Damon Vocke is a seasoned trial lawyer and business counselor, focusing his practice in complex insurance and reinsurance coverage and litigation matters. He serves as a team lead for the Duane Morris Insurance/Reinsurance industry group. Mr. Vocke also has extensive experience with insurance regulatory and compliance, corporate governance, C-suite problem solving and internal investigations.

Mr. Vocke previously served as President and General Counsel of General Re Corporation, where he had executive responsibilities for a $6 billion business across 30 countries. He was also chairman of a Lloyd’s syndicate, chairman of the supervisory board of a German affiliate and chairman of United States Aviation Underwriters in New York. In his capacity as Group General Counsel of Gen Re, Mr. Vocke also had responsibility for legal, regulatory, governance, compliance and claims. Both for Gen Re and for major insurance clients of his own firm, Mr. Vocke has led high-profile reinsurance, regulatory and white-collar criminal defense matters.

Mr. Vocke holds both an undergraduate degree (with high distinction) and a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan. He is a director of the World Affairs Forum.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance and Reinsurance

  • Insurance Regulatory and Compliance

  • Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations

  • White-Collar Criminal Defense

Admissions

  • New York
  • Illinois
  • Connecticut

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1989
  • University of Michigan, B.A., with highest distinction, 1985

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2018-present

  • Vocke Law Group LLP
    - Managing Partner, 2016-2017

  • General Re Corporation
    - President and Global General Counsel, 2004-2016

  • Lord, Bissell & Brook
    - Associate/Partner, 1989-2004

Professional Activities

  • Federal Bar Council

  • American Bar Association

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Co-presenter, "Legal & Insurance Implications of the 2017/18 California Wildfires," New York City, March 6, 2019

  • Presenter, "Crisis Management: Tool Kit for In-House Counsel," Markel Corporation, January 16, 2019

  • "Game Changers: Mass/Class Actions on Climate Change, Opioid, and Molestation Litigation," RAA Law, Claims, and Underwriting Committees, Washington, D.C., December 13, 2018

  • "Employee Misconduct, Escalation, Internal Investigations, and Compliance Best Practices," Rabobank Legal, New York, December 11, 2018

  • “Key Coverage Issues”, PCI General Counsel Conference, Boston, September 24, 2018

  • "Opioids," RAA Discussion Series, Hamilton, Bermuda, September 20, 2018

  • " Political and Regulatory Activism Risks,"  Munich Re, Princeton, New Jersey, July 16, 2018

  • "Dealing with Corporate Crisis," The Directors Roundtable, New York, June 28, 2018

  • “Regulatory Activism and its Impact on the Insurance Industry,” CLE Presentation to Swiss Re, Armonk, New York, April 18, 2018

  • “Implications of the New General Data Protection Regulation (EU) and How You Can Prepare,” RAA Webinar, October 2017

  • “General Counsel Crisis Management Toolkit,” PCI Northeast General Counsel Seminar, Philadelphia, September 18-19, 2017

  • “D&O Emerging Risks: Cyber, Regulatory Investigations & Whistleblowers,” Association of Corporate Counsel, September 13, 2017

  • “Emerging Legal Issues: Cyber, D&O, Talc Liability, and Class Actions,” RAA Underwriting Conference, New York City, September 7, 2017

  • “Class Actions: Emerging Issues & Game Changers,” RAA Law and Claims Committees, March 23, 2017

  • “Law Enforcement Interrogations,” Federal Bar Council, February 23, 2017

  • “Day at Lloyds III,” ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, New York, February 7, 2017

  • “Impact of Regulation on the Life & Health Industry,” National Organization of Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Associations (NOLHGA) Annual Meeting, October 2013

  • “Financial Stability and Systemic Significance,” NAIC’s International Insurance Forum, Washington, D.C., May 2013

  • “Business and Legal Challenges to Corporate Management and Directors: Facing Domestic & International Enforcement,” Directors Roundtable, The Yale Club, New York City, May 2012

  • “Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Law,” Federal Bar Council, February 2011

  • “Key Issues Facing Boards of Directors: Global Securities Enforcement & Litigation,” Directors Roundtable, The Harvard Club, New York City, October 2009

  • “International Investigations,” Federal Bar Council, February 2009

  • “Responding to Parallel Proceedings: A View From The Eye of the Storm,” ABA Criminal Justice Section, Third Annual National Institute on Securities Fraud, Washington, D.C., October 2008

  • “A Commercial Case - Do I Want To Be in State or Federal Court (or Arbitration)?” The New York State Judicial Institute, CLE Program for State of New York Supreme Court Justices, Commercial Division, June 2008

  • “Where To Go For Relief: Federal Court, State Court, or Arbitration,” Federal Bar Council, January 2008

  • “Lawyer's Role in Corporate Governance,” Federal Bar Council, February 2007

  • “The Modern Law Firm and Professionalism,” Federal Bar Council, February 2007

  • “Responding to a Government Investigation,” Business Council, Inc., Member Conference, October 2006

  • “Crisis Management - Corporate Counsel's Role in Government and Public Relations,” Mealey's Corporate Counsel Conference, September 2006

  • “How to Improve the U.S. Arbitration System,” American Conference Institute, September 2006

  • “Financial Ratings and Trigger Clauses - What Does the Future Hold?” Mealey's Reinsurance Roundtable, April 2005

  • “Arbitration Developments,” Legal Education Institute Seminar on Civil Litigation, January 2000

Selected Publications

  • Quoted in "Preparedness & Recovery," Michigan Law Quadrangle, Spring/Summer 2018

  • Co-author, "6 Upcoming Supreme Court Cases That Will Affect Insurance," Law360, July 19, 2018

  • Co-author, "Functus Officio: Because All Things Must Come to Pass, the Real Question Is, on What Terms?" ARIAS Quarterly Journal, March 2018

  • “Courts Are in Conflict Over Arbitration Forum Battles,” National Law Journal, June 7, 1999

  • “Arbitration Clause Interpretation,” National Law Journal, September 22, 1997