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Craig H. O'Neill Counsel

 
Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.6309Fax 215.399.9609
oneillc@whiteandwilliams.com
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Craig O’Neill has a broad range of experience in complex insurance coverage, bad faith and general commercial litigation. During his 15-plus year career, he has successfully represented insurers in complex coverage litigation involving environmental pollution, asbestos and other hazardous substances, as well as construction defect claims. He frequently advises insurance company clients on coverage issues under general liability policies and other lines of coverage.

Craig also has significant experience handling construction litigation matters on behalf of general contractors, subcontractors, and architectural and engineering firms. He has also represented insurance and surety companies in a wide array of construction-related matters. His broad litigation experience helps him to examine and understand issues from multiple vantage points.

Prior to joining the firm, Craig was with a regional law firm where he gained valuable experience handling commercial litigation and professional liability matters on behalf of architects, engineers and equipment suppliers. Craig’s practice now focuses primarily on complex insurance coverage, surety and other commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts, private arbitrations and mediations.

Representative Matters

  • Represented insurers in coverage dispute involving the remediation of environmental contamination at former manufactured gas plants and waste disposal sites
  • Represented general contractor and its payment bond surety on a multi-million dollar Miller Act claim brought by a subcontractor involving claims for breach of contract and delay damages arising from a federal dam project on the Colorado River
  • Prepared coverage opinions for property and casualty insurer regarding rights and obligations under general liability policies in connection with nationwide bodily injury and property damage claims
  • Represented subcontractor’s performance bond surety on claims brought by the general contractor alleging breach of contract and defective work in connection with the construction of a multi-unit apartment complex  
  • Represented excess insurer in a coverage dispute arising from the asbestos liabilities of a furnace manufacturer
  • Represented architect and engineering firm at a compulsory arbitration resulting in a defense verdict on claims of professional negligence and breach of contract
  • Prepared and successfully argued a motion for summary judgment on behalf of an engineering firm in a Pennsylvania state court action involving professional liability claims

Recognition & Involvement

Craig has volunteered as a “Big Brother” for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America. He also volunteers regularly at clinics held by the Senior Law Center to assist seniors in the preparation of life planning documents including simple wills and powers of attorney.                        

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U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education

Villanova University School of Law, JD, 1999

State University of New York - College at Oswego, BS, 1996 

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