John A. Gibbons

Insurance Coverage

1825 Eye Street NW Washington, DC 20006-5403
T: (202) 420-3644


John Gibbons is a Washington, DC-based partner who serves as the Insurance Coverage Group’s regional leader for the Mid-Atlantic. He is also leader of the group’s Business Conduct Liabilities Practice.

John’s national practice focuses on advising corporate policyholders about their insurance policy rights and recovery insurance assets, either through negotiation or trial. He maintains a particularly active trial practice that includes serving as trial counsel for a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company in a four-month trial, a Fortune 500 regulated utility in two separate multi-week jury trials, and a large multinational engineering services corporation in a three-judge panel arbitration. The 2012 edition of Legal 500 recommended John for his “subject-matter expertise and a business-focused approach.” In 2013, Benchmark Litigation also recognized John as a local (Washington, DC) “Litigation Star.” John is a member of the Law360 Insurance editorial advisory board.


In the past decade, John has, through negotiations, litigation, and trial verdicts, enforced clients’ rights to more than $1 billion worth of insurance. Recently, John has focused his attention on emerging areas of interest for policyholders, including risks attendant to international business operations, assertions of various forms of liability for business conduct, and product liability and environmental liability issues.


John joined Dickstein Shapiro in 2000 and has in the past decade successfully handled a variety of insurance and commercial disputes.

Prior to joining the firm, John served as law clerk to the Honorable Ann O’Regan Keary, associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Full Biography

Representative Experience

  • Obtained a bad faith jury verdict on behalf of a pressure vessel fabricator in Missouri state court against a number of excess insurers and secured $14.6 million in damages and in excess of a quarter billion dollars of future coverage for the client.

  • Secured an important insurance coverage victory that strengthens advertising injury coverage and affirms the proper breadth of “advertising injury” for a lamp manufacturer client.

  • Represents a family of public and private investment funds in a number of matters, including advising both the REIT and the Business Development Company on the pursuit of insurance for losses. In one particular example, represented a portfolio agricultural company that suffered a catastrophic fire to its agricultural holding and shipping facility and fully recovered the clients losses.

  • Represents an international humanitarian organization in connection with a variety of insurance recovery matters in Asia and Africa, including advising and representing the company in connection with a loss sustained by a joint-venturer; advising the organization with respect to kidnap and ransom insurance; advising the organization about D&O insurance arising out of organization personnel sitting  on boards of organizations, and advising generally about the organization’s alignment of insurance assets to identified risks. 

  • Advises a sovereign nation on insurance issues relating to environmental liabilities for underground storage tanks.

  • Litigation and trial counsel for a Fortune 50 company with asbestos and other long-tail liabilities in a coverage dispute with more than 50 separate insurance companies.

  • Litigation, trial, and appellate counsel for a regulated utility in two separate successful jury trials to recover for environmental liabilities, and in the insurer’s subsequent appeals.

  • Settlement, litigation, and trial counsel for a large industrial construction company to recover for asbestos liabilities.

  • Settlement and litigation counsel for multiple Fortune 500 companies with asbestos liabilities.

  • Settlement counsel for a large utility in a dispute with D&O insurers related to shareholders suits and related government investigations.

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Honors and Awards

  • Washington DC Super Lawyers

  • Benchmark Plaintiff: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Plaintiff Litigation Firms and Attorneys

  • Legal 500: The Client's Guide to the US Legal Profession

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Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


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