Greg Van Houten

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2015, cum laude

B.A., University of Rochester, 2010, cum laude, Highest Distinction in Economics and Political Science

Admissions

District of Columbia

New York

Court Admissions

District of Columbia Superior Court

New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, 2019

Profile

Greg Van Houten is a seasoned civil litigator who focuses on insurance recovery. Greg’s significant experience contributed to his recognition as a “Rising Star” in insurance coverage by Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2018-2019. In his practice, he represents clients in a wide range of industries and sectors, including industrial manufacturing, oil and gas, biofuels, banking, food and beverage and electronic trading. Greg has helped those clients recover insurance under a variety of insurance products, including policies covering Directors and Officers (D&O), Commercial General Liability (CGL), Property Damage and Business Interruption, Representations and Warranties and Cyber Liability. He represents both small and large policyholders, and he knows which litigation tools will cause insurers to rethink their delays and denials and begin paying what his clients bargained for.

Greg also has a diverse general litigation background, as he has litigated cases involving malpractice and professional negligence, commercial contracts, and employment. He also has secured a number of victories for pro bono clients, including a five-figure tutoring reimbursement award under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Greg earned his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he won the Greenhalgh Trial Advocacy Tournament and received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers 2015 Student Advocacy Award.

Before pursuing his law degree, Greg was a member of Teach for America. With Teach for America, he taught high school physics and coached varsity baseball at a charter school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was awarded “Best New Teacher” in 2011 and delivered the commencement address to the 2013 graduating class.

Professional Recognition

  • Named a "Rising Star" in Insurance Coverage by Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2018-2019.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Statesmen College Preparatory Academy for Boys (Washington, DC), Board Member/Secretary

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "When Drafting a Pleading Against Your Insurer in New York, Consider Consequential Damages," co-author, New York Law Journal, June 25, 2019.
  • "Refuting Insurer Denials Linked to Employee Misconduct," author, Law360, April 24, 2018.
  • "Testing Congress' Foreign Commerce and Treaty Powers," author, American Criminal Law Review, 2016.

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