DiSantis, Michael

DiSantis, Michael Partner

DiSantis, Michael Partner

Practice Focus

Michael DiSantis is a partner in the Insurance and Litigation practices. He focuses his practice in the areas of insurance coverage analysis and insurance coverage litigation, assisting insurance companies in resolving complex disputes. He has represented insurance companies in litigated coverage matters in federal and state courts throughout the country, including those involving advertising injury, personal injury, bodily injury and property damage. His experience encompasses coverage for environmental risks, toxic torts, asbestos, habitational risks, construction defects, consumer class actions, general coverage and allegations of bad faith. Michael also has experience in first-party property litigation and Section 1983 cases.

Michael is an editor and an active contributor to the popular Commercial General Liability Dispatch blog.

Professional Background

While studying for his undergraduate degree, Michael was awarded the John L. Porter Prize for best senior thesis in the field of political economy.  At the University of Illinois Law School, Michael was a part of the Green Moot Court Chicago Team.


Recent Publications

Missouri Court Holds No Coverage For Wrongful Installation Of Fiber Optic Cable On EasementCommercial General Liability Dispatch, September 4, 2019

UPDATE: PA Federal Court Finds Liquor Liability Exclusion UnambiguousCommercial General Liability Dispatch, August 14, 2019

Pennsylvania Superior Court Holds Flood Constitutes An “Occurrence,” Commercial General Liability Dispatch,  August 9, 2019

Middle District of Pennsylvania Holds General Allegations of Infringement Constitute “Real” Advertisement, Commercial General Liability Dispatch, June 25, 2019

CGL Dispatch Year In Review 2018Commercial General Liability Dispatch, December 19, 2018

Ohio Supreme Court Holds Insured’s Subcontractor’s Faulty Workmanship Is Not an “Occurrence,” Commercial General Liability Dispatch, November 1, 2018

Pennsylvania Superior Court Holds Insurer Owes Coverage For Negligent Work Outside The Scope Of Contract In Unpublished OpinionCommercial General Liability Dispatch, July 19, 2018

Middle District of Pennsylvania Holds No Coverage for Claims for Faulty WorkmanshipCommercial General Liability Dispatch, July 12, 2018

Third Circuit Holds No Coverage For Faulty Workmanship Under Pennsylvania LawCommercial General Liability Dispatch, July 5, 2018

Is Negligent Supervision An “Occurrence”? Three High Courts Weigh InCommercial General Liability Dispatch, June 7, 2018

50-State Survey: Application Of The Pollution Exclusion In First Party Property Cases, Tressler LLP, May 2018

Advisen Contributor: "UPDATE: Court Finds No Coverage For Municipalities' Claims Against Manufacturers Of Opioid Painkillers," Digest FPN: Digest Edition, March 4, 2018

UPDATE: Court Finds No Coverage For Municipalities’ Claims Against Manufacturers Of Opioid PainkillersCommercial General Liability Dispatch, March 1, 2018

Tenth Circuit Predicts New York’s Highest Court Would Hold Policyholder’s Subcontractor’s Defective Work May Be An “Occurrence”, Commercial General Liability Dispatch, February 24, 2018

50-State Survey: Does Faulty Workmanship Constitute An "Occurrence"? Tressler LLP, January 2018

Eleventh Circuit Holds Insurer Must Defend Painting SubcontractorCommercial General Liability Dispatch, January 5, 2018

Eighth Circuit Finds No Coverage In Two Recent CasesCommercial General Liability Dispatch, February 16, 2018

Florida Supreme Court Holds Pre-Suit Process May Qualify As “Suit”Commercial General Liability Dispatch, December 21, 2017

Fifth Circuit Holds Insurer Breached Duty To Defend Construction Defect LawsuitCommercial General Liability Dispatch, December 19, 2017

PA Federal Court Finds Liquor Liability Exclusion UnambiguousCommercial General Liability Dispatch, December 6, 2017

Court Finds No Coverage For Municipalities’ Claims Against Manufacturers Of Opioid PainkillersCommercial General Liability Dispatch, November 13, 2017

The Missouri Supreme Court Holds Pollution Exclusion UnambiguousCommercial General Liability Dispatch, November 8, 2017

New Jersey Court Holds “Manifestation” is “Last Pull” of a Continuous TriggerCommercial General Liability Dispatch, October 13, 2017

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies Standard For Bad FaithCommercial General Liability Dispatch, September 29, 2017

Washington Federal Court Applies “Tract Home” ExclusionCommercial General Liability Dispatch, September 22, 2017

Pennsylvania Federal Court Holds Insurer Owes No Coverage For Claims Of Faulty WorkmanshipCommercial General Liability Dispatch, August 21, 2017

Pennsylvania Superior Court Applies Total Pollution ExclusionCommercial General Liability Dispatch, July 25, 2017

New York’s Highest Court Holds “Caused, In Whole Or In Part, By” In An Additional Insured Endorsement Requires Proximate CausationCommercial General Liability Dispatch, June 8, 2017

Illinois Court Finds Statements About An Advertiser’s Own Product Do Not Disparage Others’ ProductsCommercial General Liability Dispatch, May 12, 2017

A Pair of Courts in Pennsylvania Address Significant Coverage IssuesCommercial General Liability Dispatch, April 27, 2017

When is a Claimant a “Third Person” Under the Definition of Insured Contract?Commercial General Liability Dispatch, February 22, 2017

9th Circuit Holds Decay Between Walls Did Not Trigger Decades-Old “Collapse” CoverageThe Property Line, February 9, 2016

Pennsylvania Court Holds Insurer That Breached Duty to Defend Cannot Challenge Reasonableness of Defense CostsCommercial General Liability Dispatch, February 2, 2017

Can an Insurer Disclaim a Defense Obligation Based on a “Controlled Insurance Program” Exclusion?Commercial General Liability Dispatch, January 18, 2017

Tressler LLP Launches CGL DispatchCommercial General Liability Dispatch, January 12, 2017

TRESSLER WIN: Illinois Appellate Court Slams Junk Fax Litigation “Charade;” Holds Insurer Owes no Coverage for TCPA SettlementCommercial General Liability Dispatch, April 4, 2016

TRESSLER WIN: Wisconsin Federal Court Applies Prior Publication Exclusion in Copyright Infringement CaseCommercial General Liability Dispatch, March 3, 2016

Representative Experience

  • First Mercury Ins. Co. v. Nationwide Sec. Services, Inc., 54 N.E.3d 323 (Ill. App. 2016)
  • Design Basics LLC v. Best Built Inc., 2016 WL 1060253 (E.D. Wis. Mar. 15, 2016)
  • American Ins. Co. v. Evercare Co., 430 Fed. Appx. 795 (11th Cir. 2011)