Emilie Bakal-Caplan
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Emilie Bakal-Caplan


Emilie Bakal-Caplan has over thirty-five years of experience litigating insurance, reinsurance, commercial, tort, and contract matters. Her practice covers all aspects of domestic and international insurance-related disputes, including those involving retrospective premium issues, improper claims handling, declaratory judgment expenses, allocation issues, pollution liability, infidelity, lead poisoning, and sexual molestation. Over the years she has handled a diverse range of coverage issues relating to losses arising from hurricanes, floods, blizzards, collapse, mechanical failure, avian flu, defective heart valves, and insurance-backed film finance. She has also represented a variety of non-insurance company clients (including diamond and clothing manufacturers, an industrial fan manufacturer, law firms, and authors) in lawsuits involving claims of professional malpractice, fraud, hearing loss, and breach of contract.

Emilie has litigated and handled appeals in state and federal courts throughout the United States. She is admitted to the New York and federal bars, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Seventh Circuits. She has spoken on reinsurance issues at BVR/Mealey’s and the Reinsurance Association of America and is a member of the Association of Professional Insurance Women.

Emilie is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University School of Law.


  • Recognized in Super Lawyers, New York Metro, Women’s Edition, Insurance Coverage, 2021
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers, New York Metro, Insurance Coverage, 2010-2021


  • Association of Professional Insurance Women
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Streamlining the Resolution of First Party Insurance Property Damage Claims,” Perrin Natural Disaster Conference, April 2019
  • Presenter, “At the Forefront of Diversity – Women Legal,” Ark Group, June 2011
  • Presenter, “Emerging Insurance Coverage & Allocation Issues,” Perrin Conferences, January 2011
  • ARIAS Intensive Arbitrator Training Workshop, March 2007 and September 2010
  • Eastern Claims Conference, March 2009
  • Legal and Strategic Forum on Life Reinsurance, January 2009
  • Presenter, “Reinsurance Claims Management for Claims Professionals,” Reinsurance Association of America September 2006 and September 2008
  • Presenter, “Reinsurance 101,” Mealey’s, February 2004
  • Presenter, “Arbitration,” Insurance Accounting and Systems Association, November 2002


New York, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2016
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2012
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2008
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2001
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1989
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1989


J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1986
B.A., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1982

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