Perkins Coie LLP
Michael Sharkey is a partner with the firm’s Insurance Recovery practice and concentrates his practice on representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes nationwide. He has represented clients on a wide variety of insurance issues, including litigation seeking insurance coverage for alleged products liability, environmental contamination, water damage and mold, director’s and officer’s liability, errors and omissions, asbestos bodily injury and property damage, unfair trade practices, trademark infringement, employer’s liability, defamation, and malicious prosecution. In connection with his representation of policyholders, Michael has participated in all phases of litigation, including several that involved multi-month trials, and has briefed appeals to state supreme courts and state and federal appellate courts.
Michael advises clients on insurance coverage before a claim arises, providing advice on the scope of coverage under their existing or proposed policies and possible improvements to seek at renewal.
Michael also regularly advises clients on the insurance issues that arise in connection with corporate transactions. These include the effect of the transaction on the parties’ existing and historic insurance coverage arrangements as well as insurance, such as representations and warranty coverage, that may be purchased in connection with the deal itself.
Additionally, he counsels clients on the drafting and interplay of insurance and indemnification provisions in contracts, including construction contracts, supplier and service agreements, and corporate transactions, with the goal of aligning the provisions with the parties’ intent during the drafting process – before a dispute arises.
Michael is a prolific writer and speaker on issues related to insurance recovery.