Paul M. Hummer

Paul M. Hummer

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (215) 972-7788
Fax: (215) 972-1851

Primary Office

Philadelphia
Centre Square West
1500 Market Street, 38th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102-2186

Paul M. Hummer

Partner

Paul Hummer is a commercial litigator whose practice is focused on the representation of insurers and reinsurers in complex civil litigation. He is the co-chair of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's Insurance Practice.

 

Experience

Class Actions
  • Baker v. Hartford (D. DE): Federal court class action brought by policyholder challenging claim payment practices; dismissal for failure to state a claim affirmed by Third Circuit. 
  • Boyko v. AIG et. al. (D. N.J.): Federal court class action brought by policyholder challenging premium collection practices; case settled on favorable terms after national class was limited to less than 40 persons. 
  • Edwards v. 21st Century Insurance (D. N.J.): Federal court class action brought by policyholder challenging policy procurement practices; case was resolved on favorable terms. 
  • Herman v. Capital Blue Cross (PA): State court class action brought by policyholder challenging corporate governance practices; case dismissed for lack of standing.  
  • Sammons v. Hartford (DE): State court class action brought by policyholder challenging timeliness of claim payments; dismissal for lack of standing affirmed by Delaware Supreme Court. 
Commercial Litigation
  • T.D. Bank v. City of Harrisburg (PA): Representation of a bond insurer in litigation against a defaulting municipal guarantor including successful challenge to City's ability to file for bankruptcy.
  • Nassar v. Lincoln Life and Annuity of New York (S.D.N.Y.):  Summary judgment in favor of insurer on claims alleging fraud in the sale of life insurance policies.
  • Winchilla v. WCAB (PA):  Successful representation of workers compensation insurer in appeal to the Commonwealth Court en banc of challenges to the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's workers compensation law.
  • Genworth v. New Hampshire Department of Insurance (NH):  Ongoing challenge to validity of regulations limiting rate increases for long term care insurance.
  • Weiss v. Lincoln National Life Insurance Co. (E.D.N.Y.): Summary judgment in favor of life insurer in suit challenging lapse of life insurance policy for non-payment of premiums.
  • Kalodner v. Genworth Life Insurance Co. (D. PA): Successful representation of insurer in suit challenging premium increases under in-force insurance policy.
  • Representation of life insurer in multiple jurisdictions against suits alleging fraud in the sale of life insurance in connection with adoption of tax-advantaged employee benefit plans.
  • Representation of life insurer in state and federal courts in multiple jurisdictions against suits challenging lapse of life insurance policies for non-payment of premiums.
  • Multiple representations of health and disability insurer in state and federal court disputes relating to benefit determinations, covered service determinations and vendor reimbursements.
  • Multiple representations of long term care insurers in disputes relating to benefit determinations and vendor reimbursements.
Internal Investigations
  • Confidential representation of Board of Directors in internal investigation of reserving practices at property and casualty insurer. 
  • Confidential representation of Board of Directors in internal investigation of insurance and reinsurance broker compensation arrangements and related representations of company and individuals in grand jury and SEC investigations into finite reinsurance transactions and broker compensation arrangements. 
  • Representation of national bank in internal investigation of activities of trust department and related representation of the bank and various employees in federal grand jury investigations and civil litigation in various jurisdictions including Guam, Missouri, Florida, California, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Reinsurance
  • Century Indemnity v. Munich Re America (E.D. PA): Representation of a reinsurer in suit by a ceding company arising from settlement of environmental liabilities.  
  • Munich Re America v. American National Insurance Company (D. NJ): Representation of a reinsurer in action against a retrocessionaire for liabilities arising from workers compensation insurance and defense of counterclaim for rescission. Judgment in favor of reinsurer on all counts following trial. Affirmed by Third Circuit.
  • Tower Insurance Co. v. Munich Re America (D.N.Y.): Successful representation of reinsurer in suit by ceding company under reinsurance program for homeowners and commercial residential insurance policies.
  • Lincoln National Life Insurance Co. v. General Re (D. Ct.):  Confidential arbitration of dispute under YRT reinsurance agreement and successful representation of cedent in confirmation of arbitration award.
  • Munich Re America v. Tower Insurance Company of New York (D. NJ): Representation of a reinsurer in action against a retrocessionaire for liabilities arising from habitational risk insurance program.  
  • Multiple confidential representations of life insurers in disputes relating to premium increases under YRT reinsurance agreements.
  • Confidential arbitration on behalf of a ceding company relating to recovery of losses on a maritime construction program.  
  • Confidential arbitration on behalf of a ceding company relating to recovery of environmental losses.  
  • Confidential arbitration on behalf of ceding company relating to additional premium due to reinsurer. 
  • Confidential arbitration on behalf of a ceding company arising from a claim by an insolvent reinsurer for additional premium. 
  • Confidential arbitration on behalf of a reinsurer relating to claims under a cut-through endorsement.
  • Confidential arbitration on behalf of a reinsurer relating to claims for profit sharing under a reinsurance program.
Administrative Proceedings and Related Litigation
  • In Re Penn Treaty (PA): Representation of agents in litigation related to solvency of an insurance company; prevented attempt to cut off commission payments while company was in rehabilitation.
  • In Re Public Insurance Company (Ill):  Representation of a reinsurer in connection with rehabilitation proceedings of cedent.
  • Confidential representation of insurance company officers and directors in negotiation of an Order of Rehabilitation. 
  • Confidential representation of insurer operating under Order of Supervision in dealings with insurance departments and third parties. 
  • In Re Cigna Corp. (PA):  Representation of applicant in administrative approvals and subsequent appeals of plan of merger and division. 
  • In Re Mercer Mutual (PA):  Representation of dissenting policyholders in successful opposition to insurance company demutualization.
  • In Re Transamerica Life Insurance Company PA):  Successful representation of insurer in administrative appeal of denial of a request to increase premium rates for long term care insurance.
  • In Re Senior Health Insurance Plan (PA):  Successful representation of insurer in administrative appeal of denial of a request to increase premium rates for long term care insurance.

Thought Leadership

No results.

December 22, 2003
Policyholder Access to Reinsurance
October 22, 2003
When Insurers Go Belly Up: Implications for Insurers, Policyholders and Guaranty Funds
May 22, 2003
An Exercise in Futility? Grounds for Vacating Arbitration Awards

No results.

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Named to The Best Lawyers in America list, Insurance Law, 2006 to present

Named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List for Business Litigation, 2004 to present

Named a "Local Litigation Star" in Pennsylvania by Benchmark Litigation, 2014 to present

Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers

George W. Yancy Memorial Award, International Association of Defense Counsel, 2002

Memberships and Affiliations

ARIAS-U.S. 
 
Past Chair, Casualty Insurance Committee, International Association of Defense Counsel 
 
Past Chair, Reinsurance Committee, International Association of Defense Counsel 
 
Chair, Board of Directors, St. Christopher's Foundation for Children 
 
President, Board of Directors, Greensgrow Philadelphia Project

Education

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1984

  • Member, Hastings Law Review

B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara, 1980, with highest honors

Bar Admissions

California
Pennsylvania

Firm Management Positions

Insurance, Co-Chair

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Paul Hummer is a commercial litigator whose practice is focused on the representation of insurers and reinsurers in complex civil litigation. He is the co-chair of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's Insurance Practice.

 

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