William T. Barker is a Senior Counsel in the Chicago office of Dentons U.S. LLP, with a nationwide practice representing insurers in complex litigation, including matters relating to coverage, claims handling, sales practices, risk classification and selection, agent relationships, and regulatory matters. He sometimes serves as an expert witness on matters of insurance, professional responsibility and standard of care. He is a co-author (with Ronald D. Kent) of NEW APPLEMAN INSURANCE BAD FAITH LITIGATION, SECOND EDITION and (with Charles Silver) of PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF INSURANCE DEFENSE COUNSEL. He has been described as the leading lawyer-commentator on the connections between procedure and insurance. See Charles Silver & Kent Syverud, The Professional Responsibilities of Insurance Defense Lawyers, 45 DUKE L.J. 255, 257 n.4 (1995).
Mr. Barker is a member of the American Law Institute and was an Adviser to its now completed project on the Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance.. He is Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Bad Faith of the ABA Section of the Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee and a Vice Chair of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section ("TIPS") Committee on Insurance Coverage Litigation. He is a past Chair of the TIPS General Committee Board, the TIPS Ethics & Professionalism Committee, the TIPS Appellate Advocacy Committee, and the TIPS Robert B. McKay Law Professor Committee, and is Liaison from TIPS to the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.