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   3Charles W. BrowningBloomfield Hills(248) 594-6247cbrowning@plunkettcooney.comcbrowning@plunkettcooney.comPlunkett Cooney PCwww.plunkettcooney.comwww.plunkettcooney.combrowningcharles.jpgInsurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance LawInsurance LawCommercial Litigation
Charles W. Browningcbrowning@plunkettcooney.com
Plunkett Cooney PChttp://www.plunkettcooney.com
38505 Woodward Ave Ste 2000
Bloomfield Hills MI 48304
Ph.(248) 594-6247 Fx.(248) 901-4040Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
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Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law    Insurance Law
    Commercial Litigation
Advisory Board Member
County:  Oakland
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Browning is a partner and member of the Board of Directors of Plunkett Cooney. He oversees the firm's nationwide practice as coverage counsel for several major property and casualty insurance companies and serves as co-chair of the firm's Insurance Coverage Practice Group. Mr. Browning has been designated annually as a Michigan Super Lawyer and is annually listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in America. He is a Fellow in the American College of Coverage and Extra Contractual Counsel.

He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, and several federal courts, and has been admitted to practice law pro hac vice in more than 30 states. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute (Insurance Law Committee); International Association of Defense Counsel (Insurance Committee, Chair 2006 to 2008); Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (Insurance Committee); and the American Bar Association (Litigation Section and Torts and Insurance Practice Section). He is also a member of the Board of Editors of the Defense Counsel Journal.

Mr. Browning has represented and counseled insurance carriers in countless complex insurance coverage matters throughout the United States for over 32 years. He represents insurance carriers in coverage matters arising from such issues as bad faith, class actions, construction defects, mass torts, environmental, defective products, asbestos, mold, contaminated foods, general liability (primary and excess), employers liability, errors and omissions, property, directors and officers, and professional liability.


Notable Cases and Results:  
  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with an international construction company that sought insurance coverage for 11 defectively constructed coal fired electric power plants located across the Midwest

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with large multinational corporation that sought insurance coverage for hundreds of thousands of respirator and dust mask claims arising from exposure to asbestos, silica or coal dust

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with a national department store chain that sought insurance coverage for the alleged disclosure of confidential customer information

  • Represented insurance companies in numerous litigated insurance coverage disputes arising from environmental contamination claims in Indiana

  • Represented an insurance company in litigated insurance coverage disputes with Waste Management, Inc. and several of its affiliated entities in courts in Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas arising from hundreds of thousands of claims from exposure to silica or asbestos

  • Represented an insurance company as national coverage counsel with respect to all coverage claims arising from Chinese drywall

  • Represented an insurance company in an insurance coverage dispute with a company that caused an explosion at their plant that leveled several city blocks destroying 28 separate businesses
  • Represented an insurance company (that issued 20 years of primary policies) in a coverage dispute with a Fortune 50 chemical company that sought insurance coverage for several hundred contaminated waste sites

  • Represented an insurance company that issued several years of primary and excess coverage to Dow Corning in a coverage dispute with respect to the Dow Corning Breast Implant Litigation

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with an Ohio tire manufacturer with respect to thousands of underlying tire defect claims

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with 3M with respect to the 3M Breast Implant Litigation

  • Represented an insurance company (that issued 40 years of primary polices) in a coverage dispute with a Big-Three automaker that sought insurance coverage for all historical environmental and asbestos claims against it

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with a Big-Three automaker with respect to company-wide class action employment discrimination and wrongful termination claims

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with a Big-Three automaker with respect to roll over claims against that automaker allegedly arising from defective tires

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with a furnace manufacturer with respect to hundreds of thousands of defective furnace claims pending in class actions and individual lawsuits

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with a West Virginia mining company with respect to tens of thousands of alleged bodily injury claims pending in class action lawsuits

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with a large meat-packing company with respect to thousands of claims arising from a multi-state e-coli outbreak

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with a large manufacturer of premium windows with respect to a nationwide class action lawsuit arising from water infiltration claims

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with a manufacturer of asbestos containing products facing hundreds of thousands of underlying claims

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with a siren manufacturer with respect to a nationwide class action of firefighters and emergency response personnel alleging hearing loss

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with a crematorium in Georgia that had failed to cremate the remains of hundreds of deceased persons

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with a national home construction company with respect to alleged defective construction claims in several states

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute arising from the collapse of a large swing stage from atop the Hancock Building in Chicago that resulted in multiple deaths and injuries

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with large multinational food conglomerate with respect to a recall of processed turkey in many states

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with a multi-state pipeline company operating a 20,000 mile pipeline with respect to environmental claims at each of the hundreds of pipeline transfer stations

