Mr. Streit has practiced law as a civil litigator for nearly twenty-five years, almost entirely representing the insurance industry in one capacity or another. For many years his focus has been on representing property and casualty insurers in disputes over insurance coverage in a variety of contexts, including large property losses and complex questions of casualty insurance in both commercial and personal-lines. Mr. Streit has litigated insurance coverage disputes in federal and state court throughout Virginia, and has served as lead counsel in coverage litigation in Maryland, D.C., Tennessee, North Carolina, and Indiana. He has also provided legal opinions on insurance coverage for both property and casualty claims throughout the United States. Some of his more notable insurance cases include:
Mr. Streit presently serves as Chair of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys’ (VADA) Coverage Practice section, and he co-chairs Setliff Law’s insurance coverage practice. Recently, in the Fall 2022 edition of the VADA’s quarterly journal, The Journal of Civil Litigation, Mr. Streit published an article addressing when insurers might be able to use extrinsic evidence to challenge the duty to defend titled “Outside the Box: When can an Insurer Rely on Extrinsic Evidence to Contest Coverage Based on the Date of an Occurrence?” He frequently presents seminars for clients and for colleagues on insurance issues, and strives to pass along the knowledge his has gained over a quarter century in his field. As a thought leader in the coverage field, Mr. Streit continues to represent insurers in Virginia and beyond to assist them in enforcing their contractual and legal rights in a variety of claims.
Mr. Streit has also spent a considerable part of his career defending insureds in a wide range of disputes as insurance defense counsel. In recent years he has occasionally represented commercial clients directly in complex business litigation in both federal and state courts. Recently, he served as part of the trial team that won a defense judgment in a Virginia state court in a multi-million dollar commercial contract case, at the same time winning a $2 million judgment on the defendant’s counterclaims. That case, DPx Gear, Inc., et al. v. Erik D. Prince, et al. (Loudoun Cir. Ct. No. 83109) (2017), was featured in national news coverage, including in The Washington Post.
Prior to attending law school Mr. Streit pursued advanced degrees in medieval history, passing his doctoral examinations in 1993 before opting to change fields in the face of a negative turn in the academic job market. He has published journal articles in both law and in medieval history, the latter including a groundbreaking study of the expansion of the English Jewish community in the mid-twelfth century.
Away from the office and the courtroom, Mr. Streit is an avid outdoorsman who can be found afield during the fall and winter and casting a line in local streams and rivers during the spring and summer. He is also an ardent Bayern Munich fan, and on weekends spends his time tuned into Bundesliga games as often as possible. He is supported in both work and play by his wife, Edna, son Byron, and dog, Pacquiao. For the record, he does not have a cat named Mayweather.