Miller Friel, PLLC is pleased to announce that Stephen R. Mysliwiec has joined the firm as a partner, serving clients from Miller Friel’s Washington, DC office. Steve was previously a partner in the Washington, DC office of DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest law firms, where he was a partner for over 30 years.
Steve is recognized as one of the leading insurance recovery lawyers in the country, representing some of the largest and best known companies in the world with respect to all lines of commercial insurance. Steve has litigated numerous insurance coverage disputes involving policyholders in the real estate, construction, banking, healthcare, life insurance, hotel, assisted living, computer, transportation, steel, commodities, and food service industries. Steve also represents trade associations, builders, and owners regarding various insurance coverage and liability issues arising from claims of defective workmanship and defective building materials. He has submitted numerous amicus briefs in appellate courts around the country on these issues. Steve iscurrently representing a number of companies in connection with their business income losses caused by COVID-19.
Steve’s practice also involves advising clients with respect to the insurance aspects of transactional matters. He helps developers, contractors, owners, lenders, landlords, tenants and other clients in the real estate, construction and financial services sectors deal with insurance and indemnity issues in complex real estate and construction transactions. He also advises clients regarding the insurance aspects of mergers and acquisitions, insurance for initial public offerings, insurance issues in bankruptcy proceedings, trade credit insurance, reps and warranties insurance, and environmental insurance. He also has substantial experience advising owners and lenders regarding insurance programs for professional sports stadium projects, including OCIP programs.
“Miller Friel is thrilled to have a lawyer of Steve’s experience, reputation and caliber,” said Brian Friel, Co-Founder and Managing Partner. Brian added, “with the addition of Steve to our team, Miller Friel continues its path forward asone of the leading insurance policyholder law firms in the country, exclusively representing companies pursuing insurance recovery.” As noted by Co-Founder, Mark Miller, “Steve shares our vision as a single practice law firm, focused entirely on representing corporate policyholders without any conflicts or constraints imposed by insurers or brokers, in a team effort to maximize insurance recovery.”
“I share Miller Friel’s belief that a boutique insurance recovery law firm is the right model to most effectively and vigorously represent corporate policyholders,” added Steve. “Also, I am drawn to Miller Friel because of its cohesive team atmosphere, surrounded by other attorneys who have been fighting for insureds since the early days of this practice area.” Steve further stated, “DLA Piper is a wonderful firm, and it was difficult for me to decide to leave. But my practice is focused on representing policyholders, which I will be able to continue to do with Mark and Brian and the rest of the Miller Friel team. I look forward to helping expand the firm’spolicyholder client base andtoburnishing the firm’s reputation as one of the leading, if not the leading, corporate policyholder law firms in the country. There is a sense of excitement and focus here at Miller Friel that is very special. I am excited about continuing to represent my policyholder clients and to expanding my practice both nationally and internationally.” Steve received his B.A magna cum laude fromthe University of Notre Dame in 1970 where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, his M.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1972, and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1975, where he was Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal. Steve was a law clerk in the Fifth Circuit for the renowned Judge John R. Brown.