Paul L. Langer, Partner


Paul L. Langer is a Partner in the firm's Insurance Coverage Litigation Practice Group. He practices in the area of insurance coverage, general commercial litigation, product liability, and class actions, providing counsel to a broad range of corporate clients in federal and state courts across the country. He is a member of the Quarles & Brady Executive Committee, former Chair of the Chicago Office Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice and former Chicago Office Managing Partner.

Paul has significant experience representing policyholders in

  • Commercial liability policy disputes involving environmental, product liability, toxic tort, antitrust, intellectual property, and construction defect claims.
  • Professional liability and errors omissions claims involving lawyers, accountants, and healthcare professionals.
  • Coverage disputes involving healthcare entities, managed care claims, ERISA, and fiduciary duty claims.
  • Directors and officers liability policy disputes involving wrongful act claims against the board of directors and senior officers of for-profit and not-for-profit entities.
  • Employment practices liabilities policy disputes involving discrimination, sexual harassment, termination, and unfair labor practices claims.

Key Representations

  • A chemical company in $4 billion environmental and products coverage action.
  • An oil pipeline in $400 million environmental coverage action against numerous insurers.
  • A large Canadian brewery in insurance coverage for patent and trademark infringement.
  • A major railroad in $100 million environmental coverage action against insurers.
  • National coverage counsel in coverage litigation involving the nationwide, mass failure of FRT Plywood.
  • National coverage counsel in declaratory judgment action involving the mass failure of Pb Plumbing.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D., 1985)
  • University of Illinois (B.S., 1982)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (Member)
  • Chicago Bar Association (Former Co-Chairman of YLS Insurance Law Committee)
  • Illinois State Board of Higher Education (Member)
  • Illinois Policyholder Coverage Group (Member)
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
    (Board Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Chambers USA® (2012–present: Insurance: Dispute Resolution)
  • Selected as an Illinois Leading Lawyer - Law Bulletin Media, 2017–present (Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers®, Insurance Coverage, 2006, 2008–present
  • Listed in “The Top Business Lawyers In Illinois – Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law,” Leading Lawyers Magazine, July 2010
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Insurance Law, 2009-present
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