Carroll, Burdick & McDonough

Carroll, Burdick & McDonough

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Robert Binion:

A seasoned litigator, Mr. Binion handles a wide variety of litigation and risk management matters with emphasis on contractual disputes, including distribution issues and insurance coverage.  He also focuses his practice on representing members of the alcohol beverage industry.

Insurance Coverage

Mr. Binion also specializes in insurance coverage litigation. He has litigated and counseled clients on coverage issues relating to mass torts, environmental claims, medical monitoring, emerging technologies, directors and officers liability, professional liability, property damage claims, title insurance, and Medicare reporting and reimbursement issues.  He also monitors developments in emerging coverage issues, including issues related to Medicare and emerging technologies, such as nanotechnology.  He is a member of the Claims Litigation Management Alliance.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Mr. Binion handles complex commercial cases and a variety of litigation matters in state and federal court, as well as domestic and international arbitrations.  He is experienced in pretrial preparation and trial practice in complex disputes, and has litigated distribution issues, insurance coverage issues, class actions, breach of contract claims, unfair business practice claims, fraud claims, and matters involving ADA and ERISA issues.  As an integral part of his practice, Mr. Binion provides advice and analysis to his clients to resolve issues without litigation if possible. If litigation is required, his pre-litigation analyses prepare clients to tackle litigation in an issue-focused and cost-effective manner. His analyses and strategies have resulted in savings of millions of dollars to clients.

Gretchen A. Ramos:

Gretchen Ramos is a litigation partner with over fifteen years of experience defending companies in complex disputes with particular expertise in the area of insurance coverage and privacy and data security matters.  Her clients value her ability to prevent future problems and her ability to create the necessary leverage early in the case so as to best position them for a favorable resolution.  In fact, one of her clients describes Ms. Ramos as having “the special distinction of being scary smart and a friendly compassionate person.”  In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Law360.

Complex Coverage Litigation

For over a decade, Ms. Ramos has also successfully represented dozens of clients in high stakes, complex coverage matters, in federal and state courts throughout the country, involving various insurance products including technology and media liability, D&O, cyber risk, professional liability/E&O, and complex environmental and mass tort claims.  By way of example, she has been involved in the defense of significant coverage cases in the states of California, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New Jersey.  Ms. Ramos also advises clients in determining the appropriate coverage products given the company’s risks. 

Commercial and Business Litigation

Given her extensive knowledge of the insurance industry, Ms. Ramos’s clients consistently look to her to handle their most complex bad faith cases seeking extra-contractual damages.  She also has experience representing clients in NASD Arbitrations, class actions and products liability cases.