Additional Insured Coverage in Construction Contracts and Interplay With Contractual Indemnification

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, December 21, 2017

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide attendees with a review of key issues in additional insured (AI) coverage, the interrelationship between contractual indemnification and AI coverage, and best practices to maximize AI coverage and for insurers to minimize exposure.


AI coverage is commonly used by parties in construction contracts to allocate and transfer risk. Parties seeking to be named as an AI desire the broadest form of coverage available and wish to avoid unexpected surprises once a claim is made against them.

Understanding the relationship between contractual indemnification, insurance policy requirements, and AI status is key to maximizing coverage and recovery. For example, insurers are usually required to defend and indemnify the insured under AI coverage, but the insurer’s express duty to defend may not exists in the context of contractual indemnification.

Listen as our panel of construction attorneys discusses the use of AI coverage and indemnification to effectively transfer risk in construction contracts and best practices for both contractors and insurers to maximize coverage and minimize exposure, respectively.



  1. Overview of additional insured status
    1. Additional insured vs. additional named insured
    2. Endorsements vs. certificate of insurance
    3. Policy language and various additional insured forms
    4. Scope of coverage
    5. Priority of coverage
    6. Notice to insurer
  2. Interplay between contractual indemnity and additional insured coverage
    1. Contractual indemnification
    2. Contractual insurance requirements
    3. Additional insured coverage
  3. Best practices for insurers to minimize exposure for AI coverage and contractual indemnity


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How can counsel ensure that contractually required AI coverage is satisfied by the named insured’s policy?
  • Why is a certificate of insurance often inadequate protection for the party seeking AI status?
  • What are the challenges and pitfalls in drafting indemnification provisions for construction contracts?
  • How do the insurer’s duties and obligations vary with respect to AI coverage versus contractual indemnification?


Bobotek, James
James P. Bobotek

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Mr. Bobotek concentrates his practice on a variety of insurance coverage, risk management and risk allocation...  |  Read More

Bruno, Tamara
Tamara D. Bruno

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Ms. Bruno advises and represents companies and institutional policyholders in complex insurance matters in all...  |  Read More

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