Michael Manire

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Mike Manire’s practice has focused on insurance since 1993.  Mr. Manire has represented global D&O, E&O, and professional liability insurers in connection with complex claims on policies issued both in the U.S. and abroad.  He has represented insurers in coverage and bad faith litigation, and he has participated in settlements of both coverage and underlying liability issues in hundreds of matters, including securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative actions, creditors’ committee and bankruptcy trustee claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, consumer class actions, employment liability actions, bankers' and investor advisors’ liability claims, media and intellectual property claims, and a variety of other professional and management negligence claims.

Before 1993, Mr. Manire practiced in New York City primarily as a transactional and corporate lawyer. That experience informs his approach to dispute resolution, and he has continued to represent clients on business, regulatory and financial matters.


American College of Coverage Counsel 
    Co-Chair, ADR Committee, 2015-2016
    Co-Chair, D&O and Management Liability Committee, 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019

Professional Liability Underwriting Society
American Bar Association
Bar Association of the City of New York

Vanderbilt Law School, J.D., 1982
    Research Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review

University of Virginia, B.A. in English — with Distinction, 1977


New York, 1983
U.S. District Court Southern District New York


  • "The Legacy of Level 3 More Than 15 Years Later,"  ACCEC Annual Meeting, May 18, 2018

  • "But Everyone Knows We Might Flame Out: Trends in D&O Coverage of Particular Importance to Emerging Companies and their Insurers," ACCEC Law School Symposium, Univ. of Cal. - Hastings, February 10, 2017

  • "Successfully Resolving Cases: Mediation & London Arbitration Tips From The Experts," ACCEC Annual Meeting, May 22, 2015


Deeanna Galla

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Deeanna Galla focuses on D&O, E&O, professional liability, and employment practices insurance coverage counseling and litigation, representing domestic and international insurers. She has handled and resolved coverage claims in the context of mergers and acquisitions, stock options backdating, bankruptcies, subprime lending, consumer credit reporting, investigations and suits by the FDA, FDIC, SEC, FINRA and other agencies, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and a variety of alleged securities frauds. Ms. Galla has participated in mediations and negotiated settlements for insurers of a variety of companies including AT&T, Regions Financial Corp., Schering-Plough Corp., Par Pharmaceutical, and Smith & Wesson Corp. Ms. Galla also advises her clients on coverage audits, policy renewals and policy language.


State University of New York, J.D., 1991
University College of London, L.L.M. in International Business Law — With Merit, 1998
University of Buffalo, B.A. in Economics — Magna Cum Laude, 1988


Professional Liability Underwriting Society


New York, 1992
Massachusetts, 1992
U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1993


Craig Kavanagh

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Craig Kavanagh has extensive experience with directors and officers liability insurance, professional liability insurance, commercial general liability and employment practices insurance coverage, and has represented insurers in a wide variety of coverage disputes.  He has regularly attended mediations and worked closely with clients to develop coverage strategies, keeping clients apprised as to the relevant legal and coverage issues.  Craig is also highly experienced in electronic discovery, including the oversight of large-scale document reviews, productions and discovery processes in complex litigation.  Craig advises insurers of coverage issues in representing them in coverage disputes and litigation.  He also advises insurers regarding underlying claims, including complex securities, corporate governance, regulatory, environmental, employment and consumer protection actions.


New York State Bar Association


St John’s University School of Law, J.D., 2010
Fordham University, B.A., 2007


New York, 2011


Willis Taylor

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Willis Taylor’s practice focuses on counseling D&O liability insurers and other professional liability insurers on a variety of coverage matters.  Mr. Taylor represents insurers’ interests in connection with resolution of complex securities and derivative claims, antitrust matters, and issues arising from policyholder bankruptcy.

Mr. Taylor began his practice as a litigator in Louisville, Kentucky, representing regional and national clients in commercial litigation and insurance defense cases.  As an accomplished defense litigator, Mr. Taylor is experienced in effective and efficient conflict resolution.


New York City Bar Association


University of Louisville, J.D., 2011
College of Charleston, B.A., 2006


New York, 2016
Indiana, 2012
Kentucky, 2011
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky