Prominent insurance coverage litigator Mary Craig Calkins has more than 30 years of experience handling and litigating all aspects of insurance recovery for policyholders in complex, high value matters. She has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for companies and individuals under directors and officers liability, management liability, and professional errors and omissions policies through litigation, arbitration and mediation, and facilitated settlement of some of the most complicated directors and officers liability issues in the country. Ms. Calkins has substantial experience in other areas of insurance recovery, including entertainment and intellectual property claims, securities, cyber liabilities, e-commerce and technology claims, labor and employment claims, construction defects, first party property and business interruption losses, Fintech, and broker liability claims. She has served as an arbitrator and expert witness, and frequently lectures and publishes on a wide variety of topics relating to directors and officers liability coverage and other litigation topics. Ms. Calkins also advises in-house counsel, senior executives, and company management on how to maximize insurance protection and recovery under primary and excess policies.

On May 9, 2019, Ms. Calkins was honored by the American College of Coverage Counsel (“ACCC”) with the Thomas F. Segalla Service Award in recognition of her dedication and service to the College. The ACCC is the preeminent association of more than 300 lawyers in the U.S. and Canada who represent the interests of insurers and policyholders. Ms. Calkins served as national President of the ACCC from 2016 to 2017 and previously served on its Executive Committee. Ms. Calkins is a leader in the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, where she is former national co-chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee. She currently serves as Managing Director of the Section of Litigation and has been elected to serve on the Section’s Council, which is the governing board of the Section. She chaired the national Women of the Section of Litigation Conference in 2014 and 2015. Ms. Calkins has been recognized repeatedly as a leading practitioner in the field of insurance by Chambers USA in the area of Insurance: Policyholder and The Best Lawyers in America® for Insurance Law and Insurance Litigation. She has been named as one of Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Most Influential Women Lawyers” (2018, 2017), a "Top 100 Women Lawyer" in California by the Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal (2018, 2014, 2007-2009), and as one of 50 "Women to Watch" by Business Insurance Magazine. Ms. Calkins is recognized by Legal Media Group: Expert Guides as a leading expert in Insurance and Reinsurance, and has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law. She has been recognized repeatedly among the world’s leading insurance practitioners in Who's Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance. Ms. Calkins was recognized in 2019 by Who’s Who Legal in its Thought Leaders: Global Elite 2019 guide, described by that publication as the best of the best – those who truly stand out as being leaders and who are held in the highest esteem by their clients and fellow practitioners. Ms. Calkins also appears in Legal 500 for Insurance: Advice to Policyholders and International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. She has been named as a Southern California "Super Lawyer" for Insurance Coverage since 2006 by Super Lawyers magazine.


Negotiated $90 million in coverage for a television news company, which was the first media outlet to address issues relating to the #MeToo movement.

Lead coverage counsel for international media and communications company, recovering over $150 million in insurance coverage used to settle multiple shareholder class actions and derivative suits.

Negotiated insurer-funding of multi-million dollar shareholder class action lawsuit against U.S. oil and natural gas exploration company.

Lead coverage counsel for international car part manufacturer/distributor, recovering coverage for multiple lawsuits arising out of the bankruptcy of a subsidiary.

Represented major network and cable television studios and producers in recovering insurance for television production-related losses (location fires, floods, cast issues, tax incentive negotiations).

Negotiated $20 million payment against defense costs on behalf of international hotel client sued by a competitor for unfair business practices and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Collected significant coverage for manufacturers on products liability and recall issues in connection with allegedly defective plumbing parts incorporated into homes in housing tracts in Arizona and a valve allegedly damaging electrical turbines in a power plant. Pursued coverage for flood-related losses and mitigation efforts affecting large data aggregator/technology company in Iowa forced to relocate to avoid additional loss, and hurricane-related losses for a North Carolina hotel.

Litigated property damage and business interruption losses suffered at Honolulu hotel complex, and participated in mediation of underlying construction defect case.

Successfully represented former officers and directors of a large communications group and negotiated insurer-funded settlement of securities class action, derivative suit and tag-along ERISA claims alleging misrepresentations on financial statements.

Obtained significant insurer contributions to settlement in several cases alleging stock options backdating class action and related defense advancement claims.

Successfully obtained coverage for former officers and directors of a wireless technology company used to settle underlying shareholder class action claims.

Recovered $16 million in insurance coverage from multiple insurers to settle shareholder derivative suit alleging breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of going private transaction.

Negotiated significant insurer settlement of coverage issues arising out of internal investigation and defense of SEC inquiries into executive compensation practices.

Obtained $6.2 million jury verdict including bad faith damages for failure to defend and indemnify insured for case alleging software piracy.

Obtained coverage for production company recovering on multi-million dollar claim arising out of disruption of taping of major TV game show.

Successfully represented producers of longest-running singing competition and other reality television series on multiple insurance coverage issues including claims alleging copyright violations, idea submission, and other coverage disputes.

Negotiated coverage for claims alleging vicarious copyright infringement through use of peer-to-peer computer sharing of protected materials.

Represented owners of local television stations pursuing insurance for defense and settlement of defamation claims brought by amusement park owner related to wrongful death action.

Obtained jury verdicts and managed 64-site groundwater contamination environmental coverage litigation relating to damage caused by the manufacture of agricultural chemicals.

Advised manufacturer on multiple insurance coverage issues and defense of claims arising out of allegedly defective cochlear implants used to enhance hearing in the deaf.

Negotiated insurer settlement for recall and mitigation efforts by the National Institutes of Health for loss of research caused by the use of defective products used to grow cancer lines.

Litigated coverage for multiple food-born products cases, including allegedly defective and contaminated products incorporated by end users causing alleged bodily injury and property damage.

Negotiated $40 million in insurer funding for retrofit and code upgrades of luxury apartment towers damaged by earthquake.

Assisting multiple individual and corporate clients in connection with property damage and business interruption losses resulting from a California fires and mud flows as well as tornado damage.


Loyola Law School Los Angeles, J.D. (1981) cum laude
Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Production Editor

University of California at Los Angeles, B.A.


California (1981)

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

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

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Section of Litigation

     Managing Director (2018-2019)
     Managing Director Designate (2017-2018)
     Co-Chair, Membership & Marketing Committee (2015-2017)
     Chair, Section Officers Conference (SOC), Membership Committee (2016-2017)
     Liaison, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Membership (SCOM) (2016-2018)  
     Designee, Section Officers Conference Membership Committee (2015-2018)
     National Chair, Women of the Section of Litigation Annual Conference (2014, 2015)
     Division Director, Division V — Substantive Areas of Litigation (2012-2014)
     National Co-Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (2009-2012)
     National Vice Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (2004-2009)
     Co-Editor in Chief, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Website (2005-2009)
     Co-Chair, Mid-Year CLE Meeting (2005)
     Co-Chair, Programming Subcommittee (2002-2004)
     Co-Chair, Emerging Issues Subcommittee (2001-2002)

American College of Coverage Counsel

     Past-President (2017-2018)
     President (2016-2017)
     President Elect (2015-2016)
     Secretary-Treasurer (2014-2015)

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member

State Bar of California, Litigation Section, Administration of Justice Committee, Member (1990-1993)


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