Robert A. Kole

Rob Kole is a partner in Choate's Insurance & Reinsurance Group. He has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits and the California Court of Appeals in connection with insurance and reinsurance disputes. In 2017, Mr. Kole was elected as a Fellow of the “American College Of Coverage And Extracontractual Counsel.” Mr. Kole is listed as a leading lawyer for insurance in Chambers USA. He is recognized in The Legal 500 as a leading lawyer for Insurance and has been elected to the 2017 World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers by Who’s Who’s Legal.  In April 2010, he was named one of 10 “Insurance Law Rising Legal Stars Under 40” by Law360, and he has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in each of the past 8 years.

Practice Focus

Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation:  reinsurance arbitration, litigation and complex claim analysis on behalf of cedents and reinsurers, and insurance litigation, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and coverage analyses on behalf of insurance companies, involving opioid litigation, asbestos, hazardous waste, toxic tort, workers compensation, catastrophe bonds, D&O, E&O, personal and advertising injury, property and hurricane-related losses.

Representative Engagements

  • Obtained successful judgments for insurers, both via trial and summary judgment, in connection with opioid claims asserted by municipalities.
  • Obtained summary judgment, affirmed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, on behalf of a ceding company in one of the first catastrophe bond litigations in the U.S.
  • Successfully argued appeals before the Eleventh Circuit and the California Court of Appeals regarding insurance coverage for opioid claims.
  • Obtained summary judgment, affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in a matter of first impression, on behalf of an insurer in connection with a lawsuit seeking coverage for oil and gas claims.
  • Obtained summary judgment, affirmed by the First Circuit Court of Appeals, on behalf of an insurer in a matter of first impression involving the scope of personal injury coverage.
  • Obtained reversal by the First Circuit Court of Appeals of a summary judgment ruling against an insurer involving contribution claims.
  • Tried confidential reinsurance arbitrations involving environmental, asbestos and catastrophic property damage liabilities on behalf of cedents and reinsurers.
  • Tried confidential reinsurance arbitration involving World Trade Center losses on behalf of cedent.
  • Lead counsel for joint defense groups in connection with multi-party, multi-million dollar lawsuits involving insurance coverage for asbestos and environmental pollution claims.
  • Successfully resolved, through settlement, a variety of coverage litigations and multi-claim arbitrations.

Publications and Presentations

Professional and Community Involvement

Mr. Kole spent six months at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office as a special prosecutor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he successfully tried (in both jury and bench trials) or plea bargained dozens of criminal matters.  He has been a group leader at ARIAS-US conferences on the subject of reinsurance arbitration, and has spoken at numerous insurance and reinsurance seminars on a variety of topics. Mr. Kole also regularly performs training seminars for clients and prospective clients. He has participated in a number of pro bono matters, including serving as counsel for the International Rescue Committee with respect to a contract dispute, which resulted in litigation.  Mr. Kole is currently a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association.

Education & Credentials

University of Virginia School of Law
JD, 1996
Lafayette College
BA, 1993, cum laude



U.S. District Court, Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit