Bryan Schumann is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law Practice. For over thirty years Mr. Schumann has successfully represented insurers in declaratory judgment and bad faith coverage actions in state and federal courts throughout the country with respect to a wide variety of issues, including professional liability (e.g., architects, engineers, lawyers, accountants, brokers), environmental (e.g. toxic tort), errors and omissions, corporate/non-profit directors and officers, public officials/municipalities, and general liability matters (e.g., construction defect, products liability and advertising injury). Bryan has been selected as an Illinois "Super Lawyer" for insurance coverage. He has also handled a variety of complex commercial litigation matters (e.g. real estate, restrictive covenants and landlord/tenant disputes).

Publications

  • Significant Illinois Coverage Issues
  • 50 State Survey – The Interpretation of the Absolute and Total Pollution Exclusions
  • Rescission and Bad Faith in Illinois 
  • Florida Legal Malpractice And Coverage Issues 
  • Bad Faith Claims and Issues – 50 State Survey
  • National Survey of Bad Faith Law
  • Choice and Control of Defense Counsel and Costs
  • A Review of Environmental Coverage Case Law
  • 50 State Legal Survey – An Insured’s Rights to Recover Attorney’s Fees
  • Subrogation Law Survey – 17 State Legal Survey of Insured’s Subrogation Rights

Representative Cases

  • South Central Kansas v. Fireman’s Fund 97 P.3d 1031 (Kansas Supreme Court, 2004) (agreed that an insurer has no obligation to indemnify via breach of contract or estoppel where it has no duty to defend)
  • Developers Diversified v. Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance Company, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 43541 (expanded Tennessee landlord/tenant law)
  • Mosquito Control District v. Coregis, 838 So. 2d 1100 (Florida Supreme Court, 2002, on certification from Eleventh Circuit) (agreed that “court of law” does not include administrative agency exercising quasi-judicial powers)
  • USX Corporation v. Insurance Company of North America, 584 Pa. 531; and 809 A.2d 979 (Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 2005) (expanded scope of “business risk” and “work product” exclusions)
  • International Ins. Co. v. Sargent & Lundy, State Court; Chicago, Illinois (and related interlocutory appeal) – longest insurance trial in Cook County history – (over five years) – wherein Plaintiff sought over $100 million in damages in connection with nuclear power plants in Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois (favorably resolved under protective order)
  • R.R. Street & Co. v. Vulcan Materials Company, Case Nos., 08-3445 & 08-3529, (Seventh Circuit, 2009) (established Seventh Circuit law regarding the Wilton/Brillhart abstention doctrine concerning federal jurisdiction)
  • TIG Insurance Company v. Robertson 116 Fed. Appx. 423 (Fourth Circuit, 2004) (expanded Virginia rescission law)
  • Westport Insurance Corporation v. Mirsky, 84 Fed. Appx. 199, 2003 (Third Circuit 2003) (expanded Pennsylvania law regarding “prior notice” coverage defenses)
  • Maynard v. Westport Insurance Corporation, 55 Fed. Appx. 667, 2003 WL 264704 (Fourth Circuit Md. 2003) (expanded Maryland law regarding waiver, estoppel and prejudice)
  • Coregis Insurance Company v. Kafrissen, 57 Fed. Appx. 58 (Third Circuit, 2003) (expanded Pennsylvania law regarding scope of federal “work product” doctrine)
  • Westport Insurance Corporation v. Ulrich Trust, 42 Fed. Appx. 578 (Fourth Circuit, 2002) (expanded Virginia rescission law)
  • Coregis Insurance Company v. Salmanson & Falco, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8992 (E.D. Pa. 2002) (District Court agreed insurer had no obligation to indemnify insureds for a quantum meruit judgment)
  • Cantanese v. Vance, 31 Fed. Appx. 776 (Third Circuit, 2002) (developed New Jersey law concerning insurer’s duty of cooperation and scope of an insured’s right to bind insurer by a consent judgment)
  • Greenspan and Gaber v. Coregis Insurance Company, 737 A. 2d 1283 (Pa. Super. Ct. 1999, reversing 35 Phila. 527 Phila. Cty. 1998) (established Pennsylvania law regarding lack of ambiguity in connection with “related acts” provision)

Professional Presentations

Mr. Schumann has lectured on a variety of insurance related topics including bad faith law.

Admissions

Illinois

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Selected Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Political Science Scholar Award

Education

Chicago Kent College of Law

Juris Doctor, 1985

Northern Illinois University

Bachelor of Science, 1981

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