Insurance Sidebar :: Amy Stewart PC’s Law Blog on Insurance Coverage Issues
Friday, April 07, 2017
We recently welcomed Larry G. Cassil, Jr., to Amy Stewart Law. A senior lawyer with decades of experience in insurance law, Larry brings to the firm a wealth of knowledge from both sides of the insurance table – working for insurers and insureds.
We had a few questions about what drew him to insurance law and how he views his job as a policyholder advocate.
What drew you to insurance law?
In 1993, I was working at a firm in Oklahoma City that worked with lots of insurers, and I was hired to write asbestos briefs and appeals. The lawyer I was working for handed me a policy and some documents and said “Tell me if you think this lawsuit is covered.” So I wrote my first coverage opinion. And I loved it.
To me, it’s code breaking. I was a foreign language major in college and I love music and math and crossword puzzles. They’re all the same skillset. It’s about pattern recognition and attention to minutiae.
What did you learn while working for insurance companies?
My time working in-house has been invaluable to me. At one point, I was writing 10 coverage opinions a day, so I have a keen eye for how a policy is interpreted in the real world. You may look at a policy and read it to say A, B and C, but I know that’s been interpreted by the courts to mean X, Y and Z. I can generally look at an insurance policy and know whether a given claim will be covered.
The other benefit of having worked in-house is that I know what’s going to trip the insurers’ irritation levels. I know what they like and what they don’t like. I also know which carriers are reasonable and which ones will deny, deny, deny. The truth is, sometimes you just have to sue them.
What else do you love about your job?
One of the main areas that my practice and education have focused on is clear and concise writing. If I can’t convey it to my clients, it’s of no use to anyone. So that is something I’ve always focused on.
More broadly, I’ve represented lots of businesses over the years and I understand the interplay between business and insurance. It’s not an overstatement to say that insurance is the grease that makes the wheels of industry go. As an advocate for corporate policyholders, my job is to focus on their business and make sure their policies work for them.
Please join us in welcoming Larry to Amy Stewart Law. Click here to read more about him.
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