David Goodwin receiving an award from UP for volunteer serviceIn a time when U.S. businesses are turning to courts across the U.S. to enforce their rights to insurance protection for COVID-19 losses, the CA Supreme Court delivered them a win this week in a long-simmering, high stakes battle over coverage in a different context - repairing environmental damage.  United Policyholders helped secure the victory for policyholders in the Montrose case by weighing in with an amicus brief prepared pro bono by the Covington & Burling team of David Goodwin and Rene Siemens.  California's highest court adopted the pragmatic approach we advocated that allows a policyholder to access paid-for excess coverage without having to jump through impractical expensive hoops. UP honored Goodwin in 2016 for being a dedicated and effective advisor and volunteer, and we thank him and his firm for helping secure this victory for policyholders.

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Amy Bach

Amy Bach has been a professional advocate for insurance policyholders since 1984 and an attorney since 1989. While practicing insurance regulatory law and representing clients in litigation matters, she co-founded United Policyholders in 1991. Bach migrated from the private practice of law in 2005 to become the organization's full-time Executive Director and primary spokesperson; shaping and overseeing the Roadmap to Recovery™, Roadmap to Preparedness, and Advocacy and Action programs. She is a nationally-recognized expert on insurance claim and legal matters; frequently interviewed in print and broadcast media, and the author of numerous legal and consumer publications including "The Disaster Recovery Handbook," "WISE UP: The Savvy Consumer's Guide to Buying Insurance," and tips and guides in the UP Claim Help Library.  Recognized by Money Magazine as a Money Hero, Bach has served as an official consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners since 2009 and is in her second term as an appointed member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance. She also currently serves on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Disaster Preparedness and Response.