John H. Kazanjian is the Managing Principal of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.’s New York, New York office. He also chairs Beveridge & Diamond’s Insurance Coverage and Recovery practice, and has served as a member of the Firm's Management Committee. Mr. Kazanjian has over forty years of experience in complex civil and commercial litigation, including trials and appeals in federal and state courts throughout the country.
Mr. Kazanjian concentrates his practice on the representation of policyholders in insurance coverage disputes and manufacturers in product liability, toxic tort and mass liability cases. He also has extensive litigation experience in a variety of other areas, including antitrust, trade regulation, intellectual property, banking, business torts, securities, commodities, contracts, construction, defamation, international, real estate, admiralty and maritime disputes. In addition, Mr. Kazanjian has substantial experience in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.
Mr. Kazanjian has represented numerous corporate and governmental policyholders seeking insurance recovery for bodily injury, property damage, financial loss and other alleged liabilities. His clients have included chemical, oil, tire, building products, pulp and paper, mining, recycling, technology, beverage, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers as well as hotel operators, franchisors, home builders, property developers and owners, financial services companies, universities and municipalities.
Mr. Kazanjian has handled insurance matters involving different kinds of coverage under a variety of policies. These include comprehensive general liability, first-party property and business interruption, errors and omissions, directors and officers, fiduciary liability, employment practices, crime, fidelity, Bermuda form, and public officials and employees liability policies. They also include specialty policies designed to cover pollution cleanup and liability, such as environmental cost-cap and site liability policies. He has represented clients seeking insurance recoveries for international as well as domestic liabilities and has substantial experience in insurance issues relating to mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Kazanjian has served as lead counsel for policyholders in major litigation involving insurance coverage for environmental, product, toxic tort, employment, securities, fiduciary, construction defect and class action liabilities and for punitive damages. He has developed strategies to manage these cases in a cost-effective manner and bring about their earliest possible settlement or resolution, including trial if necessary.
In addition, Mr. Kazanjian has significant appellate litigation experience in the insurance recovery area. He has argued key coverage issues before the highest courts of several states and has represented numerous industry and policyholder groups in as amici curiae in federal and state appellate courts.
Mr. Kazanjian also advises policyholders in assessing the scope of their insurance coverage and negotiating policy language. He counsels clients in preparing insurance claims and in determining whether to pursue the settlement or litigation of disputed coverage claims. He has vast experience in evaluating insurance claims and negotiating settlements with insurance companies, including the resolution of claims through mediation.
Mr. Kazanjian is a frequent author and lecturer on insurance coverage, product liability and toxic tort issues as well as on litigation practice, procedure and techniques. He has served as Chair of the Committee on Product Liability at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He also has served as Chair of the Tort Law Section’s Committee on Insurance Law at the New York County Lawyer’s Association.
Chambers USA recognizes Mr. Kazanjian as a leading practitioner in New York for policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. Mr. Kazanjian has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2009-2016 editions of Super Lawyers , by Benchmark Litigation (Plaintiff) as a New York “Litigation Star” and as a Fellow by Litigation Counsel of America. In addition, Mr. Kazanjian also has served by appointment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to its Pro Bono Panel.
Mr. Kazanjian has made numerous presentations to bar associations and industry groups, and has authored dozens of articles.