• Williams College; Columbia University (B.A. 1979)
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1982)
  • Order of Barristers; National Moot Court Team

Bar and Court Admissions

  • 1983, New York
  • 1991, California

Iain A.W. Nasatir

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Los Angeles
Tel: 310.277.6910

Iain Nasatir specializes in insurance coverage, insolvency, regulatory, reinsurance, and bankruptcy disputes. Currently, he is involved with insurance coverage issues in the firm’s representations of creditors' committees of sexual-abuse survivors in the chapter 11 bankruptcies of the Diocese of Buffalo, the Diocese of Rochester, the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, and in other sex-abuse related bankruptcies (e.g., Boy Scouts of America and U.S.A Gymnastics). Prior committee representations involving sexual-abuse coverage issues include bankruptcies of the Gallup, Stockton and Davenport dioceses and The Weinstein Company. Other cases have involved debtors’ obligations for SIRS and deductibles in bankruptcy (e.g., law firms Sedgwick and Heller Ehrman) and the interplay between state insurance regulators and bankruptcy court jurisdiction (e.g., Superior National, Fremont General and Executive Life).

For further information on the diocesan and other sex-abuse cases, please see general firm discussion.

In the course of the firm's bankruptcy representation of Sizzler Restaurants, Mr. Nasatir advised on complex reinsurance and insurance defense issues arising in the bankruptcy regarding the debtor's captive, and successfully implemented a mandatory mediation program in the bankruptcy court to maximize the opportunity for a premium refund to be paid to the debtor. Mr. Nasatir has also been involved in similar capacities for the trustee of a bankrupt American subsidiary of a Japanese scrap metal company and for Breed Technologies in its bankruptcy. In addition to handling coverage issues on primary insurance and reinsurance agreements, Mr. Nasatir has represented policyholders in coverage disputes, including D & O coverage litigation with National Union Fire Insurance Company and other similar carriers.

On the litigation front, Mr. Nasatir obtained a defense judgment at trial on behalf of Fremont General in a suit brought by the Bank of New York over workers compensation deposits. He also obtained dismissals for the same client in lawsuits brought by the California Insurance Commissioner. On behalf of his Superior National client, he settled a reinsurance fraud dispute with a "walk-away."

He attended Stowe School in Bucks, England, Williams College, Columbia College and Cardozo School of Law. Mr. Nasatir is admitted to practice in New York and California, and is resident in our Los Angeles office.

Professional Affiliations

  • Vice-chair, ABA Torts & Insurance Practice Section (2006-2007)
  • Member, International Association of Insurance Receivers

Programs and Lectures

Lecturer, International Reinsurance Congress; Inter-Pacific Bar Association, Turnaround Management Association, International Association of Insurance Receivers and ABA TIPS Insurance Coverage Programs


  • Co-author, "Recent Developments in Excess, Surplus Lines, and Reinsurance," 39ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal 376 (2004)
  • "Insurer's Collapse Highlights Hazards to Investors," National Law Journal (April 1995)
  • "For All the Wrong Reasons D & O Claims Should Diminish," Risk Management (Oct. 1994)
  • "Whose Contract Is It Anyway?" Mealey's Litigation Reports Reinsurance (Aug. 1994)
  • Co-author, "Communications Under Wraps," Best's Review (Sept.1992)
  • Co-Author, "Late Notice: In Harm's Way," Best's Review (Sept.1991)


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