John E. Heintz leads Dickstein Shapiro’s Insurance Coverage Group. A veteran in the fields of corporate insurance coverage and complex litigation with more than 35 years of experience, John has recovered billions of dollars in coverage for his clients. He has handled major cases in every area of insurance coverage, including several that rank among the largest in coverage litigation history. Many of his cases have involved issues of first impression, resulting in landmark trial and appellate rulings for his clients at the state and federal levels. John’s mastery of the legal issues and his ability to direct large-scale litigation have earned him praise from clients and opponents alike.
AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
John has represented numerous clients in the chemical, petrochemical, petroleum, auto, hotel, and technology industries, in securing coverage for asbestos, lead, public nuisance, environmental contamination, professional liability, class-action employment discrimination, directors and officers liabilities, political risk, and medical product liability claims. He also has represented clients in securing coverage for property and business interruption losses arising out of the 9/11 attacks, hurricanes, and other catastrophic events. He has litigated and secured favorable resolutions of insurance coverage disputes and related bankruptcy issues arising in several asbestos-related bankruptcies. He has tried numerous cases and argued before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Circuits and numerous state appellate courts, U.S. district courts, and state trial courts across the country.
Prior to joining the firm in 2010, John was the chair of the Insurance Recovery and Washington, DC, Litigation practice groups at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. He was a founding partner of Gilbert Heintz & Randolph, LLP and served as chairman of the Insurance Coverage Practice at Howrey LLP. He began his career with Covington & Burling LLP.
John is a member of the American Bar Association Section on Litigation as well as a charter member of the section’s Insurance Coverage Committee. John sits on the board of directors for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. He is a member of the board of trustees for The Legal Aid Society of Washington. He has also litigated numerous pro bono cases, including matters involving insurance red-lining and FHA-ADA compliance.
HONORS AND RECOGNITIONS
John Heintz has been widely recognized as a leading lawyer in the insurance coverage area. The 2013 Chambers USA ranks John as one of the top 12 leading insurance coverage attorneys in the country. Chambers states that “he is known to peers as ‘one of the best lawyers in this field,’ noting that “he is described as ‘an outstanding performer with an outstanding reputation.’” In its 2014 edition, Benchmark Litigation recognized John both nationally and in the District of Columbia. The 2013 edition of Legal 500 recognized Mr. Heintz as a “leading lawyer” in the Insurance: Advice to Policyholders category and “outstanding.” Mr. Heintz has also been recognized by Expert Guides, Super Lawyers, Lawdragon, Law 360, The International Who’s Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Heintz and his co-authors were selected as Burton Award winners for the 2010 “Distinguished Law Firm Category” for their article “Insurance Coverage for Climate Change Suits: The Battle Has Begun,” which was published in The Environmental Claims Journal in March 2009.
OUTSIDE THE FIRM
John is an avid, lifelong sailor, who has sailed offshore to his favorite cruising grounds in New England, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland.