an existential issue for both policyholders and insurers. But before that legal battle, the battlefield must be chosen. Do these coverage suits belong in federal or state court?...

Additional Insured, Privity, and the Joint Venturer Adventure [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

September 11, 2020

Commercial general liability policies often include additional insured endorsements that extend coverage to entities that are not named insureds but who are covered under the policy for specific liability, often liability caused by the named insured’s acts or omissions. Blanket additional insured...

Illinois Appellate Court Requires CGL Insurer To Defend Insured Against BIPA Claim [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

April 16, 2020

Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) restricts businesses that collect biometric information (e.g., DNA, fingerprints, facial and iris recognition) from disseminating that information. Although BIPA had been in effect for more than a decade, the Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling in...

Education

  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 2012
  • Florida Gulf Coast University, B.S., magna cum laude, 2007
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of New York