Excess Liability Insurance (ELI), more commonly known as Umbrella Insurance, is one of the most important types of insurance your company can buy. It protects your business from holes or limits in existing policy coverage as well as from financially draining lawsuits. Just as you carry an umbrella to protect you from a potential downpour, ELI protects your company from the types of claims that could close your business. Businesses choose this form of coverage to back up the limits contained in their underlying liability policies (commercial general liability, business auto, employer liability, and professional liability.) For the most part, it is used to cover exceptionally large events or losses with low probabilities of occurrence. Without this coverage, these events – as few and far between as they may be – would be financially devastating to many companies.