Natasha Romagnoli’s practice for nearly two decades has focused on complex commercial litigation, including insurance recovery, advancement and indemnification for directors and officers, broker malpractice, securities litigation, tort claims and breach of contract. Natasha has represented a wide variety of corporations, investment funds, universities and high schools, religious institutions and individuals in state and federal courts around the country and in arbitrations, both directly as underlying defense counsel and as coverage counsel.
- Apex Parks Group LLC, which owns and operates family entertainment centers and amusement parks around the country, in winning an $11.5 million jury verdict in Alabama state court against an insurance company that had denied coverage under a “key-man” policy after the death of Apex’s CEO;
- A group of former officers and directors in Delaware Chancery Court on a summary judgment motion to secure tens of millions of dollars of advancement of defense costs from their former employer in connection with various civil litigations and government investigations.
- AR Capital, LLC, in securing summary judgment ruling from a Delaware state court in which the insurance carriers and the named insured disputed AR Capital’s rights as an insured and whether there was coverage for certain government investigations under an $80 million D&O program.
Representation and counseling of educational and research institutions, including public school districts, private schools, charter schools, universities and non-profit organizations, in connection with claims brought by former students and employees in connection with internal investigations, underlying defense and insurance coverage disputes.
- Cushman & Wakefield, the world’s largest privately held real estate services firm, in securing a summary judgment ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois which allows the company to access $48 million in coverage from four insurers to cover defense costs and settlement payments in connection with four lawsuits concerning underlying appraisal-related claims. The court also rejected the insurers’ counterclaims for recoupment of over $33 million already paid to Cushman by the carriers.
Prior to joining the firm:
- Pennsylvania State University in its insurance coverage litigation to secure coverage for claims brought against the university by victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
- Level 3 Communications Ltd., one of the largest telecommunications providers in the country, in its action against Switch & Data Management Company to prevent S&D from effectively shutting down large portions of Level 3's international network as a result of a contract dispute, successfully obtaining a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction preventing S&D from taking any action to prevent Level 3 from obtaining the benefits under the contract.
- Cushman & Wakefield in a $25 million-dollar action for breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation arising out of a building owner’s claim that Cushman & Wakefield failed to secure adequate insurance coverage for costs incurred as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
- Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, a Canadian insurance holding company, in a New Jersey action arising out of a short-selling attack on Fairfax and its operating subsidiaries by a group of hedge funds and their operatives in collusion with certain purportedly independent securities analysts. Fairfax and its principal property and casualty insurance subsidiary have asserted claims under New Jersey's RICO statute and New Jersey common law seeking $6 billion in damages for the harm they suffered as a result of the attack.
- MetLife and Lloyds in $250 million action to recover from investment bankers, trustees, ratings agencies, and accountants for losses incurred in connection with investments in notes issued by National Century Financial Enterprises Inc.
- The Richard Avedon Foundation in its bad faith insurance coverage litigation against AXA Art Insurance Company to recover for damage to the seminal fine art photograph by Richard Avedon, The Chicago Seven, 1969.
- KABR in litigation over licensing rights to architectural plans for a $415 million Trump Tower construction project in Jersey City. Retained one month before trial to complete discovery and act as trial counsel.
- Martindale Corporation, in a breach of contract action against Heartland Inns of America arising out of a $45 million sale of a midwestern hotel chain.
- Aqueduct Development Partners LLC and SL Green Realty Corp. in their action against Delaware North Gaming and Entertainment Inc., seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages relating to the high-profile bidding to obtain from the state of New York the license to operate slot machines at the Aqueduct Racetrack, one of New York's premier thoroughbred racing facilities.
- Apollo Management L.P. and its portfolio company, Hexion Specialty Chemicals, in prosecuting an expedited proceeding against Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank to compel specific performance of their commitment to provide $15 billion in financing for Hexion's proposed merger with Huntsman Chemical.
- Major financial institutions, including insurance companies, hedge funds, and mutual funds, in their action against State Street Bank and Trust Company seeking tens of millions of dollars arising from State Street's failure to deliver a document to a collateral trustee, resulting in the plaintiffs receiving less in the issuer's bankruptcy proceedings, which action resulted in the seminal decision by the New York Court of Appeals establishing that an indenture trustee owes noteholders an extra-contractual obligation to perform basic, non-discretionary, ministerial functions even prior to an event of default.
- Largest international baking company in a series of actions commenced in New York state and federal courts arising out of contractual and other disputes with franchisees and other distributors of its products.
- Martindale Corp. v. Heartland Inns of America LLC, 2009 WL 3246608 (N.D. Iowa Oct. 7, 2009)
- Martindale Corp. v. Heartland Inns of America LLC, 2009 WL 362270 (N.D. Iowa Feb. 11, 2009)
- In re Nat'l Century Fin. Enters., Inc., Inv. Litig., 580 F. Supp. 2d 630 (S.D. Ohio 2008)
- Wilenta Feed v. Arnold Food Co., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17527 (D. Conn. Mar. 28, 2006)
Rankings & Honors
- Recognized by The Legal 500 as recommended lawyer in the United States for Insurance: Advice to Policyholders. The 2016 edition notes that she has "probing attention to detail and advocacy."
Media & Events
- Natasha Romagnoli Quoted in Business Insurance Article "AIG Unit Not Entitled to $3M in Interest From Real Estate Firm"06.26.2019
- Natasha Romagnoli Speaks to BestWeek in "Judge Rules Against Chubb Unit in $40 Million Dispute Over Liability Coverage"05.03.2019
- Natasha Romagnoli Spoke to the New York Law Journal in "Insurer Ordered to Provide $40M to Fight Lawsuits Involving Defunct RCA Capital"05.01.2019
- Natasha Romagnoli’s Commentary Featured in BestWeek’s Article “Insurer Asks Judge to Expunge Its Duty to Defend USC in Sex Abuse Litigation”04.30.2019
- Media Coverage: McKool Smith Secures Ruling that Enables AR Capital to Seek Coverage for Legal Costs12.14.2018
- McKool Smith Recognized as a 2017 Leading U.S. Firm for Insurance and Patent Litigation by The Legal 50006.01.2017
- The Wall Street Journal: Seven Trial Lawyers Led by Robin Cohen Join McKool Smith to Launch Insurance Recovery Practice02.02.2016
- "Judge Rules Against AIG Unit in $3 Million Dispute Over Prejudgment Interest", BestWeek (July 2, 2019)
- "Insurance Coverage in the #Me Too Era (Part 1), University Business (July 2, 2019)
- "Judge: Excess Professional Liability Insurer Not Entitled to Prejudgment Interest", Mealey's Emerging Insurance Disputes (July 1, 2019)
- "Penn State Teaches a Lesson in Asserting Bad Faith Claims," ABA Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation (March 11, 2015)
- "Penn State Slams Insurer's Bid to Ax Sandusky Claim," Law360 (January 13, 2015)
J.D., cum laude, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1999
- Moot Court Honor Society Member
A.B., Smith College, 1996
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2000
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2000
- New York, 2000