For more than 17 years, Mr. Steffen has worked to solve clients’ problems by representing them in a wide array of disputes in both the life reinsurance and property/casualty reinsurance arenas. As a veteran practitioner, he understands the unique issues facing the reinsurance industry and has ample arbitration and court experience.
Additionally, Mr. Steffen has assisted clients by leading internal investigations, has supervised and coordinated litigation in international jurisdictions, and has advised clients with regard to accounting liability, regulatory matters, and antitrust risks. Mr. Steffen is also a frequent speaker at industry meetings and events.
Mr. Steffen also sponsors a scholarship at his undergraduate alma mater, Washington University, and is an amateur composer, poker player, and occasional trivia contest host.
Mr. Steffen received his A.B. from Washington University, cum laude, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a Member of the University of Chicago Legal Forum.
Successfully represented party in breach of contract and fiduciary duty arbitration with $80 million in claimed damages brought by a major insurance carrier against its managing general underwriter for alleged underwriting guideline violations.
Successfully represented a reinsurer in the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars from a rogue managing agent and from a large international accounting firm who audited the account, but failed to alert the client about the agent’s fraud.
Successfully represented one of the leading insurance groups in the U.S. in a significant arbitration concerning the client’s claims for indemnification for underlying asbestos and silica liabilities that ultimately resulted in reinsurance recoveries in excess of $125 million.
Successfully represented various reinsurers in actions involving business written by their managing general underwriters or the managing general agents of their cedents.
Successfully represented a life reinsurer in an arbitration against a cedent that failed to disclose a highly material mortality study during the client obtained rescission of the reinsurance agreement.
Successfully represented a life reinsurer in an arbitration against a cedent that frequently violated its own underwriting guidelines and wrote business contrary to the representations made during placement.
Advised both rehabilitators of insolvent insurance companies and creditors of such companies in multiple states.
Successfully represented a reinsurer of long term care business in an arbitration regarding a cedent’s failure to seek rate increases from state authorities.
Advised a reinsurer of long term care business regarding its rights to audit cedents and associate with the defense of claims.
Successfully represented property & casualty reinsurers in various arbitrations and court proceedings regarding erroneous billing and late notice issues.
In a pro bono matter, successfully obtained political asylum status for a former political prisoner from a repressive African regime.