Emily represents insurers in litigation involving professional liability, director and officer liability, and transactional liability insurance issues before state and federal courts and arbitration tribunals nationwide. Emily also advises and serves as monitoring counsel for insurers in connection with directors and officers and other professional liability policies.
- Obtained judgment on the pleadings for professional liability insurer that no coverage was available for a lawsuit filed against an insured law firm under a claims made policy because the lawsuit was served on the law firm’s registered agent prior to the effective date of the policy and therefore did not constitute a claim first made during the policy period under the plain language of the policy. DC Capital Law Firm, LLP v. The Hanover Ins. Co., 9:22-cv-80512 (S.D. Fla. Nov. 15, 2022).
- Obtained an arbitration award following a five-day evidentiary hearing in November 2019 determining that a major corporation was not entitled to coverage under a directors and officers liability policy.
- Obtained affirmance by the Second Circuit that no coverage was available under a lawyers professional liability policy for a lawsuit seeking recovery of disputed legal fees because the relief sought did not constitute covered “damages” and the insured was not performing “legal services.” Continental Cas. Co. v. Parnoff, 2019 WL 6999867 (2d Cir. Dec. 20, 2019).
- Successfully represented cyber insurer before state insurance regulatory agency concerning prior knowledge exclusion, obtaining rulings in insurer’s favor on claims for breach of contract and bad faith.
- Represents insurers at all levels of complex coverage disputes, including mediation, trial, and appellate levels.
- Advises insurers on coverage in civil litigation matters, including securities and derivative actions, corporate litigation, lawsuits by government agencies, and bankruptcy and receivership actions.
- Filed several amicus curiae briefs on behalf of a pro bono client before the Supreme Court of the United States concerning Tenth Amendment, federalism, and Commerce Clause issues.
- E-Discovery Legal Intern, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of FOIA, Records, and E-Discovery (2014)
- Judicial Intern, The Honorable Marvin J. Garbis, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (2013)
- Public Policy Intern, The Constitution Project (2009-2010)
- Diversity Vice Chair, Professional Liability Insurance Committee, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association (ABA)
- Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
J.D., with honors, The George Washington University Law School
B.S.F.S., cum laude, Georgetown University
Managing Editor, The George Washington Law Review
Bar and Court Memberships
- California Bar
- District of Columbia Bar
- Virginia Bar
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Legal Lean Sigma Institute (LLSI) White Belt
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- Blog PostPrior or Pending Litigation Exclusions Bar Coverage for Contempt Motion Filed in Civil Action Commenced Before Prior or Pending DatesWiley Executive SummaryEmily S. HartJanuary 11, 2023
- Blog PostPrior Knowledge Exclusion Bars Coverage Because Failure to Comply With Statute of Limitations Could Reasonably Be Expected to Be the Basis of a ClaimWiley Executive SummaryEmily S. HartDecember 13, 2022
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