April H. Gassler joined Sperduto Thompson as a partner in 2013. She has practiced law in Washington, D.C. for approximately ten years and maintains a diverse practice that involves both counseling engagements and litigation matters in state and federal courts across the country. Her practice includes counseling insurance industry clients on complex coverage issues arising from commercial general liability, directors’ & officers’ liability, and other types of professional liability insurance policies, as well as representing those clients in insurance coverage and “bad faith” litigation. She also assists commercial real estate developers in the Washington, D.C. area in connection with a variety of insurance and litigation issues.
While no longer the focus of her practice, Ms. Gassler previously represented financial services and life insurance companies in complex commercial disputes and class action litigation, at both the trial and appellate level.
Outside of her legal pursuits, Ms. Gassler is involved in a variety of volunteer activities and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C.
- Alvarez v. Insurance Company of North America, Case No. 06-CV-4326, 2006 WL 3702641 (E.D. Pa. Dec. 12, 2006), aff’d, 313 F. App’x 465 (3d Cir. 2008) (dismissing putative class action asserting claims for fraud and violation of the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act in connection with sales of long-term care insurance policies).
- Sheinbaum v. American Casualty Company of Reading, Pa., Case No. 09-CV-273, 2010 WL 3909209 (D.D.C. Oct. 1, 2010) (granting summary judgment in favor of a professional liability insurer, holding that the insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify a foreign-trained nurse under a policy for registered nurses in response to claim arising out of her provision of home health services when she did not hold a valid nursing license).
- Warren Hospital v. American Casualty Company of Reading, Pa., 398 F. App’x 800 (3d Cir. 2010) (affirming summary judgment ruling that, by operation of other insurance clause in a nurse’s professional liability policy, the nurse’s personal coverage applied only in excess of the self-insured retention payable under her employer’s insurance program).