Mikaela Whitman is a partner in Pasich LLP’s New York office and a member of the firm’s insurance recovery practice. Mikaela was formerly an insurance recovery partner at Liner LLP and a managing associate in the insurance recovery group at Dickstein Shapiro LLP. Her practice focuses on the representation of insureds in all phases of insurance coverage recovery, from pre-suit negotiations through alternative dispute resolution and litigation. She also advises insureds on their insurance programs and provides counsel on risk management strategy.
Mikaela’s insurance recovery litigation experience encompasses a wide variety of matters, including cases for claims involving director and officer liability, business and contingent business interruption, first-party property damage, bad faith, product recall, CERCLA liability, mass tort liability, fidelity and crime, and advertising injury. Mikaela currently represents Dole Food Co., Inc. and David Murdock in a $65,000,000 directors and officers coverage lawsuit in Delaware.
In addition, Mikaela’s representative experience and practice has a particular focus on insurance coverage issues in the entertainment and sports industries. She has represented numerous NFL players in their efforts to recover from their insurer for injuries, such as concussions, and has provided counsel to professional athletes on loss of value policies.
Mikaela has also advised those in the entertainment industry for losses caused by event cancellation, employment practices and defamation – including the current representation of Bill Cosby in the pursuit of coverage under a homeowners’ policy for underlying defamation claims. And as the New York Times stated, “Mr. Cosby is winning,” in his disputes with AIG.
To complement her insurance recovery work in the sports and entertainment industries, Mikaela is the Director of Business Affairs for Blue Élan Records. At Blue Élan she handles artist and third-party contract negotiations, financial planning/strategy and general business concerns for the record label. She also coordinates the management of artists on the east coast.
Mikaela has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a New York Metro Rising Star for Insurance Coverage since 2014 and is a recipient of the NYC Legal Services Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Representation.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- Speaker, “Legal Perspectives on the Modern American Record Label,” Concert and Event Promotion Forum hosted by the German American Chamber of Commerce (Nov. 7, 2017).
- Speaker, “Invisible Injuries: The Evolution of Player Health and Safety,” ABA and American University Washington College of Law 2017 Fall Symposium on Sports and Entertainment Law (Oct. 20, 2017)
- Speaker, “Women in Sports Law and Entertainment: Perspectives and Insights,” ABA and American University Washington College of Law 2017 Fall Symposium on Sports and Entertainment Law (Oct. 20, 2017)
- “Westworld, Skynet …. There Might Be Insurance For That!,” New York Law Journal (June 5, 2017)
- “Insurance Law Implications of the Shared Economy,” Spring 2017 Edition of New Appleman in Insurance: Current Critical Issues in Insurance Law (April 12, 2017)
- “What Companies Must Know About Social Media and Insurance,” Law360
(March 23, 2017)
- Speaker, “Risk Transfer and Cyber Security,” Technology Forum at the Wharton School of Business (Nov. 29, 2016)
- “The Nakamura Lawsuit and What Permanent Disablement Means for Insurers,” Inside Counsel (Aug. 20, 2016)
- Editor and Co-Author, “New Appleman Sports and Entertainment Insurance Law & Practice Guide,” LexisNexis (2016)
- Board Member – University of Chicago Alumni Law Society
- New York State Bar Association
- American Bar Association – Sports and Entertainment Committee
- NYC Co-Chair – University of Chicago Athletic Department Committee
- New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University (J.D., 2008)
University of Chicago (B.A., 2005)