DAN NEPPL is Associate General Counsel of the firm where he provides legal advice to the firm. Dan also has deep experience with a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters with a particular emphasis on disputes affecting the insurance and financial services industries. Recent representative engagements that are public include:
- Obtaining regulatory approval from the Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance for the first-ever merger in Illinois between two mutual insurance holding companies, which resulted in the creation of a mutual holding company structure with assets in excess of $5 billion.
- Obtaining a final arbitration award for the entire amount sought by a ceding company client from one of its treaty reinsurers, which final award was confirmed by a federal district court in Detroit, Amerisure Mut. Ins. Co. v. Everest Reinsurance Co., 109 F. Supp. 3d 969 (E.D. Mich. 2015).
- Establishing in the Third, Seventh and Ninth Circuits the rule of law that arbitrators, not courts, decide consolidation of arbitration questions in the first instance even if multiple contracts are involved, Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s v. Westchester Fire Ins. Co., 489 F.3d 580 (3d Cir. 2007); Employers Ins. Co. v. Century Indem. Co., 433 F.3d 573 (7th Cir. 2006); and Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s v. Cravens Dargan & Co., 197 Fed. Appx. 645 (9th Cir. 2006).
- Obtaining a judgment for the entire amount incurred for hurricane losses against subsidiaries of a foreign state, which judgment was affirmed by the Sixth Circuit, General Star Nat. Ins. Co. v. Administratia Asigurarilor de Stat, 289 F.3d 434 (6th Cir. 2002).
Dan has successfully tried numerous jury and bench trials to verdict and has tried numerous arbitral disputes to final award. He has successfully briefed and argued appeals in numerous federal and state appellate courts. Dan is a frequent lecturer and author on insurance and reinsurance issues, the attorney-client privilege, general litigation matters and trial advocacy skills.
Prior to entering private practice, Dan clerked for the Honorable C. Thomas White, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nebraska. He also worked as Legal Counsel for National Indemnity Company, a member of the Berkshire Hathaway Group of Insurance Companies.
Throughout his career, Dan has received numerous professional recognitions. Ranked by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2010–2017), Dan has been described as a “strategic thinker who is practical, business-minded and solution-oriented” and who is “particularly good at distilling an issue to its essence and then targeting the analysis accordingly.” According to the 2015 edition, Dan has “an amazing mind for detail and incredible ability to master huge amounts of information.” Dan has also been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. (2012–2014), named by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (2014–2019) and selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers 2013.