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.

ASSOCIATIONS

American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel: 
    Co-Chair, ADR Committee, 2015-2016
    Co-Chair, D&O and Management Liability Committee, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018
American Bar Association
Bar Association of the City of New York

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

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

ADMISSIONS

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

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.

EDUCATION

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

ADMISSIONS

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

 

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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 civil 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.

Mr. Taylor joined the firm in 2015. 

ASSOCIATIONS

New York City Bar Association
Board of Directors, Snowy Owl Foundation
Kentuckians of New York

EDUCATION

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

ADMISSIONS

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