Eric C Scheiner

Eric C Scheiner

Partner Chicago, United States

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Michigan

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School, JD (cum laude), 1996
  • University of Kentucky, with honors, 1992

As a partner in our Chicago office, Eric has over 20 years’ experience representing insurance clients in the London, Bermuda, and US markets. His practice focuses heavily on coverage matters, such as directors’ and officers’ liability, professional liability, cyber liability, employment liability, managed care/healthcare, general liability (including the Bermuda Form), construction and reinsurance.

Eric has considerable experience in handling high-profile claims involving multi-million-dollar shareholder class actions, derivative actions, product liability and pharmaceutical claims, as well as claims arising from natural disasters.

Internationally, he is sought by clients seeking experienced representation for their complex litigation and arbitrations involving various types of policies and/or claims in the US, Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Australia.

Eric is also frequently asked to speak on various insurance-related topics and to contribute in the drafting of a range of insurance policies and endorsements.

Eric is a member of the American Bar Association: Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS). He received his law degree from The John Marshall Law School, cum laude, in 1996, where he served as Editor-in-chief of The John Marshall Law Review.

Work highlights

  • Instructed in relation to multiple significant directors and officers and professional liability matters, including In re Mutual Funds Investment Litigation, mortgage-backed securities litigation, Libor-related litigation, as well as individual securities and ERISA class action and professional liability claims involving large US and non-US companies and service providers (including law firms, accountants, and consultants).
  • Instructed in relation to significant, multi-million dollar individual and class action employment practices liability claims involving large US and non-US companies and financial institutions. 
  • Instructed in relation to multiple construction defect claims involving litigation pending in Nevada and California arising from building and conversion of condominium projects.
  • Instructed in relation to a multi-billion claims against multiple companies in relation to various California wildfires. 
  • Instructed in relation to filing anti-suit proceedings in Bermuda and London with respect to enforcement of London and Bermuda arbitration provisions.
  • Prevailed in a London arbitration with respect to a multi-million claim involving the insured’s manufacture and sale of building products.
  • Acting for insurers in relation to personal injuries arising from a manufacturer’s sale of guardrail end terminal systems pending in multiple state and federal jurisdictions.  

Presentations and publications

Publications

  • Co-author, "Vine to Wine, and the Fire in Between - The Growing Insurance Implications of the California Wildfires," published for Kennedys (December 2018)
  • Co-author, "Just Getting Started - How Changing Social Norms and New Legislation in the #MeToo Era Will Impact Employment Liability Claims," published in the PLUS Journal (October 2018)
  • Co-author, "EPL Claims: Changing Norms and New Legislation in the #MeToo Era," published in the D&O Diary (August 2018)
  • Author, “Wildfire Liability from a US Perspective,” published for Kennedys (January 2018)
  • “The Insuring Agreements,” Chapter 2 in the Directors & Officers Liability Insurance Deskbook, Fourth Edition, published by the American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (2016)
  • Co-author, “Defense Obligations,” Chapter 5 in the Directors & Officers Liability Insurance Deskbook, Fourth Edition, published by the American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (2016)
  • Co-author, “United States” in the Directors’ Liability and Indemnification, published by Global Law and Business Ltd. (2016)
  • Co-author, “Late Payment Damages Regime Could Gerald US Bad Faith Litigation in the UK,” published in Insurance Day (September 7, 2016)
  • Co-author, “Fracking, Earthquakes and Insurance: A Collision Course?” published in Insurance Journal (May 18, 2015)
  • Co-author, “High Court Likely Won’t Affirm 6th Circ. Omnicare Ruling,” published in Law360 (November 4, 2014)
  • Co-author, “Omnicare: The Other Securities Case Directors and Officers Should be Worried About,” published in InsideCounsel (July 31, 2014)
  • Co-author, “Reinsurance Sidecars – Don’t Ride Without a Helmet,” published in Law360 (January 16, 2014)
  • Co-author, “Here We Go Again? Financial Institutions Face Heightened Regulatory Scrutiny Over Forex and Other Unregulated Rates,” published in Plus Journal, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Volume XXVII, Number 1 (January 2014); republished in The D&O Diary (January 2014); republished in The D&O Diary (January 2014).
  • Co-author, “Move Over Subprime? Financial Institutions and Brokers Face Increasing Concerns Over Allegation of Improper Libor Manipulation,” published in Plus Journal, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Volume XXV, Number 5 (May 2012)

Presentations

  • “Wildfire Liability Claims,” presented to Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association (June 7, 2018)
  • “‘Frankenatomy’ of Cyber Aggregation,” presented at the Bermuda Healthcare Forum (April 24, 2018)
  • “What is Keeping General Liability Claims Handlers Up at Night?  A Discussion of Concerning Legacy, Present and Future Claim Trends,”  presented at the 7th Annual Bermuda Insurance Market Conference (October 13, 2017)
  • “Bermuda Form Basics and Claims Handling:  Pharma, Energy and Beyond,” presented at the Bermuda Insurance Institute (April 2017)
  • “The Latest on Cyber Oversight Needed at the Board Level and Trends in Cyberbreach-Related D&O Cases (Public and Private),” presented at the American Conference Institute’s 20th Forum on D&O Liability (July 27, 2016)
  • “Up, Down or Sideways? The Recent Direction of Securities Class Actions and What Plaintiffs’ Firms May Be Considering to Compensate,” presented in-house to clients (October 1, 2015)
  • “Shareholder Derivative Litigation, Including M&A Litigation Brought Derivatively, and the Increasing Importance of Side A,” presented at the American Conference Institute’s 19th Forum on D&O Liability (September 18, 2015)
  • “The Duty to Cooperate, The Right to Associate and Anti-Suit Injunctions,” presented in-house to clients (September 15, 2015)
  • “Is Your Bermuda Insured a Target for Cyber-Liability Related Claims?” presented in-house to clients (October 15, 2014)
  • “Deciphering the U.S. Securities Laws: Key Issues and Concepts for Insurers,” presented in-house to Bermudan and London market clients (July 30, July 16, and July 7, 2014)
  • “The Bermuda Form – the Basics,” co-presented at the Bermuda Insurance Institute (March 27, 2014)
  • “Information Overload: Issues Relating to Cyber Liability,” co-presented at the 5th Annual XLIB Claims & Litigation Management Workshop (December 4-5, 2013)