Biographies

Larry Schiffer

Larry Schiffer

Attorney, Counselor, Consultant, Mediator


Contact Info

Schiffer Law & Consulting PLLC
Schiffer on Re-Insurance
Phone: (516) 650–1827


Background

Larry Schiffer contributes articles on reinsurance issues to IRMI.com.

After practicing in New York City law firms since 1982, Larry recently launched an independent legal, consulting, advisory, mediation, and arbitration practice, Schiffer Law & Consulting PLLC. He is a member of the American Bar Association's Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section, where he was chair of the Excess, Reinsurance, and Surplus Lines Committee and presently is technology and social media vice chair of that committee. Mr. Schiffer is also chair of the TIPS Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee. He was chair of the Technology Committee and is a current member of the Ethics Committee of ARIAS•U.S. Mr. Schiffer is also the editor-in-chief of the ARIAS•U.S. Quarterly.

He has been recognized by Chambers USA, Insurance, Expert Guides: Best of the Best, the International Who's Who of Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers, Legal 500, Legal 500 Hall of Fame, US News and World Report, Best Lawyers in America, and and Super Lawyers. He is also a recipient of the ARIAS∙U.S. Dick Kennedy Award.

Mr. Schiffer has lectured and been published on insurance and reinsurance disputes and other insurance topics. He is the author of the Schiffer on Re-Insurance blog.  His recent published articles include the following.

  • "When the Second Shoe Drops: COVID-19 Losses and Reinsurance," The Brief, Fall 2020, Vol. 50, No. 1. 
  • "Aggregating Losses From the COVID-19 Crisis for Reinsurance Purposes," COVID-19 Litigation Report and Reinsurance and Arbitration Report, Harris Martin Publishing, July 6, 2020.
  • Commentary: "Reinsurance and COVID-19," Mealey's Litigation Report: Catastrophic Loss, April 2020. 
  • Top 50+ Reinsurance Cases Every Risk Professional Should Know, IRMI, February 4, 2020.
  • "When Interpreting Insurance and Reinsurance Contracts Under New York Law, Don’t Presume Anything," Insurance and Reinsurance Thought Leadership, ExpertGuides Best of the Best USA, March 2018. 
  • "The Notice-Prejudice Rule and Claims-Made Policies," FC&S Legal’s Insurance Coverage Law Report, summer 2016.
  • "A Brief Review of Reinsurance Trends in 2019," Westlaw Journal, Insurance Coverage, March 2020.
  • "Recent Developments in Excess Insurance and Reinsurance," 51 Tort & Ins. L.J. 409 (2016), coauthor.

Mr. Schiffer received his juris doctor cum laude from Albany Law School of Union University, where he was a member of the Albany Law Review and the Justinian Society. He received his bachelor of arts magna cum laude from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Mr. Schiffer practices independently in the areas of commercial, insurance, and reinsurance litigation, arbitration, and mediation, including matters concerning insurance insolvency and run-off. He also advises on a variety of insurance and reinsurance coverage and contract wording matters as well as due diligence for transactions involving insurance and reinsurance exposures. He also consults on claims and disputes matters and provides mediation, arbitration and expert witness services. He serves as a mediator for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York and for the New York Supreme Court Commercial Division. He is active in raising funds to unlock the cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) as part of the Wings Over Wall Street Event Committee.