Edward W. Diffin III


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Phone: (312) 360-6324

Fax: (312) 360-6520

He thoroughly prepares his arguments and briefs, and can quickly catch and adapt the facts in order to transfer them to a litigation setting. He is a solid and reliable lawyer.

- Client surveyed by Chambers



For nearly 15 years, Ed Diffin has concentrated his practice in reinsurance arbitration and litigation.  He uses his deep knowledge of the insurance and reinsurance industry, his clients’ specific business plans, applicable law and the dispute resolution process to ensure that his clients’ disputes are resolved in a satisfactory and cost-effective manner.

Ed represents cedents and reinsurers in proceedings involving life, accident and health and property/casualty contracts. These cases have involved disputes over a wide array of issues including breach of contract, breach of the duty of utmost good faith, breach of warranty, broker duties, fraud, misrepresentation and follow-the-fortunes.  

Ed also serves as counsel for clients in commercial litigation not involving the insurance and reinsurance industry.  

Ed further provides clients with counseling and advice outside of the dispute resolution context.    

Before joining Freeborn, Ed was a member of the Insurance and Reinsurance Practice at Foley & Lardner LLP.

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Represented a German reinsurer in an arbitration against a U.S. insurer where the client raised breach of contract claims as well as breaches of the duty of utmost good faith. In a unanimous decision, the panel found for our client, awarding it over $15 million in compensatory damages plus 6.5% compound interest and $1 million in punitive damages. The award was confirmed by a federal court. AXA Versicherung AG v. New Hampshire Insurance Co. et al, (S.D.N.Y).

  • Represented a domestic reinsurer in a dispute with a cedent regarding Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) claims that were ceded to an Excess of Loss Reinsurance Contract.

  • Represented domestic life & health reinsurer in dispute with cedent companies involving management of long-term care business.

  • Defended a real estate holding company in litigation brought by one of its members alleging conversion and unjust enrichment.  

Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS - US)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, AIRROC Summer Membership Meeting (July 18, 2018)