Dan D. Kohane



Mr. Kohane is a nationally recognized insurance coverage counselor who conducts extensive training, consultation and in-house seminars on this highly specialized practice. For over 30 years, he has served as Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law at the University at Buffalo Law School. Mr. Kohane is also known in the industry for his comprehensive newsletter, Coverage Pointers, a bi-weekly publication summarizing important insurance coverage decisions in New York State courts with overviews of other jurisdictions.

A senior member at Hurwitz & Fine, P.C., Mr. Kohane has distinguished himself in managing the ever-evolving area of insurance coverage serving regional, national and international clients. An accomplished trial lawyer and litigator, Mr. Kohane is also active behind the scenes, advising clients on a broad range of matters involving litigation including insurance coverage, bad faith, tort defense and professional ethics. Mr. Kohane also has extensive experience mediating complex casualty and insurance coverage disputes and serves on the American Arbitration Association Complex Coverage Neutral Evaluation Panel and Commercial Arbitration panels.  He has also recently been appointed and certified to the panel of Federal Mediators in the Western District of New York.

In 2017, Mr. Kohane was selected as a member of the American Law Institute, an organization of nationally prominent judges, lawyers, and law professors who work together to produce scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. Mr. Kohane is immediate past President and currently serves as Board Chair of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence, a non-profit organization which provides educational programming and support for state appellate judges.

He is a past president of the highly selective Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) and past president of the FDCC Foundation. He has also served on the Board of Directors of DRI, serves on its Insurance Law Steering Committee and served as program chair for its Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium and as Co-Editor in Chief of its Reservation of Rights Compendium. He was a founding member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Coverage Counsel. Mr. Kohane is an AV-Rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, a Top 50 New York Super Lawyer in Upstate New York and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2009 where he was named Lawyer of the Year in Insurance Law for 2017.

A frequent resource for journal and newspaper articles, he lectures widely on insurance coverage and tort issues. He heads the firm’s Insurance Coverage and Extra Contractual Liability, Class Actions/Mass Torts and ADR practice groups.

The first recipient of the Young Lawyer’s Award from the Insurance, Negligence and Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, he was also honored with the Section’s John E. Leach Memorial Award for Outstanding Service and Distinguished Contributions to the Legal Profession. Mr. Kohane is a member of the Torts, Insurance, Compensation and Municipal Law Sections of the New York State Bar Association, a member of the Erie County Bar Association and the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association and is a past president of the Erie County Bar Foundation.

Mr. Kohane is a graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School and received his under-graduate degree, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at New Paltz. 




Dan D. Kohane
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Court Admissions

Courts of the State of New York
United States District Court
- Western District of New York
- Northern District of New York
- Southern District of New York
- Eastern District of New York
United States 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals

Admitted to Practice

New York
Foreign Legal Consultant Ontario, Canada


University at Buffalo Law School (J.D., 1979)
State University of New York at New Paltz (B.A., 1975)

Professional Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated Lawyer
Best Lawyers in America (Insurance Coverage and Commercial Litigation)
Upstate New York Super Lawyers Top 10
Business First Legal Elite of WNY
Euromoney Guide to World’s Leading Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers

Firm News

01/13/22: Legal Alert: Required Disclosures Under the New Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act

01/05/22: Law360: Dan D. Kohane Quoted in Law360 Article on NY's Insurance Disclosure Bill

08/23/21: Firm News: 28 Attorneys Named to 2021 Upstate New York Super Lawyers List

08/19/21: Firm News: 21 Hurwitz & Fine Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

08/16/21: Firm News: Dan Kohane Featured Speaker at 2021 ADTA Annual Meeting

05/13/21: Law360: NY Bad Faith Bill Would Tip The Scales Against Insurers

04/01/21: NYIA Your NY Connection Magazine: Courts ... Uh, Hello? Hindsight is 2020

10/05/20: Buffalo Business First: 2020 Legal Elite of WNY List

09/30/20: NYIA Your NY Connection Magazine: Mighty Changes for Declaratory Judgment?

08/26/20: Firm News: 30 Attorneys Named to 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers List

08/20/20: Firm News: 21 Hurwitz & Fine Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

06/05/20: American Bar Association TIPS: Excess Insurance Case Summaries

05/06/20: DRI Podcast: Follow-Up to Coronavirus Insurance Implications Webinar

05/05/20: City & State New York: Should insurance companies have to cover small businesses’ pandemic losses?

05/04/20: City & State New York: Coronavirus leaves Child Victims Act cases in limbo

04/18/20: Buffalo Business First: "Fine print on policies has businesses, insurers and legislators in a quarrel."

04/06/20: NYIA Your NY Connection Magazine: "Judicial Oversights?"

04/02/20: FDCC: The short- and long-term impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the legal industry

3/29/20: Blog: Critique of Assembly Bill A.10226 – The COVID-19 “Business Interruption Bill” – The Cure is Worse than the Solution

3/24/20: NYSBA: After Coronavirus Crisis Passes, Lawyers Expect Financial Stress, Wider Use of Tech

10/20/19: The Wall Street Journal: Insurers Face Wave of Costly Child Sex-Abuse Claims

9/10/19: PLRB: Podcast - Insurance After the New York Child Victims Act

8/15/19: News Update: 11 Attorneys Recognized in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

8/13/19: Buffalo Law Journal: Building a network is key as attorneys begin legal careers

8/12/19: News Update: 27 Attorneys Named to 2019 Upstate New York Super Lawyers List

News Update: Dan D. Kohane elected President of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence

8/16/18: News Update: 10 Hurwitz & Fine Attorneys Honored in 2019 Best Lawyers

7/2/19: Blog: Insurance Coverage and The Child Victims Act: The Gauntlet Has Been Dropped

6/20/19: News Update: Michael F. Perley and Dan D. Kohane sworn in as Mediators and Neutrals

9/27/18: Business First: Legal Elite: Recognizing WNY's top attorneys

8/17/18: News Update: 25 Attorneys Named to 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers List

7/23/18: News Update: Dan D. Kohane elected Vice President of NFJE

8/15/17: News Update: 10 Hurwitz & Fine Attorneys Honored in 2018 Best Lawyers

8/3/17: News Update: Kohane Selected to Join American Law Institute

8/4/16: News Update: 75% of Firm Listed As Super Lawyers

8/4/16: News Update: H&F Attorneys Listed As Best Lawyers