Insurance Guru Eugene Anderson Dies; Known for ?Triple Trigger,? Hitchhiking to Harvard | ABA Journal

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As a foster child growing up in Portland, Ore., in the 1930s, on farms and in an orphanage, Eugene Anderson must have seemed an unlikely prospect for success as a New York lawyer.

However, he not only put himself through the University of California, Los Angeles, but with the help of a lawyer he met while hitchhiking across the country, he earned a degree from Harvard Law School. By the time Anderson died Friday in Manhattan of pneumonia, the 82-year-old was a renowned plaintiffs insurance coverage lawyer, known for establishing his own law firm and a number of innovative theories that enabled corporate policyholders to collect from recalcitrant carriers, reports the New York Times.

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