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Jodi Spencer Johnson

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  • Area of Focus
  • Education

    University of Toledo College of Law, JD, 2001, Note and Comment Editor for The University of Toledo Law Review, Order of the Coif

    Bowling Green State University, BA, 1997, cum laude

  • Bar Admissions

    Ohio Bar, 2001

    Michigan Bar, 2002

    United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio

    United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

    United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

    United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

    United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Biography

Jodi serves as Co-Chair of Brouse McDowell’s Insurance Recovery Practice Group. She has practiced in the area of insurance recovery for over fifteen years, advising and representing corporate policyholders in liability and first-party insurance matters. She has secured defense and indemnity for clients faced with mass tort, asbestos and environmental liabilities, obtained favorable rulings on bad faith claims, and has advised and represented corporate policyholders seeking coverage for business-interruption claims, property claims, directors-and-officers-liability coverage, commercial-crime and fidelity-bond coverages. She has also worked with individual policyholders regarding their personal lines of insurance, including homeowners insurance.

Jodi has litigated in the courts of several states and in several federal district and circuit courts. She was part of a team that obtained a jury verdict against an insurer finding bad faith and awarding punitive damages in federal court. She also obtained a favorable ruling by the Texas Supreme Court on an issue of first impression in that state regarding the duty to defend an environmental action initiated by the EPA.

Outside of insurance, Jodi has represented individuals and corporations in business litigation and commercial matters, including non-insurance indemnity matters, employment matters, class action suits, property disputes, and ERISA-disability claims.

She was among the inaugural class in Ohio certified as an Insurance Coverage Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association. Jodi now serves on the state bar’s Insurance Coverage Specialty Board.

  • Biography

    Jodi serves as Co-Chair of Brouse McDowell’s Insurance Recovery Practice Group. She has practiced in the area of insurance recovery for over fifteen years, advising and representing corporate policyholders in liability and first-party insurance matters. She has secured defense and indemnity for clients faced with mass tort, asbestos and environmental liabilities, obtained favorable rulings on bad faith claims, and has advised and represented corporate policyholders seeking coverage for business-interruption claims, property claims, directors-and-officers-liability coverage, commercial-crime and fidelity-bond coverages. She has also worked with individual policyholders regarding their personal lines of insurance, including homeowners insurance.

    Jodi has litigated in the courts of several states and in several federal district and circuit courts. She was part of a team that obtained a jury verdict against an insurer finding bad faith and awarding punitive damages in federal court. She also obtained a favorable ruling by the Texas Supreme Court on an issue of first impression in that state regarding the duty to defend an environmental action initiated by the EPA.

    Outside of insurance, Jodi has represented individuals and corporations in business litigation and commercial matters, including non-insurance indemnity matters, employment matters, class action suits, property disputes, and ERISA-disability claims.

    She was among the inaugural class in Ohio certified as an Insurance Coverage Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association. Jodi now serves on the state bar’s Insurance Coverage Specialty Board.

