Lorelie S. Masters

Lorelie S. Masters

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Washington, DC

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
 | 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-955-1851
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage (70%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (30%)
Attorney Profile

Lorelie S. Masters is a partner in Hunton Andrews Kurth's Insurance Recovery Litigation group and has more than 30 years of experience representing policyholders in insurance coverage counseling and litigation.  She is co-author of two treatises on insurance coverage issues:  (i) Insurance Coverage Litigation, published in its second edition in January 2000 and updated yearly; and (ii) Liability Insurance in International Arbitration, published in its second edition in early 2011.  Ms. Masters has tried insurance coverage cases in both US courts and international arbitrations, and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for her policyholder clients.  She is known for her experience on a specialized insurance insurance policy form called the "Bermuda Form."  Her book on international arbitration under the Bermuda Form won the 2012 British Insurance Law Association for outstanding contributions to the field of insurance law.  The English Court of Appeal has called that book the "standard work on the topic."  Ms. Masters also has served as an arbitrator in Bermuda Form and AAA arbitrations and as an expert issue on the history and objectives of the Bermuda Form.

Ms. Masters is a member of the American Bar Association's Board of Governors and from 2000 to 2016 served in the leadership of the ABA Section of Litigation, holding the position of Publication and Content Officer from 2013 through 2015.  She is founding Board member and the second President of the American College of Coverage Counsel, a selective college dedicated to advancing the practice and professionalism in the insurance coverage bar.  She is a past National Policyholder Chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association and served as President of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia from 2007-2008. 

She is a founder and Treasurer of Women Lawyers On Guard and is active in pro bono and community organizations.  She serves as Treasurer of the Human Trafficking Legal Center, and has helped many victims of human trafficking obtain justice.  One of the first such cases she handled resulted in a verdict of more than $1,000,000 for her client.  She serves as Treasurer of the DC Bar Foundation, the largest funder of pro bono legal services in the DC area.  She has been active for years on DC voting rights issues and ran for Attorney General of the District of Columbia in the first ever election for that position in 2014. 

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  • About Lorelie Masters

    Admitted: 1981, Washington D.C.

    Professional Webpage: https://www.hunton.com/en/people/lorelie-masters.html

    Honors/Awards:

    • Named a Star of the Bar by the WBA-DC in 2013, Stars of the Bar, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 2013
    • Awarded annual Book Prize by British Insurance Law Association, 2012
    • Jenner & Block Jerold S. Solovy Award for Public Service, 2012
    • National Law Journal Champion Award, 2011
    • Law 360 Most Admired Attorneys Award, 2010
    • Since 2005, I have regularly received recognitions by groups including Chambers USA, Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, etc.  See CV.

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation:  In the summer of 2015, I was appointed Co-Director for Division I – Operations for the 2015-2016 Section of Litigation year, responsible for managing the operations of this large and active organization of 60,000 members.  From 2013 to 2015, I served as the Publications and Content Officer for the Section, one of the Section’s seven officers.  In that capacity, I served on both the Section’s Executive Committee and its Council (its Board).  In the summer of 2012, I was appointed as Regional Co-Chair of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Project and appointed to the ABA President’s Task Force on Gender Equity.  From August 2003 to August 2010, I served on various Section Committees, including its AP Leadership and Content Management Committees.  From August 2000 to August 2003, I served as the Policyholder Chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation, one of the ABA’s largest section, representing 70,000 lawyers from across the country and served the Committee as journal editor and various other capacities from 1994-2000.
    • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel Served as the second President of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel from 2014-2015.  One of the ACCEC's 16 founding board members.  The College is a selective institution, choosing as its members those lawyers recognized nationally for their success and professionalism in the practice of insurance-coverage and extracontractual law.  
    • ABA Commission on Women in the Profession:  From 2009-2012, I was a member on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession.  While on the Commission, I co-chaired its Women of Color Committee.  The Committee worked on issues facing women lawyers of color working in government and as corporate counsel.  The Commission is involved in many other projects relevant to women lawyers and the profession’s continuing efforts to support diversity and inclusion.
    • District of Columbia Bar:  From 2010-2013, I served on the DC Bar’s Board of Governors, the Bar’s governing body.  I served on the Steering Committee of the Section of Litigation of the DC Bar from 2003 through June 2009 and chaired the Steering Committee from 2004 to 2006.  From 2003 through 2009, I helped organize the Youth Law Fair, the Section’s primary community-outreach activity, for which the Litigation Section won the Best Section Community Outreach Project award in 2009.  Sponsored by the Litigation Section and other sections of the DC Bar, the Youth Law Fair helps educate students in DC area middle schools and high schools about the American judicial system, providing tours of the DC Superior Courthouse and moot court experience.  In my last year on the Litigation Section’s Steering Committee, 2010, the Section was selected as the Bar’s Best Section.  I served on the DC Bar’s Judicial Evaluation Committee from 2001 to 2006 and chaired the DC Bar’s Nominations Committee in 2006.
    • Women’s Bar Association Foundation (WBAF):  I have served as a member of the WBAF Board of Directors from 2004 to 2006 and from June 2008 to the present.  I am currently the Secretary of the Board of Directors.  The WBAF is a 501(c)(3) organization that raises money to further its mission of providing educational opportunities and supporting legal issues important to women and girls. 
    • National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL):  I served on NAWL’s Amicus Committee from 2003 to 2006, chairing the Committee from 2004 to 2006.  In the years 2004 to 2006, the Committee wrote or participated in eight amicus briefs in federal and state appellate courts on issues affecting women, women lawyers, and their families.  I received NAWL’s 2005 Service Award for my work as Chair of the Amicus Committee.
    • Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA):  I served as WBA President from June 1, 2007, to June 1, 2008, and as President-Elect from June 1, 2006, to June 1, 2007.  As WBA President, I organized the WBA’s Diversity Summit, examining the combined effects of race and gender facing women of color in the legal profession.  Thereafter, I oversaw the writing and publication of Creating Pathways to Success for All (available at www.wbadc.org).  During my year as President, the WBA also recognized Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as its 2008 Torchbearer at its Annual Dinner which hosted 800 guests from the DC legal community. 

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • In 2008 to 2010, I advised a Special Committee of the DC Council (the District of Columbia legislature), chaired by Councilmember Mary Cheh, on issues relating to election law and issues arising from voting machine irregularities in DC’s primaries held in February and September 2008.  We initiated litigation against the vendor providing the District’s voting-machine equipment and ballots under contract and helped write the Special Committee’s report presented to the DC Council.  This work led to DC’s Omnibus Election Reform Act of 2009.  In July 2010, the DC Council adopted a resolution recognizing the work of my team in this matter.
    • I advise DC Vote and DC Appleseed pro bono on legal issues, including employment, intellectual property, and governance issues, and with regard to legal issues relating to the organization’s mission of obtaining full democracy, including voting representation in the United States Congress, for residents of the District of Columbia. 
    • I have also worked on a variety of pro-bono matters, representing policyholders denied health insurance coverage for experimental matters and helping to renegotiate high-rate loans.  I have represented a number of individuals in their efforts to obtain compensation and “T-visas” under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, in one case obtaining a judgment for $1,000,000 in back wages, interest, and statutory and other damages.  In 2012, we received a $3,000,000 judgment for our client in a trafficking case I helped with.  Also, at the end of 2010, my knowledge of insurance law contributed to the firm’s achieving an unprecedented six-figure cash settlement award from three homeowners’ insurance companies for a victim of human trafficking.
    • Vision 2020:  I was selected as one of two delegates to represent the District of Columbia at Vision 2020’s “American Conversation about Women and Leadership” in Philadelphia in October 2010.  Vision 2020 is a decade-long national project focused on advancing gender equality by energizing the dialogue about women and leadership.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • I have written and spoken extensively on insurance-coverage, high-tech, and litigation issues, as well as on diversity and inclusion issues. 
    • I also co-authored Liability Insurance in International Arbitration:  The Bermuda Form, published in its first edition in 2004 by Hart Publishing in the United Kingdom and in its second edition in January 2011.  The English Court of Appeal referred to this book as “the standard work on the topic.”  Matter Between C and D, [2007] EWCA (Civ) 1282 (Eng.), [1] (Cooke L.J.).  The British Insurance Law Association awarded this book its 2012 Book Prize.
    • I am co-author of the treatise, Insurance Coverage Litigation, published in its second edition in January 2000 by Aspen Law & Business and updated yearly.  In that capacity, I personally have written many of the chapters and have served as the primary editor of all of the remaining chapters, writing the bulk of the annual supplements.  As a result, I am now listed as the primary author.

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Tyson Foods Inc. v. Allstate Ins. Co., et al., No. 09C-07-087 (MJB) (Del. Super. Ct. Aug. 31, 2011).  I was principal counsel in the briefing and argument of this case.  The Court granted the policyholder’s motion for partial summary judgment, upholding the primary insurers’ duty to defend the policyholder in actions alleging environmental contamination.  In reaching this result, the Court rejected the insurers’ various policy defenses, most importantly arguments under the “absolute” and “sudden and accidental” pollution exclusions.  See list of Representative Engagements in my curriculum vitae.

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • American Law Institute (ALI)-Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance:  In May 2004, I was elected to the membership of the ALI.  In 2010, I was invited to serve as one of the less than 40 lawyers from across the country chosen to be an Advisor to the ALI’s Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance.  The Restatement was completed and approved by the ALI in May 2018. 
    • District of Columbia Court of Appeals’ Committee on Admissions:  From April 2006 through October 2009, I served on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals Committee on Admissions.  The Committee on Admissions oversees admission to the District of Columbia Bar, addresses and resolves character and fitness issues relating to application for admission to the District of Columbia Bar, and evaluates and recommends changes to admission procedures to the Court of Appeals when appropriate.

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    Educational Background:

    • Georgetown University, A.B. cum laude, 1977

    Industry Groups

    • Consumer Goods
    • Financial
    • Manufacturing

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    Office Location for Lorelie S. Masters

    2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20037

     

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