Seth M. Erickson


Business Phone: 312.759.5930
Business Fax: 773.877.3737


Seth Erickson handles complex insurance coverage litigation matters and provides strategic advice to clients on a broad range of insurance coverage issues, including professional liability, general liability, cyber liability and bad faith matters. In addition to his insurance coverage practice, Seth represents clients in general commercial litigation disputes and in bankruptcy-related matters.

Representative Matters

  • Won $3.5 million jury verdict on claims of fraud, unjust enrichment and conversion. The judgment was among the largest jury verdicts in Cook County, Illinois (Chicago) in 2013.
  • Successfully represented insurer in objection to debtor’s bankruptcy plan to settle asbestos claims through the vehicle of a Section 524(g) asbestos trust.
  • Obtained dismissal of claims against excess professional liability insurer because claims did not involve “professional services” and were related to claims first made prior to the policy period.
  • Won Seventh Circuit appeal addressing what constitutes “loss” under a D&O policy and clarifying the scope of the “mend-the-hold” doctrine.
  • Obtained summary judgment for D&O insurer in $10 million coverage dispute involving policyholder’s sale of a subsidiary.
  • Obtained asylum for an entire family in immigration court.
  • Obtained partial summary judgment in favor of excess insurer in major environmental pollution coverage case in Madison County, Illinois based on policies’ pollution exclusion.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • The Chicago Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Chicago Legal Clinic

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2018-present
  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2010-2017



  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 2009
    Articles Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law
  • Indiana University, B.S., with honors, 2006

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit