Katie Tornari
Director

katie.tornari@law.bm (441) 298-1216

Katie is a Director at Marshall Diel & Myers Limited and has over 12 years’ experience as a lawyer.  Prior to joining Marshall Diel & Myers Limited, Katie was a Solicitor in the Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation Group at Edwards Wildman LLP in London. She joined Marshall Diel & Myers Limited in 2008 and was appointed as a director in 2012.

Katie manages the insurance and reinsurance practice, and is active in the development and supervision of the student programs.

Expertise

Katie’s practice encompasses all aspects of commercial litigation with a particular focus on insurance and reinsurance matters. She has significant experience in handling large insurance coverage disputes in arbitration and, in particular, disputes concerning the Bermuda form. Katie also has extensive experience of arbitrations which have addressed various highly contentious London market issues for both solvent and insolvent reinsurance companies and has acted for clients in the live market and clients that are in run-off, including Lloyd’s corporate members.

In addition to working on (re)insurance disputes, Katie is also extensively involved in complex commercial litigation cases in Bermuda for clients in Bermuda and internationally. She frequently works as part of an international team of commercial litigation attorneys and works closely with Queen’s Counsel and instructing attorneys from major firms in England, Canada and United States. In particular she has acted in high value disputes relating to financial institutions, funds, professional negligence, the affairs of companies, their directors and shareholders, insolvencies, employment, personal injury and medical negligence. She frequently drafts and negotiates non-disclosure, confidentiality and settlement agreements.

Katie also regularly advises on commercial and regulatory matters and is regularly instructed to draft commercial agreements and business related documents in a manner that articulates the message which the client wishes to convey. In particular, Katie is legal counsel to one of the biggest oil and gas suppliers in Bermuda and is involved in drafting, reviewing and negotiating agreements for every aspect of their business and advising them in relation to legal issues that arise in the operation of their business.

Katie is extremely passionate about her work. She is not only able to grasp complex legal issues very easily but she understands what it means to deliver results for her client. She will always ensure that she understands her clients’ commercial objectives and their businesses to achieve the results that they want.

Notable Cases

Many of the cases that Katie has worked on in the UK and Bermuda have been arbitrations or litigation where the record has been sealed, has been resolved by settlement or which is still ongoing with no decisions yet reported. As such they are confidential. Reported decisions on cases in which Katie has been involved in Bermuda include the following:

Westport Trust Company Ltd v Paragon Trust Ltd [2010] Bda LR 35

Moulder v Cox Hallett Wilkinson and Others [2010] Bda LR 78 (Supreme Court) and [2011] Bda LR 40 (Court of Appeal)

Joliet 2010 Limited Teodoro 29 Corp v Goji Limited Eran Ben-shmuel Alexander Bilchinsky 2012 BDA LR 76, Supreme Court of Bermuda

Robinson v Bank of Bermuda Ltd [2010] Bda LR 36 (Supreme Court) and [2010] CA (BDA) 9 Civ, Court of Appeal

Re Kingate Management Limited [2012] Bda LR 63

Education

King’s College, London (LLB, Hons,1997)

Bar Admissions

England and Wales, 2001

Bermuda, 2009

Industry Associations

Member, Bermuda Bar Association

Member, Law Society of England and Wales

Commissioner for Oaths

Committee Member, Young Members Group, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Chair, Bermuda Under 40s Re/Insurance Group