Our Practices

Niles Barton’s deep experience and a history of success in handling matters for our clients have helped to make us a firm that they rely on and trust. No matter how challenging or difficult the matter, our clients know we will rise to the occasion and do whatever it takes, whenever needed, to protect their interests.

Our Practices

Insurance Law

"Helping insurers resolve their claims"

For half a century, Niles Barton has provided legal counsel and advice to insurance companies, brokers and businesses regarding property insurance, insurance claims, coverage, and defense. Our insurance attorneys have substantial experience investigating and litigating various coverage issues, including arson, fraud and business interruption. We also counsel clients on how to resolve claims in accordance with the insurance policy, contract provisions, and the law.

Niles Barton is one of the few firms to have an experienced group of property insurance attorneys who have represented insurers in arbitration, mediation and litigation in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, North Carolina and the District of Columbia. We assist clients with handling property insurance claims involving arson, mold, asbestos, lead-based paint, contamination, builders risk, real estate, machinery, technology, business interruption, and extra expense. We also advise on representations and warranties insurance covered losses in M&A transactions focusing on deal-specific policy and purchase agreement terms in response to significant claims.

Our insurance practice also integrates with our construction, fidelity and surety practices to expand our insurance legal services to clients. Our attorneys provide legal opinions concerning coverage and have an impressive track record representing clients in litigation, including proceedings in state and federal trial and appellate courts, administrative agencies, arbitration panels and in mediation.

Additionally, our attorneys advise and counsel on a variety of insurance regulatory and compliance matters ranging from defending regulatory investigation litigation to supporting company licensing.

Rankings & Recognition

Chambers and Partners 

Chambers and Partners ranked the firm and Managing Partner Craig Roswell in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA as among Maryland’s leading lawyers in the area of insurance law.

Chambers states the following in its Maryland rankings:  Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP’s insurance litigation department is known for having a “respected insurer-side practice, assisting clients with coverage and defense litigation and advising on compliance issues and engagement with regulatory authority investigations. Particularly active in the construction defect and property insurance spheres.”

Managing partner Craig Roswell has a broad commercial litigation practice which incorporates a substantial insurance coverage component. He handles general liability claims, both first and third-party matters, and a significant amount of property insurance work. Craig Roswell is described as "a very good trial lawyer who is very effective for his clients."

A.M. Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

Niles, Barton & Wilmer LLP has received A.M. Best's "Recommended Insurance Attorneys" badge for over ten years. Best's Directories of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters is published annually and remains a top resource for insurance professionals to select qualified insurance attorneys.


With a thorough understanding of the insurance industry, Niles Barton’s attorneys handle insurance legal matters involving:

  • Admiralty and maritime
  • Arson
  • Bad faith defense
  • Construction defects
  • Coverage disputes
  • Coverage interpretation
  • Directors & Officers liability
  • Fidelity and surety
  • First party property
  • Fraud
  • Employment practices liability 
  • Insurance defense
  • Intellectual property
  • Liability
  • Mergers and acquisition insurance
  • Personal injury defense
  • Property insurance
  • Regulatory matters
  • Representations & warranties insurance
  • Subrogation
  • Third party property

Niles Barton Insurance Service Area Map 

Our insurance attorneys practice along the east coast of the United States, from New York to North Carolina. Download PDF of jurisdictions in which we can assist our clients in insurance litigation and regulatory matters. 

Niles Barton Insurance Service Area Map


Webinar Training for Insurance Professionals: Taking Your Claims Writing to the Next Level
Interactive webinar training module through the Property and Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) launched in October 2018. Topics include the perils of electronic communication, elements of effective written communication, sample letters and case studies. The webinar can be accessed online at this link: Taking Your Claims Writing to the Next Level. An active subscription account is required with www.plrb.org to access the training module. Contact George E. Reede, Jr., Litigation Department Chair, for more information.