The Wall Street Transcript — October 2005 1
(ZAW300) TWST: Would you give us an overview of Dickstein
Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky?
Mr. Pasich: We are a national firm with offices in
Washington, DC, New York, and Los Angeles. Our firm has a vari-
ety of what we call core practice areas, one of which is insurance
coverage. And we represent insureds only in coverage disputes. So
whenever there is a dispute between an insurance company and a
policyholder, we are on the policyholder side. We’ve one of the
largest, if not the largest, insurance coverage practices in the coun-
try. More than 70 of our lawyers spend at least 95% of their time on
insurance coverage matters, and we have done everything from di-
rectors and officers litigation to environmental, asbestos products,
disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, employment practices, and
mergers and acquisition coverage issues, which is the topic of our
discussion at the conference.
TWST: How long have you been involved in the in-
surance industry, and what are some of your specific strengths
and skill sets?
Mr. Pasich: I started doing insurance coverage work for
policyholders in 1982. That’s been the focus of my practice for
more than 20 years. I and others at Dickstein do everything from
counseling clients in connection with the purchase or renewal of
insurance to advising them on insurance issues and risk manage-
ment issues that come up in deals and transactions, to litigating all
the way through jury trials and appeals. I’ve tried quite a few jury
cases and our firm has tried a lot of jury cases for policyholders.
We are also very active on the appellate front. We are responsible
for some of the most pro-insured decisions nationally at the ap-
pellate level in quite a few states, and in a number of federal
courts. So we do pretty much everything for which an insured
might need legal services.
TWST: What are some of the cases that you’ve
Mr. Pasich: I worked on a case called AIU Insurance Co.
v. Superior Court, which is one of the groundbreaking Californi