Damon Vocke

Managing Partner • dvocke@vockelawgroup.com
Direct Dial: 203.304.2060
Mobile: 203.233.4859

Damon Vocke is a seasoned trial lawyer and business counselor and Managing Partner, Vocke Law Group, a group of highly experienced attorneys specializing in complex (re)insurance coverage and litigation matters. Until recently, he was the President of General Re Corporation with executive responsibilities for a $6 billion business across 30 countries. He was also Chairman of a Lloyd's Syndicate, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of a German affiliate, and Chairman of United States Aviation Underwriters in New York City.  He has served on Audit, Risk and Complex Transaction Committees.

Damon also served as the Group General Counsel of General Re Corporation with responsibility for Legal, Regulatory, Governance, Compliance, and Claims.  He represented the Company in regulatory and criminal investigations from 2004 to 2010, including before insurance regulators in the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Australia and Germany, as well as before the New York Attorney General, the U.S. SEC, and the U.S. Department of Justice.  He has first-hand experience with challenges posed by OFAC, FCPA, whistleblower complaints, conflict-of-interest allegations, and crisis/media management.

Before his tenure at Gen Re, Damon was lead counsel through trial and appeal in complex litigation across various industry sectors for a wide variety of financial services and (re)insurance clients.  The matters included class actions, business torts, contract disputes, RICO and fraud disputes, high-limit coverage and bad faith litigation, antitrust, and receiverships.  He also conducted internal investigations.

While a litigation partner at a major law firm, he obtained winning verdicts in arbitrations and trials, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.  He won summary judgments on behalf of corporate defendants in various "pro-plaintiff" jurisdictions which include Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, and Oklahoma, and successfully mediated seemingly intractable claims and judgments.

Damon has chaired the RAA Law Committee and has served on the Board of ARIAS.  He has frequently presented at the Federal Bar Council on issues relating to international investigations, corporate governance, and the scope of U.S. law.  He has also presented at conferences of the ABA Criminal Justice Section, Mealey's, the New York State Judicial Institute, the Directors' Roundtable, NOHLGA, and the NAIC.  Further, he has written articles for the National Law Journal on arbitration.

Damon attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate (with High Distinction) and law degrees.  He is a Director of the World Affairs Forum, and past Director of the Stamford Symphony and the Chicago Chapter of the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.

  • Successfully resolved 14 class actions and a parallel criminal investigation arising from the collapse of three risk retention professional liability groups (doctors, hospitals, lawyers) that had sought damages in excess of $300 million.
  • Obtained summary judgment and final dismissal of case on behalf of insurer and its holding company in protracted, multi-million dollar bad faith and corporate veil-piercing case in Oklahoma.
  • Negotiated resolution of regulatory investigations brought in Australia, Germany, UK, and Ireland relating to financial (finite) reinsurance products.
  • Negotiated Consent Decree with the Delaware Department of Insurance relating to an inter-company transaction.
  • Conducted internal review and negotiated resolution with the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) relating to transactions involving Cuba.
  • Conducted internal review relating to broker commission practices.
  • Successfully obtained a TRO and preliminary injunction in trade secret case involving the departure of over 25 key employees to a competitor.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of an insurer against the Miami Dolphins relating to a multi-million dollar claim for workers' compensation of a paralyzed professional football player.
  • Obtained summary judgment for an insurer against the Kentucky League of Cities and Association of Counties in a multi-million dollar dispute relating to claim for workers' compensation for state employees.
  • Obtained arbitration judgment of $25 million for a reinsurer against a Florida-based auto insurer relating to overcharges on allocated loss adjustment expenses.
  • Negotiated and signed Non-Prosecution Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, and parallel agreement with the SEC.
  • General Counsel Crisis Management Toolkit, PCI Northeast General Counsel Seminar September 18-19, 2017.
  • D&O Emerging Risks: Cyber, Regulatory Investigations & Whistleblowers, Association of Corporate Counsel, September 13, 2017.
  • Emerging Legal Issues: Cyber, D&O, Talc Liability, and Class Actions, RAA Underwriting Conference, September 7, 2017.
  • Class Actions: Emerging Issues & Game Changers, RAA Law and Claims Committees, March 23, 2017.
  • Law Enforcement Interrogations, Federal Bar Council, February 23, 2017.
  • Day at Lloyds III, ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, New York, February 7, 2017.
  • Impact of Regulation on the Life & Health Industry, National Organization of Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Associations (NOLHGA) Annual Meeting, October 2013.
  • NAIC's International Insurance Forum, Financial Stability and Systemic Significance, Washington, D.C., May 2013.
  • Directors Roundtable, Business and Legal Challenges to Corporate Management and Directors: Facing Domestic & International Enforcement, The Yale Club, New York City, May 2012.
  • Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Law, Federal Bar Council, February 2011.
  • Directors Roundtable, Key Issues Facing Boards of Directors: Global Securities Enforcement & Litigation, The Harvard Club, New York City, October 2009.
  • International Investigations, Federal Bar Council, February 2009.
  • Responding to Parallel Proceedings: A View From The Eye of the Storm, ABA Criminal Justice Section, Third Annual National Institute on Securities Fraud, Washington, D.C., October 2008.
  • A Commercial Case - Do I Want To Be in State or Federal Court (or Arbitration)?, The New York State Judicial Institute, CLE Program for State of New York Supreme Court Justices, Commercial Division, June 2008.
  • Where To Go For Relief: Federal Court, State Court, or Arbitration, Federal Bar Council, January 2008.
  • Lawyer's Role in Corporate Governance, Federal Bar Council, February 2007.
  • The Modern Law Firm and Professionalism, Federal Bar Council, February 2007.
  • Responding to a Government Investigation, Business Council, Inc., Member Conference, October 2006.
  • Crisis Management - Corporate Counsel's Role in Government and Public Relations, Mealey's Corporate Counsel Conference, September 2006.
  • How to Improve the U.S. Arbitration System, American Conference Institute, September 2006.
  • Financial Ratings and Trigger Clauses - What Does the Future Hold, Mealey's Reinsurance Roundtable, April 2005.
  • Arbitration Developments, Legal Education Institute Seminar on Civil Litigation, January 2000.
  • "Courts Are in Conflict Over Arbitration Forum Battles," National Law Journal, June 7, 1999.
  • "Arbitration Clause Interpretation," National Law Journal, September 22, 1997.