Michaels, Schulwolf & Salerno attorneys have significant experience in litigating insurance bad faith and other extra-contractual damages cases in disputes involving both first-party and third-party policies.   Such claims often pose unique challenges in defending insurance companies, and significant, often unreinsured, liability to our clients. We have successfully defended and resolved these claims in almost all of the firm’s insurance-related practice areas, including general liability, construction defect, environmental coverage and long term care cases.

Michaels, Schulwolf & Salerno attorneys have experience in the manifold standards that apply to bad faith cases and the contexts in which these claims arise.  Each context is unique, and requires the facts to be fully developed and a complete understanding of the applicable law in order to ensure that pleadings and positions are well-stated and avoid traps for the unwary. 

Bad faith claims are often used to justify expanding the scope of discovery.  Michaels, Schulwolf & Salerno attorneys are well-versed in the strategies required to counteract this strategy. 

Our firm’s knowledge and experience in this area also make us highly effective in counseling clients on detecting and preventing the pre-litigation claims handling situations that give rise to bad faith claims in the first instance.

Michaels, Schulwolf & Salerno attorneys are aware of the high stakes involved in bad faith litigation.  Plaintiffs often seek punitive damages, and our clients want to maintain their hard-earned reputations.  Michaels, Schulwolf & Salerno has successfully defended many of these cases in a wide variety of forums, including Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, West Virginia and Oklahoma.