USA

Illinois

Insurance


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Insurance - Illinois

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What the team is known for Represents policyholders in all facets of insurance recovery, including litigation, claims handling and negotiations. Clients come from the pharmaceutical, telecom, real estate and chemical industries, among others. Engages in international and London market work, including dealing with solvent and insolvent carriers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"My overall impression of Barnes & Thornburg is excellent. Their work is great and their hourly rates are fair and competitive."

"They are very responsive to practical concerns." 

Work highlights Recently advised Georgia Pacific on its high-value insurance recovery efforts against Lloyd's syndicates and London market companies for environmental and asbestos coverage. 

Represented General Growth Properties in a coverage claim against CNA, regarding alleged false advertising and disparagement against primary and excess liability carriers.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Hollander's expertise includes D&O, E&O, wrongful death and environmental coverage claims. He is praised by clients for his responsiveness and commercial sense, with one source adding: "He's fantastic. He has a broad network, and people know him and are responsive back to him."

Significant clients Wells Enterprises, City of Chicago, Frontier Communications, Simon Property Group, Pactiv.

What the team is known for Specialist insurance and reinsurance practice with over 70 lawyers experienced in a vast range of insurance disputes. Areas of expertise include bad faith, Bermuda Form, first party property and professional liability claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"On a relative basis they're tremendous value in insurance and reinsurance defense or dispute resolution."

"They get brought on to do a lot of significant work." 

Notable practitioners  

Robert Bates wins the admiration of the market for his insurance and reinsurance practice, in which he represents major domestic and international industry clients. Sources say: "He's smart, and he does not give up - he's very tenacious."

"Fantastic lawyer" Scott Carey has an expansive insurance practice which includes expertise of professional liability, mass tort and Bermuda-related issues. He also has a specialty in transportation matters, with knowledge of the railroad and trucking industries.

What the team is known for Acknowledged as one of the leading reinsurance practices in the state. Represents major industry clients across the country in broad range of disputes, including mortgage insurance litigation, managed care litigation and related commercial litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Unmatched experience and value in the reinsurance dispute space. For matters that must go to trial or hearing, they are the best in my view."

"They're a leading firm in the reinsurance space." 

Work highlights Represented Liberty Mutual in a high-profile case against AIG regarding workers' compensation premiums that reached a favorable conclusion in 2013.

Defended OneBeacon Insurance against Century Indemnity and Pacific Employers Insurance, regarding the recovery of $7 million in reinsurance on asbestos losses.

Notable practitioners  

James Rubin is universally acclaimed for his vast reinsurance litigation and arbitration practice. Areas of his expertise include asbestos and environmental matters. Clients appreciate his "thorough, insightful and balanced case evaluation, exceptional trial preparation, commitment and oral advocacy."

Ira Belcove is a respected attorney who has deep experience of reinsurance and complex business litigation matters. He counts Old Republic among his clients, and frequently represents the organization in high-profile litigation against major US banks.

Robert Hermes is cited by one client as possessing "broad knowledge of the industry legal players, including arbitrators and umpires." He is also lauded as "an excellent trial lawyer and strategic thinker."

Catherine Isely recently successfully co-defended major client TIG Insurance against claims brought by AIU Insurance. Sources say: "She's very straightforward, her clients know all of the issues, good and bad, and she doesn't sugar-coat anything."

Teresa Snider is praised by clients as "an excellent attorney in the field of reinsurance arbitration." She has a wide-ranging practice and represents both ceding insurers and assuming reinsurers.

Julie Rodriguez Aldort focuses her practice on reinsurance and commercial litigation. Areas of her expertise include latent claims, D&O liability and workers' compensation.

Significant clients CVS Caremark, Faraday Reinsurance, General Star International Indemnity.

What the team is known for Handles large and complex insurance disputes with particular expertise in class actions on behalf of insurance companies. Also has a dedicated transactional and regulatory team noted for its expertise in M&A, market conduct investigations and regulatory enforcement.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have assembled consummate experts in the regulatory arena and are a significant value-add to difficult issues where outside counsel is needed."

"They constantly deliver high-quality products to us in a timely fashion."

