Kieran W. Leary

Partner

Profile

Kieran is a partner in Howd and Ludorf’s Insurance Practice Group. His practice is concentrated in the representation of insurance companies in complex and high-exposure residential and commercial property coverage disputes and litigation.

Clients frequently retain Kieran for counsel in complex coverage disputes throughout the country and internationally which have garnered significant media and legislative attention, including crumbling foundation, sinkhole, and sexual abuse claims.

Kieran brings extensive and successful first chair jury trial experience to the table for matters which cannot be resolved prior to trial. He also maintains an active appellate practice. Kieran is admitted to practice in the States of Connecticut and Florida, the Commonwealths of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

While Kieran was born and raised in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and now calls New England home, he has also spent extensive periods of time in Texas, Florida, Maryland, and London, England. Kieran graduated from the Florida International University, College of Law in Miami, Florida in the top 10% of his class. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park with honors. When away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

Representative Matters

1700 Barnum Ave. et al. v. West American Ins. Co.

1700 Barnum Ave. e. al. v. West American Ins. Co. (Conn. Super. 2017): Obtained defense verdict following five-day jury trial in case concerning multi-million dollar commercial property loss.

Alexander v. General Ins. Co. of Am.

Alexander v. General Ins. Co. of Am., 2017 WL 188134 (D. Conn. 2017): Obtained judgment in favor of defense in a foundation lawsuit in matter of first impression about proper interpretation of insurance policy’s expanded “collapse” provision.

Kowalyshyn v. Excelsior Ins. Co.

Kowalyshyn v. Excelsior Ins. Co., 2018 WL 888724 (D. Conn. 2018): Received judgment in favor of defense in a foundation lawsuit.

Betancourt v. Florida Ins. Guar. Ass’n, Inc.

Betancourt v. Florida Ins. Guar. Ass’n, Inc., 153 So. 3d 936 (Fla. 2d DCA 2014): Obtained judgment in confirmed sinkhole claim in matter of first impression concerning interplay of Florida’s sinkhole and guaranty fund statutes.

Zaleski v. General Ins. Co. of Am.

Zaleski v. General Ins. Co. of Am., 2015 WL 5237033 (Conn. Super. 2015): Obtained judgment in favor of insurer in storm loss claim.

Roberts v. Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co.

Roberts v. Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 264 F.Supp.3d 394 (D. Conn. 2017): Received judgment on bad faith and unfair insurance practices counts in a foundation lawsuit in a matter of first impression.