University of Virginia School of Law
JD, 1996

Lafayette College
BA, 1993, cum laude



US District Court, Massachusetts

US Court of Appeals, First Circuit

Practice Areas

Publications & Events

David Attisani Named Elite “Leading Insurance Lawyer” for Fifth Consecutive Year by The Legal 500

Choate Receives Top National Rankings from The Legal 500 in Seven Practice Areas

Robert Kole and Kevin Finnerty on The Bellefonte Decision in NY Courts

Robert Kole on Disputed $100M Cat Bond Payout

Robert Kole on the Confidentiality of Reinsurance Arbitrations in Law360

Robert Kole on Selecting Arbitration Panels in Law360

David Attisani and Robert Kole Speak on Arbitration vs. Litigation in Reinsurance Disputes

Robert Kole Speaks on Reinsurance Case Law Developments

Rob Kole on the SJC's Decision in Boston Gas

Mass Insurers Insolvency Fund's Statutory Cap Can Apply Separately for Multiple Claims Arising from a Single Incident

Massachusetts Plaintiffs Can Recover Multiple Damages Against A Late-Settling Insurer Without Showing That A Timely Settlement Offer Would Have Been Accepted

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules on Insurance Coverage in Cases of Malicious Prosecution

Robert A. Kole on Flow of Information Between Cedents and Reinsurers

Insurers held responsible to defend against trespass claims where trespass began before their policy period

Robert A. Kole Named Insurance Law Rising Star

Ninth Circuit Holds that Arbitration Panels May Conduct ex parte Meetings with Panel-Retained Experts

Over one-third of Choate attorneys selected Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2009

Third Circuit rules that retrocessional agreements incorporated arbitration clauses of underlying reinsurance treaties

First Circuit Finds for Insurer on Scope of D&O Policy

Choate Sponsors Insurance & Reinsurance Conference

First Circuit Interprets an Excess Insurer's Obligation to "Follow Form"

First Circuit Rules that an Offensive Odor Can Constitute Physical Injury to Property

First Circuit, Applying Massachusetts Law, Rules that Coverage is not Precluded Under the Known Loss Ruling

First Circuit Rules on Consequences of Failure to Defend and Other Issues

Robert Kole Speaks on Climate Change and Insurance Exposures

Robert A. Kole

Practice Group Leader

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Rob Kole co-chairs the firm’s Insurance & Reinsurance Group.  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.  He is also recognized in The Legal 500 as a leading lawyer for Insurance.  Mr. Kole is currently co-chair of the ARIAS-US law committee. 

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 asbestos, hazardous waste, toxic tort, workers compensation, catastrophe bonds, D&O, E&O, property and hurricane-related losses.

Representative Engagements

  • Lead counsel for joint defense groups in connection with multi-party, multi-million dollar lawsuits involving insurance coverage for asbestos claims.
  • Lead counsel for insurance companies in connection with multi-million dollar lawsuits involving insurance coverage for environmental pollution claims.
  • Tried confidential reinsurance arbitrations involving environmental liabilities on behalf of cedents and reinsurers.
  • Tried confidential reinsurance arbitrations involving asbestos liabilities on behalf of cedents and reinsurers.
  • Obtained summary judgment, affirmed by First Circuit Court of Appeals, on behalf of insurance company in matter of first impression involving scope of personal injury coverage.
  • Tried confidential reinsurance arbitration involving World Trade Center losses on behalf of cedent.
  • Tried confidential reinsurance arbitration on behalf of reinsurer involving Hurricane Katrina and Wilma losses.
  • Successfully resolved, through settlement, a variety of asbestos and environmental 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, including the implications of global warming on the insurance and reinsurance industry.  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.

Mr. Kole is responsible for assignments for all senior associates in the firm’s Litigation Department, and he serves on the firm’s Professional Development Steering Committee. 


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