Dan Scapellati has practiced with the firm's Insurance Law Practice Group since joining the firm in 1990. He has considerable insurance coverage and bad faith litigation experience, and he has successfully represented the firm's insurance company clients before both state and federal trial and appellate courts. Dan's expertise includes litigation of property and other first party coverage and bad faith matters, fraud investigations, regulatory matters and litigation of third party insurance coverage and extra-contractual issues.
Working closely with other members of the Insurance Coverage Practice Group, Dan and his colleagues have been responsible for several decisions which directly have shaped the law on significant insurance coverage issues. For instance, in Amica Mutual Ins. Co. v. Franklin, 147 F.3d 233 (2d Cir. 1998), a case where the firm's insurer-client was confronted with potential exposure amounting to $3.5 million, the firm obtained a favorable ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit which construed, for the first time under Connecticut law, the "regular use" exclusion in an automobile liability policy. In Hertz Corp. v. Federal Ins. Co., 245 Conn. 374, 713 A.2d 820 (1998), the coverage team obtained from the Connecticut Supreme Court an important and detailed discussion of the relationship between the coverage obligations of a self-insured lessor of a motor vehicle and a lessee's personal automobile carrier.
Dan received his BS from Villanova University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Bridgeport in 1982 and is admitted to practice in Connecticut, the District of Connecticut, the Southern District of New York and the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. Before joining Halloran & Sage, Dan served for seven years as staff counsel to the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts. He is an experienced appellate litigator, and a member of the firm's Appellate Department. Dan has successfully prosecuted and defended over sixty appeals on behalf of insurance carriers before the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts, as well as before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Dan is an elected member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel as well as a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association and the Insurance Law Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association. He is also a member of both the Defense Research Institute and the Connecticut Defense Lawyer's Association. He has lectured and co-authored articles on insurance coverage and appellate matters. Since 2009 he has been selected by Super Lawyers® in the areas of Insurance Coverage and Appellate Law. In addition to his other responsibilities, he currently serves as Chairman of Halloran & Sage's Hiring Committee.