Richard S. Oelsner Senior Counsel




Richard Oelsner has a nationally based practice that includes a wide variety of insurance coverage and defense matters on different risks for insurers, insureds and commercial entities.

Richard regularly defends companies and individuals involved in transportation (including trucking companies and their drivers), construction defect, nursing homes, professional liability (lawyers and accountants), premises liability, municipal, construction, employment and environmental liability claims (including class actions in state and federal courts). He has participated in the analysis of loss portfolios for insurers, including an insurer involved in a national trucking program.

Richard’s clients have included owners, contractors and design professionals in construction defect, liability and related matters; nursing homes; employers; lawyers; accountants; municipalities in employment and zoning matters; and a model management company in an antitrust class action matter.

Richard also provides risk management counseling, including a legal malpractice hotline.

Richard’s representation of insurers includes third-party liability and first-party claims in litigation or arbitration, and coverage analysis and advice upon receipt of a claim. Involved polices include standard ISO and manuscript primary and excess general liability; attorney; accountant; miscellaneous professional liability; property; contractors; home builders; and environmental.

Based on his extensive experience in insurance law, Richard often is asked by clients to draft, edit and review policies.

Richard has extensive experience in arbitrations and mediations.

Richard’s representation of professionals and their insurers has encompassed a variety of issues, including federal securities fraud claims and the major savings and loan failures. A number of his cases have involved appeals before the New York Appellate Divisions and the Second Circuit. Richard was counsel to one of the insurers in Northville Industries Corp. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, the leading case in New York decided by the Court of Appeals regarding the “sudden and accidental” pollution exclusion clause in standard CGL policies.

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