Joy L. Langford

Joy L. Langford

Washington, DC
+1 (202) 974-5647
1200 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States
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Joy Langford is chair of Chadbourne's Insurance and Reinsurance Group. She concentrates her practice on litigations and arbitrations on behalf of both ceding and assuming reinsurance companies. Ms. Langford has been involved in dozens of arbitrations and litigations involving current issues in property/casualty and life/health and financial reinsurance. She has handled matters relating to misrepresentation, fraud, bad faith and non-disclosure allegations, environmental liabilities; asbestos liabilities, surety bonds, 9/11 issues, finite reinsurance, weather derivatives, declaratory judgment expenses, and allocation issues. Ms. Langford's arbitration experience includes representing companies in private international arbitrations.

Ms. Langford’s practice also includes providing strategic counseling to clients in the insurance and reinsurance industry on a wide range of subjects. In this role, Ms. Langford routinely provides advice regarding allocation of losses arising out of continuous injury torts, captive company issues, compliance with the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, reinsurance accounting and auditing, and the application of catastrophe and clash covers to losses arising out of corporate governance scandals, such as Worldcom, Enron, and the initial public offering (IPO) laddering schemes, as well as to losses arising out of disasters such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. She also counsels companies on contract drafting, notice issues, settlements and commutations.  Additionally, Ms. Langford has experience advising companies on a wide range of matters relating to their professional liability insurance programs, has counseled companies on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and as a member of Chadbourne's interdisciplinary Climate Change practice group monitors regulatory and legislative developments and assists companies with various insurance aspects of climate change.


Ms. Langford is listed as a top insurance and reinsurance attorney in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers (2006). In 2004, she was named to Business Insurance magazine’s “40 under 40: People to Watch” list. Ms. Langford has been awarded Chadbourne’s pro bono award numerous times in conjunction with her work on behalf of victims of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, the Anti-Defamation League, the Constitution Project, the “Just Say No” organization, and prisoners on death row in Alabama and Florida.

Professional background

  • Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center (trial advocacy programs), 1996-2001


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