Colleen Sorensen is a partner with Hinkhouse Williams Walsh LLP.
Colleen specializes in insurance coverage law. She represents insurance companies in disputes with policyholders and other insurers in both federal and state court. Colleen has litigated cases involving insured status, the duty to defend, the duty to indemnify, allocation and bad faith. Her accomplishments include:
- Obtaining a summary judgment recommendation from a special master holding that an insurance company had no duty to defend or indemnify its policyholder in thousands of underlying asbestos bodily injury cases;
- Obtaining a favorable settlement on behalf of an insurance company alleged to have acted in bad faith by auditing defense cost invoices in a large environmental dispute;
- Successfully mediating an action involving allegations that an insurance company had breached its duty to defend and indemnify a policyholder in a class action suit involving allegations that a funeral home mismanaged burials; and
- Defeating an insured’s request for a preliminary injunction that sought to force an insurance company to contribute its policy limits to settle an underlying action.
Colleen also provides insurance companies with coverage opinions and advice outside the litigation context. She has authored opinions on a broad-ranging set of issues involving interpretation of CGL and pollution legal liability policies.
Honorable Eric L. Clay, Federal Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2005-2006
- Cornell Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005
- Order of the Coif
- Editor, Cornell Law Review
- Notes Editor, Cornell International Law Journal
- University of Chicago, B.A., with Honors, 2000
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Illinois State Bar, 2005
- U.S. District Court, E.D. Michigan, 2006
- U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois, 2006
- U.S. Court of Appeals (6th Circuit), 2006
- U.S. Court of Appeals (7th Circuit), 2006
- Former Member, Grippo & Elden LLC’s E-Discovery Resource Group, 2011-2012
Articles and Presentations
- Speaker, Preservation and Proportionality in the Age of E-Discovery, August 1, 2012, Grippo & Elden LLC