Donald R.Erlandson (Don)


Los Angeles +

Don Erlandson is an insurance coverage lawyer who has exclusively represented policyholders for nearly two decades. He has assisted policyholders in recovering millions of dollars in insurance proceeds and has counseled and advised clients under a broad array of insurance policies, including property, general liability, professional liability, employment practices liability, directors and officers liability, environmental liability, media liability, and workers compensation. This work has extended to a number of diverse industries and businesses, including railroad, technology, real estate, telecommunications, financial services, and entertainment.

In addition to his counseling efforts, Don has litigated complex insurance coverage disputes in courts across the country for clients such as World Trade Center Properties, The Kroger Company, and Dell. He also has substantial experience in mediating and arbitrating insurance coverage disputes. These matters have involved novel and cutting-edge issues in the insurance recovery field.

Don has written articles on numerous insurance coverage issues and topics. In 2017, he was listed among "names to note" in the field of "Insurance Recovery: Advice to Policyholders" by The Legal 500. Don also has been recognized on a number of occasions as a "Southern California Rising Star" in the field of insurance coverage in surveys conducted by Law & Politics Media and published in Los Angeles magazine.


  • NEP Group acquires SOS Global ExpressJones Day advised NEP Group in its acquisition of SOS Global Express, an independent international freight forwarding and full-service logistics company that specializes in supporting clients in broadcast, entertainment, music, and professional sports teams and leagues.
  • Lingo acquires Impact TelecomJones Day advised Lingo Communications, LLC, a leading nationwide network service provider dedicated to serving the SMB and consumer markets, in its acquisition of Impact Acquisition LLC and TNCI Operating Company LLC (collectively, "Impact Telecom"), in an all-cash transaction.
  • Lumber Liquidators wins dismissal of insurer coverage complaint in favor of prior pending lawsuitJones Day won motion to dismiss a complaint filed by St. Paul Fire & Marine Company against Jones Day client Lumber Liquidators, Inc. in The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires Vivid Learning SystemsJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition and related financing by portfolio company, Health & Safety Institute, a provider of comprehensive health and safety training courses, of Vivid Learning Systems, Inc., a provider of online safety training.
  • LeBaronBrown Industries acquires American International Chemical, Inc.Jones Day advised LeBaronBrown Industries LLC in connection with the acquisition and related financing of a majority interest in American International Chemical Inc., a leading specialty chemical and ingredients distributor based in Framingham, Massachusetts.
  • Riverside acquires Parker ProductsJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Parker Products, an industry-leading manufacturer of custom food and beverage ingredients.
  • Western Digital acquires Tegile SystemsJones Day represented Western Digital, a leading provider of storage technologies and solutions that enable people to create, leverage, experience, and preserve data, in connection with its acquisition of Tegile Systems, Inc., a developer of flash and persistent-memory storage solutions for enterprise data center applications.
  • Sammons settles bad faith claims against Federal Insurance CompanyJones Day represented Sammons Financial Group as lead counsel in a Iowa federal bad faith coverage action seeking coverage for defense costs incurred in defending underlying annuity sales practice class actions.
  • Dell resolves coverage claim for underlying patent litigation settlementJones Day represented Dell Inc. as lead counsel in a pending Texas state court action seeking coverage from Lloyd’s London for an underlying patent litigation settlement.
  • World Trade Center Properties obtains recovery from insurersJones Day represented World Trade Center Properties LLC, the primary leaseholder, of the World Trade Center as lead counsel in pursuing recovery from insurers of amounts obtained in subrogation claims relating to losses from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.