William T. Corbett, Jr.

Partner Florham Park
william.corbett dbr.com
Phone: (973) 549-7040
Fax: (973) 360-9831

About

William T. Corbett, Jr., head of Drinker Biddle’s Insurance Coverage Practice Group, represents insurer clients in coverage and extra-contractual liability litigation and counseling in all property/casualty and professional insurance lines. He has handled and argued appeals on behalf of insurers in state courts across the country, as well as in most of the United States Circuit Courts of Appeal. In addition, Bill serves on occasion as an expert witness on issues of insurance coverage and claims handling practices.

In 2016, Bill was nominated for membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel.

Bill joined the firm in 1996 after serving for a decade as counsel in the corporate law department of Travelers Insurance Companies in Hartford, Connecticut, where he developed a unique understanding and appreciation of underwriting and claims handling principles and procedures, as well as the needs of insurance industry clients.

Experience

Bill has represented numerous clients in insurance litigation matters over the years. His recent engagements include:

  • Bridge Metal Indus., Inc. v. The Travelers Indem. Co., 559 Fed. Appx. 15 (2d Cir. 2014) (whether "advertising injury" coverage implicated by trade dress/counterfeiting claims against insured).
  • CGS Indus. Inc. v. Charter Oak Fire Ins. Co., 720 F. 3d 71 (2d Cir. 2013) (whether "advertising injury" coverage implicated by trademark claims against insured).
  • Arrowood Indem. Co. v. Atl. Mut. Ins. Co., 96 A.D. 3d 693, 948 N.Y.S. 2d 581 (1st Dept. 2012) (interpretation of condition prohibiting policy assignment).
  • Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc. v. Aetna Casualty and Surety Co., 703 N.Y.S. 2d 253 (App. Div. 2000) (whether “advertising injury” coverage implicated by underlying trademark infringement claim).
  • Callas Enterprises v. Travelers Indemnity Company of America, 193 F.3d 952 (8th Cir. 1999) (whether “advertising injury” coverage implicated by underlying trademark infringement claim).
  • Duramax Marine LLC v. Travelers Indemnity Company of Illinois, et al., 2004 U.S. App. LEXIS 16183 (6th Cir. Aug. 3, 2004) (whether “advertising injury” coverage implicated by underlying false advertising claim).
  • EKCO Group, Inc. v. Travelers Indemnity Co. of Illinois, 273 F.3d 409 (1st Cir. 2001) (whether “advertising injury” coverage implicated by underlying trade dress infringement claim).
  • Frog, Switch & Manufacturing Co., Inc. v. Travelers Ins. Co., 193 F.3d 742 (3d Cir. 1999) (whether “advertising injury” coverage implicated by underlying claim for theft of trade secrets and unfair competition).
  • Hawkins v. Leslie’s Pool Mart, Inc., 184 F.3d 244 (3d Cir. 1999) (whether state law claims based on alleged improper labeling and packing were preempted by federal law).
  • Herman Miller, Inc. v. The Travelers Indem. Co., 162 F.3d 454 (6th Cir. 1998) (whether “advertising injury” coverage implicated by underlying patent infringement claim).
  • Insituform Technologies, Inc. v. American Home Assurance Company, 566 F.3d 274 (1st Cir. 2009) (whether business risk exclusions applied to underlying “property damage” loss).
  • Liberty Life Insurance Company v. Travelers Indemnity Company of Illinois, 1999 U.S. App. LEXIS 13796 (4th Cir. June 23, 1999) (whether “bodily injury” coverage implicated by underlying claims alleging negligent hiring, supervision, and retention of insurance agent who defrauded his customers).
  • Matagorda Ventures, Inc. v. Travelers Lloyds Ins. Co., 203 F. Supp. 2d 704 (S.D. Tex. 2000), 208 F. Supp. 2d 704 (S.D. Tex. 2001), both aff’d, No. 01-20403, 37 Fed. Appx. 91, 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 10120 (5th Cir. May 14, 2002) (whether “prior publication” exclusion applied in context of underlying trademark and copyright infringement claims).
  • New York Life Insurance Company v. The Travelers Insurance Company, 92 F.3d 336 (5th Cir. 1996) (whether Coverage A implicated by underlying claim against insured based upon fraud by insured’s agent).
  • Nieman's Ltd. v. Travelers Ins. Cos., et al., Appeal No. 99-3771SI, 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 7129 (8th Cir. April 20, 2000) (whether “advertising injury” coverage implicated by underlying claim for theft of trade secrets).
  • QSP, Inc. v. The Aetna Casualty and Surety Company, 773 A.2d 906 (Conn. 2001) (whether “personal injury” defamation coverage implicated by underlying claim brought by insured’s customers).
  • State Auto Property and Casualty Ins. Co. v. Travelers Indem. Co. of Am., 343 F.3d 249 (4th Cir. 2003) (whether “advertising injury” coverage implicated by underlying trademark infringement claim).

Recognitions

Fellow, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (2016)

Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)

Credentials

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Wake Forest University, B.A., 1982

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Organizations

  • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Section

Bill's Areas of Focus