Mikaela’s practice focuses on the representation of insureds in all phases of insurance 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.

During her career, Mikaela has represented corporate clients in the energy, financial, technology, construction, manufacturing and agricultural industries in securing coverage for a vast array of claims, including: environmental contamination, lead paint, directors and officers liabilities, property and business interruption, product recall, data theft and property damage from natural disasters.

In addition, her practice has a particular focus on insurance coverage issues in the entertainment and sports industries.  In particular, Mikaela has counseled those in the entertainment industry for losses caused by event cancellation, employment practices and defamation – including the successful representation, recently affirmed by the First Circuit, of Bill Cosby in the pursuit of coverage for underlying defamation claims.

Complementing her insurance recovery work in the sports and entertainment industries, Mikaela is the Director of Business and Legal Affairs for Blue Élan Records.  At Blue Élan she handles artist and third-party contract negotiations, financial planning/strategy, east coast artist management and general business concerns.

Mikaela has been recognized annually 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, “Insurability of Disgorgement and Restitution Claims,” Strafford Live CLE Webinars (Sept. 25, 2019)
  • “Insuring Risk in the Fitness Industry and the Commercial Liability Policy,” Lexology (Sept. 5, 2019)
  • “Do Weather Related Sublimits Apply to Time Element Coverages,” Lexology (July 18, 2019)
  • “Insurance Considerations for the Music Festival Business,”  New York Law Journal (June 7, 2019)
  • “The Sixth Circuit Highlights a Key Insurance Issue for the #MeToo Era in Negligent Hiring, Supervision and Retention Cases Involving Sexual Misconduct,” Lexology (June 6, 2019)
  •  Editor and Co-Author, “New Appleman Sports and Entertainment Insurance Law & Practice Guide,” LexisNexis (2018).
  • “Debunking the Myth that the First Department Has Rung the Death Knell on Disgorgement,” New York Law Journal (Oct. 15, 2018)
  •  Speaker, “Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll: Insuring the Music Industry,” AmericanaFest (Sept. 13, 2018)
  • “Disgrace Insurance: The Crossroads of Branding and Scandal,” New York Law Journal (Aug. 9, 2018)
  • “Worried about Harvey, Travis or Roseanne at Your Company?  Here’s What GC’s Can Do,” Interviewed by Corporate Counsel Magazine (Aug. 7, 2018)
  • Speaker, “Insurance Coverage and the Cannabis Industry,” Vincente Sederberg LLP (April 4, 2018)
  • “Terrorism, Hurricanes, and Wildfires: Event Cancellation Insurance in the Age of Uncertainty,” Advisen (Nov. 9, 2017)
  • 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)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • 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

ADMISSIONS

  • 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

EDUCATION

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University (J.D.)

University of Chicago (B.A.)

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