Laura (Megan) Faust

Shareholder
Akron
222 South Main Street
Suite 400
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.849.6617
F 330.376.4577
P 330.849.6617 | F 330.376.4577

Overview

Ms. Faust has represented domestic and overseas insurers for over two decades with a focus on complex coverage counseling and litigation, as well as bad faith litigation, including first party and third party matters, involving employment liability, environmental, asbestos, toxic torts, construction, homeowner’s, automobile liability, life and disability as well as professional liability issues. She handles cases throughout Ohio and nationwide. Ms. Faust also has extensive experience handling appellate cases from advising trial counsel to briefing and arguing before the Ohio Supreme Court and Federal Courts of Appeal. Ms. Faust believes that a well-informed client is the best partner and therefore spends considerable time presenting workshops to client organizations and conferring with individual client management.

Experience
  • Nationwide representation of major corporate clients and insurance company clients on various coverage issues, litigation, and bad faith, including:
    • Resolution and management of environmental insurance recovery litigation involving multiple historical primary, umbrella and excess liability insurers;
    • Successful Federal Court litigation and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals representation of commercial insurance carrier in coverage dispute arising from sexual harassment lawsuit;
    • Successful representation of professional liability insurance carrier in coverage litigation and appeal arising from alleged malpractice claims;
    • Negotiation of favorable settlement in connection with environmental insurance policies;
    • Litigation and resolution of multiple insurance coverage claims involving allegations of defective construction and issues relating to indemnities and additional insureds;
  • Nationwide representation of insurance company clients on coverage matters, extra-contractual, bad faith and litigation, across all lines of coverages
  • Extensive trial work and appellate practice throughout Ohio, as well as the Sixth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals
Languages
  1. French
Services

Industries

Education

  1. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D.
  2. The College of Wooster, B.A.

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  2. U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  3. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  4. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Recognitions

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Insurance Law (2007-2021) and Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (2007-2017, 2021)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2009-2021)
  • Selected as one of "Top 50 Female Lawyers in Ohio" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2010 & 2011)
  • Selected as one of "Top 25 Female Lawyers in Cleveland" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2009)
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
    • Co-Chair, Ladder Down 2019 Program Northeast Ohio – program focusing on empowering women lawyers in leadership, business development and mentoring
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA)
    • Co-Chair, Insurance Committee (2013 - present)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Women's Bar Association
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
  • USLAW Network
    • Chair, USLAW Network Insurance and Risk Management Practice Group
Community Affiliations
  • The Arthritis Foundation, Northeast Ohio Board of Directors
  • The Arthritis Foundation – Platinum Ambassador Advocate
  • The College of Wooster, W Association, Board Member

Insights

  1. Alerts
    COVID-19 Insurance Coverage — The Uncertainty Continues (Feb 1, 2021)
    At Least One Ohio Court Has Found That Restaurants’ COVID-19 Business Losses Are Covered (Jan 25, 2021)
    Are Violations of the FMCSRs Admissible to Show Negligence in a Trucking Case? Not According to the Sixth Circuit (Jan 12, 2021)
    The Ohio Supreme Court Holds Driving On but Not Over the Highway Fog Line Is Not a Violation of Ohio Law (Jan 5, 2021)
    Can an Ohio Jury Award $0 for Pain and Suffering Even When It Finds That Plaintiff Was Injured? It Depends. (Dec 22, 2020)
  2. Articles
    Defense and Coverage - Can They Co-Exist? - USLAW Spring/Summer Newsletter (May 15, 2012)
    Handling Liability and Coverage Claims: Splitting Files, the Duty to Defend, and Ethical Considerations for Lawyers - FDCC Quarterly, Volume 62, Number 1 (Apr 1, 2012)
    When Claims and Coverage Collide - Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Quarterly Newsletter (Fall 2011)
    Tender of Indemnity and Insurance Issues -- Additional Insured and Supplemental Payment Coverages (Fall 2009)
  3. Presentations
    "Is it Strategically Sound to Underinsure Yourself or Your Entity?" - USLAW Network's Worldwide Virtual Retreat (Fall 2020)
    "Mitigating Cybersecurity Risk During Your Transition Back to the Workplace" - Roetzel Webinar (May 2020)
    “Excess Coverage – Maximizing Your Protection” - Lockton Companies Complex Risk Symposium (2018)
    “Defense Counsel – Insurer Communications” - USLAW Network Spring Conference (2018)
    “Today’s Reality – Cyber Insurance” - Akron Bar Association (2017)
  4. Firm News
    Thirty Roetzel Attorneys Selected to 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List (Dec 8, 2020)
    Seventy Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© List; Ten Named “Lawyer of the Year” (Aug 20, 2020)
    Roetzel Transitioning to Virtual Work Environment (Mar 16, 2020)
    23 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers®; 11 Named Rising Stars® (Nov 27, 2019)
    66 Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2020 The Best Lawyers in America© List (Aug 15, 2019)

