Benjamin A Blume

Benjamin A Blume

Partner Chicago, United States

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Supreme Court of Illinois

Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1989
  • Knox College, BA (cum laude), 1985

Ben is a Partner in the Chicago office and, for more than 25 years, he has represented insurers and reinsurers in every aspect of their business, including claim counseling, litigation and arbitration, premium disputes, policy drafting, and regulatory issues.

Ben has litigated many long-tail claims arising out of environmental contamination and exposure to asbestos and other toxic substances. He has extensive experience with a wide variety of issues under commercial, professional liability and personal lines policies, including primary, umbrella, excess, surplus lines, and reinsurance. He regularly represents and counsels clients with respect to bad faith, fraud, legal malpractice, spoliation of evidence, and other extra-contractual matters.

Ben also represents ceding and assuming companies in a variety of reinsurance disputes. His reinsurance practice includes representing excess of loss reinsurers written over self-insurers and self-insured pools, and representing and counseling clients with respect to disputes over asbestos and environmental claims.

Earlier in his career, Ben worked for two major international casualty insurers, which has given him an acute understanding of and a sensitivity to the business issues facing his clients.

He is currently an editor of the CGL Reporter, published by IRMI. Ben is also affiliated with the American Bar Association and Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and frequently writes and speaks on emerging issues affecting the insurance industry.

Ben earned his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law, in 1989, and a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude with College Honors, from Knox College in 1985.

 

Work highlights

  • Represented excess insurer in coverage action by United States Steel Corporation arising from claims that insured caused contamination in and near Lake Michigan.
  • Represented excess insurer in coverage action arising from asbestos bodily injury claims in which the dispute was whether the insured had properly proved exhaustion of underlying insurance.
  • Represented Excess Workers’ Compensation Insurer in lawsuit by state insurance department as rehabilitator of group insolvent self insurance fund alleging that client’s policy violated state law.
  • Represented insurer in lawsuit against managing general underwriter in which client alleged that the MGU failed to ensure compliance with applicable state law.