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Lorelie Masters

Lorelie Masters

Washington, D.C.


Masters is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Insurance Litigation and Counseling Practice Group and has more than 25 years of experience representing policyholders in insurance coverage counseling and litigation. She is co-author of two treatises on insurance coverage issues:  (i) Insurance Coverage Litigation, published in its second edition in January 2000 and updated yearly; and (ii) Liability Insurance in International Arbitration, published in Spring 2004. Masters is a past Policyholder Chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association and continues to serve in the Section of Litigation’s Leadership. She served as trial counsel for policyholder Hoechst Celanese Corporation in its trial enforcing general liability insurance coverage. The National Law Journal called the jury’s verdict for Hoechst Celanese one of the “most significant jury verdicts of 1997.” 
Masters served as President of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA) from June 1, 2007, to June 1, 2008, continuing the work of the WBA’s Initiative on Advancement and Retention of Women, begun in 2006. Working with an Advisory Board of national experts and corporate counsel, and a dedicated organizing committee, she organized the WBA’s Diversity Summit, examining the combined effects of face and gender facing women of color in the legal profession. Under her direction, the WBA published in May 2008, Creating Pathways to Success for All (available at www.wbadc.org). In August 2009, she was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, co-chairing the Commission’s Women of Color Committee. This year, the Women of Color Committee is overseeing the Commission’s work to follow up on its nationally recognized reports, Visibly Invisibility (2005) and Visibly Successful (2007), address issues facing women lawyers of color in working in government and as corporate counsel. The Commission is involved in many other projects relevant to women lawyers and the profession’s continuing efforts to support diversity and inclusion. She also serves on the Boards of DC Vote, DC Appleseed, and the Women’s Campaign Forum.