Recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA in the field of insurance coverage, Joann Lytle represents corporate policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. She has recovered millions of dollars in insurance assets for a wide range of companies, including those in the manufacturing, food services, banking and natural resources industries. She has handled disputes involving commercial general liability, umbrella/excess liability, errors and omissions liability, directors and officers liability, and employment practices liability policies. Joann represents policyholders in litigation, arbitration and mediation and provides insurance coverage advice and counseling to her clients on an ongoing basis. Specific experience includes obtaining summary judgment requiring an insurance carrier to provide coverage for a $4 million punitive damages verdict against the policyholder; negotiating with lessee’s insurance carriers on behalf of an additional insured for defense and indemnity in action filed against additional insured by lessee’s employees; obtaining coverage for environmental contamination claims brought against the insured; and obtaining coverage for claims brought against clients stemming from the Piper Alpha oil platform explosion in the North Sea. In addition to insurance coverage litigation, Joann handles commercial litigation matters, including class action defense.
Joann is a member of McCarter’s Women’s Initiative Steering Committee, which presides over the policies that have led to McCarter receiving Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum for five consecutive years. She is also a fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC).