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Brian P. McDonough
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Brian McDonough is a founder of the firm and its managing partner.

Mr. McDonough's practice is focused on advising and representing insurance companies. His coverage advice extends to the gamut of first and third-party insurance policies. He routinely represents carrier interests in coverage-related litigation, and against allegations of bad faith.

Since 2010 Mr. McDonough has been recognized annually by Super Lawyers Magazine as a top-rated insurance lawyerHe frequently speaks and writes on insurance law issues, and currently serves as the Chair of the Directors and Officers Subcommittee of the Defense Research Institute's Insurance Law Committee; he previously served on the Steering Committee for the New England Chapter of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society.

Mr. McDonough is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Boston University School of Law.  Immediately after law school he served as a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court. 

Representative litigated matters that Mr. McDonough has handled include:

  • Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's London, London v. G&P Properties LLC, et al., 2015 WL 1243398 (D.Mass. Mar.18, 2015)
  • American Guarantee & Liability Ins. Co. v. Lamond, et al., 2014 WL 3735905 (D.Mass. Jul.29, 2014)
  • Hurley v American Guarantee & Liability Ins. Co., 85 Mass.App. Ct 1101, 2014 WL 683731 (Mass. App. Ct. Feb 24, 2014) (unpublished disposition)
  • Zavalianos v. Southern Folger Detention Equipment Co., LLC, 2012 WL 4023624    (D.Mass. Sept. 11, 2012)
  • DeMarco v. Travelers Ins. Co., 26 A.3d 585 (R.I. 2011)(identified as one of "Ten Most Significant Coverage Decisions" for 2011 by Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance, Vol. 26, #10 (January 11, 2012))
  • Welch Foods, Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co., 2010 WL 3928704 (D. Mass. Oct. 1, 2010)
  • Hunter v. Citibank, 2010 WL 2509933 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 3, 2010)
  • SunMicrosytems, Inc. v. Electronic Services, Inc., 25 Mass.L.Rptr. 341, 2009 WL 987336 (Mass.Super. 2009) (April 13, 2009, Hinkle, J.)
  • Tilton v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, 2008 WL 781921 (D.Mass. 2008)
  • Christine Anne Realty Corp. v. Gulf Ins. Co., 23 Mass.L.Rptr. 363, 2007 WL 4707788 (Mass.Super. 2007) (Dec. 14, 2007, van Gestel, J.)
  • Modern Continental Construction Co. v. Zurich Ins. Co., 21 Mass.L.Rptr. 114, 2006 WL 1258760 (Mass.Super. 2006) (April 19, 2006, van Gestel, J.)
  • L.B. Corp. v. Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc., 121 F.Supp.2d 147 (D.Mass. 2000)


Publications and Presentations

Presentations and publications by Mr. McDonough include:

  • Served as Regional Editor (New England States) for Defense Research Institutes's Excess and Umbrella Insurance State-by-State Compendium (January 2012).
  • Co-presented on "Proven Strategies for Bad Faith Claims Where Multiple Layers of Insurance Are Involved" at the American Conference Institute's 22nd National Advanced Forum on Bad Faith Litigation (November 2011). 
  • Co-presented a webcast for the Defense Research Institute on "Practical and Tactical Tools for Defending Extra-Contractual Claims" (June 2009). 
  • Co-presented on "Tactical Considerations for Exercising the Right, and Terminating the Duty, to Defend" at the Defense Research Institute's annual Insurance Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Claims Symposium (June 2009). 
  • Co-presented "Insurance 101:  Is It Covered?  Spotting Insurance Issues in Everyone's Practice" at the American Bar Association's Midyear Meeting (February 2009). 
  • Co-authored "Litigating Coverage for Clergy Sexual Abuse Claims: Lessons Learned in Boston," presented by Anthony R. Zelle at the Defense Research Institute's annual Insurance Coverage Practice Symposium (December 2005). 
  • Co-authored"Recent Developments in the Law Affecting Professionals, Officers, and Directors" published in the American Bar Association's Tort & Insurance Law Journal(Winter 2005).



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