Nancy Sher Cohen is co-head of the Insurance Recovery & Counseling Group. She practices in the area of insurance coverage, mass tort, toxic torts, class actions, product liability and general commercial litigation. Her insurance practice includes prosecuting insurance coverage cases, providing counsel to clients with regard to designing insurance coverage strategies, conducting policy review, advising on policy implications resulting from a merger or acquisition, and other insurance related issues.
Nancy has been lead counsel in the prosecution of many insurance coverage lawsuits related to life insurance claims and environmental and product liabilities, resulting in recoveries in excess of $1 billion. Her extensive insurance coverage practice has included first-party claims involving business interruption, third-party claims involving reimbursement for environmental liabilities and prosecution of claims by Holocaust survivors against insurance carriers that failed to pay life insurance benefits. She was lead counsel for the lender on the World Trade Center in prosecuting claims for insurance coverage for the towers. She is also trial counsel for an international bank on prosecuting coverage claims involving life insurance policies. Nancy is also advising LA 2024 on insurance issues related to its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Nancy is also lead counsel in complex environmental litigation including cost recovery litigation in connection with a Southern California Superfund Site.
In addition, Nancy has extensive experience, including pre-trial and trial, in state and federal courts handling mass tort and complex multijurisdiction tort actions and as lead counsel in toxic tort cases. She has represented aerospace companies and chemical suppliers in actions brought by individuals for personal injuries allegedly resulting from exposure to toxic chemicals in the workplace. She has also represented a consumer electronics company in class action litigation nationwide.
Nancy advises, counsels, and litigates cases for biotechnology companies in product liability and insurance matters arising from clinical trials of investigational new drugs. She also has represented talent in entertainment litigation, including representation of Clint Eastwood in the trial of Locke v. Eastwood and David E. Kelley in copyright litigation.
Her clients have included Fortune 500 and similar companies such as Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Aerojet, Alpha Therapeutic, ARCO, Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, BP, GMAC Commercial Mortgage, Heinz, Capmark, McDonald's, Teledyne, PinnOak Resources, Sony Electronics, Inc. and Meggitt Corporation.
Nancy is regularly listed as a leading insurance coverage attorney in Chambers USA, which described her as “exceptional” and “highly experienced.” She is frequently featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, which has named her one of the top women litigators and most influential lawyers in California. Nancy also has been featured in numerous articles in the legal and business press, including The Recorder, California Law Business, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Francisco Examiner. In 2015, Nancy was named a 2015 National Litigation “Star” by Benchmark Litigation. She was Deputy General Counsel for the Rampart Independent Review Panel, which was charged by the Los Angeles Police Commission with performing a review of the Los Angeles Police Department and was the Deputy General Counsel for the Los Angeles County Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence.
A dedicated community leader, Nancy currently serves on the board of directors or as an active member of the following organizations: Jewish Federation; President, Valley Beth Shalom (2014 – 2016); International Academy of Trial Lawyers (Board Member, 2006-2016); Loyola Law School Board of Overseers (Board Member, 2000-present); California Women’s Law Center (1999-2005); Chancery Club (1997-present); BetTzedek Legal Services (former President 1998).
Nancy is an accomplished trial lawyer and is a fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.
Nancy was previously the managing shareholder of Heller Ehrman LLP’s Los Angeles office, where she also served as the former co-chair of that firm’s Insurance Recovery and Product Liability Practice Groups.
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