Larry Mason, a leader of Goldberg Segalla’s GIS Illinois Team, is a renowned trial and appellate litigator and counselor to many national and international businesses across diverse industries.
Based in Chicago but with experience litigating and counseling clients through complicated and high-profile matters across the U.S. and internationally, he dedicates most of his practice to property and casualty insurance coverage, products liability, professional liability for clients in construction, environmental and related industries, environmental and toxic torts, identifying emerging risks, and complex commercial litigation.
For nearly three decades, Larry has been a thought leader in the insurance law community. He has been a pioneer inside the courtroom, litigating many cases of first impression advancing new interpretations of law and new defenses, as well as outside the courtroom, writing and speaking about the most pressing issues in insurance and related fields.
Larry has also served as an expert witness or arbitrator in complex, multi-issue cases. His experience includes commercial litigation involving insurance and reinsurance coverage; first- and third-party liability; product liability; contracts; bad faith; toxic torts; technology and cybersecurity; D&O/E&O; professional liability defense for construction companies and their executives, architects, engineers, and contractors; and complicated cross-discipline cases arising from environmental, structural, or other catastrophic damages, including business interruption and lost revenue.
Larry continued to diversify his cross-disciplinary practice over the years, in keeping with the philosophy that has driven his entire career: An insurance attorney’s success has to rest on a foundation of diverse, deep, and balanced engagement with the dynamic and multifaceted issues involved in underlying claims.
This belief propelled Larry to the forefront of developing fields, including asbestos and other environmental and construction hazards, cyber risks and cyber insurance, and liability issues related to climate change — all practices in which he is a recognized authority. This breadth of substantive experience facilitates the synergy Larry brings to his practice and to his clients, as he’s been able to provide coverage as well as defense counsel.
Larry’s clients benefit from his wide-ranging curiosity and the passion it brings to his work. His lifelong interest in architecture and construction, for example, fuels his deep and robust understanding of the challenges his clients in property insurance, construction and related fields face.
His experiences in executive, financial, and project management positions at his synagogue, as well as his roles on the Board of Directors and Investment, Audit, and Independent Committees of the Spinnaker Insurance Company, equip Larry with an uncommon fluency in business, finance, management, and risk management. He understands the work his clients love as well as he does the legal concerns that would keep them from it.
His experience in property and liability insurance coverage dovetailed with his interest in construction, pushing him to explore environmental law and its frequent applications to property and liability cases. Early in his career, Larry handled declaratory judgment actions stemming from the Penn Mutual and One Meridian Plaza fires in Philadelphia, where he took a leading role on all environmental matters.
He worked closely with environmental consultants and scientists, and continued to do so in later cases involving asbestos, PCBs, microbial exposure, benzene, Diacetyl, and other toxic torts. This led naturally to another, more recent interest: the liability issues surrounding climate change. Larry was among the first attorneys to explore this field, and has facilitated workshops and written on the subject.
In his work in insurance coverage and commercial litigation, Larry has also maintained his position at the forefront of advancing technologies, cyber risks, and cyber liability, an interest he discovered unexpectedly when he helped to start a new law firm, overseeing all technology development and deployment.
An authority and driving force in the effective use of technology in legal practices and in courtrooms, Larry helped to shape the role technology would play in the practice of law, pioneering the use of electronic briefs, document coding, and databases.
He continues to lead in the field, speaking and writing on cybersecurity and helping clients to draft contracts and insurance policies that include cybersecurity and risk avoidance provisions. His clients call on him to identify emerging risks: Recent work has touched on drones, cyber liability, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, and Fin-Tech (financial technologies).
- University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1989
- University of Illinois, B.A., 1986
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