Hinkhouse Williams Walsh

Smita  Mokshagundam

Smita Mokshagundam

  • Partner
  • 180 North Stetson Avenue
  • Suite 3400
  • Chicago, Illinois 60601

Overview


Smita Mokshagundam is a partner with Hinkhouse Williams Walsh LLP. 


Experience

Smita's primary area of practice is insurance coverage litigation with a specialty in construction failure coverage litigation.  Her representative cases involve multi-million dollar construction projects.  She has experience with environmental, breach of fiduciary duty, products liability and toxic tort claims.  She represents her insurance company clients in state and federal courts throughout the country.  She has successfully resolved many high-profile construction defect matters in private mediation and arbitration proceedings.  She also provides risk management and coverage advice.  She is also called upon to defend her clients in insurance bad faith litigation.  Smita has built long-term relationships with leading insurance companies and represented those same clients for over a decade.

 

Representative Matters

  • Valspar Corp. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., 81 F. Supp. 3d 729 (D. Minn. 2014) (successfully defended insurer against motion for a preliminary injunction)
  • Valspar Corp. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., 104 F. Supp.3d 977 (D. Minn. 2015) (prevailed on motion to dismiss litigation based on mandatory arbitration provision in policies’ payment agreement)
  • Tutor-Saliba Corporation v. Starr Excess Liability Insurance Company, LTD, No. 2:15-cv-01253-PSG-RZ (C.D. Cal. April 23, 2015) (prevailed on motion to dismiss litigation based on arbitration provision in policy)
  • Contributing author to the Aspen Publication Illinois Construction Law

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Education, Admissions & Affiliations

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2001
  • University of Michigan, B.A., with honors, 1997

Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (7th Circuit), 2002

Related News & Articles

Articles and Presentations

  • Contributing author to the Aspen Publication Illinois Construction Law
  • Author, “Watch your Greenhouse Gases,” Sedgwick’s Insurance Law Blog, May 2012
  • Author, “Gotham Insurance Company Finds Dark Knight,” Sedgwick’s Insurance Law Blog, October 2013

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