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Insurance attorneys review the facts of insurance claims and insurance contracts to advise the insurers or the insured as to whether there is coverage and then litigate when a dispute over coverage cannot be resolved. Insurance lawyers work in a variety of areas, including auto, home owners, renters, general, employers, and directors and officers. Insurance litigation can be practiced in specialized boutiques though many large firms will have a few practitioners, or it will fall under the litigation department. Insurance companies employ many attorneys to deal with these disputes, so it can be a good area for a litigator who wants to move in-house, though compensation in these roles tends to be relatively low. Large companies will also employ insurance lawyers to advise on what types of insurance they should have to mitigate risk. There is a small subset of insurance lawyers whose practice deals with transactions in the insurance industry. These attorneys advise on the formation, acquisition, and disposition of insurance companies and agencies and on the formation of new insurance products.

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