Insurance Coverage


Since 1979, attorneys at Brownson PLLC have represented clients in a wide range of insurance coverage matters, including but not limited to:

  • Asbestos litigation
  • Construction disputes and litigation
  • Environmental coverage
  • Liquor liability/dram shop
  • Premises liability
  • Products liability
  • Professional liability
  • Sexual harassment/sexual abuse litigation
  • Subrogation litigation
  • Surety bond funds control for public entity
  • construction projects
  • Arbitration


Brownson PLLC attorneys represent insurers in coverage disputes involving first-party commercial and individual lines, and third-party disputes involving personal and commercial general liability insurance. Examples of cases we have handled include:

  • First party personal insurance coverage
  • Third party commercial general liability
  • insurance coverage
  • Insurance fraud
  • Primary/excess coverage issues
  • Multi-year, long-term exposure coverage
  • allocation issues
  • Insurance coverage arbitrations
  • Insurance policy exhaustion procedures and disputes
  • Allocation, trigger, and occurrence disputes
  • Defense and indemnity obligation disputes
  • Additional insured endorsement claims
  • Vendors endorsement claims
  • Lost/missing policies
  • Insurance Archaeology
  • Reinsurance identification and recovery
  • Reinsurance archaeology
  • Cumis counsel management and fee disputes.


  • Minnesota District Judges’ Association; Jury Instruction Guides, Update Committee
    Robert D. Brownson
  • Euromoney Publication (London) listing of The World’s Leading Environmental Lawyers
    Robert D. Brownson


  • American Arbitration Association; AAA Neutral; AAA Panel of Arbitrators
    Kristi K. Brownson

Representative Cases

  • Mark D. Island v. Mesa Underwriters Specialty Insurance Co., Minn. Ct. App. A21-0924 (Feb. 7, 2022).
  • Goodman v. Economy Premier Assurance Company, et. al., U.S.D.C. (D. Minn.), Case No. 19-cv-01815 (PAM/ECW).
  • Wood Conversion Company, n/k/a Conwed Corporation v. Allstate Insurance Company, as Successor in Interest to Northbrook Excess and Surplus Lines Insurance Company, f/k/a Northbrook Insurance Company, St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Company, First State Insurance Company, United States Fire Insurance Company, Westchester Fire Insurance Company, as Successor in Interest to Certain Policies Issued by United States Fire Insurance Company and International Insurance Company, Ramsey County District Court, Court No. 62-CV-09-2420APM, LLLP v. TCI Insurance Agency, Inc., Cass County, North Dakota District Court, Case No. 09-2014-CV-12885 (N.D. 2015).
  • Reza Shakibi v. Selective Insurance Company of South Carolina, Dakota County District Court, Court No. 19AV-CV-12-1891
  • Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London v. Soo Line Railroad Co., d/b/a, Canadian Pacific, Admiral Insurance Co. et al., Hennepin County, Minnesota District Court, Case No. 27-CV-11-16790.
  • Conwed Corp. v. Associated Indemnity Corp., Burlington County, New Jersey, Superior Court, Law Division, Docket No. BUR-L-959-96
  • Impact Grp., LLC v. Stanton Grp., LLC, No. A09-2187, 2010 WL 2733390, (Minn. Ct. App. July 13, 2010) Philter, Inc. v. Wolff Ins. Agency, Inc., No. A10-2230, 2011 WL 2750709, (Minn. Ct. App. July 18, 2011)
  • Israelson Bros. MB Limited Partnership v. Pro Ag Insurance Company and Strand & Marcy Ins. Co Inc., Clay County District Court, Court No. 14-CV-10-3845
  • Danielson v. G.P. Agencies, Stearns County District Court, Court No. 73-CV-12-8754
  • Diocese of St. Cloud, et. al. v. Arrowood Indemnity Company, et. al., United States District Court (D. Minn.), Case No. 17-cv-2002 (JRT/LIB), 2017.
  • The Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America v. Arrowood Indemnity Company, United States District Court (D. Minn.), Civil No. 17-3141 (JRT/LIB), 2017.