Alex Lathrop, a partner in Orrick’s Washington, D.C., office, is a member of the Insurance practice group.  Mr. Lathrop’s practice focuses on the resolution of insurance coverage disputes on behalf of policyholders, whether through litigation, alternative dispute resolution, or negotiation.  Mr. Lathrop has assisted companies in a wide array of industries to recover losses under every major form of insurance coverage, including Commercial General Liability, Directors & Officers Liability, Employment Practices Liability, and First Party Property Damage/Business Interruption insurance.

Mr. Lathrop also has practiced general commercial litigation and advised companies regarding compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  The 2005 and 2006 editions of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Mr. Lathrop as an “up and coming” insurance coverage attorney in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Lathrop practiced law at Heller Ehrman LLP, where he represented companies in all phases of complex coverage litigation in state and federal court involving claims under third-party commercial general liability and first-party property damage and business interruption claims. He also has assisted policyholders in the energy, mining, and petrochemical industries in achieving omnibus settlements of environmental claims with their insurers without resort to litigation.

Mr. Lathrop’s pro bono work includes the successful prosecution of a whistleblower claim for a civilian employee of the military before the Merit Systems Protection Board. Additionally, he has represented a death row inmate challenging the constitutionality of his sentence in state and federal habeas corpus proceedings.

From 1991 through 1996, Mr. Lathrop served on active duty as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Alex Lathrop
Select Publications
  • "From Katrina to Sandy: Lessons from the Whirlwind," Westlaw Journal of Insurance Coverage, Vol. 23, Issue 25, March 29, 2013
  • Co-author (with Heather M. Boylan Clark), “Ameron International: The California Supreme Court Breathes New Life Into Environmental Coverage Claims for California Policyholders,” Orrick Policyholder Observer, February 14, 2011
  • Co-author (with Mark Plumer and Kirt Suomela), “Environmental Insurance Claims, ‘The Second Generation,’” New Appleman on Insurance, Spring 2010
  • Co-author (with Neil Popovic),“Recovery Tactics Outlined for Foreign Takeover Losses,” Oil & Gas Journal, June 2007
Admitted In
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
Court Admissions
Supreme Court of Virginia
    United States District Court
    • Eastern District of Virginia
    United States Court of Appeals
    • Fourth Circuit

    • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1999
    • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1991

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