Perry M. Shorris is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law, Bad Faith Litigation, Directors & Officers Coverage & Litigation, and Insurance Coverage Practices.
Mr. Shorris has represented insurers in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation throughout the country with respect to a wide variety of insurance policies, including professional liability, errors and omissions, directors and officers, general liability, excess and umbrella liability, and commercial auto.
- University of Illinois College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1993
- University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts, 1990
- State Bar Admissions, Illinois
- United States Courts of Appeals & Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- United States District Courts
- United States District Court for the District of Colorado
- United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Mr. Shorris has obtained numerous victories at trial and on summary judgment. In the area of professional liability insurance, Mr. Shorris was involved in a dispute which culminated with the opinion published as Berry & Murphy, P.C. v. Carolina Cas. Ins. Co., 586 F.3d 803 (10th Cir. 2009), in which the Court held that the underlying claim was first made prior to the policy period of a claims-made policy.
The Court applied the definition of “related wrongful acts” to find that the claim was first made in a letter sent to the insured prior to the policy period and prior to the underlying lawsuit.
Mr. Shorris also obtained summary judgment in a dispute over a Social Services Professional Liability policy. Granite State Ins. Co. v. DeGuzman, Slip. Op., 08-cv-2189 (C.D.Ill. June 4, 2010). The Court held that a claim under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, 210 Ill. Comp. Stat. 45/1-101 et seq., could not have been stated against the medical director of a nursing home, such that the insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify the medical director.
Mr. Shorris has also counseled and assisted insurance companies in drafting policy forms and endorsements.
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