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The law of insurance coverage and bad faith is constantly evolving, and Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is a trusted advisor and advocate for clients operating in all lines of the insurance and reinsurance business, including property and casualty, life, accident and health, management and professional liability, financial lines, surety and financial guaranty. Our firm has a vibrant insurance practice, providing quality representation to national and international insurers in matters of coverage opinions, garnishments, declaratory judgment actions, and bad faith and extra-contractual claims. Our attorneys have decades of experience and a commitment to outstanding client service that exceeds expectations.

 

Baker Sterchi’s insurance attorneys draw upon an active and successful litigation practice with substantial trial experience at both the state and federal levels that is not limited to insurance matters, but extends to a wide range of general civil trial practice. We know more than coverage law – we are well-versed in the underlying substantive law. We are a trial firm, and our coverage analysis is informed by real-world experience trying cases.

Baker Sterchi is headquartered in one of the most unfavorable jurisdictions for insurers facing coverage litigation and bad faith and extra-contractual claims, and has considerable experience recognizing the bad faith setup and helping insurers avoid it.  We have a record of demonstrated success trying coverage and bad faith cases, and have helped to shape the law through appellate victories and relationships with legislators to advance legislative reforms.

We have been trusted to manage national litigation for our clients, and have the capabilities and drive to serve our clients’ needs both locally and nationally, at competitive rates. Certain members of our insurance practice group have joined us from some of the largest and most successful law firms, where they handled high-stakes, high-profile, complex litigation for Fortune 100 companies, and now bring that experience and insight to obtain first-class results for clients in a more cost-effective and efficient environment. 

Our attorneys frequently speak and publish on matters of concern to insurers and claims administrators, and are active in leadership roles in trade and professional associations dedicated to the insurance industry. We deliver a thorough understanding of insurance coverage issues and a sensitivity to our clients’ business realities.

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Update: Hopping on the Missouri Bandwagon? Not so Fast Out-of-State Litigants.

05.20.19 | UPDATE: House Passes Senate Bill 7, in which the Missouri legislature seeks to amend venue and joinder laws, to prevent out of state plaintiffs from litigating their cases in an inappropriate venue.