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Insurance Defense


Ford, Parshall & Baker has a distinguished history of representing insurance companies and their policyholders in complex litigation cases involving many different types of claims, including:

  • Professional liability and malpractice
  • Fire and casualty claims
  • Employment and vicarious liability
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Commercial general liability
  • Premises liability
  • Misrepresentation and fraud
  • Title insurance claims

Our attorneys are regularly hired by insurers to defend their policyholders throughout the various stages of a case, including initial demands, mediation and settlement conferences, discovery and trial, and any resulting appeal.  The FPB appellate group has extensive experience with civil litigation appeals, including claims involving coverage.

Coverage Opinions and Declaratory Judgments

Due to our depth of trial experience and exceptional researching skills, we are often called upon to provide coverage opinions or represent an insurer in matters such as excess liability policies, uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage, self-insured retentions, bad faith and vexatious refusal claims, subrogation claims, disputes between carriers, declaratory judgment actions, title insurance, automotive policies, errors and omissions policies and commercial general liability policies. 

Trusted Outside Counsel

We are proud of the continuing partnerships we have developed with many insurance companies during the past few decades.  As outside counsel, we provide the knowledge and information that insurers need to efficiently manage cases, including:

  • Quickly assessing cases regarding facts, liability, damages and potential exposure.
  • Providing accurate case & settlement evaluations.
  • Innovative approaches to early case resolutions.
  • Frequent reports to clients and their insurers.
  • Promptly responding to inquiries and requests.
  • Cost control through the use of detailed resolution plans.
  • Use of current billing technology, including UTBMS codes and electronic billing. 

Ford, Parshall & Baker has an outstanding reputation for its defense of insureds and insurers.  FPB has been repeatedly named a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Reports.  U.S. News ranks us as one of the best professional malpractice defense firms.  We are AV rated and one of A.M. Best’s Recommended Insurance law firms.  

Our Office
  • Columbia Office
    3210 Bluff Creek Drive
    Columbia, Missouri 65201-3525
    Phone: 573-449-2613
    Fax: 573-875-8154
FPB NEWS
  • "Ford Parshall & Baker congratulates the attorneys listed in the 2014 publication of Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers: Hamp Ford was named as a Super Lawyer in the area of Personal Injury Medical Malpractice Defense, Jeff Parshall was named as a Super Lawyer in the area of Civil Litigation Defense, and Emily Little and Josh Devine were named as Rising Stars in the area of Civil Litigation Defense."

  • "On behalf of the Missouri Insurance Coalition and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, Jill Jackson authored an Amicus brief in a pending Missouri Supreme Court case, Dutton v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company. July 2014. Ford Parshall & Baker welcomed Clayton Thompson as an associate attorney. June 2014."

  • "Hamp Ford and Jill Jackson won a declaratory judgment holding that an insurance policy was not ambiguous regarding the identity of the named insured, and the Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment in Columbia Mutual Insurance Company v. Grain Bin Supply Company et al., (Per Curium Order, May 13, 2014)."

  • "Jill Jackson moderated a continuing legal education seminar with a panel of judges from several of Missouri's judicial circuits. April 2014. Jeff Parshall and Michael Robertson won an appeal for their client in Executive Board of Missouri Baptist Convention v. Windermere Baptist Conference Center, Inc. et al., 430 S.W.3d 274 (Mo.App. S.D. 2014). "

  • "The Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment in favor of Ford, Parshall & Baker's client enforcing a mechanic’s lien on a condominium construction project at the Lake of the Ozarks. Grau Contracting, Inc. v. Captiva Lake Investments, LLC, 429 S.W.3d 472 (Mo.App. S.D. 2014)."