Eileen Bower has extensive experience representing insurers in high-exposure, complex insurance coverage disputes arising under various liability policies. Eileen is often called upon to develop and implement a resolution strategy in difficult, multi-party actions and has consistently achieved highly favorable settlements for her clients.

She has litigated many long-tail environmental and asbestos insurance coverage matters in state and federal courts across the country. In that capacity, she has served as lead litigation and trial counsel as well as appellate counsel for more than 25 years. Eileen has also represented insurers in coverage disputes arising under general liability, professional liability, errors and omission and commercial crime policies in various jurisdictions. She regularly counsels clients with respect to underlying claims involving complex insurance coverage issues, including the nature and extent of the duty to defend; targeted tender; trigger of coverage; allocation; bad faith; other insurance provisions; policyholder and other insurer insolvencies; late notice; and breach of cooperation. In addition, she served as national coordinating counsel for a major insurer’s sexual abuse claims.

Eileen completed the Mediation Skills Certificate Program at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, which allows her to serve as a mediator in connection with state and federal court panels as well as in a variety of insurance coverage disputes and complex litigation.

Eileen is a prolific presenter on topics involving high exposure, complex insurance issues, including environmental and asbestos litigation, bad faith claims, duty to defend, and reservation of rights.

Eileen has been recognized by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers and other legal services rankings as a leading lawyer for insurance, and was named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • US Courts of Appeals for the First, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits

Education

  • J.D., Loyola University, 1988
  • B.A., cum laude, Loyola University, 1987

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Trial Law Institute
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Leadership Council of the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago