Seth M. Friedman

Partner

  • location icon Atlanta, GA
    600 Peachtree Street NE
    Suite 4700
    Atlanta, GA 30308
  • location icon Nashville, TN
    3102 West End Avenue
    Suite 400
    Nashville, TN 37203

Seth Friedman is a partner in the Atlanta and Nashville offices of Lewis Brisbois and a National Vice-chair of the Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation Practices. Seth has extensive experience claim counseling and litigating in a wide variety of insurance coverage areas including: general liability, pollution, construction defect, first party property, fidelity, employment, professional liability, errors & omissions, public entity liability, surplus lines, asbestos and, toxic torts. Seth also has extensive experience with examinations under oath, fraud, and arson claims.

In addition, Seth has extensive experience handling bad faith claims and suits. He routinely assists his clients in navigating potential bad faith issues pre-suit, including responses to time limited demands.

Further, Seth has extensive experience handling appeals, including many successful appeals in state and federal courts. Seth has handled appeals in the Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court, Tennessee Court of Appeals, and the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Seth routinely obtains positive results for his clients, including prevailing on dispositive motions. He understands the needs of his insurer clients and excels at finding cost effective and innovative ways to resolve the complex problems they present to him.

Seth frequently publishes and speaks on insurance coverage and bad faith issues. He is a member of the ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, and was the Co-Chair of its 2021 annual conference.

Community Activities

Member of Anti-Defamation League's Civil Rights Committee

Publications

  • Co-author, the Georgia chapter DRI Duty to Defend Compendium. The Compendium addresses the latest developments on topics regarding a liability insurer's duty to defend, including what triggers that duty, what is the scope of that duty, when is there a right to independent counsel and what types of proceedings require a defense, for each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Canada
  • ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar: Life on the B Side: Hot Topics in Coverage B, 2019
  • ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar: Two Truths and a Lie: Pitfalls and Practical Tips for Litigating Rescission Claims, 2018
  • ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar: The Sharing Economy and Other Hot Topics in Personal Lines Policies, 2017
  • ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar: Builders Risk for Power and Energy, 2016
  • ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar: Waiving Goodbye to Coverage Defenses: Litigating the Effect of Denial Letters, 2015
  • ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar: A Survey of Recent Case Law Regarding Whether Faulty Workmanship an “Occurrence” in a CGL Policy, 2013
  • The Seminar Group-Insurance in the Construction Industry: A Survey of Recent Decision on Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects, 2013
  • ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar: Clear as Mud: Legislating the Definition of “Occurrence” in a CGL Policy, 2012
  • ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar: AI Coverage: Additional But No Less Important, 2011
  • ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar: Roundtable titled: The Devil is in the Details: Litigating Coverage Action Involving Surplus Lines Policies, 2009
  • "Assessing Coverage Issues under Additional Insured Endorsements,"​ Coverage, Vol 19, Number 6, November/December 2009
  • Co-author, ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar "Digging for the Truth – Coverage Issues for Soil Vapor Intrusion Under a Commercial General Liability Policy", 2008

Offices Held

Co-chair, Energy Sub-committee for ABA's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee

Professional Presentations

  • Speaker at ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual CLE 2011-2019
  • Speaker at CLM Annual Conference 2018- 2019:
    • 2018 Topic: The Crossroads of Coverage, Liability and Sovereign Immunity
    • 2019 Topic: Insurance Application Fraud and Misrepresentation – What is it, How to Spot it and How to Handle the Claims
  • Speaker at Georgia Bar Business Litigation CLE: Insurance Coverage Litigation-From Both the Policy Holder and Carrier Perspectives
  • Presenter at The Seminar Group’s Insurance in the Construction Industry: General Liability Insurance for Construction Defect Claims, 2013

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • Georgia
    • North Carolina
    • Tennessee
  • State Supreme Courts
    • Georgia Supreme Court
  • State Appellate Courts
    • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
    • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Admissions

Georgia

Tennessee

North Carolina

Georgia Court of Appeals

Georgia Supreme Court

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia

United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee

United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

U.S. District Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina

United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

Associations

  • Co-Chair- ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual CLE Conference, 2021
  • Co-Vice-Chair ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual CLE Conference, 2020
  • Co-Chair CGL subcommittee of ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
  • Co-Chair Energy subcommittee of ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
  • Clarence Cooper Inn of Court: Master, 2020-Present
  • Member of Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region’s Civil Rights Committee
  • Member of DRI
  • Member of CLM

Awards & Honors

Georgia Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2014-2019

Education

Georgia State College of Law

Juris Doctor, 2004

Emory University

Bachelor of Arts, 2001

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