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Gregory S. Capps Partner

 
Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.7182Fax 215.789.7547
cappsg@whiteandwilliams.com
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Greg Capps is a well-respected attorney among his peers, clients and co-counsel who is known for his responsiveness, leadership and ability to work collaboratively to obtain favorable results. Greg has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice focusing primarily on complex long-tail insurance coverage and reinsurance matters. His practice involves counseling as well as trial and appellate work before federal and state courts and arbitration panels. For over twenty years, Greg has advised and litigated on behalf of insurers on a wide range of issue including environmental, asbestos, pharmaceutical, sexual assault, and other types of claims. More recently, Greg has been called upon to represents ceding companies, both in court and before arbitration panels on a myriad of issues, including follow-the-fortunes, accumulation, recovery of declaratory judgment expenses, offset and other allocation-related issues.

Greg is often called upon to take lead on behalf of joint defense groups. He is very effective in managing the day-to-day activities of the most complex insurance coverage matters and is known for being a “team player” because of his ability to work collaboratively with his clients and peers at White and Williams and other firms. Clients routinely call upon Greg for his expertise and advice with respect to complex claims handling practices or legal issues. His clients count on him for his responsiveness and comprehensive, well-thought, analyses. 

Prior to joining White and Williams, Greg was a partner at a firm where he, along with other attorneys, acted as national coordinating counsel for a property and casualty insurer on environmental, asbestos and toxic exposure insurance coverage disputes. During that time, Greg gained valuable experience because in addition to his insurance coverage practice, he also represented product manufacturers in product liability and breach of warranty claims and represented medical and other professionals, including accountants, insurance brokers and lawyers, in malpractice cases. Because of his experience defending product liability and malpractice claims, Greg has vast knowledge of the court system and issues underlying the coverage disputes that arise.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully arbitrated a reinsurance dispute on behalf of foreign reinsurers involving premium adjustment dispute under medical malpractice reinsurance contract
  • Represented ceding company in reinsurance dispute involving accumulation and recovery of declaratory judgment expenses issues
  • Successfully mediated a multi-million dollar claim arising out of a fatal catastrophic trucking accident involving a significant punitive damages component
  • Successfully defeated claim seeking more than $4 million in attorneys fees and interest before trial and appellate court, including the New Jersey Supreme Court
  • Reached a very favorable resolution of a multi-million dollar claim for environmental coverage arising out of dry-cleaning operations across the United States
  • Providing sage coverage advice to a client leading to a favorable resolution of an insured’s claim for coverage arising out of underlying hearing loss claims
  • Successfully litigated claim for reinsurance recovery (arising out of an underlying asbestos settlement) which following fact discovery the reinsurer paid the full amount of the ceded claim
  • Representing insurance company involving coverage issues raised by multiple actions arising out of allegedly defective respiratory devices
  • Representing umbrella and excess insurers in coverage dispute arising from asbestos liabilities
  • Representing ceding company in state court against reinsurer that is contesting payment of the claim arising out of underlying multi-million dollar settlement of asbestos liabilities
  • Defeated motion for leave to amend complaint against liability insurers to add claim for bad faith
  • Provided coverage advice on recent Chinese drywall claims and further advise on policy/underwriting issues relative thereto 
  • Obtained partial summary judgment on behalf of CGL insurer relating to defective roof claim, which ultimately led to favorable resolution for client
  • Defended insurance coverage claim arising under claim for “fax-blasting” 
  • Defended product manufacturer in product liability action involving alleged fork lift defect resulting in defense verdict for client
  • Defended Class Action claim involving claim under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act
  • Defended a therapist in a failure to warn third party of violent propensities of patient 
  • Represented accounting firm against claims of errors and omissions in financial audits
  • Obtained arbitration award in favor of insurance broker in claim of errors and omissions in the placement of business risk insurance 
  • Represents and provide advice to clients arising out of claims under the Wellington Agreement
  • Defeated motion for leave to amend complaint against liability insurers to add claim for bad faith
  • Provided coverage advice on recent Chinese drywall claims and further advise on policy/underwriting issues relative thereto
  • Obtained partial summary judgment on behalf of CGL insurer relating to defective roof claim, which ultimately led to favorable resolution for client
  • Defended insurance coverage claim arising under claim for “fax-blasting”
  • Defended product manufacturer in product liability action involving alleged fork lift defect resulting in defense verdict for client
  • Defended Class Action claim involving claim under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act
  • Defended a therapist in a failure to warn third party of violent propensities of patient
  • Represented accounting firm against claims of errors and omissions in financial audits
  • Obtained arbitration award in favor of insurance broker in claim of errors and omissions in the placement of business risk insurance

Recognition & Involvement

Greg has been AV® rated by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system.

While maintaining a heavy case load, Greg believes strongly in providing pro bono services and giving back to his community at large. Greg represents children through the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia. He has handled numerous cases, including one where his advocacy skills resulted in reuniting a troubled family after obtaining proper Department of Public Welfare services and other social services for them.

Greg also volunteers by teaching Civics at Roxborough High School one day a month through the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Advancing Civics Education program and provides counsel to senior adults through the Senior Law Center.

Greg has also served as President of the Board of Directors of Cheltenham Sports, a non-profit organization providing recreational and sports activities to residents in Cheltenham Township, and coached a girl’s travel soccer team for 10 years.

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Pennsylvania

New Jersey

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

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

Education

Widener University School of Law, JD, 1993

Louisiana State University, BA, 1988 

Memberships

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association

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