Insurance and Contractual Indemnification: Reconciling Competing Indemnity Obligations With Insurance Coverage

Drafting Indemnification Provisions and Ensuring Adequate Coverage for Contractual Liabilities

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

Conducted on Thursday, April 13, 2017
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This CLE webinar will provide insurance counsel with a roadmap for understanding statutory and common law on contribution and indemnification. The panel will analyze disputes that arise when reconciling indemnity agreements and insurance provisions and outline best practices for drafting indemnification language.


Indemnification agreements are widely used to shift risk in a variety of commercial transactions. Insurance coverage counsel must understand the impact of indemnity agreements on insurance—who is ultimately responsible for the claim? When and how is this responsibility shared?

Coverage disputes often arise in reconciling indemnity agreements and insurance policies. Other insurance clauses and exclusions for liabilities assumed by contract provide ample grounds for disputes and litigation.

The indemnitor must negotiate contractual provisions that limit the scope of the indemnification. The party seeking indemnification must negotiate provisions that address the indemnitee’s negligence, additional insured status and scope of defense.

Listen as our authoritative panel of insurance attorneys discusses the law of contribution and indemnity and how to reconcile contractual indemnity language with insurance policy provisions. The panel will offer best practices for drafting contractual indemnification provisions.


  1. Contribution and indemnification
    1. Contribution—comparative fault, statutory contribution, effect of settlement
    2. Indemnity—contractual, implied, imposed by law
    3. Contractual indemnification—limitations, duty to defend, right to independent counsel, additional insured provisions
  2. Reconciling indemnity obligations and insurance policies
    1. Other insurance clauses
    2. Exclusion for liability assumed by contract
  3. Evaluating and drafting indemnity provisions
    1. Indemnitor perspective
    2. Indemnitee perspective


The panel will address these and other key issues:

  • What are the parameters of statutory and common law indemnity and how can parties alter these obligations contractually?
  • What are common types of “other insurance clauses” and how do they interact?
  • How can counsel craft effective contractual indemnification provisions that protect clients—whether the indemnitor or indemnitee?


William K. McVisk, Shareholder
Johnson & Bell, Chicago

Mr. McVisk concentrates his practice on complex insurance coverage litigation, and hospital law and medical liability. He handles all areas of coverage and bad faith litigation, especially third-party bad faith and coverage litigation involving commercial general liability, hospital professional liability and physicians professional liability coverages. He has written several articles on insurance coverage, including a quarterly column he penned for the IDC Quarterly for several years.

Jessica E. Brown, Atty
Reed Smith, Chicago

Ms. Brown’s practice focuses on complex insurance coverage litigation. She has represented clients in matters involving toxic tort, environmental, intellectual property and weather insurance coverage disputes. She has also represented clients in disputes involving private indemnity agreements.


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Customer Reviews

I particularly appreciated the use of fact scenarios to illustrate the issues, pitfalls and best practices associated with indemnity agreements.

Heather Gray


The speaker's use of practical examples and not just talking about legal concepts, was very good.

Jeffrey Kaplan

Gaglione, Dolan & Kaplan

This seminar covered a lot of territory in a short period of time. It also assumed that the attendees had a significant level of experience coming into the program, which I did.

Louis C. Long


The speakers did a nice job on a complex topic. I particularly liked the discussion of the hypothetical indemnification contracts.

James McShane

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton

The webinar provided a very thorough analysis of an area of the law I am currently navigating.

Joseph Ferino

Drinker Biddle & Reath

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John D. Green


Farella Braun + Martel

Alan P. Jacobus

Lafayette & Kumagai

William E. Kelley, Jr.


Drewry Simmons Vornehm

William O. Krekstein


Timoney Knox

Jay M. Levin

Principal and Chair of the Insurance Recovery Practice

Offit Kurman

Peter J. Mintzer


Selman Breitman

Barry S. Neuman


Whiteford Taylor Preston

Andrew G. Wanger


Clyde & Co.

Britton D. Weimer


Weimer & Weeding

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Hinshaw & Culbertson

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