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Cope Ehlers, P.C.

Dirk E. Ehlers


Phone: 312-549-9382
Email: DEhlers@CopeEhlers.com

For more than three decades, Dirk Ehlers has handled insurance-related matters, focusing primarily on the resolution of coverage disputes on behalf of insurers, through a combination of direct negotiation, mediation and litigation. His breadth of industry experience includes handling coverage issues involving specialty lines of insurance, such as D&O/management liability, professional liability, financial institution/commercial crime bonds, cyber and technology liability, and mortgage impairment products.

In addition, Dirk's extensive industry portfolio includes matters arising under property/casualty lines - commercial general liability, transportation liability and marine liability and excess/umbrella insurance. He has also defended banks, brokers, and developers in connection with general commercial disputes.


Cope Ehlers, P.C.
2016 - present

Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C.
Shareholder and Vice President
2010 - 2016

Duane Morris LLP
Special Counsel

Underwriters at Lloyd's, London

Consultant and expert witness

Peterson & Ross



J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1988

B.A., Cornell College (summa cum laude), 1985

Bar and Court Admissions


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Professional Memberships

Illinois State Bar Association

Publications and Presentations

  • Cyber Risks, Social Media and Insurance: A Guide to Risk Assessment and Management (co-authored LexisNexis 6th Edition August 2021-August 2022)
  • Social Media and Insurance: The Insider’s Guide to Successful Risk Assessment and Management (co-authored LexisNexis May 2014)
  • Prevailing Sources of Potential Liability for Private Companies and Their Directors and Officers - White Paper (May 20, 2010)
  • The Impact of Carolina Casualty - Law 360 (July 28, 2009)
  • Stock Options Backdating: Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance and Indemnification Issues - Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals, Fall Conference (October 5, 2006)
  • Bad Faith: Trends in Statutory and Common Law Framework - Fidelity Law Association Journal (Vol. IV, 1998)
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