  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage dispute with a baseball bat manufacturer with respect to an antitrust claim brought by a competing manufacturer


Bar Admissions:  
Michigan, 1981
U.S. District Court
Eastern District of Michigan, 1982
Northern District of Indiana, 1997
Western District of Michigan, 1984
Western District of Pennsylvania, 1997
Southern District of Indiana, 2002
Western District of Wisconsin, 2011
U.S. Court of Appeals
Sixth Circuit, 1988
Eighth Circuit, 2010

Admitted pro hac vice numerous times in state courts in Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, California, Mississippi and Texas


Law School:  University of Detroit School of Law, J.D., 1981

Undergraduate School:  Michigan State University, B.A., 1978

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
State Bar of Michigan
  Insurance Law Section
  Negligence Section
  Environmental Law Section
  Defense Research Institute, Insurance Law Committee
American Bar Association
  Litigation Section
  Torts and Insurance Practice Section
  Insurance Law Subcommittee
Task Force on Environmental Insurance Coverage Litigation
International Association of Defense Counsel (Insurance Committee)
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (Insurance Committee)

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
American College of Coverage and Extra Contractual Counsel, Fellow
The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC), 2010-2015
AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
Michigan Super Lawyer, Insurance Law, 2006-2014
Top Lawyer in Insurance Law, dBusiness magazine, 2011-2014


Legal Lectures:  
April 2014, Lecturer for DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute, Chicago - Put it in Writing: Drafting a Reservation of Rights (also prepared corresponding written materials)

August 2013, Lecturer for DRI Insurance Law Committee, Chicago - Webcast - Insurance 101; The Duty to Defend and Best Practices for a Reservation of Rights (also prepared corresponding written materials)

June 2013, Program Chair, DRI Insurance Executive Roundtable, Boston March 2013, Lecturer for ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Tucson - Allocation Issues Arising from Long-Tail Claims (also prepared corresponding written materials)

June 2012, Program Vice Chair for DRI Insurance Executive Roundtable, Chicago

June 2012, Lecturer for HB Litigation Conferences, New York - All Sums, Reallocation and Settlements; Rights of Subrogation and Contribution (also prepared corresponding written materials)

March 2012, Lecturer for DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute, Chicago - New and Emerging Issues Facing the Insurance Industry (also prepared corresponding written materials)

March 2011, Program Chair for DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute - Chicago

December 2010, Lecturer for DRI Insurance Coverage Practice Symposium, New York - Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Chinese Drywall Claims (also prepared corresponding written materials)

December 2009, Lecturer for Major Property and Casualty Carrier, New Jersey - Insurance Coverage Issues for Chinese Drywall Claims Under General Liability Policies October 2009, Lecturer for HarrisMartin presentation, Miami - Insurance Coverage Issues for Chinese Drywall Claims Under General Liability Policies (also prepared corresponding written materials)

April 2009, Lecturer for DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute, Chicago - Trigger of Coverage for Latent Injury Claims (also prepared corresponding written materials) December 2008, Lecturer for American Law Firm Association and Major Property and Casualty Carrier, New York - New and Emerging Insurance Coverage Issues Under General Liability Policies

May 2007, Author: Iowa High Court Upholds Total Pollution Exclusion As Bar To Coverage -- IADC Casualty Newsletter

February 2007, Lecturer/Moderator at IADC Seminar on New And Emerging Insurance Coverage and Liability Issues

January 2007, Author: Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Consent to Assignment Clause and Precludes Coverage -- IADC Casualty Newsletter November 2006, Author: Texas Supreme Court Holds That Mold Exclusion Applies Even Though Damage Was Caused By A Covered Peril -- IADC Casualty Newsletter

November 2006, Author of his updated chapter on Environmental Claims in Michigan Insurance Law And Practice

November 2006, Lecturer for Major Property and Casualty Carrier, Boston - New Developments in Pre-Tender Coverage Issues And Related Issues On A Carrier's Right To Control The Defense Under Reservation of Rights (also prepared corresponding written materials)

August 2006, Lecturer for Major Property and Casualty Carrier, New York - New Developments in Michigan Insurance Coverage Law July 2006, Lecturer/Moderator at IADC Seminar in Rome Italy - Coverage Issues Arising from Non-United States Mass Tort Claims

June 2006, Lecturer at Mealey's Webcast Seminar on Asbestos Coverage Litigation - The Number of Occurrences Issue (also prepared corresponding written materials)

February 2006, Lecturer/Moderator at IADC Seminar - New and Emerging Trends in Insurance Coverage Issues -- A View From the Trenches December 2005, Lecturer at Mealey's Seminar in New York on Asbestos Coverage Litigation - Successor Liability and Related Coverage Issues (also prepared corresponding written materials)


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