Patrick B. Omilian

Patrick B. Omilian

Partner

Practice Groups

Patrick Omilian focuses his practice on complex insurance coverage and reinsurance matters. He provides insurance coverage analysis and advocacy on matters involving environmental, reinsurance, complex claims, and bad faith. His experience and successes include defending a variety of claims in state and federal courts relating to industrial solvent contamination in groundwater, Superfund contribution actions, agricultural operations, and asbestos exposure claims. Beyond environmental and insurance matters, Patrick has defended such diverse matters as copyright infringement relating to EMR software licenses, defamation in the context of political speech, and an architect in a design defect case involving catastrophic injuries.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Patrick combines his educational training — a master’s degree in environmental science — with real-world experience in an industrial wastewater treatment facility and a fisheries research laboratory in the Adirondacks, as well as legal experience in insurance, regulatory, and litigation regimes, to provide effective advocacy in complex environmental matters. Patrick is SCUBA-certified and an avid fisherman; enjoys hiking, kayaking, and camping; and volunteers with the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper as a Riverwatch captain and a site captain for biannual shore clean-ups.

Patrick is a frequent author and speaker on insurance-related topics including bad faith and the evolving area of climate change and its impacts on the insurance and reinsurance industries.

Honors
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2013-2016
Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute: Excess Umbrella Subcommittee, Insurance Committee; Covered Events, Associate Editor
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Community Involvement
  • Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Riverwatch Captain
  • Smallwood Elementary School, PTA
Education
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Maurer School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, M.S.E.S., 2002
  • Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, B.S., 1995
Publications/Presentations
  • Presenter, "Reinsurance 201: Beyond the Basics," New York State Judicial Institute Webinar, May 17, 2016
  • "Reinsurance 101: The Basics of Reinsurance," New York State Judicial Institute Webinar, May 17, 2016
  • Editor, “Part III: The Claims Process,” in Reinsurance Professional’s Deskbook: A Practical Guide, Thomson Reuters and DRI, January 2015
  • Co-panelist, "Emerging Trends in Bad Faith," DRI Insurance Coverage and Practices Syposium, New York, NY, December 2014
  • Co-Presenter, “Primary and Excess Insurers – Bad Faith – Has the Playing Field Changed?” 1st Annual Bad Faith Litigation Strategies ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT, November 4-5, 2014
  • Co-Author, “Superstorms, Vanishing Deductibles, and Floods That Are Not Floods: How Climate Is Changing the Legal Landscape of Insurance Coverage,”USLAW Magazine, Spring/Summer 2014
  • Contributor to “Leading Coverage Lawyers: The Most Significant Insurance Coverage Decisions of 2013,”Coverage Opinions, Vol. 3, Issue 1, January 8, 2014
  • Co-Author, “Claims Against Reinsurers Are on the Rise,”Global Reinsurance 2013 Full-Year Review, December 2013
  • Co-Author, “Climate Change: A New Era of Old Challenges for the Insurance Industry,”LexisNexis Legal Newsroom: Insurance Law, September 23, 2013
  • Author, “How Climate Change and Microinsurance are Converging in Latam,”Latam Insurance Review, September 2013
  • Presenter, “Hot New Cases in Bad Faith: Case Law Update,” DRI Insurance Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Liability Seminar, Boston, June 2013
  • Presenter, “Insurance Bad Faith,” NYSBA Seminar: Advanced Insurance Coverage: Hot Topics, Tough Issues, and a Look Ahead, May 2013
  • Author, “Bad Faith Beyond New York,” NYSBA Advanced Insurance Coverage Seminar: Hot Topics, Tough Issues, and a Look Ahead, May 2013
  • Author, “Expert Commentary: Home Owner’s Failure to Cooperate Yields Denied Claim,” IRMI Personal Lines Pilot, March 15, 2013
  • Author, “Expert Commentary: Thorough Investigation Key in Multiple-Dog Incidents,” IRMI Personal Lines Pilot, January 11, 2013
  • Co-Author, “The Duty to Notify an Excess Carrier: Considerations for Defense Counsel,”Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, March 2013
  • Presenter, "Hot Buttons in Bad Faith," Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana's Annual Conference, November 2012
  • Co-Editor-In-Chief, "DRI Excess Umbrella Insurance State-by-State Compendium 2012," Defense Research Institute, 2012
  • Author, "DRI Excess Umbrella Insurance State-by-State Compendium 2012," Tennesee Chapter, Defense Research Institute, 2012
  • Co-Author, "DRI Excess Umbrella Insurance State-by-State Compendium 2012," Indiana Chapter, Defense Research Institute , 2012
  • Presenter, "Advanced Insurance Coverage Update on Additional Insured Coverage," New York State Bar Association, May 2012
  • Author, “Timely Sworn Proof of Loss Essential to Flood Claim,” Personal Lines Pilot Case of the Month, International Risk Management Institute, April 13, 2012
  • Author, “Court Rules That Diminished Value Auto Loss Covered,” Personal Lines Pilot Case of the Month, International Risk Management Institute, February 10, 2012