Overview

Ms. Faust has represented domestic and overseas insurers for over two decades with a focus on complex coverage counseling and litigation, as well as bad faith litigation, including first party and third party matters, involving employment liability, environmental, asbestos, toxic torts, construction, homeowner’s, automobile liability, life and disability as well as professional liability issues. She handles cases throughout Ohio and nationwide. Ms. Faust also has extensive experience handling appellate cases from advising trial counsel to briefing and arguing before the Ohio Supreme Court and Federal Courts of Appeal. Ms. Faust believes that a well-informed client is the best partner and therefore spends considerable time presenting workshops to client organizations and conferring with individual client management.

Experience
  • Nationwide representation of major corporate clients and insurance company clients on various coverage issues, litigation, and bad faith, including:
    • Resolution and management of environmental insurance recovery litigation involving multiple historical primary, umbrella and excess liability insurers;
    • Successful Federal Court litigation and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals representation of commercial insurance carrier in coverage dispute arising from sexual harassment lawsuit;
    • Successful representation of professional liability insurance carrier in coverage litigation and appeal arising from alleged malpractice claims;
    • Negotiation of favorable settlement in connection with environmental insurance policies;
    • Litigation and resolution of multiple insurance coverage claims involving allegations of defective construction and issues relating to indemnities and additional insureds;
  • Nationwide representation of insurance company clients on coverage matters, extra-contractual, bad faith and litigation, across all lines of coverages
  • Extensive trial work and appellate practice throughout Ohio, as well as the Sixth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals
Languages
  1. French

Education

  1. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D.
  2. The College of Wooster, B.A.

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  2. U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  3. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  4. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Recognitions

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Insurance Law (2007-2021) and Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (2007-2017, 2021)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2009-2021)
  • Selected as one of "Top 50 Female Lawyers in Ohio" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2010 & 2011)
  • Selected as one of "Top 25 Female Lawyers in Cleveland" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2009)
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
    • Co-Chair, Ladder Down 2019 Program Northeast Ohio – program focusing on empowering women lawyers in leadership, business development and mentoring
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA)
    • Co-Chair, Insurance Committee (2013 - present)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Women's Bar Association
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
  • USLAW Network
    • Chair, USLAW Network Insurance and Risk Management Practice Group
Community Affiliations
  • The Arthritis Foundation, Northeast Ohio Board of Directors
  • The Arthritis Foundation – Platinum Ambassador Advocate
  • The College of Wooster, W Association, Board Member

Insights

  1. Alerts
    COVID-19 Insurance Coverage — The Uncertainty Continues (Feb 1, 2021)
    At Least One Ohio Court Has Found That Restaurants’ COVID-19 Business Losses Are Covered (Jan 25, 2021)
    Are Violations of the FMCSRs Admissible to Show Negligence in a Trucking Case? Not According to the Sixth Circuit (Jan 12, 2021)
    The Ohio Supreme Court Holds Driving On but Not Over the Highway Fog Line Is Not a Violation of Ohio Law (Jan 5, 2021)
    Can an Ohio Jury Award $0 for Pain and Suffering Even When It Finds That Plaintiff Was Injured? It Depends. (Dec 22, 2020)
  2. Articles
    Defense and Coverage - Can They Co-Exist? - USLAW Spring/Summer Newsletter (May 15, 2012)
    Handling Liability and Coverage Claims: Splitting Files, the Duty to Defend, and Ethical Considerations for Lawyers - FDCC Quarterly, Volume 62, Number 1 (Apr 1, 2012)
    When Claims and Coverage Collide - Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Quarterly Newsletter (Fall 2011)
    Tender of Indemnity and Insurance Issues -- Additional Insured and Supplemental Payment Coverages (Fall 2009)
  3. Presentations
    "Is it Strategically Sound to Underinsure Yourself or Your Entity?" - USLAW Network's Worldwide Virtual Retreat (Fall 2020)
    "Mitigating Cybersecurity Risk During Your Transition Back to the Workplace" - Roetzel Webinar (May 2020)
    “Excess Coverage – Maximizing Your Protection” - Lockton Companies Complex Risk Symposium (2018)
    “Defense Counsel – Insurer Communications” - USLAW Network Spring Conference (2018)
    “Today’s Reality – Cyber Insurance” - Akron Bar Association (2017)
  4. Firm News
    Thirty Roetzel Attorneys Selected to 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List (Dec 8, 2020)
    Seventy Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© List; Ten Named “Lawyer of the Year” (Aug 20, 2020)
    Roetzel Transitioning to Virtual Work Environment (Mar 16, 2020)
    23 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers®; 11 Named Rising Stars® (Nov 27, 2019)
    66 Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2020 The Best Lawyers in America© List (Aug 15, 2019)