Ashley L. Conaghan Partner




Ashley Conaghan is an accomplished practitioner in the areas of complex insurance coverage and extra-contractual liability and bad faith litigation. Ashley handles insurance coverage and bad faith matters from a claim’s inception through coverage litigation, including appeals under a variety of policies. Her coverage experience encompasses a wide range of issues under several lines of insurance, including general liability, auto, professional liability, excess, EPL, D&O, E&O and first-party property. In the area of CGL coverage, Ashley regularly represents insurers in coverage and bad faith litigation arising from claims under Coverage A and Coverage B as well as additional insured and contractual indemnity issues. Ashley also provides guidance and represents insurers in independent counsel disputes and on insurance coverage issues that are unique to Illinois law, including the state’s duty to defend and estoppel and insurance coverage for claims under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

A seasoned litigator, Ashley handles insurance coverage and bad faith litigation in both federal and state courts involving contractual and extra-contractual claims on a nationwide basis. She represents insurers throughout the entire process from pre-suit demand letters through appeals of the coverage and bad faith litigation. Ashley takes a pragmatic and proactive approach to her insurance coverage and bad faith practice. This includes extensive experience in resolving insurance disputes through mediation and other means short of litigation. Ashley’s negotiating skills provide leverage and can enhance cost-effective resolution of claims, including resolutions of the underlying case where coverage is disputed. In addition, Ashley regularly advises insurance companies in complex coverage and claim handling matters pre-litigation. She has extensive experience in advising insurers with respect to coverage investigations, including bad faith avoidance, coverage opinions and determinations, and drafting policy language.

Ashley is an active member of the firm’s Insurance & Reinsurance Coverage Practice. In addition, Ashley is an active member of the firm’s Women Attorneys Valued & Empowered (WAVE) Committee, where she assists in recruiting, developing and empowering women attorneys.