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Executive Committee Take Ten Q&A Series—Jeff Stemerick - Insurance Coverage

Insurance Coverage

Posted on: Nov 22, 2016

Meet members of the Insurance Coverage Section Executive Committee with the Take Ten Q&A Series!

Meet: Jeff Stemerick, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Where do you currently practice and for how long have you practiced?
I have been in practice for six years and am currently at Taft.

What is your background as a coverage attorney?
I do quite a bit of environmental litigation. Because the Indiana Supreme Court has invalidated the pollution exclusion found in many commercial general liability policies, there is insurance coverage for many environmental disputes in Indiana. Thus, my coverage practice is largely driven by the needs of my environmental practice.
What are you most excited about for the Insurance Coverage Section?
There many lawyers that have questions about how insurance coverage works, so I am glad that there is a section that can provide those answers. This section will provide an outstanding service to the rest of the bar. 

What has been the most surprising thing you’ve learned in your years as an attorney?
How long it takes to see a case through from beginning to end.

What has been your proudest moment as an attorney?
Winning my first trial.

What is your favorite piece of advice or quote from your years as an attorney?
When things aren’t going well, just remember to make your record.

What type of community service or philanthropy do you engage in?
I am on the board of directors for the Center for Global Impact, a local faith-based nonprofit that empowers the poor and vulnerable in Cambodia. I am also active at my church—Indian Creek Christian Church.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I majored in theater in college.

Tell us about your favorite restaurant(s) in Indy.
I don’t know that I have any particular favorites, but Bakersfield is pretty good.

Which experiences in Indy are on your bucket or to-do list this year?
I plan to run the Mini Marathon for the second time this year.

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