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Chicago, IL

Michael V. Silvestro

Skarzynski Black LLC


    Michael Silvestro is coverage and litigation counsel on a wide range of first-party and third-party policy programs for domestic and international insurers and reinsurers. He focuses on complex property, construction, energy, builder’s risk and cyber risk insurance coverage and related litigation. Michael represents clients in all aspects of civil litigation and appeals as well as alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including appraisals and arbitrations.

    Michael advises insurance markets on significant losses concerning catastrophic events. Examples of the types of catastrophes in which he works include hurricanes and other natural disasters; crane, bridge, and pier collapses; construction defect claims; machinery and equipment breakdowns; physical and business income losses at power generation facilities; and war risks abroad.

    A substantial part of Michael’s practice focuses on representing insurers in matters involving manuscript and quota share programs placed through domestic, London, Bermuda and European markets. He also counsels clients on claims involving foreign local policies and international fronting arrangements in a number of regions, including North America, Central America, North Africa and the Middle East.

    Michael writes and speaks frequently on a variety of legal and insurance topics, including first-party property and cyber risk insurance issues. He was also an invited guest lecturer on international insurance and reinsurance issues at his alma mater, Boston College Law School. In 2015, he co-authored a chapter, Cyber Risk Insurance and Risk Management, in an award-winning treatise on data privacy law.

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