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Charles Platto

Adjunct Professor of Law

Telephone: 212-423-0579
Fax: 212-423-0590

Law Offices of Charles Platto
1020 Park Avenue, Suite 6B
New York, NY 10028

Job Experience

Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow, 1969-1971

Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Associate, New York and Paris (as conseil juridique), 1971-1979

Cahill Gordon & Reindel, New York
Partner, 1980-1991
Chairman, Litigation Education Committee, 1987-1991

New York University School of Law, New York
Adjunct Associate Professor of Insurance Law, 1990-1994

Brooks McNally Platto & Vitt, Norwich, VT and Hanover, NH
Partner, 1991-1999

Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT
Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law, 1993 - 2006

Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn, New York
Partner in charge of United States practice, 1994-1997

Law Offices of Charles Platto, PLC, Norwich,VT, Hanover, NH and New York, NY, Partner,1999 - 2006

Fordham Law School, New York
Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law, 2002 - present

Wiggin and Dana LLP, New York
Partner in charge of national insurance practice, 2007 – 2009

Law Offices of Charles Platto, New York
(domestic and international commercial and insurance arbitration, mediation, expert witness services, litigation oversight/management) 2009 - present

Represented insurance companies, brokers and insureds in complex domestic and international insurance and reinsurance litigations, arbitrations and regulatory proceedings and coverage matters for more than twenty-five years. Argued appeals for insurance industry before New York Court of Appeals and before the Vermont Supreme Court.

Lecturer on New York insurance law issues for the American Arbitration Association

Expert witness on insurance issues in court and arbitration proceedings

Advisor on claims adjusting procedures

New York and national coverage counsel to leading insurance organization on environmental/professional liability issues

Adjunct professor, teaching Principles of Insurance Law and Insurance Litigation at New York University School of Law, Vermont Law School and Fordham Law School

Retained by national insurance trade associations to submit amicus briefs to U.S. Supreme Court and New York Court of Appeals and Appellate Division

International Law Experience

Involved in international commercial and litigation matters since 1974. Practiced for two years in Paris. Have written and lectured widely on intemationa1 litigation matters. Member U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on Judgements and Internationa1 Law Section of Law Committee of American Arbitration Association. Chairman, International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Tribunal.

Business and Commercial Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation

Over twenty-five years experience in a wide range of general business and commercial litigation , arbitration and mediation matters, representing large and small companies in contract negotiations and drafting and business disputes. Arbitrator in ICC and AAA matters. Counsel in JAMS and private and court mediations.


Editor and Contributor, Obtaining Evidence in Another Jurisdiction in Business Disputes (Graham & Trotman 1988 and second edition 1993).

Editor, Enforcement of Foreign Judgements World Wide (Graham & Trotman 1989 and second edition 1993).

Editor and Contributor, Pre-Trial and Pre-Hearing Procedures Throughout the World (Graham & Trotman 1990).

Editor, Worldwide Trials (Graham & Trotman 1991).

Editor and Contributor, Civil Appeal Procedures Worldwide (Graham & Trotman 1992).

Co-Editor (with David Rivkin), Litigation and Arbitration in Central and Eastern Europe (Kluwer Law Internationa11998).

Editor, Economic Consequences of Litigation Worldwide (Kluwer Law International1999).

Chapter 24, Addressing Insurance Coverage Issues Specific to Products Liability Issues, Products Liability in New York (NYSBA 1997, Second Edition 2001, Third Edition scheduled for 2010).

Commercial General Liability Policy Exclusions for ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CGL Text (scheduled for publication in 2010).

Taking Evidence Abroad for use in Civil Litigation in the United States A Practical Guide, The International Lawyer (Summer 1982).

Survey of New York Class Action Decisions, New York State Bar Association (1982) (with Robert Alessi).

National Class Actions in the New York State Courts, New York Law Journal (April 11, 1983) (with David Snyder).

U.S. Supreme Court Establishes Rules for Discovery of Foreign Parties: The Aerospatiale Case, The International Business Lawyer (September, 1987) (with Edwin Alley).

New York Rejects "Bad Faith" Tort and Limits Punitive Damage Claims and Statutory Deceptive Practices Claims against Insurers: New York University v. Continental Ins. Co., ABA Fidelity and Surety Law Newsletter (Spring 1996) (with Diane Bech).

Mail Fraud Meets Insurance Law: United States v. Brennan, Insurance Law Reporter (December; 1998) (with William T. Barker).

A Practical Guide to the Use of Experts in Insurance Claim Adjustment, 23 Insurance Litigation Reporter 133 (April, 2001) (with William T. Barker) (also to be published in Bad Faith Insurance Litigation Lexis/Nexis 2010).

A Legal Theory of the Use of Experts in Insurance Claim Adjustment, 23 Insurance Litigation Reporter 140 (April, 2001) (with William T. Barker and Polly Estes) (also to be published in Bad Faith Insurance Litigation – Lexis/Nexis 2010).

New York’s New “Good Faith” Standard – What does it Mean for “Bad Faith”?: Bi-Economy Market, Inc. v. Harleysville Ins. Co. (N.Y.); Panasia Estates, Inc. v. Hudson Ins. Co. (N.Y.), Insurance Litigation Reporter, Vol. 30, No. 6 (April 2008) (with Rachel Lebejko Priester and Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox).

New Developments in The New York Law of Good Faith and Bad Faith, Tort Trial Insurance Practice Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee News, American Bar Association (Summer 2008) (with Rachel Lebejko Priester and Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox).


University of Pennsylvania, BA, 1966

University of Michigan Law School, JD, cum laude, 1969
Assistant Editor, Michigan Law Review

New York University School of Law, LLM, 1974