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What Happens to Insurance Coverage in Case of Bankruptcy?

When: Thursday, January 14, 2010

Where: The City Club, 155 Sansome Street #150, San Francisco 

Bankruptcy is on the rise. As a debtor, creditor or officer/director…

  • Learn what insurance is available to pay losses and to defend and indemnify for claims of creditors/injured parties.
  • Learn whether, how and to what extent existing insurance can be accessed by the debtor’s officers and directors.
  • Learn whether existing policies can be cancelled, and whether the court can order policy renewals.
  • Learn whether the trustee or debtor can buy “tail” coverage.
  • Learn what the effect is of an insured’s bankruptcy on claims for the insurer’s failure to settle.
  • Learn whether or not an insurer can avoid liability coverage because of the debtor’s insolvency.


Presented by Kurt W. Melchior and John T. Hansen of Nossaman LLP

Kurt W. Melchior,  Partner
Kurt Melchior is a member of the California Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame, an award given to professionals who have excelled as trial lawyers and whose careers exemplify the highest of values and professional attainment. Mr. Melchior has over 30 years’ experience in complex litigation, including insurance coverage litigation.  He has tried many non-jury and jury cases to judgment and has been counsel of record in more than 70 published cases. He represents policyholders in large-scale insurance coverage suits, acts as an expert witness with respect to insurance coverage, defends major antitrust cases asserting price fixing and other restraints of trade, litigates antitrust consumer fraud, securities, contract and real estate matters including numerous class actions (two class actions tried to verdict, one described by Court of Appeal as an “epic trial drama”), and represents physicians, lawyers and accountants on matters of professional competence. Mr. Melchior became a member of the State Bar of California Litigation Section’s Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame in 2004 and was also recognized by San Francisco magazine in 2004 through 2009 as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” in Civil Litigation Defense Law.

John T. Hansen, Partner
John Hansen specializes in bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, and business litigation, including employment and disability discrimination law. He has represented debtors, creditors, committees and trustees under all chapters of the Bankruptcy Code and has extensive trial and appellate experience in the federal courts. Additionally, Mr. Hansen engages in litigation relating to disability law under the Americans With Disabilities Act, and administrative and constitutional law. He also serves as a mediator.  Mr. Hansen has been recognized by San Francisco magazine in 2004 through 2009 as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” in Bankruptcy & Workout Law. He was a law clerk to Associate Justice Stanley Mosk, California Supreme Court from 1964-1965.  Mr. Hansen is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.