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Greenberg Traurig Expands Insurance and Litigation Practices; Adds Group of Three Attorneys

PHOENIX – Feb. 19, 2020– Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has expanded its Insurance and Litigation practices with the addition of Shareholder Jon T. Neumann and Of Counsel Aaron J. Lockwood in Phoenix, and Of Counsel Lisa M. Petrovsky in Los Angeles
Lori G. Cohen and Jeff E. Scott, co-chairs of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Litigation Practice, noted, “We are very focused on building our Litigation Practice to meet increasing client demand. Hiring these three skilled litigators, with extensive experience in the insurance market, reflects our ability to identify and recruit talented practitioners as we position ourselves to address the needs of clients.” Scott is also co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Los Angeles office.
“This group’s depth of experience in complex insurance industry disputes and sophisticated commercial litigation make them outstanding additions for our clients,” said Nicole Goodwin, managing shareholder of the firm’s Phoenix office.  “We are proud to welcome them to Greenberg Traurig and to continue to grow our office.”
“Greenberg Traurig’s strong reputation not only in insurance and litigation but also a full range of practices critical to our clients was an important factor in our decision to join the firm. We look forward to contributing to this very successful platform and collaborating with our new colleagues across the firm,” noted Neumann, Lockwood, and Petrovsky in a joint statement. 

 Neumann is an experienced litigator representing insurers and other clients in complex disputes in federal and state courts, as well as in varied domestic and international arbitral forums.  Neumann represents health insurers in health-benefits litigation and other high-stakes disputes with health care providers. He guides insurers through the legal aspects of complex coverage disputes, including class actions involving institutional bad faith claims, national insurance claim-handling programs, and computerized evaluation tools. He provides coordinating counsel services for the national defense of institutional claim-handling programs and offers counseling services to help insurers avoid litigation and minimize bad-faith exposure. Neumann also advises on the efficient and fair management of claim-handling operations.
Lockwood represents insurers in disputes arising from insurance coverage, claim handling, and alleged insurer bad faith, as well as other complex business disputes. He regularly represents insurance companies against contractual, extra-contractual, and punitive damages claims involving a range of insurance products. Lockwood represents health insurers in virtually all aspects of benefits litigation, as well as in high-stakes disputes with providers. He also advises corporate clients in a variety of complex litigation matters in state and federal courts and in arbitral forums around the country. 
Petrovsky focuses her practice on the representation of insurance companies in complex arbitrations and litigation before federal and state courts. She advises on a wide range of coverage disputes, including products liability and toxic tort matters, issues involving property damage, and health insurance payor/provider matters. Petrovsky has deep experience in general commercial litigation and defends corporate clients in environmental and products liability cases.
The three are joining from the Phoenix office of Steptoe. During the past five years (since Jan. 1, 2015) Greenberg Traurig has added more than 75 attorneys to its Los Angeles and Phoenix offices collectively, including more than 25 in Litigation, more than 15 in Corporate, and 15 in Real Estate alone, all among key areas of practice for the firm’s clients. 

About Greenberg Traurig’s Insurance Group: Greenberg Traurig’s Insurance Group brings together lawyers from its national and international offices with experience in a broad variety of complementary disciplines – including insurance regulatory and transactional, tax, corporate finance and securities, securitization and structured finance, litigation, health care, and governmental affairs – to support clients from all segments of the insurance industry. The group provides tailored legal services designed to meet the varied needs of our clients in the areas of insurance regulation, legislative and public policy advocacy, life and health insurance, property and casualty insurance, premium finance, reinsurance, agents and brokers, securitization and derivatives, and insurance litigation.
About Greenberg Traurig’s Litigation Practice: Greenberg Traurig’s Litigation Practice includes a team of more than 600 attorneys. The firm’s trial lawyers regularly appear in state and federal courts throughout the country, as well as in appellate courts and before international arbitration panels. They work closely with in-house counsel to develop a strategy that best fits a litigation cost and proficiency model appropriate to the client’s unique needs and goals.
About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2100 attorneys in 41 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.