Amber LaFevers focuses her practice on representing insurers in complex insurance coverage litigation arising under professional liability, general liability, errors and omissions, director and officer and financial services policies. She also handles matters involving claims of bad faith and provides strategic counseling to clients regarding potential liability and strategies for handling underlying liability matters.
In addition to her coverage practice, Amber has also represented corporate clients in commercial disputes and corporate governance matters involving derivative liability claims, complex contract disputes and breach of fiduciary duty issues.
She has represented clients in state and federal courts across the country and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS AND EXPERIENCE
Successfully litigated a declaratory judgment action for a financial institutions errors and omissions insurer resulting in the court declaring that the insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify the insured bank against a $7 million lawsuit arising out of alleged misrepresentations made to investors.
Handled complex insurance coverage dispute in federal court involving publicly traded corporations competing for rights to alleged predecessors’ liability policies
Handled environmental liability coverage action involving multiple contamination sites
Assisted in the defense against third-party coverage actions involving allegations of bodily injury and property damage in hundreds of consolidated underlying actions arising out of water contamination allegedly caused by coal mining operations
Successfully obtained favorable summary judgment ruling, which was affirmed by the Illinois Appellate Court, regarding a complex insurance coverage matter involving allegations of bad faith and premium credits
Representation of insurers as coverage counsel and in coverage litigation in connection with claims arising out of corporate scandals, financial disruptions and civil litigation
Representation of insurers in high-stakes coverage litigation in federal and state courts nationwide and in the mediation of large, complex insurance coverage disputes
Counsel professional liability and general liability insurers on both coverage issues and strategies for handling underlying liability matters
Representation of corporate clients in complex business disputes and corporate governance matters involving derivative liability claims, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty issues
Drafting litigation documents, including dispositive motions, such as motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, memoranda of law, trial preparation materials, and engaging in substantial research tasks
Amber is a regular contributor to Aronberg Goldgehn's Insurance Coverage Update, including:
“’Fee Exclusion’ in Bankers’ Liability Policy Bars Coverage for Settlement Related to Overdraft Fees,” Insurance Coverage Update, Oct. 31, 2017.
“Second Circuit Affirms Policy Rescission Based on Misrepresentations and Rejects Ratification Arguments,” Insurance Coverage Update, Aug. 8, 2017.
“Illinois Appellate Court Rejects Insurer’s Cooperation Clause Defense Absent Due Diligence and Substantial Prejudice,” Insurance Coverage Update, Aug. 5, 2015.
She has also published:
"Fidelity Bonds: Evolution of the Trading Loss Exclusion." For The Defense, March 2014; 52-59.
"A New Twist on the Birds and the Bees: Adolescent Female Sexuality and the Debates Surrounding Access to Birth Control, Comprehensive Sex Education and the HPV Vaccine," 28 Children’s Legal Rights Journal 13 (2008).
Amber joined Aronberg Goldgehn as an associate in October 2012. She was promoted to a member of the firm in January 2018.
From 2015-2019, she has been recognized annually as an Emerging Lawyer in Insurance Coverage and Commercial Litigation by Illinois Leading Lawyers, a designation awarded to less than 2 percent of Illinois attorneys 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 or fewer years. Since 2014 she has been named annually a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers, a designation awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of Illinois attorneys 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.
A Los Angeles native, Amber attended the University of Southern California prior to law school and earned her degree, cum laude, in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. While at USC, she was a news reporter for Annenberg TV News and ran cross country for the Trojans. During law school, Amber served as a senior editor for the Children’s Legal Rights Journal.
Ounce of Prevention Fund’s Affiliates Board Member
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2009
Dean’s List, 2006-2009
University of Southern California, B.A. Broadcast Journalism and Political Science, cum laude, 2006
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
- Illinois, 2009
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2009
- American Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Recognized Annually as an Emerging Lawyer in Insurance Coverage and Commercial Litigation by Illinois Leading Lawyers (2015-2019)
- Named a Rising Star in Insurance Coverage and Business Litigation by Illinois Super Lawyers (2014-2019)
- CALI Award for Excellence in Advanced Legal Writing
What is one item on your bucket list? Running the Boston Marathon
What would you be doing if you weren’t a lawyer? Foreign Correspondent
What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on? This is tough. It is a toss up between Barcelona, Spain, with my husband for our honeymoon, and my family’s annual ski trips to Beaver Creek, Colorado.
What is your favorite restaurant? Avec