Notable practitioners  

Corinne Carr heads the firm's insurance risk management team and also has additional focus on regulatory and transactional matters. As well as representing major insurers, reinsurers, agents and brokers, she also counsels Fortune 500 companies on strategic insurance matters.

Robert Johnson is a highly respected litigator who focuses on complex insurance and reinsurance matters. Client say: "He has done a terrific job. He has a very deep knowledge of the law and is generally looked to by peers within other firms as being an authoritative voice of reason."

Donna Vobornik has deep experience of litigating complex insurance coverage cases. She has particular expertise in environmental, asbestos and Chinese drywall coverage cases, as well as claims relating to product liability, bad faith and insurer bankruptcies.

What the team is known for Represents a broad range of clients including insurers, consulting firms and private equity funds in transactional, regulatory and compliance matters. Handles high-level domestic and international work, particularly in Europe.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm is more flexible and accommodating than most of its peers when it comes to fee agreements. Its proactiveness and practical advice are generally ahead of the pack."

"We particularly appreciate the reinsurance expertise, the global footprint and the availability and proactivity of the partners we work with."

Work highlights Advised Atlas Financial Holdings on its $23 million acquisition of Camelot Services and its insurance subsidiary Gateway Insurance.

Represented SCOR in the sale of its Investors Insurance Corp subsidiary to Athene Holding.

Notable practitioners  

David Mendelsohn has a diverse transactional and regulatory practice which includes expertise in M&A, structured risk and IPOs, as well as providing global compliance advice. According to sources: "He's an excellent lawyer - he's thorough, has a good understanding of regulatory issues and has a very commercial perspective of getting things done."

Stephen Schwab impresses clients with his "ability to develop strategic relationships, and easy-to-work-with, positive attitude." He counts SCOR among his list of illustrious clients.

Significant clients York Risk Services, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner and Department.

What the team is known for Deep expertise across insurance and reinsurance litigation in both the property and casualty and life and health areas. Represents high-level domestic and international insurers and reinsurers. Singled out for expertise in life reinsurance from a wide network of offices across the country.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're in the top echelons, particularly in respect to their life specialty. They are my go-to firm if I have an insurance case."

"I prefer Foley as they have offices throughout the US and it's useful to have that capability. It's difficult for national law firms to maintain consistency across offices, but they do a nice job of that."

Notable practitioners  

Gail Goering has an extensive reinsurance practice and is praised by sources for her skill as reinsurance arbitration counsel. Sources praise her "incredibly thorough preparation" and her deep knowledge of the life reinsurance space.

Eric Haab earns widespread admiration from clients for his reinsurance practice which includes experience of disputes regarding asbestos and silica losses and life insurance policies. He is lauded by sources as "an extremely talented lawyer" who is "very good at delivering practical advice quickly."

Neal Moglin is a talented litigator who represents major reinsurers and ceding companies. He is known to be "extremely committed and very detail oriented" and "does an excellent job in opening and closing arguments, and also in cross-examination."

Significant clients AIG, Alea Bermuda, Excalibur Reinsurance/Armour Risk, Resolute Management Services, Hannover Life Reinsurance Company of America.

What the team is known for Handles sophisticated and high-value insurance cases. Areas of expertise include asbestos, climate change, clergy abuse and chemical exposure. Praised by clients as a compact but efficient team.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"It's clear to me they have a good insurance practice. They're not a big firm, yet have developed something of a national practice. The insurance companies going to them are asking them to handle matters well beyond Chicago or Illinois. They have a broad-based ability to service clients."

"Ultimately I think great lawyers care deeply about the result. They really put the clients' interests first. Many of Grippo's clients are sophisticated and Grippo lawyers work collaboratively with their clients to obtain extraordinary results."

Work highlights Served as lead counsel for CNA in a state court asbestos mass tort insurance coverage action in the Los Angeles Superior Court and related Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Represented Fireman’s Fund in an asbestos mass tort insurance coverage action brought by Plant Insulation.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Todd Jacobs is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Horace Mann Insurance, Chicago Underwriting Group, Safeco Insurance Company of America, OneBeacon America Insurance.

