I wanted to let you know I retained Ty Sagalow to act as an expert on the broker malpractice case I am handling. He did a first class report and identified an issue that I had not thought of before. His opinion on that issue could be a game changer in favor of the Firm client. Thank you for recommending him.
I have known Ty Sagalow for 25 years both professionally and personally. He is, by far, the most knowledgeable and creative individual in the insurance industry on reputation risk and reputation insurance. He truly understands brand risk and crisis management and can, and has, taken that understanding to develop extraordinary brand and reputation insurance policies. He is one of a kind.
We are pleased to to report that our firm has concluded that Ty Sagalow was our most helpful expert witness in our successful $8.7 million policyholder victory against the insurer of our client, Illinois Agricultural Association.
Our client sought insurance coverage under a management protection policy for an arbitration award entered in favor of former insurance agents. Defendant insurance company denied coverage, without considering all coverages in the policy.
On summary judgment, the court held that the arbitration award was covered by the policy. The court awarded $7 million, plus interest totaling $8,666,293. Thank-you Ty for your expert services to us and our client.
Case Settled! And deal expanded into something even bigger for client! Your work was very helpful in bringing out this result.
Mid-size East Coast Law Firm
Ty is a true innovator. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from across the (re)insurance sector to design, build and deliver cutting edge new products. His strengths include an immense ability to influence people with different interests to move in the same direction. He demonstrates incredible initiative and strong dedication in all aspects of his work. It was a combination of these skills that enabled him to drive the creation of the Brand Reputation protection policy at Zurich – an industry first.
Ty, your CLE session today for our Jones, Day attorneys was extremely well received. Among the comments we got were:
- Great CLE- Immediately applicable information for any attorney (all 5s)
- Very knowledgeable presenter! (all 5s)
- Great Presentation! (all 5s)
IMS Expert Services
Note: Presentation available upon request.
September 22, 2017
The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York found that AXIS Insurance Company was not liable under a directors and officers insurance policy for $20 million in losses alleged by its insured, PATRIARCH PARTNERS, LLC, on the basis on the application of the policy’s “pending and prior claim” exclusion accepting arguments made by the carrier’s expert witness, Ty Sagalow.
In his report, Mr. Sagalow argued that the policy’s pending and prior claim exclusion applied because under the facts of this case a SEC subpoena issued following the institution of a SEC Formal Investigation was both a “demand” and and “order”within the meaning of the exclusion and the policy’s definition of Claim. Accepting Mr. Sagalow’s expert opinion, the Court concluded “Analyzed separately or collectively, the Topbas Subpoena, the Formal Order of Investigation, and the SEC’s underlying investigation of Patriarch constitute a “Claim” against an Insured that was pending before August 11, 2011.” (Decision at p. 9)
For a copy of the Court’s full opinion, go here.
We just won on summary judgement! Saved the client $20 million. You are an awesome D&O insurance expert!
Los Angeles (March 9, 2017) — A Michigan state judge has granted summary judgment to a policyholder against an AIG Unit holding that the AIG unit cannot recover $19 million in defense and settlement it paid on behalf of its insured, AlixPartner LLP, finding that the insured properly reported the claim to the insurer.
Defendant presents the expert report of Ty Sagalow who stated that plaintiff [insurance carrier] chose not to include any “related claims” or “related wrongful acts” provisions in the relevant policies…Since the “related claims” or “related wrongful act” language is absent from the policy, Plaintiff is unable to avoid liability…the Court grants Defendant’s [Policyholder] motion for summary disposition in its entirety…” (Decision at page 6 and 10)(March 3, 2017)
Law Firm representing Insured: Anderson,Kill
Issue: Meaning of phrase “claims made”
Expert retained by Insured: Ty R.Sagalow
It is a true pleasure to recommend Ty Sagalow, who I have known professionally for more than a decade. Ty is an exceptional person and worker. Rarely in my 3 decades of business life have I found someone who combines his in depth knowledge of his subject area with his personal skills, his creative problem solving and his energy as completely as Ty does. An exceptional person and professional.