Robert L. Suomala

Robert L. Suomala, deceased

Peterson & Ross

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Robert Suomala wrote about directors and officers liability insurance law for

Mr. Suomala has specialized in professional liability and directors and officers (D&O) liability insurance for more than 20 years and has handled many of the most significant cases in those areas. He has extensive appellate experience and has argued major cases in several federal appeals courts and the Supreme Courts of Illinois, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Mr. Suomala also has designed complex insurance programs and specific sophisticated insurance products, including insurance coverages for insurance companies, mutual funds and investment advisers, and other financial professionals, employment practices liability, professional liability umbrella coverages, and specialized D&O liability coverages. He has worked extensively with Asian (particularly Japanese) insurers on risk management and consulting, product development, regulation, defense of underlying litigation, and underwriting and claims handling issues.

A partner with Peterson & Ross since 1989, Mr. Suomala has written and spoken frequently on D&O liability and professional liability and insurance issues, including serving as chair of or speaking at programs of the American Bar Association, the Watson Wyatt D&O Symposium, the Japanese International Business Law Institute, and at seminars presented in Tokyo and Singapore. He also has served as Chair of the American Bar Association's Subcommittees on Directors and Officers Liability Insurance (1991-1998) and Errors and Omissions Liability Insurance Coverage litigation (1990-1992), and currently serves as a vice-chair of the Committee on Professional, Officers and Directors Liability. Mr. Suomala also is heavily involved in the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, having assisted in the preparation of the study materials for the Registered Professional Liability Underwriting designation, and is a Contributing Author to the treatise, Professional Liability Insurance, published by IRMI. He is a frequent speaker and writer on D&O-related topics.

Mr. Suomala received his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin, a master's degree in English Language from the University of Michigan, and earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1980.

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Apr 2002 Bankruptcy and the Insured versus Insured Exclusion