What the team is known for Policyholder firm handling complex, high-level claims for major organizations. Noted for staffing cases appropriately and offering a high-quality, compact team. Areas of specialty include insurance litigation related to natural disasters, environmental issues and financial disputes. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their ability to respond quickly regarding very diverse areas in insurance is incredible and extremely impressive. I feel very confident in the work that they do for us. They provide solid answers I can rely on."

"Professional, good and pleasant to work with. I think the service is very good and very much aimed at providing solutions." 

Work highlights Advised Andrew Boron, the Illinois Director of Insurance, in the rehabilitation and liquidation proceedings of Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company, American Manufacturers Mutual Insurance and American Motorist Insurance.

Represented HSBC regarding a $25 million D&O liability dispute involving Princeton Eagle West Insurance.

Notable practitioners  

John Mathias wins widespread acclaim from peers and clients for his distinguished insurance practice. Sources praise him as "an extremely experienced and talented lawyer" and a "superior litigator" who is "just great at insurance recovery."

David Kroeger impresses with his handling of insurance and corporate litigation matters. One client remarks: "He is an irreplaceable resource for our company. His wisdom in how to approach matters is beyond his years."

Significant clients BAE Systems, Fiserv Solutions, Genworth Financial, CSX Transportation, Kellogg. 

What the team is known for Represents both major policyholders and insurance companies in high-level, complex insurance disputes. Praised by clients for its handling of business interruption matters, claims analysis and corporate restructuring.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're a top-notch firm. True trial lawyers who are always available to the client. Effective communicators and elite insurance lawyers."

"Kirkland & Ellis provides high-quality legal representation and, due to its size, can provide counsel in all areas of the law."

Work highlights Recently acted as co-lead counsel for Union Carbide, regarding an action seeking coverage for asbestos personal injury liabilities. The case is highly complex and involves hundreds of millions of dollars in defense and indemnity costs.

Advised Viking Pump, an IDEX subsidiary, against Century Indemnity and others, in a long-running case worth hundreds of millions of dollars regarding asbestos claims.

Notable practitioners  

The "outstanding" Michael Foradas earns widespread acclaim from peers and clients for his distinguished insurance practice. He is cited by one peer as being "a preeminent practitioner here in Illinois," whilst one client states "his strength is in analysis, communicating that analysis both orally and in writing succinctly, giving clients practical advice and developing effective case strategy."

Nader Boulos recently represented the liquidators of Lehman Brothers Australia regarding issues related to its liquidation under Australian law. According to sources, he is "an incredible strategic thinker, and an excellent writer. He's extremely articulate and can distill complex arguments down to easily understood comments. He is always very responsive."

Significant clients Boeing, Allstate Insurance, Dow Chemical, Aon.

What the team is known for Skilled in a wide range of insurance, reinsurance, transactional and regulatory matters. Transactional and regulatory practice counsels clients including financial institutions, state insurance departments and managing general agencies on the full range of issues, including finance, securities and tax.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a good understanding of life reinsurance specifics - not all reinsurance litigation practices have the life, as opposed to property and casualty, understanding."

"My overall impression of the firm is that they genuinely value the client relationship and are willing to work with a client to achieve the desired result in an efficient manner."

Work highlights Represented Brit Insurance in a declaratory judgment action relating to coverage issues resulting from a civil rights litigation filed against the City of Waukegan and others by a wrongfully convicted man. 

Acted for Banco de Seguros del Estado in a reinsurance claim in which a company who bought reinsurance receivables from an insolvent insurer sought to recover claims from the client reinsurer.

Notable practitioners  

Nick DiGiovanni is a highly skilled reinsurance attorney who draws plaudits from all quarters of the market. One peer refers to him as "first rate - a terrific trial lawyer," while a client states: "He is extremely business savvy, client focused and very thorough. For large matters, he is the first call that I want to make."

Sources deem Jon Biasetti to be "a strong transactional lawyer." He advises clients on a broad spectrum of transactional and regulatory matters, including investment compliance, risk transfer, corporate governance and obtaining regulatory approval for insurance and reinsurance transactions.

Paige Waters has an expansive insurance practice, which includes expertise of transactional and regulatory matters for a wide range of insurer clients and financial institutions.

