Joseph M. Saka Counsel

Washington, DC
T 202.753.3758 | F 973.597.2387



Whether he is representing large companies or corporate directors and officers, Joseph is committed to helping his clients maximize the value of their insurance assets. He works to develop a clear understanding of their goals and expectations and then hones legal strategies to achieve them. Joseph’s clients rely on him to assess and evaluate their insurance programs, negotiate with insurance companies to obtain practical results, and when necessary, effectively and efficiently litigate coverage disputes.

Joseph’s efforts for his clients have resulted in significant recoveries under several types of policies, including commercial liability, directors and officers liability, errors and omissions liability, cyber policies, fidelity policies, and property policies. Clients value his strength in developing facts and evidence to highlight inconsistent positions by insurers and support bad faith claims against insurance companies that have failed to honor their obligations.

In addition to insurance coverage negotiation and litigation, Joseph also advises clients regarding prospective insurance placement, counsels businesses on improving their processes for notifying and responding to their insurers, and provides key guidance on transferring insurance assets in corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Representative Engagements

Acts as counsel to a leading deposit insurance organization pursuing payment from insurance companies in connection with more than 30 law suits against failed banks’ directors and officers for negligence, gross negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty.
Represents a Fortune 50 manufacturing company seeking defense and indemnity coverage for dozens of lawsuits claiming damages for personal injury from alleged exposure to welding fumes and asbestos.
Represented the largest managed care organization in the Pacific Northwest in a lawsuit alleging bad faith and breach of contract to obtain insurance coverage for class actions alleging civil RICO violations. After obtaining a significant summary judgment decision finding the primary exclusion at issue inapplicable due to the insurance company’s prior representations to its reinsurers, the case settled on the eve of trial. Regence Grp. v. TIG Specialty Ins. Co., 903 F. Supp. 2d 1152, 1154 (D. Or. 2012)
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Other Distinctions

  • Super Lawyers (2017) - Recognized as a "Rising Star" for Insurance Coverage

Speaking Engagements

  • “Dealing with Denial: Persuading Insurers to Modify Their Coverage Determinations,” TechAssure Spring Conference, April 10, 2017

  • "Cyber Insurance: Underwriting and Claim Strategies to Maximize Coverage," Lowenstein Sandler and Marsh & McLennan, April 5, 2017

  • “Best Practices for Insurance Placement and Claims Resolution,” Lowenstein Sandler and Lockton, October 6, 2016

  • “Minimizing the Cost of Discovery: Practical Tips to Limit the Burden of Discovery,” Lowenstein Sandler Alumni Day, December 6, 2016

  • “Insurance Coverage for False Claims Acts Allegations,” Lowenstein Sandler New York City, November 2, 2016

  • “The False Claims Act – Recent Developments, Best Practices, And Pursuing Insurance To Manage The Risk,” Lowenstein Sandler and National Law Journal, April 7, 2016

  • “Sea Change: The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure And Their Implications On Ethical Practice,” March 13, 2016

  • “Do You Know What Insurance Rights Are In Your Business Contracts – Coverage for Additional Insureds,” October 22, 2015

  • “Insurance Coverage for Additional Insureds - Navigating the Minefield,” April 16, 2015

Publications

Is Insurance Part of Your Plan for Responding to a Data Breach? Hint: It Should Be
ABA Corporate Counsel Spring Newsletter, May 8, 2017
Joseph Saka
Is Your D&O Coverage Ready For Individual Liability?
The Corporate Board, January/February 2017
Andrew Reidy, Joseph Saka
California Decision Shows That Companies May Obtain Insurance Coverage for Wage and Hour Claims
Insurance Recovery Group Client Alert, December 5, 2016
Lynda Bennett, Joseph Saka, Courtney Alvarez
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Press Mentions

Andrew Reidy, Catherine Serafin, and Joseph Saka are mentioned in Law360 regarding the tentative settlement of a lawsuit that resulted from defaulted loans which are being sought out by the issuing company. , Law360 , October 28, 2015

Events

June 15, 2017
No-Injury Class Actions: The Efforts to Reform and the Tools to Defend


Related Areas

Insurance Recovery Group
Litigation

Education


The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law ( J.D. , 2007 ) , cum laude, Associate Editor, Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy
George Washington University ( B.A. , 2004 )

Bar Admissions


District of Columbia
Texas

Court Admissions


U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Affiliations


  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
  • Corporate Counsel Litigation Committee
    • Publications and Communications Editor