Morris Manning & Martin, LLP

Lewis Hassett

Lewis E. Hassett

Senior Counsel
Phone: 404.504.7762
Fax: 404.365.9532
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Lewis E. Hassett is Senior Counsel in both the firm's Litigation Practice and the Insurance and Reinsurance Practice and brings over 35 years of business counseling, litigation and arbitration experience in insurance and reinsurance matters. His practice includes reinsurance disputes and arbitrations, coverage disputes, allocation disputes, sales disputes, class actions, regulatory actions, agency matters, surety bond disputes, investment disputes, business torts, RICO claims, and insurer insolvencies. Mr. Hassett has been appointed to represent insurance commissioners in various insurer insolvency matters.

Mr. Hassett has been named a Georgia “Super Lawyer” and has been listed in Georgia Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite.” Mr. Hassett is on the Editorial Board of the Insurance Law and Litigation Week, published by Strafford Legal Publications; has served on the Editorial Board of the Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, published by American Law Media, is on the Editorial Board of Reinsurance published by Harris Martin; and is the Eleventh Circuit editor for the most recent Handbook on Insurer Insolvency, published by the American Bar Association. Mr. Hassett is a frequent speaker on insurance and reinsurance matters and has served on the faculty at training seminars for reinsurance arbitrators organized by ARIAS-US. Appointed by Governor Roy Barnes in 2002, Mr. Hassett has served on the Board of Commissioners of the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of Orchestra Atlanta.

Representative Experience

  • Represented several automobile insurers in putative class actions in multiple states regarding ancillary products.

  • Represented financial services clients in putative class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • Represented a national automobile insurer in a coverage dispute with London excess insurer regarding an electronic data breach.

  • Represented California developer in easement dispute with adjacent shopping mall.

  • Represented national trade association in multi-district litigation with an agency over a sponsored insurance program.

  • Represented managing general agencies and claim administrators in multiple cases with insurance companies involving allegations of misconduct and negligence.

  • Represented insurer in premium misconduct cases against managing general agencies.

  • Represented Arizona hotel developer in dispute with adjacent shopping mall over restrictions on competition.

  • Represented captive reinsurer in dispute with two governmental liability pools relating to losses and allocations thereof.

  • Represented insurer in action alleging fraudulent concealment of insurance coverage and RICO. Our motion to dismiss on the merits was granted and affirmed on appeal.

  • Represented an automobile insurer in a case alleging fraudulent concealment of insurance coverage following deaths of four teenagers. The case settled under confidential terms with the record sealed.

  • Represented AD&D insurer in dispute with reinsurer over travel coverages.

  • Represented numerous insurers in claims seeking to pierce policy limits on the grounds that the insurer refused to settle in bad faith.

  • Represented several insurers in market conduct proceedings before the insurance department.

  • Represented trade associations in putative class actions alleging fraud and misappropriation of opportunities in connection with sponsored insurance programs. Cases settled favorably on confidential terms with class certification.

  • Represented reinsurer in rescission claim involving facultative environmental certificates. Gulf Ins. Co. v. United Nat’l Ins. Co., Case No. 2003 CV 72574 (Fulton Sup. Ct., Ga.). Case settled on confidential terms.

  • Represented commercial property owners in claims for losses along Mississippi coast from Hurricane Katrina. See e.g., SIMA /Signature Lake, L.P. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London, 2006 WL 3538862(S.D. Miss. 2006) (granting our motion for partial summary judgment). Cases then settled on confidential terms.

  • Represented commercial brokers, managing general underwriters and claims administrators in coverage disputes under professional liability coverages.

  • Represented electric utility in property and loss income claim arising from generator explosions. Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. v. New Hampshire Ins. Co., Case No. 06-3261-CV-5-DW (U.S.D.C., W.D. Mo.). Case settled on confidential terms.

  • Represented health insurer in coverage claims involving paraplegia and renal cancer treatments. Cases settled favorably on confidential terms.

Accolades

  • Selected, Georgia Super Lawyer by Atlanta magazine in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018, among the top five percent of business litigation attorneys in the state.
  • Selected, Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers
  • Selected, “Legal Elite,” Georgia Trend Magazine
  • Selected, Client Service All-Star Standout by BTI Consulting
  • Selected, The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation - Insurance (2017-2019)
  • Selected, Who's Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance (2017-2018)

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