  • Professional & Civic Activities
    • ICLC Construction Subcommittee, Co-Chair, 2019
    • ICLC Website, Co-Editor in Chief, 2018-present
    • ICLC Annual CLE Seminar, Tucson, Arizona, Co-Chair
    • ICLC Annual CLE Seminar, Tucson, Arizona, Co-Vice Chair, 2016
    • Ohio State Bar Association, Member, Board of Certified Specialists for Insurance Coverage, 2014-Present
    • Ohio State Bar Association, Secretary, Insurance Law Committee
    • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Articles & Presentations
    • "Three Things Policyholders Should Know About Insurance Coverage for Settlements," Insurance Coverage Counselor, Brouse McDowell Blog (June 25, 2019)
    • “The Next Asbestos – 2018 Claim Trends & Data,” Insurance Coverage Insights, Brouse McDowell Podcast (May 2, 2019)
    • "Don't Lose on a Technicality: The Policyholder's Playbook on Policy Conditions," Insurance Recovery, Your Coverage Advisor Vol XXII, Brouse McDowell Newsletter  (Winter 2019)
    • "Creepy Conditions," co-speaker with Paul A. Rose, Brouse McDowell Annual Insurance Coverage Conference, Independence, Ohio (October 11, 2018)
    • "Law You Can Use: What to Do if Your Insurance Company Won’t Cover What Your Policy Says it Should," Ohio State Bar Association (published in numerous daily periodicals state-wide)
    • "Law You Can Use – Bad Faith Claims Address Insurer Violations," Ohio State Bar Association (published in numerous daily periodicals state-wide)
    • "Navigating State Guaranty Funds, What to Expect When Your Insurer Is Insolvent," The Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, Vol. 6, No. 12 (January 2008)
    • "Advanced Issues in Insurance Coverage Law," Akron Bar Association, Akron, OH (December 2017)
    • "The Secret is Out: Insurance Coverage for Violation-of-Privacy Lawsuits," The Women of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association program, Chicago, IL (November 2015 )
    • "Corporate Succession and Coverage for Legacy Liabilities," Akron Bar Association Insurance Coverage Seminar (April 2015 )
    • "Emerging Issues in Environmental Insurance Coverage Claims & Litigation," National Constitution Center Audio Conferences (June 2014)
    • "Between a Rock and a Landfill: Five Dilemmas at the Intersection of Environmental and Insurance Law," American Bar Association Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s 2014 Seminar, Tucson, AZ (March 2014)
    • "Insurance Coverage Litigation," Advanced Issues in Insurance Coverage: Refresher Course, Akron Bar Association, Akron, OH (June 2013)
    • "Bad Faith Issues in Complex Insurance Coverage Law Cases," 2013 Advanced Insurance Coverage Law Seminar, Stark County Association for Justice and Stark County Bar Association, Canton, OH (February 2013)
    • "Insurance Law from Basic to Advanced – Other Coverage Issues and Hot Topics," Akron Bar Association CLE Seminar, Akron, OH (October 2012)
    • "Ethical Considerations After Reservation of Rights Mediation & Settlement Strategies," Ohio State Bar Association CLE Seminar, Columbus, OH
    • "A Legal Primer on Insurance Claims," Lake County Bar Association (June 2012)
    • "Herding Cats: Effective Strategies for Mediating Complex Issues Involving Multiple Insurers," American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference, Washington, D.C. (April 2012)
  • Representative Engagements
    • Arrowood Indemnity Company v. The Lubrizol Corporation, et al. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, Case No. 1:10-CV-2871) ‒ on trial team that obtained a bad faith verdict and punitive damages
    • McGinnes Indus. Maint. Copt. V. Phoenix Ins. Co., 58 Tex. Sup. J. 1439 (2015) ‒ obtained a ruling by the Texas Supreme Court that an environmental action by the EPA triggers the duty to defend under historical CGL policies
    • Resco Holdings L.L.C. v. AIU Insurance Company, No. CV-07-637166 (C.P. Cuyahoga County, Ohio Feb. 2, 2012 and Feb. 29 2012) ‒ obtained summary judgement under Ohio law against multiple insurers on duty to defend, trigger and scope for mass asbestos liabilities
    • Resco Holdings L.L.C. v. AIU Insurance Company, No. 42,383 (23rd Dict. Wharton County, Texas) slip ops. dated Oct. 30, 2009 and Aug. 23, 2010 ‒  obtained summary judgement under Texas law against multiple insurers on the duty to defend for mass asbestos liabilities
    • Manor Care of America, Inc. v. Property & Casualty Insurance Guaranty Corporation, 185 Fed, Appx. 308; 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 10849 (4th Cir. 2006)
    • Manor Care of America, Inc. v. First Specialty Ins. Corp., No. 3:03CV7186, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48249 (N.D. Ohio, July 17, 2006) and 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 102658 (N.D. Ohio, Nov. 14, 2008)
    • Westhaven Group, LLC v. Auto Owners Ins. Co., No. 3:05 CV 7350 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68321 (N.D. Ohio, Sept. 22, 2006)
    • Fireman’s Fund Insur. Co. v. Hartford Acc. & Ind. Co., No. 3:03CV7168, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41247, (N.D. Ohio, Nov. 1, 2005) ‒  
    • Liberte Capital Group v. James A. Capwill, 229 F. Supp. 2d 799, N.D. Ohio 2002
    • Robbin M. Pettit v. Clarion Technologies, et al., No. WM 04 014, 2005 Ohio 4435; 2005, Ohio App. LEXIS 4027 (2005)
  • Distinctions
    • The Best Lawyers in America© through a peer-review survey as listed in the Insurance Law section — 2018-2019
    • Certified as a Specialist in Insurance Coverage Law by the Ohio State Bar Association
    • Listed as a Rising Star through a peer-and-achievement-based review conducted by the research team at Super Lawyers, a service of Thomson Reuters legal division – 2007 & 2009