Benjamin A. Blume

Carroll McNulty Kull LLC

BENJAMIN A. BLUME is Member at Carroll McNulty Kull LLC. For more than 20 years, Ben has represented insurers and reinsurers in every aspect of their business, including claim counseling, litigation and arbitration, premium disputes, policy drafting, regulatory issues.  Ben has litigated many long-tail claims arising out of environmental contamination and exposure to asbestos and other toxic substances. He has extensive experience with a wide variety of issues under commercial and personal lines policies, including primary, umbrella, excess, surplus lines, and reinsurance. He also regularly represents and counsels clients with respect to bad faith, fraud, spoliation of evidence, and other extra-contractual matters. Ben also represents ceding and assuming companies in a variety of reinsurance disputes. His reinsurance practice includes representing excess of loss reinsurers written over self-insurers and self-insured pools, and representing and counseling clients with respect to disputes over asbestos and environmental claims. Earlier in his career, Ben worked for two major international casualty insurers, which has given him an acute understanding of and a sensitivity to the business issues facing his clients. Ben frequently writes and speaks on emerging issues affecting the insurance industry.  He is currently an editor of the CGL Reporter, published by IRMI. Ben is also affiliated with the American Bar Association and Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.  Ben earned his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law, in 1989, and a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude with College Honors, from Knox College in 1985.