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Dennis concentrates his practice in complex insurance coverage litigation. Recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, Dennis “is hailed by peers and clients as an excellent insurance coverage attorney and a superb writer.” Dennis is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel. He regularly advises clients on coverage issues arising in connection with long-tail claims, directors and officers liability, professional liability and builders risk policies.  Dennis also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he teaches insurance coverage law.  



Salmon P. Chase College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1989)
Wayne State University (B.A.)   


Illinois, 1989


United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, and Ninth Circuits


“Reinsurance,” (Chapter 10) Illinois Insurance Industry: Laws and Regulations 2010 Edition (October 2010)

Reference Handbook on Insurance Company Runoff and Receiverships: Property/Casualty & Life/Health, 5th ed. (Editor) American Bar Association (2009)

“New York Court Refuses Reinsurer’s Request for Leave to Sue Midland Liquidator,” The Insurance Receiver (Winter 2008)

“New Jersey Appellate Court Rejects Integrity Final Dividend Plan,” The Insurance Receiver (Spring 2007) 

“Notable Insolvency Decisions of 2005,” Mealey’s Insurance Insolvency & Reinsurance Roundtable (2006) 

“Recent Developments in Excess, Surplus Lines, and Reinsurance Law,” 38 Tort and Insurance Practice Journal 335 (2003)

“When Pollutants Don’t Pollute: Non-Traditional Environmental Contamination and The Absolute Pollution Exclusion,” 13 CGL Rptr. 220-11 (Fall 2001)

“Reinsuring Sponsored Health Organizations,” Best’s Review Life/Health (June 1998)

Law and Practice of Insurance Regulation of Health Care Arrangements, (Editor) ABA (1996)

“Illinois Appellate Court Issues Significant Asbestos Coverage Ruling: United States v. Admiral Insurance Co.,” 17 Insurance Litigation 68 (1995)

“Federalism, Separation of Powers, and Individual Liberties,” 40 Vanderbilt Law Review 1353 (1987) 


IAIR Insolvency Workshop (Program Co-Chair) (2013)

IAIR Insolvency Workshop (Program Co-Chair) (2010) 

“Understanding Receiverships,” (Presenter) Insurer Receivership and Run-off: The Next Level (Planning Committee), American Bar Association, New York, N.Y. (June 4-5, 2009) 

IAIR Insolvency Workshop (Program Co-Chair) (2009) 

“Legal Update,” IAIR Insolvency Workshop (2007)

“Maximizing Recovery in Cross-Border Insolvencies,” ACI Insolvency Conference (2005)

“Emerging Theories of Health Plan Liability: Developments in Health Care Reinsurance,” Mealey’s Insurance Insolvency and Reinsurance Roundtable (1997) 

“Regulatory Issues Affecting Health Care Captives,” IBC Health Care Sponsored Captives Conference (1996) 

ABA TIPS National Program on Insurance Regulation of Health Care Arrangements (Program Chair) (1996)

“How Reinsurance is Regulated,” Executive Enterprises Tenth Insurance Regulation Conference (1994) 

“Update on United States Reinsurance Regulation,” Eighth International Reinsurance Congress (1994) 

“Directors and Officers Insurance Coverage in the Wake of the American Savings and Loan Crisis,” Hawksmere/Coopers & Lybrand Reinsurance Conference (1991) 



Fellow — American College of Coverage Counsel

Illinois Super Lawyers – Insurance Coverage 

Leading Lawyer Insurance/Insurance Coverage/Reinsurance, Illinois Leading Lawyers Network 

Leading Lawyer — Insurance: Reinsurance Litigation, Chambers USA — America's Leading Lawyers for Business  

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