Niles Barton provides legal counsel and advice to insurance companies and brokers regarding first party property matters. We are one of the few firms to have an experienced group of first property insurance lawyers who represent insurers in appraisal, mediation and litigation in the local, state and federal courts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Additionally, Niles Barton attorneys routinely handle administrative law matters before the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).
Our first party property insurance lawyers handle coverage disputes, arson and fraud investigation and litigation, subrogation, and examinations under oath. We assist clients with first party property insurance claims involving arson, mold, asbestos, lead-based paint, contamination, builders risk, boiler & machinery, computers and media, business interruption, extra expense as well as other first party coverage issues. We also handle matters related to appraisal, bad faith and unfair claims practices. Among reported decisions we have handled are the Virginia case establishing the effect of an insured refusing to answer financial questions at an Examination Under Oath and the recent Maryland USDC opinion upholding the meaning and intent of the Concurrent Causation language in the policy.