Mikaela Whitman is a partner at Pasich and splits her time between its New York and Manhattan Beach offices.  Mikaela has spent her entire career representing policyholders in complex insurance coverage matters and litigates insurance coverage disputes across the United States.

Mikaela’s areas of expertise include matters concerning directors and officers (D&O) insurance,  first-party property insurance, employment practices liability insurance (EPL), commercial general liability insurance (CGL), and insurance programs tailored for the construction industry.   Mikaela’s practice also focuses on insurance disputes in the entertainment and media industries.  Admitted to the bar in both New York and California, she regularly counsels clients on coverage issues arising out of event cancellation, sexual harassment, defamation, production losses and intellectual property infringement.  Mikaela is a contributing author of the New Appleman Sports and Entertainment Insurance Law & Practice Guide, a treatise written by Pasich LLP and published by LexisNexis.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Author, “The Related Claims Provision in Insurance Coverage Disputes,” New York Law Journal (May 23, 2022)
  • Speaker, “Protecting Your Assets – Post Pandemic Insurance Checklist: insurance/Risk, Business Interruption, Cyber, Trafficking, EPLI, and Dram Shop” Choice Hotels Conference (May 3, 2022)
  • Speaker, “The In-House Attorney’s Guide to Insurance,” Association of Corporate Counsel (Mar. 2, 2022)
  • Author, “COMMENTARY: Key Developments in D&O Insurance Law in 2021,” Mealey’s Emerging Legal Disputes (Feb. 2, 2022)
  • Speaker, “The High Points of Insuring the Cannabis Industry,” Florida RIMS Annual Conference (July 29, 2020)
  • Speaker, “Insurance Coverage and Preparing for Emerging Risks,” Orange County Bar Association Education Series (July 21, 2021)
  • Author, “The Legalization of Cannabis in New York and the Need for D&O Insurance Coverage,” New York Law Journal (May 21, 2021)
  • Quoted, “Insurers Knew They Might Have to Pay Virus Claims,” Insurance Business Magazine (May 7, 2021)
  • Author, “What You Should Know about D&O or R&W Insurance in Mergers & Acquisitions,” ABA Business Today (May 5, 2021)
  • Speaker, “Sexual Abuse Litigation and Insurance Coverage,” Perrin Conferences (Mar. 18, 2021)
  • Author, “What Will ‘G&G Oil’ Mean for New York Businesses Seeking Insurance for Ransomware Attacks,” New York Law Journal (Feb. 26, 2021)
  • Author, “Recent Hot Pockets Recall for Plastic Contamination Highlights the Various Types of Potential Insurance for Food Recalls,” Lexology (Feb. 19, 2021)
  • Speaker, “Plastics-Related Liabilities and Insurance Recovery with Mikaela Whitman,” Emerging Litigation Podcast (Feb. 1 2021)
  • Quoted, “Plastics and the Planet: Who Will Bear the Costs?” The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) (July 30, 2020)
  • Speaker, “A Guide to Legislative and Regulatory Pandemic Responses,” COVID-19 Virtual Insurance Litigation Summit (July 23-24, 2020)
  • Quoted, “In-Depth Insurance and Legal: The Jury is Still Out On How Event-Insurance Policies Will Help Sports Recover From the Pandemic,” Sports Business Journal (July 13-19, 2020)
  • Speaker, “COVID-19 and the Entertainment Industry,” German Chamber of Commerce (June 25, 2020)
  • Speaker, “State of the Practice Area Roundtable: Insurance Law” Lawline (June 17, 2020)
  • Author, “The Coming Wave of Plastic Liabilities and Insurance Coverage,”  New York Law Journal (May 31, 2020)
  • Author, “FAQ’s on Insurance in the COVID-19 Era,” Connect Association Magazine (May 27, 2020)
  • Speaker, “COVID-19 Disruptions and Insurance Implications,” Association of Food Industries (AFI) (May 12, 2020)
  • Speaker, “SBJ Unpacks – Weathering Covid-19 Podcast,” Sports Business Journal (Mar. 19, 2020)
  • Author, “Event Cancellation Insurance and March Madness,” AthleticBusiness (Feb. 27, 2020)
  • Author, “Insight: Tips To Maximize Coverage and Limit Insurers’ Deductions to Defense Cost Invoices,”   Bloomberg Law (Feb. 4, 2020)
  • Author, “Insurance Trends to Watch in 2020,” Insurance Services Network (Feb. 2020)

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • Best Lawyers in America: Named to The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list for work in insurance law
  • Benchmark Litigation: Named a “Future Star” in New York
  • Super Lawyers: Named a New York Rising Star in insurance coverage since 2014

OUTSIDE THE FIRM

While a partner and member of the insurance recovery practices at Liner LLP and Pasich LLP,  Mikaela served as the Director of Business Affairs for Blue Élan Records, an independent record label that has earned a Grammy nomination and has grown to more than twenty artists in less than four years.  At Blue Élan she handled artist and third-party contract negotiations, music licensing, financial planning/strategy and general business concerns.

Mikaela is a black belt in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu, a lifelong dancer at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and actively involved in various bar associations and alumni groups for the University of Chicago.

ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

EDUCATION

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

University of Chicago (B.A.)