Significant clients Catlin Group, Brit Insurance, Amlin, Transamerica Reinsurance, Tawa Group.

What the team is known for Vast transactional and regulatory insurance experience, particularly regarding M&A and capital markets. Other areas of expertise include securities offerings, compliance with complex regulatory schemes and the securitization of insurance risk. Represents insurers, reinsurers, banks, private equity firms and hedge funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"The firm brings strong pockets of expertise to corporate and investment banking clients, and has every bit the intellectual wherewithal of New York City firms, with the smoother feel of a Midwestern-based firm." 

Work highlights Recently advised OneBeacon Insurance Group on the sale of its runoff business to an Armour Group Holdings affiliate, worth $2.2 billion. 

Represented ACE in its $865 million acquisition of one of Mexico's biggest property and casualty insurance companies, ABA Seguros, from Ally Financial.

Notable practitioners  

Regulatory specialist Larry Hamilton has expertise in advising clients on a broad range of matters, both nationally and domestically.

Edward Best has a healthy capital markets and transactional insurance practice, and recently advised ACE on its $285 million acquisition of Fianzas Monterrey. One client remarks: "He's a person on whom I've come to rely as a source of accurate, first-hand knowledge and experience in the insurance industry." 

Significant clients Beazley Group, CNA Financial, The Travelers Companies, Aon, General Reinsurance.

What the team is known for Expertise in a wide range of matters including insurance coverage litigation, reinsurance litigation, bad faith disputes and class actions. Represents national and international insurers in litigation statewide and across the country. Areas of expertise include professional liability, life insurance and environmental policies. 

Work highlights Represented Affiliated FM Insurance in a sophisticated, long-term asbestos coverage dispute. 

Notable practitioners  

Scott Seaman is well respected for his longtime experience as a litigator, and he has notable expertise in complex insurance and reinsurance coverage cases. He is also an expert in bad faith insurance matters. Sources describe him as a "terrific lawyer" and as someone who has the respect of the market.

Michael Marick has over three decades of experience representing insurers in litigation with their policyholders. He has a vast practice which includes experience of matters pertaining to reinsurance, bad faith and mass torts. He is described by sources as "a good guy - a very solid, very smart lawyer."

James Kallianis is a trial lawyer who possesses in-depth knowledge of a broad range of insurance matters, spanning D&O and professional liability to construction disputes and consumer fraud class actions. His clients include lawyers, insurance brokers and accountants.

Significant clients Zurich North America, Factory Manual Insurance, Allstate Insurance.

What the team is known for Chicago policyholder firm representing a wide range of clients in litigation against insurers. Also offers a transactional insurance practice, as well as advising on a broad range of coverage and risk management issues. Represents clients from the healthcare, utilities and professional services industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I'm very pleased with their performance and I would use them again."

Work highlights Represented Euromarket Designs in a coverage dispute brought by Hartford Insurance arising from related class action lawsuits.

Notable practitioners  

Jill Berkeley is praised by all sections of the market for her insurance litigation practice, which includes expertise in business interruption, environmental pollution and product liability. Sources say: "You can't think of Chicago insurance coverage without mentioning her name."

Angela Elbert is known for her expert handling of complex coverage litigation, and also advises clients on a broad range of risk management issues. "She has a great practice and is very knowledgeable. She does a lot of great work for her clients," say commentators.

Significant clients ExxonMobil, Chicago Bears Football Club, McDonald’s, Humana.

What the team is known for Market-leading policyholder practice, primarily representing private equity funds and Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Areas of insurance litigation expertise include property, asbestos, D&O and environment. Also adept in transactional and regulatory insurance matters, and reinsurance litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very strong and deep knowledge of insurance products, and of the industry and its issues, whether it's old asbestos liability or property issues."

"Devoted to client service, experts in their field, and pragmatic in their approach." 

Work highlights Recently acted for Union Carbide in coverage litigation taking place in New York against more than 30 insurance companies, regarding the recovery of multiple thousands of asbestos bodily injury claims worth approximately $2 billion.

Represented Flexible Products regarding its claim for the recovery of defense and settlement costs arising from a substantial number of claims alleging bodily injury due to isocynate exposure in coal mines. 

