Manatt Strengthens Insurance Recovery Practice With Addition Of Litigation Partners In Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP has announced that David B. Killalea and Stephen T. Raptis have joined the Washington, D.C., office as partners in the Insurance Recovery Practice Group and Litigation Division. Both lawyers come from Gilbert LLP, where Killalea was a founding partner and Raptis was of counsel.

Killalea and Raptis concentrate on insurance recovery and insurance counseling, representing corporate policyholders in obtaining coverage under general liability, directors and officers and a range of other types of insurance. Additionally, they provide strategic defense, liability minimization and bankruptcy advice to companies, developing strategies to efficiently and effectively defend mass tort claims and minimize mass tort liabilities. They regularly manage complex multimillion-dollar insurance matters.

The additions of Killalea and Raptis come just four months after Susan Page White joined the Los Angeles office as a partner in the group. Her practice also focuses on representation of corporate clients to maximize their insurance protection.

Killalea's diverse practice spans all aspects of insurance recovery, including litigation, complex multiparty negotiations and strategic counseling, as well as other commercial litigation. He represents companies in securing insurance coverage for their mass tort and other liabilities through litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, mediations, arbitrations and negotiations that often are highly complex and involve many parties.

Killalea has represented debtor companies and corporate parents of debtors in several of the most hotly contested asbestos-related bankruptcy cases in the country. He has successfully litigated complex disputes at the intersection of insurance and bankruptcy law and has secured many tens of millions of dollars in coverage for bankruptcy debtors.

He earned a B.A. from Virginia Tech and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Raptis represents commercial policyholders in complex, multiparty insurance disputes involving coverage for mass torts, environmental contamination and other liabilities. He has more than 15 years of experience litigating major insurance cases and other commercial disputes in numerous state and federal courts, as well as resolving such disputes through negotiation and alternative dispute resolution procedures. Matters in which Raptis has been substantially involved have culminated in recoveries of hundreds of millions of dollars for corporate policyholders.

He earned a B.A. magna cum laude from West Virginia University and a J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law.

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