Alexander (Alex) Ross has extensive experience representing insurers nationwide at all stages of insurance coverage disputes and litigation, including counseling and representing insurers regarding duties to defend, tender, trigger, allocation, reformation, rescission and bad faith.
Alex represents and counsels insurers on a variety of first and third party liability issues, including those arising under property, commercial general liability, professional liability, directors' and officers' liability, multi-risk policies with multiple coverage parts, non-profit liability, commercial auto, inland marine and builder's risk polices. He has extensive experience in all aspects of first-party property claims, including disputes concerning physical loss and damage, business interruption claims and mold and pollution exposures. In addition, Alex counsels insurers regarding fine art, specie and jewelers' block coverages as part of the North American Specialty & Investigations team. He has successfully represented insurers in litigation nationwide, in both state and federal courts, including obtaining judicial determinations regarding defense and indemnity obligations. Alex has defended clients at trial and on appeal where policyholders contested disclaimers of first-party property losses, disputed first-party valuation and business interruption calculations, sought reformation or have alleged bad faith.
Alex was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Randye A. Kogan (Ret.) in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (2004-2006).
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
J.D., cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law
B.A., high honors, History, Kenyon College
Represented an insurer on a successful appeal concerning application of a vacancy provision in a multi-million dollar property claim, including defeating allegations of bad faith claims handling.
Represented an insurer at trial regarding satisfaction of a six-figure retention in a commercial property policy and a subsequent reformation action, resulting in a favorable settlement.
Successfully appealed a multi-million dollar excess bad faith jury verdict against a builder's risk insurer, securing reversal and retrial. At the subsequent retrial, secured a jury verdict of not guilty.
Secured a finding of no coverage in favor of an insurer where the plaintiffs sought to collect a multi-million dollar verdict from a multiple peril policy, including defeating allegations of bad faith.
Secured a finding of no coverage in favor of an insurer where the underlying claimants sought to collect a multi-million dollar settlement entered into by the insured without the insurer’s knowledge, including defeating allegations of bad faith.
Secured a finding of no coverage in favor of an insurer in litigation concerning multiple allegations of sexual abuse.
Assisted insurer clients in negotiating favorable settlements in complex multi-insurer construction cases concerning trigger, allocation and uncovered loss issues.