Notable practitioners  

The eminent Steven Gilford has a widely respected insurance and reinsurance practice, which includes experience in trial and appellate litigation, mediations and arbitrations. One admiring client describes him as "a pleasure to work with - accessible, approachable and sharp-minded." 

Marc Rosenthal has an extensive insurance practice which covers litigation and advisory matters. He is described by sources as "a very strong intellectual and strategic thinker, an excellent coverage attorney and a real subject matter expert."

Significant clients Dow Chemical, American Chemical Waste, Yum! Brands, Petco Petroleum.

What the team is known for Policyholder firm possessing one of the largest practice groups in Illinois. Broad-based national and international practice which spans all aspects of insurance coverage law and litigation. Serves many of the world's largest companies in the financial, energy and life sciences industries.

Work highlights Recently acted for a Japanese subsidiary of Lehman Brothers, which was defrauded out of more than $300 million in a criminal fraud scheme, on bringing an action against its insurers for coverage.

Represented Anadarko on insurance coverage issues resulting from the Macondo Well blow-out and oil spill, and explosion and sinking of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drill rig. 

Notable practitioners  

The esteemed John Shugrue is skilled in a wide variety of insurance matters, and has deep expertise of the Lloyd's and Bermuda markets.

John Vishneski has built a reputation as an outstanding insurance trial lawyer and adviser. Clients praise his intelligence and responsiveness.

James Davis has a wide-ranging insurance litigation practice which includes experience of product liability, D&O and first-party property and business interruption losses. 

Thomas Marrinson has a multifaceted insurance and complex commercial litigation practice. He recently acted on behalf of Navistar in an asbestos insurance recovery lawsuit.

Carolyn Rosenberg is a D&O specialist, and frequently advises Fortune 500 company boards on their policies. She has also recently advised Lehman Brothers Holdings on bringing an action against its insurers for coverage, regarding a criminal fraud scheme.

Stanley Nardoni gains respect from the market for his broad insurance and commercial litigation practice, which includes experience in IP, D&O and professional liability claims.

Paul Walker-Bright advises on insurance and litigation matters for some of the firm's biggest clients. Areas of his expertise include general liability policies, product liability and toxic torts.

Significant clients Tribune Co, Republic Services, Sears/K-Mart, International Game Technology.

What the team is known for Strong reinsurance practice as well as direct insurance expertise. Advises clients in property and casualty matters, and has a specialty in representing clients from the life and health industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I have obtained outstanding results with this team. Schiff Hardin provides better service and better results more economically than the biggest firms I have dealt with in the reinsurance market in New York, Chicago and London." 

"We've been very impressed with their work. They're personable, down to earth, responsive and helpful." 

Notable practitioners  

David Spector is unanimously celebrated for his skill as an insurance and reinsurance lawyer. One client remarks that "he carries the reputation as being the premier reinsurance trial lawyer in the US," while a peer commends him as being "first-rate - he's got lots of experience and he's very bright. This combination makes him very effective."

Dennis LaGory acts on a wide range of matters pertaining to the insurance and healthcare arenas, including regulatory compliance, reinsurance litigation and insurance transactions. He is an authority on D&O matters, professional liability and reinsurance insolvencies.

Significant clients Catlin Group, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Lincoln Financial, Munich Re, Tokio Marine.

What the team is known for Offers vast insurance expertise on both a domestic and international level, representing major insurers and financial institutions. Also respected in reinsurance, life insurance and property and casualty matters. Praised by the market for transactional and regulatory expertise involving complex deal structures and M&A with specialist focus on catastrophe bonds, sidecars and structured collateralized reinsurance arrangements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They're very good at pointing out and coming to us when they perceive when there's a conflict of interest and asking for a waiver. There are not many firms who do this, but they're very good at pointing it out, which is appreciated."

"They've been confident, pragmatic and responsive. They've been doing everything right. Everyone they hire is of great caliber and pedigree."

Work highlights Advised Athene Holding on its $1.8 billion acquisition of Aviva's US life insurance and annuity businesses.

Represented Cigna on its $260 million acquisition of Great American Supplemental Benefits Group from American Financial Group.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Goldman is held in high regard by the market for his vast experience in transactional and regulatory insurance. "He has a very impressive deal list and the trust of lots of clients on the transactional side," according to sources.

