INSURANCE DEFENSE AND INSURANCE LAW
The firm has deep roots in insurance practice. One of the founding members of the firm, Philip E. Byron, Jr., was widely regarded as the premier insurance defense practitioner in northern Indiana. The tradition has continued with Bob Sanders, who practiced in the insurance defense field for more than thirty-five years before retiring a short time ago, and with the firm’s other attorneys who continue to practice in insurance defense matters.
The firm has also developed a strong practice in insurance coverage issues, including environmental liability claims, and has filed and defended many declaratory judgment actions, obtaining litigated resolutions to complex insurance questions. In the reported decision of Aetna Life and Casualty Ins. Co. v. Patrick Industries, Inc., 645 N.E.2d 656 (Ind. Ct. App. 1995), Bob Sanders and Matt Yeakey secured a landmark decision in the Indiana Court of Appeals for the benefit of their client in a case interpreting product and work exclusions in commercial liability policies.
The litigation attorneys at Sanders • Pianowski, LLP have acted as local counsel in many cases involving multi-state insurance coverage disputes affecting dozens of parties and carriers. The experience gained in these and other litigation matters have placed the firm in a unique position of proven accomplishment and have enhanced our ability to handle all aspects of insurance disputes and litigation. At Sanders • Pianowski, LLP, the emphasis is on finding creative solutions to legal problems, and that philosophy extends to environmental issues as well. Our reputation lies in our ability to bring parties together to resolve disputes without unnecessary legal intervention. This is achieved through a proactive approach to our clients’ needs by seeking to protect them from potential exposure by thoughtful strategic planning. However, when litigation is unavoidable, our clients appreciate the firm’s reputation for vigorous and tenacious advocacy.
Bradford R. Shively
Attorney at Law, Partner Licensed in Indiana, Michigan
574.294.1499 Ext 132
Jonathan R. Slabaugh
Attorney at Law, Partner Licensed in Indiana
574.294.1499 Ext 111
Mitchell S. Slaven
Attorney at Law, Associate Licensed in Indiana
574.294.1499 Ext 134
300 Riverwalk Drive
Elkhart, Indiana 46516
Phone: (574) 294-1499
Fax: (574) 294-7277