David Buishas
BatesCarey LLP
Insurance coverage litigation, commercial litigation

Winning results matter. And few insurance coverage specialists deliver them with as much consistency as does David Buishas. 

Buishas, a partner with Chicago's BatesCarey, represents domestic and international insurers at both the trial and appellate levels, earning successful decisions for his clients in state and federal courts across the country. 

Drew Campbell, partner with the law firm Bricker & Eckler in Columbus, Ohio, has worked with Buishas and his team on COVID-19 business interruption cases in the state of Ohio. This hasn't been easy work. Inconsistencies in the Ohio court system led to the Supreme Court of Ohio accepting a series of certified questions designed to create uniformity in the lower courts. Campbell said that Buishas has been instrumental in framing the arguments that ultimately led to the court's acceptance of these cases. 

"The Ohio Supreme Court rarely accepts certified questions, which highlights Dave's exceptional work," Campbell said. "It is also notable that Dave is a deeply collaborative person, who includes and affirms all members of the team. The same qualities make him an effective advocate and an exceptional professional to opposing counsel and courts alike. Dave models the highest aspirations of the Bar."

Campbell said that Buishas has also turned in stellar work while serving as national coordinating counsel for a large insurance company that is defending coverage claims for COVID-19-related business closures. He has been integral in developing strategies that have won dismissal of the vast majority of the cases his team is defending, Campbell said. 

"Given the enormous exposure -- in the trillions of dollars -- and the large number of cases filed nation-wide, the COVID coverage cases are the most consequential litigation in America today," Campbell said. "Dave stands out from a very distinguished body of attorneys across the United States as a thought leader and an innovator in these historic coverage cases."

Another good example of Buishas' legal skills? Buishas successfully resolved a contentious reinsurance dispute involving a $28 million consent judgment and bad faith claims for failure to settle. 

Mike Skoglund, Vice President at Arch Insurance Company, has long worked with Buishas and attested to his extraordinary record of success. Skoglund says that Buishas is “an exceptionally gifted litigator with great instincts, creative strategies, and a discerning eye for quickly understanding and absorbing key details.”  

In addition to his insurance work, Buishas also has developed a reputation for successfully litigating cases involving product liability, railroad liability, breach of contract, and civil rights claims. For example, Buishas serves as coordinating counsel for a national nonprofit organization that provides behavioral and mental health services in correctional facilities. He also serves as counsel for a Fortune 100 waste company, a national alarm company, and several short-line railroads, further demonstrating his diversified practice and breadth of experience.