Gregory D. Podolak

Partner 239-315-4215


J.D., Quinnipiac University School of Law, cum laude, 2006
B.A., Iona College, magna cum laude, 2003

Bio: »

Greg Podolak is the Managing Partner of SDV Southeast, having practiced his entire career at SDV as a policyholder coverage lawyer. He has over a decade of extensive experience in strategizing risk transfer, and handles all manner of concerns for his clients, from assisting with coverage placement and contract drafting, to litigation with insurance carriers.

He handles issues involving all lines of coverage, frequently collaborates with national insurance brokerage firms, and regularly lectures and authors articles on a variety of insurance coverage topics. He is the dedicated commentator on Additional Insured issues for the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) Expert Commentary series. Greg leads SDV’s Cyber Risk concentration, advising policyholder clients in all industries facing this expanding exposure. He is also repeatedly selected to the New England Super Lawyers – Rising Stars list, and was the recipient of the ALM New Leaders in the Law award.

Greg successfully represented Turner Construction Company and Perini Building Company in a $40 million Builders Risk lawsuit for damage to a $900 million hotel and convention center construction project. During the final stages of construction, a vital structural component of the hotel’s signature 18-story glass atrium failed. The insurance dispute involved complex factual questions of construction scheduling and business interruption, as well as unsettled issues of law related to coverage for construction scheduling impact costs.

He also argued on behalf of the information management industry to the Connecticut Supreme Court in Recall Total Information Management v. Federal Insurance Company, a seminal case for Cyber Risk coverage. The case is substantial in its own right – involving a claim $6 million in data breach-related damages – but may also shape the future of available CGL coverage and the emerging field of cyber insurance.

Greg is active outside the office as well. He has participated in various local charities and pro bono services, including Lawyers for Children America, where he also serves as mentor to other SDV attorneys.

Admissions: »

Admissions Federal Court:

  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Admissions State Court:

  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • New York
Professional Activities: »

Florida Bar Association

Collier County Bar Association

Connecticut Bar Association

  • Executive Committee, Insurance Law Section
  • Secretary, Insurance Law Section
  • CLE Co-Chair, Insurance Law Section
  • Committee on Insurance Programs for the Law
  • Mentor, CBA Statewide Mentoring Program
  • Executive Committee Member, Young Lawyers Section (2009-2012)
  • Co-Chair, Insurance Law Young Lawyers Section (2009-2012)
  • Young Lawyers Section New Haven Local Unit Chair (2009-2010)

American Bar Association

  • Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
    • Emerging Issues Subcommittee, Co-Chair
    • Computer Technology Subcommittee
    • Property Insurance Subcommittee
    • Construction Subcommittee

New Haven County Bar Association

  • Executive Board Member, Young Lawyers Section (2008-2011)
  • Co-Chair, Annual Golf Tournament (2008-2010)

New York State Bar Association

RIMS – The Risk Management Society

  • Southwest Florida Chapter
  • Fairfield/Westchester Chapter
Honors and Awards: »

Selected to the 2012 – 2017 New England Super Lawyers – Rising Stars list.

2015 New Leaders in the Law

Speaking Engagements: »

Managing Construction Risks, Mitigating Claims and Achieving Successful Project Outcomes
Florida Construction Symposium

Don’t Forget to Check the Box: Understanding the 2017 AIA Insurance Requirement Changes
2017 Willis Construction Risk Management Conference

Assessing the Situation: How to Identify and Evaluate a Contractor’s Cyber and Data Risks
ABA Webinar

Managing Post-Completion Risks
IRMI Construction Risk Conference

Game of Drones: What Risk Managers Need to Know to Keep Their Heads When Dealing with UAVs
FL RIMS Conference

Look! Up in the Sky! Why Risk Managers Are Scrambling After Drones
FL RIMS Southwest Chapter Meeting

Insurance, Cyber Risk and You
PRISM International Annual Conference

Assessing the Situation: How to Identify and Evaluate the Cyber Risks that a “Typical” Contractor Bears
AGC Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management

When, If Ever, Does My Exposure End? Strategies for Managing Risk Following Completion of the Work
Construction Super Conference

Cyber Liability Insurance – Are You Truly Covered?
New Jersey CISO Executive Summit

Starting to Wear Thin: Identifying Holes in “Blanket” AI Endorsements
 IRMI Construction Risk Conference

Insuring Cyber Risk: Past, Present and Future
International Data Protection Conference

Framing the Cyber Risk Debate: Understanding and Transferring Cyber Risk in the Construction Industry
Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmermann, Inc.

What Every Lawyer Needs to Know to Protect Themselves (And Their Clients)!
Connecticut Bar Association

Cyber Insecurity: The Cyber Risks
Associated General Contractors Convention

Targeting Healthcare Cyber Risks
Internal Presentation for Hospital for Special Care

Fundamental Strategies for Effective Risk Transfer  Negotiations
IRMI Construction Risk Conference

Cyber Risk Strategy Sessions
Presentation for the RIMS-TX Chapter

2014-2015: Current Risk Transfer Challenges and Solutions Damage to the Project During Construction Caused by Construction Operations: Risk Transfer Strategies and Solutions
The Coordinated Insurance Program
Indemnity AI and the BP Oil Spill
Internal Presentation for Lockton

Target Wasn’t the Original Target
Willis Construction Risk Management Conference

Insuring Cyber Risk – Past/Present/Future
Internal Presentation for HUB

ISO Changes Workshop
Internal Presentation for HUB
Society of Risk Management Conference

Nullum Tempus and Beyond: Practical and Public Policy: Implications of the UCONN Law School Library Decisions
Connecticut Bar Association

Construction Risk Transfer Strategies – Part 1 – Fundamental Concepts
Construction Risk Transfer Strategies – Part 2 – ISO Standard Insurance Form 2013 Changes
Construction Risk Transfer Strategies – Part 3 – Hot Topics
Internal Presentation for CCIA

2013 ISO CGL – Changes for Construction Risk
Willis Construction Practice – Webinar Series

Hot Issues in Builders Risk Insurance
Willis Construction Practice – Webinar Series

Contractual Risk Transfer: Evolving Issues in Additional Insured Coverage
Willis Construction Practice – Webinar Series

Risk Management Strategies for Apartment to Condo Conversions
Internal Presentation for RT Specialty

2013 ISO CGL Changes: The Good & Bad
Webinar for AON

Latest Developments in Risk Transfer
Internal Presentation for Willis-New York

When “Later” is Just Too Late: Early “Issue Spotting” in Construction Claims & Litigation – Presentation
ABA Section of Litigation Committee CLE Seminar

Areas of Coverage Experience: »
  • Cyber Risk
  • Comprehensive General Liability
  • Director & Officers
  • Professional Liability
  • Builders Risk
  • First Party Property Damage
  • Additional Insured
  • Business Interruption Claims
  • Construction Defects
  • Completed Operations
  • Product Liability
  • Property Damage and Bodily Injury Related to Mold and Asbestos
  • Bodily Injury Related to Construction
  • Policy Renewal Strategy
  • Environmental Claims
  • Patent Infringement
  • Unfair Practices
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Bad Faith
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Late Notice
  • Allocation
  • Subrogation
  • Contribution
  • Indemnification
  • Duty to Defend
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