Patrick Kennell is a professional liability litigator and coverage lawyer, representing U.S. and London Market insurers and their insureds in courts throughout the U.S. in matters ranging from director and officer (D&O) breach of fiduciary duty actions, to professional negligence and breach of contract actions, to complex business disputes involving claims of fraud and conspiracy. He understands decision-makers – whether clients or judges – need clear and succinct communication of essential information. He has defended companies and their directors and officers in actions brought by shareholders, lenders, and others in venues throughout the country, including lawsuits in Delaware Chancery and Superior Courts.
Mr. Kennell also advises insurers on D&O, E&O and environmental policy coverage issues, litigating those matters and trying them through jury verdict when necessary. He has successfully litigated declaratory judgment, rescission and bad faith lawsuits in state and federal courts nationwide, on matters including professional services, prior knowledge and claims-made topics.
His clients encompass a variety of professions and classes of business, including management and fiduciary, ERISA-related professionals, investment funds, lawyers/law firms, architects and engineers, managed care and healthcare organizations, environmental consultants, real estate professionals, and technology specialists, and miscellaneous E&O.
Mr. Kennell’s background advising London Market insurers includes a secondment with a leading Lloyd’s of London syndicate, where he worked alongside the claims team and provided in-house legal advice on a broad range of professional indemnity and D&O issues. He also helped the company design and implement e-discovery protocols for responding to electronically stored information demands in U.S. lawsuits.
- New York
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals
- Second Circuit
- Ninth Circuit
- U.S District Court
- Eastern District of New York
- Southern District of New York
- Northern District of New York
- Western District of New York
- Eastern District of Michigan
- Syracuse University College of Law – J.D.
- cum laude
- Order of the Barrister
- National Trial Competition, New York Bar Association “Tiffany Cup” Winner
- Eastern Illinois University – B.A.
- American Bar Association, Member
- ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Member
- Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), Member
Recent Cases & Reported Decisions
- TIAA-CREF v. Illinois National, et al. – Tried issues involving “consent to settle” provisions through jury verdict in Delaware Superior Court.
- Ranasinghe v. Great West Cas. Co., et al. – Won summary judgment and attorneys’ fee award as the prevailing party for insurer in non-insured’s breach of contract action.
- Vertrue, LLC v. Hiscox Inc. – Prevailed at summary judgment for insurer in Connecticut bad faith and breach of contract action involving claims-made and interrelatedness issues.
- Appel v. Schoeman Updike Kaufman Stern & Ascher L.L.P., et al. – Represented a family-owned environmental consultancy in wide-ranging conspiracy action, succeeding on motion to dismiss and obtaining attorneys’ fee award for client.
- Barton Malow v. Underwriters – Litigated coverage action in Michigan federal court on behalf of London Market insurers involving “claims made” and “professional services” issues under architects & engineers policy.
- Executive Risk Indem. Inc. v. Pepper Hamilton, LLP, et al. – Represented a legal malpractice insurer in rescission action in trial court and in appeals to the First Department and New York Court of Appeals.
- 31-01 102nd Street Assocs. V. ACE European Ins. Group, et al. – Litigated to judgment for insurer in rescission and misrepresentation case in New York trial court.
- Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, Volunteer Attorney
- The Trust for Governors Island, Member of the Board of Directors (Appointed by the Mayor of New York City)
- Manhattan Community Board No. 1, Chair of Land Use, Zoning & Economic Development Committee, Member of Executive Committee (Appointed by the Manhattan Borough President and New York City Council)
- Financial District Neighborhood Association, President and Member of the Board of Directors
- Syracuse University Law Alumni Association, Board of Directors Member, Executive Committee Member
- A Changing Boardroom Climate: Insurance Planning w/ ESG in Mind, Reuters, authors Michael Zigelman, Patrick Kennell, & Matthew Lee, Sept. 24, 2021
- Shuttered Courts Led to Increase in Settlements, Business Insurance, ft. Patrick Kennell
- 3 Lessons From The Failed $54B Cigna-Anthem Merger, Law360, ft. Patrick Kennell
- Top exec with coronavirus a reportable event? It all depends, Business Insurance, ft. Patrick Kennell
- 3 Things M&A Attys Need To Know About Delaware Law In 2018, Law360, ft. Patrick Kennell
- Four Years After Sandy, Storm Resilience Lags, Risk Management
- 2016 PLUS D&O Symposium Day One Recap, Advisen Front Page News, by Marc Voses and Patrick Kennell
- The Calm Before the Next Storm: What Insurance Leaders Should Know About Resiliency
- KDV Lunch and Learn: Legal Impact for Employers and Businesses in Today’s World : Legal Impact for Employers and Businesses in Today's World
- 2015 PLRB Claims Conference : D&O and E&O Coverage for HOA Board Members’ Liability