William Lalor

Of Counsel

In more than sixteen years of law practice, Bill Lalor has represented a diverse group of individual and commercial clients in litigated and other matters involving complex insurance coverage (including coverage-in-place agreements, structured settlements, and other coverage issues), employment, education and school law, FINRA (including “dirty” U-5 issues), personal injury, toxic torts and mass torts, business disputes, regulatory matters, and other subject areas.

Bill has litigated cases involving high-profile clients and adversaries in federal, state and specialized courts throughout the United States, including “CNA” insurers and the Lloyd’s of London insurance market. He also served as National Coordinating Counsel for clients including Alcoa Inc., Arkema, and a unit of BP Chemicals. Bill is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts and is a member of all U.S. District Courts in New York and Connecticut.

Bill was previously a partner with a midtown Manhattan law firm and worked in the corporate law department at CNA. He has also worked in tax practices with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP and has been Campaign Manager and counsel for a U.S. House of Representatives campaign.

Bill earned his Juris Doctor at The Pennsylvania State University in 1999, where he also earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting (1996).  He was Editor-in-Chief of the environmental law review, and his writing has appeared in The Washington ExaminerThe Harford CourantThe L Magazine, and The Stamford Advocate, among others.  He lives in Wilton, Connecticut, with his wife, Jennifer, who is a Speech and Language Pathologist in private practice and his children, Katelyn and Evan. He has been a member of the Town of Wilton Council on Ethics, Parks and Recreation Commission, and Republican Town Committee, which he has chaired since October 2017. In 2017, Bill chaired a “slate” committee related to two Board of Selectmen campaigns in Wilton, and he has volunteered as a youth soccer and baseball coach.

  • Consolidated Edison Co. of New York v. Allstate Insurance Co., 98 N.Y.2d 208 (N.Y. 2002).
  • Long Island Lighting Co. v. Allianz Underwriters Ins. Co., 749 N.Y.S.2d 488 (N.Y.A.D. 1st Dep’t 2002).
  • In re Kaprun Ski Train Fire on November 10, 2000, 499 F.Supp.2d 437 (2007) (S.D.N.Y.) (forum non conveniens dismissal) (aff’d, Geier v. Omniglow Corp., 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 27957 (2d Cir. 2009)); related proceeding (disqualification of counsel) at 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60229 (S.D.N.Y. August 16, 2007).
  • Century Indem. Co. v. Brooklyn Union Gas Co., 58 A.D.3d 578 (1st Dep’t 2009).
  • Discover Prop. & Cas. Co./Alterra Ins. Co., et al. v. National Football League (Representation of CNA insurers in NFL concussion-related insurance coverage matters (NY) (N.Y. Sup. Ct., New York Cty., Index No. 652813/2012)).
  • McPartlon v. Continental Casualty Co., 2017 WL 4286280 (U.S. District Court, N.D.N.Y) (prevailed on motions for summary judgment) (2017).
  • Continental Ins. Co. v. Stanziale, Jr., et al. (denial of motion to withdraw reference from bankruptcy court) (U.S.D.C., D.N.J. No. 13-01910-RG) and In Re Emoral, Inc. (Bank. D.N.J. Case No. 11-27667-RG) (complex Chapter 7 bankruptcy and coverage matter involving diacetyl-related claims).
  • Nassau Uniform v. Valley Forge Ins. Co., N.Y. Sup. Ct., Nassau Cty., Index No. 42583/2009 (prevailed on motion for summary judgment in pollution matter) (2014).
  • Halloran, et al. v. Harleysville Preferred Ins. Co., et al. (U.S. District Court. D. Connecticut) (representation of insurer in putative class action related to crumbling basement foundations) (2016).
  • Chorlton v. Continental Cas. Co., N.Y. Sup. Ct., New York Cty. Index No. 651712/2014 (prevailed on motion for summary judgment in long-term care matter) (2015).
  • The Continental Ins. Co. v. Strong Oil Co., U.S. District Court, U.S.D.C., E.D.N.Y., Docket No. 2:13-cv-04609 (obtained default judgment in pollution matter) (2013).
  • Roy Johnson, et al. v. Benjamin Yoho, et al., Edgefield Cty., S.C. Case No. 2015-CP-19-061 (representation of CNA employee and entities in cases involving serious bodily injury pertaining to switchgear arc explosion involving risk control, underwriting, and marketing clients).
  • Estate of Tillman v. The Continental Insurance Co. (N.Y. Surrogate Court, Suffolk Cty., Docket No. 1996-136) (defense of breach of contract claim) (2015).
  • Fisher Scientific Co., LLC v. Columbia Cas. Co., et al., Pa. Court of Common Pleas (Allegheny Cty. Case No. GD 07-022025) (complex asbestos insurance coverage).
  • National Coordinating Counsel for BP Chemicals/HITCO, Arkema Chemicals, Inc., and Alcoa, Inc. in aviation-related health hazard exposure matters (2009-2012).
  • Representation of Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in various matters (2008).