How To Draft and Interpret Insurance Policies, 2nd ed.

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Most insurance, risk management, and legal professionals are never taught the proper way to read and interpret an insurance policy, discover drafting errors, or correct poorly worded policy language. Unfortunately, this lack of training results in surprise coverage denials, missed opportunities when reviewing competitors policies, damage to professional reputation, lost clients, and bad faith or other legal claims that could have been avoided with accurate insight. Recognizing that you, your team, and the industry need some help on this front, IRMI has responded with a new edition of How To Draft and Interpret Insurance Policies. This working tool guides legal and risk professionals step by step through the process of interpreting existing policy language, from applying a basic coverage analysis, to looking for overriding concerns, to understanding advanced coverage issues like the reasonable expectations doctrine. How To Draft explains what to look out for in terms of words, phrases, punctuation, and formatting, along with the negative and positive implications of specific wording. The knowledge and insights in this powerful book will improve the ability of any legal or risk professional to quickly and correctly determine how a policy does or does not apply to a claim scenario or to draft bulletproof policy language that clearly conveys coverage intent.

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Rich Scislowski is editor of Pollution Coverage Issues, a co-author of Commercial Liability Insurance, and a contributing author for a number of other IRMI publications. He is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), and holds the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designation. Mr. Scislowski contributes articles on pollution coverage issues and incisive insurance cases to the Expert Commentary section of IRMI.com. Prior to joining IRMI in March 2005, Mr. Scislowski was a coverage lawyer with Gallagher, Sharp, Fulton & Norman in Cleveland, a large insurance defense and coverage firm, where he specialized in litigating commercial and personal lines coverage disputes. Before that, he was with a litigation boutique firm where he regularly appeared in court to defend a wide variety of complex civil matters, including business torts, construction defects, workplace injuries, medical and legal malpractice, and insurance coverage. Mr. Scislowski began his career as a judicial clerk for the Ohio Court of Appeals for the 11th District, helping write over 250 opinions, including several construing insurance policy language. Mr. Scislowski graduated magna cum laude from the University of Akron School of Law, serving as articles editor for the Akron Law Review.

Jeff Woodward is the principal research analyst for Commercial Liability Insurance and serves as co-editor and coauthor of Contractual Risk Transfer. He is also the author of the IRMI CGL and Umbrella Insurance Guide and contributes articles to The Risk Report. Mr. Woodward contributes articles on liability risk and insurance to the Expert Commentary section of IRMI.com. Mr. Woodward holds an MA degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania, is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and serves on the CPCU Exam Review Committee. Before joining IRMI in 1987, Mr. Woodward was a technical writer and editor with two other leading publishers of risk management and insurance reference services.

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