Michael C. D’Agostino has broad experience handling complex commercial litigation for corporate and institutional clients in both state and federal courts across the United States and abroad. In his practice, Michael assists clients in responding to governmental investigations and subpoenas, litigation originating in Chapter 11 restructurings, and insurance and reinsurance related disputes. Michael also has a deep understanding of the role insurance and reinsurance brokers play in helping their clients secure and maintain coverage and resolving disputes that arise in that arena.
Michael’s multi-disciplinary skill set involving knowledge of insurance, reinsurance, bankruptcy, and fraudulent conveyance transfer/liability is beneficial to clients that seek advice regarding how they might safely “ring fence” certain long-tail and other liabilities via coverage and/or corporate spin-offs or restructurings.
Michael currently serves as a member of the Connecticut Legislature. He is active in both civic and professional affairs. Michael coordinates the pro bono and charitable giving programs for the Hartford office and is a board member of Appleseed, a nonpartisan organization that deploys volunteer lawyers and other professionals to address issues in public education, healthcare, and other areas affecting the lives of the underprivileged.
Michael is recognized by Best Lawyers in both The Best Lawyers in America and in The Best Lawyers in Connecticut rankings. He is also part of the Hartford Litigation team that was recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune in 2013 and 2016 as “Litigation Department of the Year.”
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Michael was a partner at another international law firm.
Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation and Arbitration
After a week-long jury trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, obtained a directed verdict for a reinsurance broker sued for tortious interference.
Representing a reinsurance broker in an antitrust investigation and lawsuit filed by the Connecticut Attorney General, which resulted in a settlement.
Experience in helping life insurance companies cedents challenge and arbitrate rate increases sought by reinsurers on yearly renewable term programs.
Defending insurance broker in action brought by insured hospital alleging failure to secure proper coverage.
Negotiating with the Connecticut Attorney General’s office and officials in other states to effect the orderly wind-down of a national broadcasting school.
Responding to an investigation by the Connecticut Attorney General of hotel pricing, resulting in no action against the firm’s clients.
Acting on behalf of the bondholders of the Icelandic Banks in their challenge to the Icelandic government’s emergency legislation.
Coordinating litigation in the London office on behalf of a group of bondholders in the TXU (Europe) restructuring.
Defending more than two-dozen former shareholders of the Tribune Company in a fraudulent-transfer action brought by the Tribune Litigation Trustee, in which the Trustee seeks to claw-back hundreds of millions of dollars paid to the shareholders as part of Tribune’s leveraged buy-out.
Representing creditor in an asbestos-driven, Chapter 11 bankruptcy of an automobile parts manufacturer.
Resolving coverage litigation and mediation involving 29,000 underlying silica and asbestos claims.
Responding to data-breach claims arising from the hacking of Sony’s Play-Station gaming system.
Pursuing more than $100 million in reinsurance coverage for asbestos claims.
University of Virginia School of Law, 1996, J.D.
University of Virginia, 1993, B.A., With Distinction
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US District Court for the Southern District of New York