Mr. Leary is a Partner in QSLWM’s Insurance Coverage Practice Group. He has frequently been retained in complex and high-exposure coverage disputes which have garnered significant media and legislative attention, including sinkholes in Florida, sexual abuse claims, and claims arising from Hurricane Harvey.
Kieran was selected as lead counsel for several insurers in Connecticut’s crumbling foundation litigation at a time when many insurers were losing these claims at trial or settling them. In this role, he formulated the discovery strategy and legal arguments which would effectively end these “collapse” claims decisively in favor of insurers. Along the way, he obtained several favorable judgements of first impression which resulted in Kieran’s prior firm being recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune as the Insurance Coverage Litigation Department of the Year.
Kieran was lead counsel in the trial court and co-appellate counsel with one of the nation’s top appellate attorneys in the seminal Connecticut Supreme Court case of Karas v. Liberty Ins. Corp., 2019 WL 5955947 (Conn. 2019). He was also lead counsel in the trial court and lead appellate counsel in Karas’ companion case, Dino v. Safeco Ins. Co. of Am. All of these cases were featured prominently by Law360 and other insurance news outlets throughout 2018 and 2019.
In Karas, the Connecticut Supreme Court returned a unanimous decision in Liberty’s favor on its selected certified questions from the federal trial court which resulted in the withdrawal of hundreds of pending crumbling foundation lawsuits against dozens of insurers. Some have estimated that the decision in Karas saved insurers as much as $2 billion.
Kieran has a long and documented history of winning cases for his clients that other insurers have lost or settled for substantial amounts in largely identical circumstances. He brings extensive and successful first chair jury trial experience to the table for matters which cannot be resolved prior to trial. He also maintains a successful appellate practice and his clients have prevailed in matters before numerous appellate courts, including the Connecticut Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Attorney Leary graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park, and graduated in the top 10% of his class from the Florida International University, College of Law in Miami, Florida. He is admitted to practice in the State of Texas, State of Florida, State of Connecticut, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is also admitted to practice in all federal courts in Texas.
Kieran is a proud native of both the East Mount Airy/Germantown section of Northwest Philly and Harris County, Texas.