Jeff Clancy is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and Insurance Transactional and Regulatory Practice Group. Jeff focuses on all aspects of professional liability insurance, transactional insurance, risk management and complex indemnification schemes. He regularly advises corporations, boards, individual directors and officers, independent directors, private equity firms and hedge funds on insurance-related issues ranging from customizing and placing insurance programs, corporate transactions, restructuring and bankruptcy matters, and management and professional services claims.

Jeff has extensive experience evaluating insurance coverages under D&O, R&W, E&O, cyber, fiduciary, EPL, mutual fund and hedge fund policies. This includes drafting and negotiating customized policies, considering strategic claim noticing issues to maximize coverage, and handling major management-based claims through final recovery. He regularly assists clients with insurance placements, whether during routine annual renewals or following more difficult settings, including post-claim, post-bankruptcy or following a change-in-control transaction.

Jeff works closely with all of the departments at Willkie to ensure that insurance issues are considered in connection with our clients’ overall goals. His technical and commercial experience on behalf of policyholders helps clients maximize their insurance assets and potential recoveries, while helping to avoid unnecessary insurance disputes.

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Prior to joining Willkie, Jeff was an associate at a major international law firm, where he regularly represented insurance companies on all aspects of professional liability insurance.

  • “Top 25 Pro Bono Advocates of 2015,” Legal Services NYC  – awarded in connection with work on the Hurricane Sandy Flood Insurance Review initiative and presented by the Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York
  • “Commitment to Justice - Special Award,” Her Justice (formerly inMotion, Inc.), February 2010

Selected Publications

  • “Reorganization And D&O: Not Always Business As Usual,” Law360, March 2012 – discussing D&O insurance in the restructuring and bankruptcy context

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • “Risky Business: Why Coverage Counsel is Necessary in Corporate Transactions,” Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, American Bar Association, February 2018
  • “SEC & DOJ and Interplay with Civil Actions, and Coverage Considerations,” Insurers’ and Insureds’ Perspective on Current Issues in D&O Liability & Insurance 2017 CLE, New York City Bar Association, June 2017
  • “The State of the D&O Marketplace: The Latest Products, Coverage, Claims, and Underwriting,” 4th National Forum on Securities Litigation & Enforcement, American Conference Institute, January 2015



Suffolk University, J.D., 2000 University of New Hampshire, B.A., 1997

Bar Admissions

New York, 2001 Massachusetts, 2001

Events & Speaking Engagements