Jodi Spencer Johnson is senior counsel in Ice Miller’s Environmental Group, focusing on insurance recovery. Jodi has practiced in the area of insurance recovery for over 15 years, advising and representing corporate policyholders in liability and first-party insurance matters. She has secured defense and indemnity for clients faced with mass tort, asbestos and environmental liabilities, obtained favorable rulings on bad faith claims, and has advised and represented corporate policyholders seeking coverage for business-interruption claims, property claims, directors-and-officers-liability coverage, commercial-crime and fidelity-bond coverages. She has also worked with individual policyholders regarding their personal lines of insurance, including homeowners insurance.
Jodi has litigated in the courts of several states and in several federal district and circuit courts. Recently Jodi was part of a trial team that obtained a jury verdict against an insurer finding bad faith and awarding punitive damages in federal court. She also recently obtained a favorable ruling by the Texas Supreme Court on an issue of first impression in that state regarding the duty to defend an environmental action initiated by the EPA. 
Outside of insurance, Jodi has represented individuals and corporations in business litigation and commercial matters, including non-insurance indemnity matters, employment matters, class action suits, property disputes, and ERISA-disability claims. 
Jodi was among the inaugural class in Ohio certified as an Insurance Coverage Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association. She now serves on the state bar’s Insurance Coverage Specialty Board. She was chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America© in 2018 in the area of insurance coverage. 
Jodi is active in the ABA Section of Litigation and its Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee. She served as Co-Chair of the Committee’s 2017 Annual CLE Conference held in Tucson, Arizona. She has previously served as a website editor, Co-Chair of the Programming Subcommittee, and as a Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Subcommittee.
Jodi received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University in 1997 and a law degree from The University of Toledo cum laude in 2001. She was a Note and Comment Editor for The University of Toledo Law Review. She is a member of the Order of the Coif.
Jodi is admitted to practice in Ohio and Michigan, as well as the United States District Court - Northern District of Ohio; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; and United States District Court - Eastern District of Michigan.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Arrowood Indemnity Company v. The Lubrizol Corporation, et al. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, Case No. 1:10-CV-2871) (on trial team that obtained a bad faith verdict and punitive damages)
  • McGinnes Indus. Maint. Corp. v. Phoenix Ins. Co., 58 Tex. Sup. J. 1439 (2015) (obtained a ruling by the Texas Supreme Court that an environmental action by the EPA triggers the duty to defend under historical CGL policies)
  • Resco Holdings L.L.C. v. AIU Insurance Company, No. CV-07-637166 (C.P. Cuyahoga County, Ohio Feb. 2, 2012 and Feb. 29, 2012) (obtained summary judgment under Ohio law against multiple insurers on duty to defend, trigger and scope for mass asbestos liabilities)
  • Resco Holdings L.L.C. v. AIU Insurance Co., No. 42,383 (23rd Dist. Wharton County, Texas) slip ops. dated Oct. 30, 2009 and Aug. 23, 2010 (obtained summary judgment under Texas law against multiple insurers on the duty to defend for mass asbestos liabilities)
  • Manor Care of America, Inc. v. Property & Casualty Insurance Guaranty Corporation, 185 Fed. Appx. 308; 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 18049 (4th Cir. 2006)
  • Manor Care, Inc. v. First Specialty Ins. Corp., No. 3:03CV7186, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48249 (N.D. Ohio, July 17, 2006) and 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 102658 (N.D. Ohio, Nov. 14, 2008)
  • Westhaven Group, LLC v. Auto‑Owners Ins. Co., No. 3:05 CV 7350, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68321 (N.D. Ohio, Sept. 22, 2006)
  • Fireman’s Fund Insur. Co. v. Hartford Acc. & Ind. Co., No. 3:03CV7168, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41247 (N.D. Ohio, Nov. 1, 2005)
  • Liberte Capital Group v. James A. Capwill, 229 F. Supp. 2d 799 (N.D. Ohio 2002)
  • Robbin M. Pettit v. Clarion Technologies, et al., No. WM 04 014, 2005 Ohio 4435; 2005 Ohio App. LEXIS 4027 (2005)
Blog Posts
Published In
  • Law You Can Use: What to Do if Your Insurance Company Won’t Cover What Your Policy Says it Should, Ohio State Bar Association (published in numerous daily periodicals state-wide) 
  • Law You Can Use - Bad Faith Claims Address Insurer Violations, Ohio State Bar Association (published in numerous daily periodicals state-wide) 
  • Navigating State Guaranty Funds, What to Expect When Your Insurer Is Insolvent, The Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, Vol. 6, No. 12, January 2008
Speaking Engagements
  • The Next Asbestos Is.....Asbestos, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee's 2018 Seminar, Tucson, AZ, March 2018
  • Advanced Issues in Insurance Coverage Law, Akron Bar Association, Akron, OH December, 2017
  • The Secret is Out: Insurance Coverage for Violation-of-Privacy Lawsuits, The Women of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association program, Chicago, IL, November 2015
  • Corporate Succession and Coverage for Legacy Liabilities, Akron Bar Association Insurance Coverage Seminar, April 2015
  • Emerging Issues in Environmental Insurance Coverage Claims & Litigation, National Constitution Center Audio Conferences, June 2014
  • Between a Rock and a Landfill: Five Dilemmas at the Intersection of Environmental and Insurance Law, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s 2014 Seminar, Tuczon, AZ, March 2014
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation, Advanced Issues in Insurance Coverage: Refresher Course, Akron Bar Association, Akron, OH, June 2013
  • Bad Faith Issues in Complex Insurance Coverage Law Cases, 2013 Advanced Insurance Coverage Law Seminar, Stark County Association for Justice and Stark County Bar Association, Canton, OH, February 2013
  • Insurance Law from Basic to Advanced - Other Coverage Issues and Hot Topics, Akron Bar Association CLE Seminar, Akron, OH, October 2012
  • Ethical Considerations After Reservation of Rights Mediation & Settlement Strategies
  • Ohio State Bar Assocation CLE Seminar, Columbus, OH, August 2012
  • A Legal Primer on Insurance Claims, Lake County Bar Association, June 2012
  • Herding Cats: Effective Strategies for Mediating Complex Issues Involving Multiple Insurers, American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference, Washington, D.C., April 2012
  • What Do You Really Need, and How Do You Get It? A Practical Discussion About Collecting Key Evidence in Coverage Cases, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s 2012 Seminar, Tucson, AZ, March 2012
  • Insurance Law Basics; Bad Faith, Ohio State Bar Association CLE Seminar, August 2011
  • Brother, Can You Spare Some Insurance Coverage? Coverage Disputes in Tough Economic Times, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s 2010 CLE Seminar, Tucson, AZ, March 2010
  • Insurance 101: Discovery in a Coverage Case, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s 2008 CLE Seminar, Tucson, AZ, February 2008
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