Overview

Sara Brundage is an insurance coverage and litigation attorney who handles complex commercial disputes involving domestic and international commercial insurance companies, captives and risk-retention groups, self-insured entities, and other corporate entities on coverage, claim loss, cyber liability, and risk analysis. She has extensive experience handling insurance coverage and reinsurance matters for clients, including disputes arising out of professional and general liability, advertising, construction, data security and privacy, directors and officers, employment, environmental, errors and omissions, and products liability.

  • Represents policyholders and insureds in insurance and reinsurance reimbursement disputes that involve third-party liability claims
  • Counsels clients on interpreting and constructing insurance policy language, risk management issues and coverage disputes
  • Advises clients on complex insurance claims, reinsurance issues, bad faith exposures, and general business matters
  • Provides policy language with manuscripted policies for captives, self- insurers and risk retention groups
  • Conducts policy form reviews and comparisons
  • Assists clients in legal and coverage issues arising in the operation of a self-insured loss control and claims management program, including the preparation of coverage analyses (i.e. reservation of rights and denial letters) 
  • Advises clients in a wide range of issues, such as defense rights of policyholders involved in pending litigation and complex commercial litigation matters
  • Frequently speaks at industry seminars and for clients on insurance risk, coverage and related issues

Services

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Successfully resolved a variety of batch claims involving captives and sexual misconduct claims with reinsurance funds totally more than $1 billion in the aggregate;
  • Represented captive in 4 week arbitration in Bermuda and London involving complex reinsurance disputes arising from pre-suit settlement of numerous medical malpractice claims due to experimental procedures on hundreds of patients;
  • Negotiated favorable settlement with a reinsurer involving a coverage dispute over application of the criminal acts exclusion;
  • Represented insured in successful negotiations to secure coverage with cyber carrier arising out of the release of confidential business records of thousands of clients stored electronically on company’s server;
  • Counseled prominent healthcare system in securing contribution from various reinsurers following the settlement of multiple medical malpractice lawsuits involving instrument sterilization claims;
  • Obtained a favorable dismissal of a $30 million claim for withdrawal fees against former subscribers of a reciprocal insurer.

Prior Experience

  • Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, Associate, 2006-2011

Credentials

Education

Admissions

Court Admissions

Recognition

Awards

  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Women in the Law Class of 2019
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Recognized as a Rising Star, 2013-2016

Professional & Community Involvement

State Bar of Michigan

  • Insurance and Indemnity Law Section, 2012-present
  • Litigation Section, 2012-present

Illinois State Bar Association, 2006-present

American Bar Association, 2006-present

Ingham County Bar Association, 2012-present

Kalamazoo Bar Association 2012-present

Chicago Bar Association, 2006-present

Chicago Bar Foundation Young Professionals Board, 2009-2012

Huntington’s Disease Society of America

  • Drive to Cure HD Committee, 2013

PRO BONO

Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, volunteer attorney working with Spanish-speaking victims of domestic violence to prepare and submit applications for citizenship pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Open Roads Bike Program, volunteer attorney

News & Insights

News

  • Media |
  • Sara J. Brundage mentioned in Grand Rapids Business Journal article “West Michigan attorneys named to statewide class of Women in the Law”
    Media |
  • Scott D. Geromette and Sara J. Brundage are mentioned in Captive Review article “Michigan law firm appoints two insurance partners”
    Media |
  • Sara J. Brundage, Kimberly A. Dudek, Charles W. Duncan, Teymour S. El-Tahry, Scott D. Geromette, Steven J. Migliore, Angela Epolito Sprecher and Matthew R. VanWasshnova are mentioned in DBusiness article “Honigman Names 8 New Partners”
    Media |
  • Sara J. Brundage joining Honigman highlighted in The Kalamazoo Gazette and MLive.com
    Media | Also highlighted in the Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal and Michigan Lawyers Weekly |

Publications

Seminars & Events

  • Claim Quandaries: Unique Claim Issues in Captives
    Event | Charleston, SC | | | Co-presenter
  • Toxic Tort Insurance Coverage Issues: It Takes A Village
    Event | Chicago Bar Association | | Presenter
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