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Gregory Podolak

Gregory Podolak

Partner, Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C.


Contact Info

Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C.
1952 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 287-2100
www.sdvlaw.com/


Background

Greg Podolak writes the commercial liability additional insured issues column for IRMI.com.

Mr. Podolak is the managing partner of SDV Southeast, having practiced his entire career at SDV as a policyholder coverage lawyer. He has over a decade of extensive experience in strategizing risk transfer and handles all manner of concerns for his clients, from assisting with coverage placement and contract drafting, to litigation with insurers.

Mr. Podolak handles issues involving all lines of coverage, frequently collaborates with national insurance brokerage firms, and regularly lectures and authors articles on a variety of insurance coverage topics. He also leads SDV’s cyber-risk concentration, advising policyholder clients in all industries facing this expanding exposure. He is also repeatedly recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star and, recently, a recipient of the ALM New Leaders in the Law award. Mr. Podolak successfully represented Turner Construction Company and Perini Building Company in a $40 million builders risk lawsuit for damage to a $900 million hotel and convention center construction project. During the final stages of construction, a vital structural component of the hotel’s signature 18-story glass atrium failed. The insurance dispute involved complex factual questions of construction scheduling and business interruption, as well as unsettled issues of law related to coverage for construction scheduling impact costs.

He also argued as an amicus curiae on behalf of the information management industry to the Connecticut Supreme Court in Recall Total Info. Mgmt. v. Federal Ins. Co., a seminal case for cyber-risk coverage. The case is substantial in its own right—involving a claim for $6 million in data breach-related damages—but may also shape the future of available commercial general liability coverage and the emerging field of cyber-insurance.

Mr. Podolak is active outside the office as well. He has participated in various local charities, including Lawyers for Children America, where he also serves as a mentor to other SDV attorneys.

Mr. Podolak received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Iona College and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law.

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