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Steve Raptis has two decades of experience handling complex, multiparty commercial disputes, concentrating on insurance recovery for policyholders. Mr. Raptis applies strategic thinking and focused, multidisciplinary solutions to maximize recoveries for clients while minimizing their costs. Where possible, this involves use of negotiation and mediation to achieve timely and cost-effective results; but when necessary, Mr. Raptis aggressively litigates insurance coverage and other commercial disputes in state and federal courts throughout the country, and has a proven track record of obtaining favorable results for clients.
Mr. Raptis’ insurance experience is diverse and deep, and includes cases involving environmental contamination, bodily injury claims, product-related claims, governmental claims, construction-related claims and more. These cases—some of the largest and most complex of their kind in the country—have resulted in clients recovering hundreds of millions of dollars of insurance proceeds. Some of these representations include:
• Pharmaceutical companies, auto parts manufacturers, and medical device manufacturers in seeking coverage for product liability claims
• Numerous large oil companies and manufacturers in comprehensive environmental cost recovery; many matters involved hundreds of sites with numerous lines of historical coverage
• More than a dozen large electrical and gas utilities in coverage matters relating to legacy manufactured gas plants, PCB contamination, and associated toxic tort/bodily injury claims
• Government contractors facing investigations and claims by governmental entities
• Nonprofits and trusts seeking coverage for pollution and bodily injury claims
• Entities seeking to access insurance in construction defect cases
Mr. Raptis is highly experienced in analyzing and advising clients on coverage issues arising under all types of commercial insurance policies, including general liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions, cyber liability, pollution liability, and first-party/property policies. He regularly undertakes reviews of clients’ insurance programs to determine potential coverage gaps and recommend areas of possible improvement at renewal.
Mr. Raptis also advises clients regarding pre-dispute strategies for:
• Buying insurance (analyzing needs and preventing gaps in coverage)
• Assessing and preserving the value of potential insurance claims
• Obtaining defense, even where damages may not be covered
• Dealing with insurance issues in mergers and acquisitions
• Dealing with competing rights in shared coverage
• Locating missing policies
In addition to his insurance-related work, Mr. Raptis is an accomplished commercial litigator who has successfully represented clients in a wide array of business-related disputes, including complex contractual and indemnity disputes, product liability claims, intellectual property disputes, business-related tort claims, and governmental claims.
Mr. Raptis also has a career-long commitment to pro bono work, some of which includes two decades of representing victims of domestic violence in obtaining emergency restraining orders, representing victims of human trafficking, representing clients with developmental disabilities in obtaining living accommodations free from abuse and neglect, and representing African-American farmers in obtaining compensation for past discriminatory loan practices by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Prior to joining Manatt, Mr. Raptis worked at major law firms in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh. West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1995. Executive Editor, West Virginia Law Review. West Virginia University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1992. Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Member of the American Bar Association and District of Columbia Bar Association.
Donna L. Wilson is the chair of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’ Privacy and Data Security practice and the co-chair of its Financial Services Litigation practice. Ms. Wilson advises clients with overall consumer protection-related and financial services disputes and compliance issues, and provides integrated advisory services to assist in the mitigation of the risks associated with data security, information governance and privacy issues. She has been recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California (2013), as a Leading Attorney in Privacy and Data Security by the Legal 500 (2012-2015) and by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the Most Influential Lawyers in White Collar and Cyber Crime (2015).
Ms. Wilson is a seasoned trial lawyer whose practice focuses on data security and privacy and other consumer protection issues in consumer class and individual actions. She has a lengthy track record of successfully representing clients facing government enforcement actions related to both state and federal consumer protection statutes including the Song-Beverly Act, TCPA, RESPA/YSP, ECOA/FHA, FCRA, FDCPA, HOEPA, TILA, as well as alleged statutory and common law consumer privacy violations. Ms. Wilson counsels clients with respect to risk identification and mitigation by conducting reviews with respect to fair lending, UDAP, and other regulatory compliance issues. Her work on behalf of financial institutions, retailers, auto finance companies and other commercial clients has established her as a nationally recognized leader in the field with respect to consumer lending, privacy, and other consumer protection issues.
Ms. Wilson routinely counsels clients on privacy and data security issues, including those relating to third-party and business partner contracts, data security planning and incident response, the development and implementation of new products and services, insurance coverage and coordination, and compliance and gap auditing.
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