Joel C. Hopkins
Joel Hopkins' practice includes representing the insurance industry in regulatory, organizational, operational, coverage, claims, bad faith and insolvency issues. He regularly counsels business clients on insurance and risk transfer matters, including complicated coverage and program issues relating to mergers and acquisitions. He also advises clients on insurance product development, compliance and evaluation. Joel creates, reviews and improves claims, coverage and regulatory policies, procedures and manuals, and provides expert evaluations of coverage and claim disputes.
Joel serves as claims and coverage counsel to insurers, risk retention groups, group captives and self-insureds. His 10 years of insurance industry experience provides clients with practical claims handling and coverage advice with a focus on regulatory compliance and bad faith prevention. He serves as counsel to self-insured health plans and self-insured workers' compensation groups.
In his insurance litigation practice, Joel represents the insurance industry in contractual and regulatory disputes arising under life, health and property and casualty insurance policies. He litigates coverage and bad faith actions in state and federal courts and represents insurers and producers in regulatory investigations and enforcement actions before state insurance departments, including actions brought by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department as the rehabilitator or liquidator of insolvent insurers.
Joel is a frequent lecturer on a variety of insurance related topics, including insurance coverage, claims and bad faith, non-insurance risk transfers, captives, risk retention groups, self-insurance and contract surety, among others. Joel is also certified as a Professional Mediator through the Mediation Training Institute International and a Certified Mediator for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
In addition to his insurance practice, Joel handles transactional and litigation work associated with public and private construction projects. Joel has handled jury and bench trials on behalf of project owners and contractors, and has secured seven-figure settlements for his clients.
Prior to joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Joel worked for nearly 10 years as an insurance professional with two major insurance companies. During that time, he earned his Associate in Risk Management and Associate in Claims designations from the Insurance Institute of America.
Joel is admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania state and federal courts and in New Jersey state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.