Perry Shwachman recently represented Athene Holding in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Aviva's US life insurance and annuity businesses. According to sources he is "very creative in addressing issues and solving problems, with deep expertise in insurance concepts and regulatory knowledge."

Michael Pinsel heads the firm’s property and casualty alternative risk transfer practice. He recently represented Validus in its capitalization of AlphaCat Re 2012.

Anthony Ribaudo is "very experienced at sophisticated and financial transactions, but with enough common-sense understanding of the marketplace and its players to get things done." Clients appreciate his ability to "get you the skill you need without driving the bills up."

Kenneth Wylie has a well-respected financial services regulatory practice which includes expertise in insurance risk securitizations, captive evaluation, and insurance company organization and acquisition. He recently counseled Kemper Corp on complex regulatory matters.

William Sneed recently represented National Indemnity and other Berkshire-Hathaway affiliates in litigation against the Illinois Department of Insurance. Clients say: "Bill is a fine, methodical lawyer. He will get down into the details of a case and doesn't leave any stone unturned."

Reinsurance expert Susan Stone is co-head of the firm’s global insurance and financial services group and counts Chartis/AIG among her list of illustrious clients. Sources commend her as a "strong player" with a "great reputation" in her field.

Thomas Cunningham has a wide reinsurance practice covering the property and casualty and life and health spheres. He frequently appears in domestic and international disputes.

Daniel Neppl's impressive reinsurance practice includes experience of the financial, life and property sectors.

Significant clients CNA, Liberty Mutual, Ace, Credit Suisse. 

What the team is known for Advises major insurers in complex and high-value matters across the country. Particular expertise in asbestos and environmental claims, and D&O and professional liability.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They know their client and what insurance company clients need out of their attorneys, particularly in terms of managing expenses and how to report. They understand what their clients' business concerns are."

"They take the time and make the effort to learn how we do business, and tailor their approach to fit that." 

Work highlights Represented Riverstone in a sophisticated insurance and bankruptcy matter involving Plant Insulation, regarding thousands of asbestos personal injury claims related to the exposure to asbestos-containing insulation.

Notable practitioners  

Rebecca Ross has deep experience of commercial and insurance litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. She recently represented CNA/Resolute in asbestos coverage litigation in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Sources describe her as "very smart and wise - she's got a really effective disposition. She's politically savvy in navigating relationships."

Eileen Bower handles environmental and asbestos claims, professional liability and commercial crime policies. She is also experienced in defending insurers against bad faith allegations. One source describes her as "professional, smart, and handles herself very well - I have nothing but the utmost respect for what she does."

David Cutter has impressed sources, who describe him as "a strong and talented lawyer." He recently represented XL affiliate Indian Harbor Insurance in a coverage dispute regarding an underlying Ponzi scheme.

Significant clients Resolute Management, Occidental Fire & Casualty Company, The Chubb Corporation.

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Mark Goodman of Freeborn & Peters LLP is widely lauded for his transactional and regulatory practice. Sources remark that "his knowledge of the industry and of the insurance world is overarching," and that he is "an asset to the firm."

Clients describe Joe McCullough of Freeborn & Peters LLP as "highly professional, solution-oriented, creative, and an excellent trial lawyer." His reinsurance practice includes expertise on workers' compensation matters, pooling arrangements and personal accident long-term care and medical reinsurance issues.

Thomas Jones of McDermott Will & Emery LLP is an expert on domestic and international captive insurer matters. Interviewees say: "With regards to the captive insurance side of the business, I cannot imagine a better adviser than Tom Jones."

Paul Langer recently joined Quarles & Brady LLP from Proskauer Rose. Langer is praised by market commentators for his skills as an insurance coverage and commercial litigator. At his prior firm he has recently acted on behalf of Cargill in a high-value litigation matter regarding property damage and bodily injury claims.

Paula Litt of Schopf & Weiss LLP represents major corporate policyholders in insurance litigation and negotiation. "She's very smart and determined and she has a lot of experience. She has a lot of expertise in this area and is a zealous advocate for her client," say sources.

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