Attorney Shannon L. H. Phillips

Shannon L. H. Phillips

shannon.phillips@ceflawyers.com
P: 248-663-7734
F: 248-663-7735
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Shannon focuses her practice in the area of insurance coverage litigation. She has extensive experience representing insurance companies in complex coverage matters in both state and federal courts in Michigan and nationwide, including in the areas of environmental contamination, construction defect, product liability, property damage and claims involving allegations of bad faith, personal injury and advertising injury.

In addition to her insurance law practice, Shannon has experience working in various areas of commercial litigation including automotive liability, business torts and fraud, class action defense, ERISA, trademark infringement, unfair competition and the Uniform Commercial Code.


AREAS OF PRACTICE

Insurance Coverage


EDUCATION

Wayne State University Law School
(J.D. cum laude, 2008)

University of Michigan
(B.A. with distinction, 2004)


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

State Bar of Michigan
—-– Insurance and Indemnity Law Section
Defense Research Institute
Women Lawyers Association of Michigan


PROMINENT OUTCOMES

Successfully negotiated settlement of complex coverage litigation filed against insurer where underlying claims involved clean-up of historically polluted site and class action by nearby neighbors.

Defended insurer with respect to large-scale business interruption/earnings loss claim by insured after manufacturer suffered a fire loss and damage to its building and machines, and settled case favorably.

Represented insurance company in first-party property damage dispute regarding substantial water and related damages to insured’s commercial building.

Defended insurance carrier in Indiana coverage litigation for claims arising out of catastrophic automobile accident and involving bodily injury claims, employer’s liability, employee indemnification, workers’ compensation, fraud/misrepresentation and bad faith issues.

Represented insurance carrier in complex environmental contamination coverage litigation involving first-filed forum battles and choice-of-law disputes in Iowa and Indiana.

Represented insurer in declaratory judgment action regarding the availability of insurance coverage for environmental contamination claims arising from the insured’s transport of hazardous waste to a landfill designated as an EPA Superfund site, RCRA and CERCLA claims, and the insured’s alleged bad faith claims against the carrier.

Defended excess insurance carrier in, and negotiated favorable settlement of, large-scale environmental coverage litigation involving class action allegations of bodily injury and remediation of nine sites located in the United States, United Kingdom and Taiwan.

Obtained voluntary dismissal of a University’s claim against an insurance company for coverage under a general commercial liability policy relating to an allegedly defective turbine system at the University’s power plant.

Defended primary insurance carrier in coverage litigation involving construction defect claims against the insured arising out of the design and construction of the internal components of eight jet bubbling reactors used in the operation of coal-fired power plants at four different sites.

Represented insurance carrier in series of declaratory judgment actions in Iowa and Delaware relating to the availability of insurance coverage for class actions against the insured window manufacturer involving product defect and property damage claims.


PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Key Changes Made to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in December 2010, Michigan Defense Quarterly (April 2011)

Sixth Circuit Allows Equitable Estoppel Claims Against ERISA Pension Plans under ‘Extraordinary Circumstances,’DRI: The ERISA Report, Vol. 5, Issue 2 (Dec. 28, 2010)


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Shannon is an active volunteer at Conant Elementary School, Kirk in the Hills church and Woodside Athletic Club.