Targeting strategic expansion, Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton, a New York-headquartered national law firm serving the insurance industry, announced that Louis H. Kozloff has joined as a partner in the Insurance Coverage Practice and Matthew S. Vuolo has joined as a partner in the Institutional Litigation & Consulting Practice.
Kozloff joins Nelson Levine from Harleysville Insurance, a Nationwide Insurance Company, where he served as chief litigation counsel and associate general counsel. Kozloff concentrates his practice on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation and counseling. At Harleysville Insurance, he was responsible for the strategic oversight of litigation involving insurance claims, coverage disputes and other company-related litigation.
During his tenure with Harleysville Insurance, Kozloff also managed an in-house litigation department of 35 attorneys and oversaw the company’s relationship with more than 75 law firms on its approved panel for claims and coverage litigation, including the evaluation and selection of firms.
He was also a part of the litigation team in shareholder and policyholder class action litigation concerning the merger of Harleysville Insurance with Nationwide Insurance. Prior to Harleysville Insurance, Kozloff was a partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice at Blank Rome LLP, where he specialized in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.
Vuolo previously served as corporate counsel – U.S. business law, at MetLife. Vuolo’s practice focuses on institutional insurance issues, including complex litigation, corporate compliance, business practices and insurance regulation.
At MetLife, he advised business clients on all facets of the company’s global employee benefits operations, with a particular focus on expatriate benefits. He acted as a regulatory and compliance resource for the company’s reinsurance and group insurance businesses, and was the architect of multiple reinsurance arrangements with international affiliated and external counterparties throughout Europe, the Americas and countries worldwide.
Prior to joining MetLife, Vuolo was a member of the Litigation Department at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, where he focused on representing financial services clients, including insurance/reinsurance companies, investment banks and hedge funds in complex litigation matters.
“As former insurance executives, they provide clients with a first-hand understanding of the issues facing insurance companies. As lawyers, they have significant backgrounds representing carriers. Lou and Matt’s tenure in the corporate counsel offices at major insurance companies will be a tremendous asset to both our firm and to our clients,” said Mike Nelson, chairman of Nelson Levine.
With offices in the United States and London, Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton provides comprehensive legal services to the insurance industry in the areas of regulatory, class action, reinsurance, business practices, complex litigation, coverage, subrogation, bad faith and insurance fraud.