Eric A. Haab

Partner

Overview

Eric Haab is a partner and dispute resolution attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of reinsurance, insurance, and insurance insolvency. For more than 25 years, Eric has represented ceding companies and reinsurers in the U.S., UK, Europe, and Asia in the litigation and arbitration of complex reinsurance disputes. 

In addition to his property/casualty matters, since the early 1990s, Eric’s practice has involved numerous life, accident, and health reinsurance disputes, providing Eric with an understanding of the cutting-edge business and legal issues facing life insurers and reinsurers that is rare in the life reinsurance sector.  As a trusted advisor to some of the industries’ leading companies, Eric frequently counsels clients with respect to untested and novel issues and provides advice regarding treaty revisions designed to avoid future problems. 

Eric’s recent life and health matters include counseling and numerous disputes regarding YRT life reinsurance premium rate increases, cases involving life reinsurance administration and accounting issues, the reinsurance of GMxB annuity benefits, secondary guarantee riders, "pre-need" life insurance policies, alleged misrepresentations in the pricing of life reinsurance treaties, life insurance underwriting disputes, medical stop-loss reinsurance, and various portfolios of personal accident reinsurance. Recent property-casualty cases have involved high-layer catastrophic worker's compensation coverage, property-catastrophe reinsurance, Bermuda Form coverage issues, allocation disputes, and numerous cases involving asbestos liabilities. 

Prior to joining Foley, Eric was a partner in the Chicago office of Lovells LLP. He was a founding member of that office and served as its managing partner for six years. Eric is a member of the law committee for ARIAS U.S. (2007-present).

Education

Eric received his law degree (J.D., 1989) from Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s degree (A.B, with high distinction, 1986) from the University of Michigan.

Recognition

Eric has been recognized as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA (2003-present), recognized in the International Who's Who of Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (2003-present) and the Who's Who Legal Illinois (2006-present). He was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in 2017 in the field of insurance law. He has also been selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers® lists (2005-2010). In 2012-2016, he was recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in insurance: advice to insurers.*

Admissions

Eric is admitted to practice in Illinois.

Publications

  • “Arbitrator Disclosure and Arbitrator Bias,” ARIAS-U.S. Quarterly, June 2011, co-author
  • "Transatlantic Commercial Litigation and Arbitration," John Fellas, ed. Oceana Publications, Inc., 2004, contributing author
  • "The Rising Impact of Statutes of Limitations," Reactions, January 1997, co-author with Neal Moglin
  • "Court Decisions Stress Broad Loss Distribution," Reactions, January 1996, co-author
  • "Going on the Record," Reactions, October 1993, co-author
  • "The Loss of Faith," Reactions, September 1993, co-author
  • "A Devil of a Job," Reactions, October 1992, co-author

*The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.