Ned Dunham is Of Counsel to the Firm and a member of the Litigation Department. He practices in the areas of insurance coverage, commercial litigation, and risk exposure management, with a focus on cyber-risk management.
Along with a business partner of the Firm, Ned has developed a number of proprietary, algorithm-based assessment tools which, when combined with the Firm’s business and litigation services, assist insurance and reinsurance brokers, intermediaries, and underwriters, as well as policyholders, in assessing the risks to be insured or reinsured. The family of offerings includes a recently-launched exposure management process: Cyber Exposure Assessment for profit and nonprofit businesses, along with Summa for higher education institutions.
Ned is an experienced manager of internal investigations and of major, national-scope litigation. Most recently, as Chief-Of-Staff to the Philadelphia Mayor’s Special Independent Advisory Commission on Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections, Ned coordinated a multi-disciplinary investigation and resulting report into that department’s leadership, management structure, operations, information technology, finances and safety protocols. Philadelphia’s Mayor has, by executive order, instituted several of the Commission’s leading recommendations and has appointed an implementation board, the Building Safety and Oversight Board of which Ned is Vice Chair, to advise the Mayor on the implementation of the remaining recommendations.
Throughout his career, Ned has been involved in some of the largest insurance coverage litigation in the country. He has acted as lead defense counsel for environmental insurance coverage litigation, and as national coordinating counsel for major asbestos litigation. He has also represented a major insurance underwriter in environmental coverage litigation.
Ned is active in dispute resolution as a Judge Pro Tem for the Commerce Program of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, a nationally recognized business court.
Underlying his qualifications in aviation and maritime law, Ned is a Naval aviator with more than 6,000 hours of pilot time. During his 14 years on active duty, and 24 years in the active reserves, he flew a variety of single and multi-engine jet, turbo prop, and reciprocating engine aircraft. He holds a civilian instrument rating as a single engine (land) and multi-engine (land and sea) pilot. Ned is a graduate of the University of Rhodes Island, Harvard Law School, and the U.S. Naval War College. He is a retired Captain in the Naval Reserve, and a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Harvard Law School (J.D. 1975)
Co-winner, annual Williston Contracts Competition for contract negotiation and drafting
University of Rhode Island (B.S. 1970)
U.S. Naval War College (Command and Staff course, 1970)
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Fifth Circuits
Ned has written numerous articles on the subject of cyber-risk. His most recent articles are entitled “Non-IT Exposures May Kill Your Business,” “Intelligently Managing Cyber-Risks Is Just Plain Good Business,” “A Jumpstart for the Cyber Risk Insurance Market,” and “Consequences of Snowden Leaks May Be Worse Than You Think.”
Prior to joining the Firm, Ned was an associate and partner in the Philadelphia firm of Spector Gadon and Rosen PC; a founding member and partner of Miller Dunham & Doering LLC; and a partner at Duane Morris LLP.
Ned is a past Chair of the Committee of Seventy, a prominent Philadelphia watchdog organization, and remains active in the organization. He is on the Board of the International Visitors Council.
In recognition of his work as Chief-of-Staff to the Mayor’s Special Independent Advisory Commission on L & I, Mayor Nutter has appointed Ned to a six-member Building Safety Oversight Board to oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission.