PROFESSIONALS

Thomas W. Arvanitis

Partner
blank image Thomas  W. Arvanitis
10 S. Wacker Drive
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60606, US

T: 312.585.1457 F: 312.585.1401
Tom focuses his practice in insurance coverage counseling and litigation. He has significant experience advising insurers on coverage issues with respect to personal and advertising injury coverage, including intellectual property claims, privacy claims, defamation claims, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution claims.
Tom also has experience with complex, multi-party pollution, construction defect, and toxic tort claims. He has litigated declaratory judgment actions, contribution claims, and bad faith claims in state and federal courts throughout the country. Tom also regularly counsels insurance clients regarding their coverage obligations for occurrence and claims-made policies at the primary, umbrella, and excess levels, including commercial general liability, first party property, auto, and cyber liability. 

Memberships

  • Hellenic Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute 

Before Nicolaides

Tom was an associate attorney at an insurance coverage and litigation firm in Chicago, Illinois, where he provided his insurance company clients with analysis and advice on a myriad of issues faced by general liability and excess insurers, including intellectual property claims, construction defect claims, additional insured and priority of coverage disputes, and long-tail toxic tort and property damage claims. 

Tom has successfully litigated coverage disputes on behalf of his insurance company clients concerning pollution claims, bad faith failure to settle claims, public entity errors and omissions coverage, underinsured motorist coverage, and commercial auto policies.  

Outside Nicolaides

Tom enjoys cooking for friends and family, cycling, and playing softball. Tom is also a member of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), in which he organizes events that promote Greek customs and traditions and raises money for education scholarships. 

EXPERIENCE
  • Obtained dismissal of claims against insurer for alleged breach of the duty to settle; convinced court that, under Illinois law, insurer could not be liable for an excess judgment where the underlying claimant made no settlement demand within policy limits and could not establish a substantial probability of damages in excess of limits.
  • Persuaded Illinois appellate court to affirm ruling that insurer client had no duty to defend or indemnify general contractor for construction defects caused by subcontractors.
  • Obtained dismissal of fraud claims brought under Michigan law against insurer over alleged misrepresention to claimant that insurer would not contribute to the settlement of the underlying claims.
  • Evaluated and litigated coverage for insured video-game distributor's alleged infringement of plaintiff developer's intellectual property rights under Nevada law, including whether breach of contract exclusion applied to infringement of trade dress and copyrights that the claimant licensed to insured.
  • Intervened in underlying North Carolina lawsuit to seek allocation of intellectual property damages between potentially-covered and non-covered where insured allegedly infringed upon the claimant's medical product-related trade dress, trademarks, and patents.
  • Litigated whether, under Florida law, claims arising out of theft of laptops containing confidential health information implicated "personal and advertising injury" coverage for underlying settlement, arising out of the offense of oral or written publication of material violating a person's right to privacy, or "property damage" coverage due to loss of use of tangible property.
  • Established precedent in Seventh Circuit by securing dismissal of case brought by an ERISA plan on the basis that ERISA § 502(a)(3) precludes a plan from seeking monetary recovery that is not from a specifically identified account or fund. The court also recognized that federal courts lack subject matter jurisdiction to declare insurers owe coverage for unknown claims.
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