Robert D. Laurie
Seiger Gfeller Laurie LLP
Bob is a commercial litigator and business advisor with a broad background, particularly in the areas of financial services, manufacturing, life sciences and aviation. Bob is an experienced trial lawyer who has appeared before courts and arbitration panels throughout the United States and in various international proceedings.
Bob regularly advises domestic and international insurance and reinsurance companies on complex commercial matters. He represents insurers in disputes concerning insurance coverage determinations, bad faith/extra-contractual claims, life insurance and related financial products. He has also litigated and arbitrated numerous facultative and treaty reinsurance disputes concerning fraud, contract wording, commutations, allocation, aggregation, number of occurrences, rescission, offset, pre-hearing security and insolvency.
Bob also advises clients on the construction and wording of various types of insurance and reinsurance agreements, with a particular focus on policy wording for cyber insurance products. Bob enjoys advising clients relating to intricate insurance products and facilities and he frequently provides due diligence and transactional assistance to a lending institution for insurance-related loan transactions.
He also frequently represents clients in a broad range of commercial litigation, including commercial contract disputes, commercial fraud, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional liability and product liability. Bob has also defended clients against tort claims involving aviation accidents, premises liability and sports and recreation facilities.
Bob enjoys assisting clients with business formation, contract drafting and risk management issues, including drafting lease, license, non-compete and distribution agreements. He has helped form many start-up businesses and routinely advises corporate clients as to various aspects of their business.
Bob previously served on the Executive Committee of the Insurance Committee of the International Bar Association. He is also a frequent publisher and speaker on topics relating to commercial litigation and the insurance and reinsurance industry.
Bob was named as a New England Super Lawyer® 2013-2016 in the practice areas of insurance coverage litigation.
Outside of the law, Bob serves on the Governance and Finance Committee of The Bridge Family Center, a non-profit organization that provides community-based programs, residential services, youth services, child-parent support, mental health counseling and art and recreational programs for children and families in Connecticut. In addition, Bob has many interests, including surfing, hiking, running and spending time with his wife, two daughters, son, and “Newfie” dogs.