Dickstein Shapiro has brought on John Schryber and Norah Molnar, who had previously been partners at Patton Boggs, for its insurance coverage practice in Washington. Schryber and Molnar started work at Dickstein as partners yesterday.
Schryber is an insurance law litigator and appellate attorney whose practice focuses on representing insurance policyholders and beneficiaries of private indemnity agreements. Schryber represents clients in disputes over coverage for claims of trademark infringement, CERCLA liability, breach of corporate fiduciary duty, violations of securities laws, Ponzi-scheme conversion, predatory subprime mortgage lending, forgery, defective building construction, racial discrimination, and products liability.
Molnar concentrates on insurance policy holder cases involving commercial general liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions, fiduciary liability, and professional liability policies. She also represents clients in connection with a broad array of commercial litigation and arbitration matters involving accounting fraud, securities fraud, professional negligence, misrepresentation, conversion, and breach of contract.
Schryber and Molnar are currently representing American Capital Ltd. and Scientific Protein Laboratories in the coverage litigation spawned by a products liability lawsuit involving the active ingredient in the drug heparin.
Schryber said that he and Molnar made the move to Dickstein to join a firm whose insurance clients are exclusively policy holders. He said, "Policyholders obviously seek firms that are not aligned with insurance companies."
Dickstein has more than 70 lawyer who handle insurance coverage matters.