Henry T French, JD Expert Witness

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  • Company: Bifrost LLC
  • Phone: (860) 682-5178
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Insurance

Specialty Focus:

Bad Faith, Claims Handling, Bermuda Form, Casualty, Liability, Property, Directors and Officers, Errors and Omissions, environmental liability, reinsurance, Runoff, legacy, loss portfolio transfer, adverse development cover, compliance, governance, data privacy, Lloyds, underwriting support; wording

Education:

Juris Doctorate , University of Wisconsin Law School; Bachelor of Arts , University of Illinois

Years in Practice:

36

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs:

3

Additional Information

Senior executive in a global insurance/reinsurance Fortune 500 company with reporting lines to the General Counsel and the Audit Committee; providing guidance to professionals in Legal, Compliance, Underwriting, Claims, Risk Management, and Data; managed in-house lawyers, compliance professionals, claims lawyers, and data privacy officers; • Corporate insurance team co-leader for purchase of corporate Directors and Officers, Errors and Omission, and Cyber liability insurance, including strategy, negotiation, terms, and conditions, claims management, and Board reporting General Counsel for Global Litigation of global insurance and reinsurance group of companies • Reported to Audit Committee on major litigation, large losses, group exposures • Oversaw all major non-claims litigation against group companies • To ensure consistency across group companies, provided overall guidance and strategy on large loss events, including 9/11, 2008 Recession, Deepwater Horizon • As senior lawyer supporting Claims Department, served on the Insurance Claims Executive Board; created protocols to manage insurance bad faith litigation; reviewed and approved claims manuals; reviewed training courses for claims team on Fair Claims Settlement Practices and Claims Fraud; guided claims managers in litigating bad faith and high-value cases • Managed international legal and regulatory compliance team • Facilitated U.S. regulatory approvals for the acquisition of a global insurance group of companies, helped integrate the business and implement the sale and purchase contract • Managed litigation arising from the acquisition, including a lawsuit in English court and a private “baseball style” arbitration related to claims reserve development, efficacy of reinsurance, and F/X • Supported negotiation and documentation of several financial transactions involving loss portfolio transfers and adverse development reinsurance coverages, including gaining state insurance department regulatory approval • Supported underwriters (excess liability, professional liability, and property), including review of exposures and drafting endorsements Chief Legal and Claims Officer; Member of Executive Team, assisted with strategy, reinsurance structure, training, and interaction with broader Insurance Group • Supported underwriters on policy issues, drafted endorsements, policy wording • Supported outward reinsurance team on structuring reinsurance protection • Directly handled excess liability, property, and marine claims, and had a direct reporting relationship to Global Group Chief Claims Officer • Managed litigation involving the business unit • Supervised claims staff in London, Zurich, New York, and Oslo Global Insurance Broker – Coverage and Claims Advisor • Explained and sold to large corporate customers Bermuda market Insurance products (Excess Liability, D&O, E&O, EPL, Property) and advocated claims on behalf of policyholder customers • On behalf of policyholder customers, negotiated the final XL 004 Excess Liability form (now known as "the Bermuda Form") • Assisted policyholder customers with specific endorsements and notice issues Private Law Firm Practice • Represented primary and excess insurers in U.S. insurance coverage lawsuits • Served as insurance company national coordinating counsel for environmental coverage lawsuits throughout the U.S. • Litigation lawyer represented hospitals, physicians, and product manufacturers • Handled product liability, professional liability, and medical malpractice claims on behalf of excess insurers, including review, evaluation, and reserving of cases; hands-on management of higher valued claims; participation in mediations; development of case strategy; understanding pertinent local laws and regulations impacting coverage and liability; and attendance at trials • Represented professional lines insurers evaluating accountants’ liability claims and lawsuits