Arthur J. Washington, Equity Partner

Mendes is one of the largest firms in the country entirely devoted to the practice of insurance law.

Arthur represents insurers and reinsurers in claims handling, coverage issues, and policy wording work.  His area of concentration is Directors and Officers Liability Insurance and other professional indemnity insurance.  Arthur has 30 years’ experience in Directors & Officers and related liability issues and was co-drafter of the L86 Lloyd’s D&O policy form.  He has written and lectured in this area including seminars for the Practising Law Institute and Lloyd's of London Press Seminars on Directors and Officers Liability and Insurance;  Robert Strain Reinsurance Seminars on the then-Savings & Loan Crisis;  American Conference Institute on Professional Liability;  and Mealey’s on Employment Practices Liability. 

Most recently he presented on “D&O Insurance Terms” to ARIAS in May 2009, and previously presented a “Subprime Lending Legal Update on D&O and Professional Indemnity Insurance”, with the Lawrence Graham firm in London in November 2007; a seminar on “D&O in The US and Israel”, with the Israeli firm Levitan Sharon & Co, in February 2008 in New York, and on “Subprime Mortgage Litigation” with the Berwin Leighton Paisner firm in London also in February 2008.

In representing the interests of insurers and reinsurers, Arthur has handled a wide range of claims including ones arising from technology companies’ IPOs, the collapse of Drexel Burnham, the liquidation of Bermuda Fire & Marine, the merger of Daimler and Chrysler, and the sub-prime related failure of a major financial institution.  He is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) and American Bar Association, Sections of Business Law and Tort and Insurance Practice.

Arthur also served as a member of the board of directors of a New York Redevelopment Company (housing co-op) for nine years and served on his church’s Board of Trustees for three years.