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John Buchanan, senior counsel in Covington's Washington office and the firm's first Insurance Practice Group Coordinator, has represented policyholders in insurance coverage advocacy, dispute resolution and counseling for over three decades. His career has ranged from the early DES and asbestos coverage litigation to claims for some of the largest cyber losses in history. Mr. Buchanan has litigated, arbitrated or negotiated a wide variety of complex property and casualty insurance claims, from railroad derailment claims to satellite-in-orbit claims, and from silver-theft claims to cyber claims. Chambers USA ranks him as Band 1 for Insurance Dispute Resolution - Policyholder, both in DC and nationally, and he is listed in Best of the Best USA and numerous other attorney rating guides.

Mr. Buchanan became involved with cyber-related coverage issues in the mid-1990s and co-authored one of the earliest treatise chapters on cyber insurance coverage in 2001. Starting with the network intrusion and payment card thefts discovered by TJX in 2006, he has represented policyholders pursuing claims for losses arising from data breaches reported to involve tens of millions of compromised records. Mr. Buchanan also frequently counsels policyholders in drafting their cyber and technology errors and omissions policies, along with the insurance-related provisions of their procurement contracts.

  • The National Law Journal, Insurance Law Trailblazers
  • Best Lawyers, Washington Insurance Lawyer of the Year
  • The Best of the Best USA
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers (Band 1, Nationwide and DC recognition)
  • The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers
  • The Legal 500 United States
  • The Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • Benchmark Litigation (National and DC “litigation star” recognition)
  • Euromoney's Expert Guides to the World's Leading Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal
  • Washingtonian