Clyde & Co announced today that Scott Bertschi has joined the firm's Atlanta office as a partner in its professional liability group.
Bill Casey, managing partner of the San Francisco office and head of the firm's US professional liability practice, said, "Scott's more than 20 years of professional liability coverage and defense experience, in addition to his work in the technology and media insurance coverage area, is a perfect complement to our US and international offering in an important region to our clients and to the firm."
Scott Bertschi focuses his practice on providing coverage advice to clients regarding third party professional liability, including technology and media errors and omissions liability policies for domestic, London Market and international insurers. He represents insurance companies in litigating coverage disputes, including the institution of declaratory judgment actions and actions to rescind insurance policies, the defense of breach of contract actions and actions in which the insured alleges bad faith or extra-contractual damages, and actions between insurance companies to resolve allocation and relative priority issues. He also advises insurance companies on all aspects of the claims-resolution process, including the provision of coverage opinions, advice on the allocation of indemnity payments, strategies to minimize the risk of bad faith suits and suits to collect consent judgments, and advice as monitoring counsel.
Scott added, "I am excited to be joining Clyde & Co, particularly at a time of so much change in the legal, regulatory and technology landscapes. Clyde & Co has helped develop many new types of specialty policies now being used across the industry, and the firm's international network uniquely positions me to leverage that expertise in service to my clients."
Bob Fisher, managing partner of Clyde & Co's Atlanta office, said, "Scott's joining the firm demonstrates the firm's commitment to the growth of its domestic insurance coverage practice. Scott brings to our Atlanta office a depth of experience and the ability to handle a wide variety of insurance coverage issues. Without question, his experience and highly-regarded reputation within the insurance industry and the local legal community will both diversify the coverage capabilities and further enhance the profile of our Atlanta office."
Scott was formerly a partner in the Atlanta office of Arnall Golden Gregory.
This is the latest in a series of lateral partner hires for Clyde & Co US. Last month, marine partner Conte Cicala joined the firm's San Francisco office. In April, aviation partner Jeffrey Ellis joined the New York office. In addition, corporate insurance partner Vikram Sidhu, maritime and environmental partner Joe Walsh, international arbitration partner Brian Dunning, specie insurance partner Owen Carragher and insurance disputes partner Bob Mangino have all joined Clyde & Co's US offices over the last 18 months.