Robert A. Badgley

Robert Badgley’s practice includes commercial litigation and arbitration; professional liability and CGL insurance coverage; reinsurance coverage; and Internet Liability.

Mr. Badgley acts as coverage and monitoring counsel for insurers on professional liability insurance programs designed for a wide variety of professionals, including judges, arbitrators, mediators, attorneys, polygraphists, handwriting experts, district attorneys, public defenders, and other professionals. Mr. Badgley also handles CGL coverage matters including representing excess layers.

Mr. Badgley represents domestic and global insurers and reinsurers in reinsurance coverage disputes. He frequently renders coverage advice on large and complex liability and first party property claims, representing cedents or reinsurers in reinsurance lawsuits and arbitrations. Subject matters have included a wide range of reinsurance claims, contexts, and issues (e.g., retrocession, long-tail casualty, run-off, insolvency, XPL, rescission, catastrophe, asbestos, pollution, life & disability, first-party property, 9/11, Enron, breast implant and pharmaceuticals).

His reinsurance court decisions include Ruthardt v.Lloyd’s (summary judgment on issue of “number of occurrences” in reinsurance treaties); Owens Insurance Limited v. Transatlantic Re (summary judgment on issue whether facultative reinsurance contracts are “integrated” agreements); and Republic Ins. Co. v. Banco de Seguros del Estado(summary judgment on time-barred claims).

Internet and Domain Names
Mr. Badgley also counsels and represents clients on Internet liability issues. He has represented several clients in ICANN “cyber arbitrations” involving domain name ownership disputes. He is recognized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as one of WIPO’s designated panelists for domain name disputes, and has served as arbitrator or presiding panelist in more than 110 such cases.

Mr. Badgley published a 600-page treatise, “Domain Name Disputes,” through Aspen Law & Business. His treatise is cited authority in numerous ICANN domain name arbitration decisions.


J.D., University of Chicago Law School (1991)
B.A., Political Science and French, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Illinois (1988)

Bar Admissions:
Mr. Badgley is a member of the Illinois bar. He is admitted before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Mr. Badgley has argued and/or been admitted pro hac vice in federal courts in Wisconsin, Missouri (appellate) and Massachusetts (appellate), as well as state courts in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

Phone: 312.431.3634
VCard: Robert A. Badgley