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Gregory S. Wright

Partner
+1.202.778.9250
Fax +1.202.778.9100
Mr. Wright concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, with an emphasis on representing corporate policyholders attempting to recover from their insurers. He has represented corporate policyholders in coverage litigation or disputes involving a wide array of claims, including directors’ and officers’ liabilities, E&O claims, securities class actions, derivative lawsuits, SEC investigations, consumer protection class actions, breach of fiduciary duty claims, first-party losses and business interruption claims arising from major hurricanes, environmental liabilities, asbestos liabilities, property damage claims arising from fires, and employment claims. Mr. Wright has represented many policyholders in the financial services area, including banks, investment advisers, mutual funds, hedge funds, and fund directors. He also has represented clients in many other industries, including telecom, chemical production, waste management, energy, and manufacturing. He regularly counsels clients in the claims process, seeking to resolve disputes with insurers prior to litigation and through mediation. He also regularly represents clients in the pursuit of claims against domestic and foreign insolvent insurers. He also regularly counsels clients concerning the purchase and negotiation of commercial insurance policies.

Professional Background

Partner with K&L Gates since 2002 and an Associate with the firm since 1994.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Co-Chair of D&O Subcommittee of American Bar Association Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, 2015 to present
  • American Bar Association Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (Former Co-chair of Emerging Issues Subcommittee)
  • American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice Section and Litigation Section)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Breach - What to Do When Things Go Wrong and Cybersecurity Insurance Coverage,” K&L Gates Investment Adviser Association webinar, Chicago, IL, June 11, 2015 
  • "Issues Arising from SEC Investigations of Private Fund Managers: How to Prepare for an Investigation and How to Maximize the Odds of Obtaining Insurance Coverage,” K&L Gates webinar, Washington, D.C., May 2, 2013.
  • "Negotiating Coverage-in-Place Agreements," presented at the HB Asbestos Insurance Litigation Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 21, 2010.
  • “Insurance Coverage and the Subprime Mortgage Crisis,” K&L Gates webinar in Los Angeles, CA and Washington, D.C., co-presented with Steven M. Kaplan, Philip H. Hecht, and David P. Schack, October 5, 2007.
  • “The Pursuit of Claims Against Insolvent London Market Insurers Under Schemes of Arrangement:   Trends and Traps for the Unwary,” presented at the Fourth Equitas Claims and Insolvency Roundtable, March 2, 2004.
  • “Insurance Claims For Y2K Damages - Litigating the Y2K Insurance Claim :  Are Y2K Claims Different,” presented at Fulcrum Y2K Conference, Washington, D.C., October 18-19, 1999 (co-authored with Matthew L. Jacobs); and San Francisco, CA, November 8-9, 1999.
  • “Effective Regulation of Landfills:  What We Can Learn from the Mistakes and Successes of the U.S. System,” presented at Eurowaste Conference, Sardinia, April 1999 (co-authored with David T. Case).
  • Y2K Litigation,Greater Washington Board of Trade, Gregory S. Wright, December 1, 1998
  • “Insurance Coverage for Year 2000 Remedial Costs and Liabilities,” presented at NASBA’s The Year 2000 Problem in California, November 12, 1998.
  • “Insurance Coverage for Tobacco and Tobacco-Related Liability:   An Analysis of the Insurer’s Defenses Under CGL Policies,” presented at the Insight Conference on New Rules for Tobacco Litigation, October 6-7, 1997, New York, New York (co-authored with Matthew L. Jacobs).
  • Representation of a telecom company with respect to various Claims arising from a securities class action, property damage claims, multiple employment-related disputes, hurricane-related losses, and merger-related litigation.
  • Representation of a hedge fund manager seeking coverage for various claims by investors arising from Madoff-related investments.
  • Representation of a mutual fund seeking coverage for an investigation related to a SEC sweep examination.
  • Representation of an adviser seeking coverage with respect to a claim by an investor alleging that the adviser recommended unsuitable investments and failed to disclose risks concerning such investments.
  • Representation of a hedge fund manager seeking coverage with respect to SEC regulatory investigations.
  • Representation of a bank seeking coverage with respect to alleged Wrongful Acts related to the bank’s administration of various trusts.
  • Representation of a bank seeking coverage under a Fiduciary Liability policy with respect to a claim filed by company employees alleging that the company misrepresented facts about the company in its public filings.
  • Representation of an appraisal management company seeking coverage under an E&O policy with respect to alleged Wrongful Acts in rendering professional services.
  • Representation of a bank with respect to D&O claims arising from a securities class action, SEC investigation, and merger challenge lawsuit.
  • Representation of an investment adviser with respect to an E&O claim against numerous insurers in its coverage tower arising from claims of clients alleging errors with respect to class action settlement filings made by the adviser on behalf of investors.
  • Representation of a hedge fund and investment adviser with respect to a D&O claim arising from an SEC investigation and an enforcement action related to the insureds’ side-pocket practices and valuation decisions.
  • Representation of a chemical company with respect to a claim arising out of EEOC complaints.
  • Representation of a lender with respect to a claim related to loan closing practices.
  • Representation of numerous hedge funds, mutual funds, investment advisers, and ERISA plans on renewal issues related to D&O policies, E&O policies, fidelity bonds, and fiduciary liability policies.
  • Representation of numerous policyholders in resolving dozens of claims submitted to major insolvent London Schemes, including KWELM, English & American, Andrew Weir, Orion, Bryanston, and others.
  • Representation of numerous policyholders in resolving dozens of claims against major solvent London Schemes, including WFUM, Ludgate, Sphere Drake, and others.