Clinton Lipscomb advises insurers in a broad range of coverage disputes and associated litigation, with a focus on first-party property damage claims and related issues including lost rents, lost revenues, and mandatory building upgrades. In the property claim context, he devotes much of his practice to advising public-entity insurers in coverage disputes with insured cities, counties, and municipalities. He has also advised insurers in automobile accident, product liability, and COVID-19 loss coverage cases.
The matters Clinton handles entail complicated factual considerations, unresolved legal questions, and major discrepancies in potential coverage amounts. Complex and novel issues permeate his representation of public-entity insurers in particular. Those disputes often fall outside the scope of the insurance code and involve situations not normally seen in private or commercial coverage, requiring both a deep working knowledge of the usual course of insurance claims and the creativity to devise solutions to problems with little or no legal precedent.
- Washington, 2022
- District of Columbia, 2018
- New York, 2016
- New York University School of Law – J.D., 2014
- Whitworth University – B.A. in International Studies with minors in English & Political Science, magna cum laude, 2007
AWARDS & HONORS
- Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, sponsored by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (2018)
- Assisting public-entity insurer in resolving municipal property damage claim arising out of 2021 Oregon ice storm, with focus on technical and expert analysis of undefined policy terms.
- Representing major national insurer pro hac vice in Oregon federal court in dispute over denial of property damage claim based on policy exclusions.
- Assisted public-entity insurer in resolving large municipal property damage claim arising out of 2020 Oregon wildfires, with focus on damage to public water treatment system and coverage determination analyzing root causes of loss.
- Assisted regional insurer in obtaining pre-trial resolution of lawsuit in Washington state court alleging breach of contract and bad faith related to dispute over scope of necessary repairs in wake of apartment fire.
- Assisted major national insurer in Washington state court auto accident lawsuit alleging bad-faith claim handling, including analysis of novel issues related to affirmative defense of fraud or collusion.
- Assisted regional insurer with coverage determination for lost business income claim arising out of suspension of operations due to COVID-19 pandemic.
- Assisted multiple insurers with coverage and associated scope-of-repair determinations arising out of flooding and rain water property damage claims.
- Assisted national insurer with duty-to-defend analysis in product liability and personal injury lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania arising from injuries caused by escaped dog.
- Assisted major multinational aerospace and defense company in investigation and due diligence review of internal practices and third-party relationships for risk factors pertaining to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other international anti-corruption laws, including review and investigation of third parties active on six continents. This work culminated in the largest anti-corruption resolution in history.
- Assisted major multinational aerospace and defense company in connection with assessment of corruption risk in global operations and procedures, and advised on revisions to policies and procedures informed by risk assessments and regulatory guidance.
- Conducted pre- and post-acquisition anti-corruption due diligence concerning multi-billion-dollar asset acquisitions for supermajor oil and gas company.
- Performed compliance assessments of subsidiary entities headquartered in high-risk areas including Russia and Papua New Guinea for supermajor oil and gas company.
- Advised on issues regarding Form 8-K disclosure to SEC for national oil and gas company.
- Developed standardized anti-bribery and other compliance clauses for use in contracts with numerous types of third parties including suppliers, subcontractors, distributors, sales agents, commercial resellers, and joint venture partners for major multinational luxury goods company.
- Developed anti-corruption training for third-party agents of small media production company.
- Assisted consortium of lenders in connection with anti-corruption provisions of loan documents.
- Assisted major U.S. product manufacturer with defense against claims of negligence, design defect, failure to warn, fraud, misrepresentation, and conspiracy.
AN EAR FOR MUSIC AND A TASTE FOR ADVENTURE
Clinton has had a passion for music for as long as he can remember and has been playing guitar since the age of 10. He enjoys listening to a variety of musical styles and especially loves rock, from its roots in the 1950s and 1960s to grunge in the 1990s to modern alternative rock and Americana. He played lead guitar in several bands growing up and subsequently experimented with the role of independent singer-songwriter.
Clinton also loves traveling and taking advantage of new experiences. From hiking the wilds of his rural hometown in eastern Washington to living in bustling New York City, from renting a Parisian apartment around the corner from the Arc de Triomphe to petting cheetahs in South Africa, he has always been eager to explore when the opportunity arises. In an alternate life, Clinton might have pursued a career as a park ranger at Yellowstone or a game warden in Botswana.