Richard C. Mason focuses his practice on commercial litigation, representing clients in litigation and arbitration of complex commercial claims. He has served as lead trial counsel in multiple large disputes that have proceeded to verdict in arbitration.
Richard is former chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the ABA’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, former chair of the ABA’s Excess, Surplus Lines, and Reinsurance Committee, and past editor-in-chief of the Tort & Insurance Law Journal. He has served as an arbitrator, and as a mediator on numerous occasions, and serves as a Judge Pro Tem in the Commerce Court of Philadelphia. He is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS).
Richard’s insurance coverage background has emphasized complex disputes concerning coverage for professional liability (E&O), Directors & Officers and management liability policies, cyber-risk policies, construction defect claims, and environmental and toxic exposures. Richard also litigates and handles appeals of commercial fraud matters and other complex transactional disputes.
Richard’s reinsurance experience includes representation of clients in such high-profile disputes as the London Market accident and health reinsurance spiral disputes, the Enron bond insurance coverage dispute, the WorldCom bond default insurance dispute, and multibillion-dollar property reinsurance claims in connection with September 11, 2001, World Trade Center losses. He has particular depth in the life, accident & health, and disability classes of reinsurance.
In more than 25 years of litigating insurance claims, Richard’s clients have never suffered an award of bad faith damages.