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

Insurance - Illinois


What the team is known for Established policyholder practice acting across a range of coverage disputes for companies from various industries. Offers expertise in professional liability, product liability and environmental coverage claims, among other matters.

Work highlights Advised AbbVie on its property and liability programs, including the structuring of a $1 billion first party property program.

Represented Stepan Company in pursuit of a $10 million property damage and business interruption claim following a fire at a facility of its German subsidiary.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Hollander handles insurance recovery disputes on behalf of policyholders. Commentators highlight his very effective and smart handling of matters, and describe him as a knowledgeable and responsive practitioner.

Significant clients Georgia-Pacific, Wells Enterprises, Reynolds Holding Group, General Growth Properties, Frontier Communications.

What the team is known for Specialist practice solely representing the insurance market. Has a wide range of expertise in insurance disputes, with strength in litigation and arbitration of cases involving bad faith, general liability claims and reinsurance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"A terrific law firm with great clients who love them." 

"Among the best of the carrier firms." 

Notable practitioners  

Robert Bates is one of the most prominent insurance and reinsurance lawyers in Illinois, and is recognized in the market for his coverage and reinsurance arbitration work. He is lauded as a "smart, tough and tenacious operator." 

Scott Carey is an experienced insurance coverage attorney with particular expertise in transportation issues. Interviewees also praise him for being "keyed into the London and Bermudian markets," and "a smart and reasonable insurance counselor."

What the team is known for Deeply respected litigation boutique with a dedicated focus on the reinsurance industry. Experienced in handling high-value and sophisticated reinsurance litigation and arbitration on behalf of some of the most prominent reinsurers in the market on both a local and national level.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"A boutique firm of reliable experts who are our right hand for day-to-day advice, arbitrations and dispute resolution."

"The group really does have an exceptional teamwork ethic and the lawyers work really well together."

Work highlights Represented Clearwater in a Second Circuit appeal brought against it by Granite State Insurance following a summary judgment for Clearwater at District Court level.

Acted for OneBeacon Insurance following a case bought against it in Pennsylvania seeking $10 million in reinsurance recoverables alongside further recoveries.

Notable practitioners  

James Rubin is "the guru of the group who is statesman-like and extraordinarily knowledgeable, and has done everything in reinsurance at least once," according to clients. He is a veteran of the reinsurance arena within the state and nationally, with one of the strongest reinsurance practices in the country, handling the most complex of disputes.

Ira Belcove is described by clients as "a highly professional lawyer," and is praised for his dedicated and strategic approach to cases. He is experienced in handling major reinsurance arbitrations and coverage disputes. 

Prominent partner Robert Hermes is adept at representing major reinsurers, as well as taking on significant coverage work. He is praised by clients for being "excellent on his feet when presenting at trial, with very strong industry knowledge."

Catherine Isely is experienced in handling large and sophisticated reinsurance claims for a broad range of industry clients. She possesses particular skill in the area of toxic tort and environmental claims.

Teresa Snider has a broad practice that encompasses both insurance and reinsurance disputes across the country. She is lauded by her clients as an "effective and knowledgeable" practitioner.

Significant clients CIGNA, CNA Insurance Companies, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Old Republic Insurance.

What the team is known for Broad national practice that offers clients a dual dispute resolution and regulatory practice within the insurance space. Dispute resolution focus takes in insurance class actions and coverage litigation, while on the regulatory side clients benefit from a dedicated risk management team.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The services and work being done are timely and responsive to our needs. I especially appreciate that the professionals at Dentons are proactive personalities and creative problem-solvers who understand the importance of controlling the discourse in litigation and moving our matters toward successful resolution." 

"They have been consistent and really inspire our confidence in-house."

Work highlights Represented St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance in coverage litigation brought by Doe Run Resources in pursuit of coverage for alleged exposure to lead and toxic emissions.

Supplied regulatory advice to TZP Group during its acquisition of SNAP Fitness Captive Insurance Company.

Acted for National Union Fire Insurance in an action brought by policyholder Fiserv Solutions, seeking coverage under its professional liability policy.

Provided Confie Seguros with regulatory advice concerning the structuring of its purchase of insurance agencies and finance companies.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Johnson leads the litigation team in Chicago and focuses his practice on sophisticated insurance and class action litigation. He is experienced in litigating environmental and asbestos claims as well as possessing a broader coverage practice. Interviewees describe him as "a first-rate lawyer who is levelheaded and gets the job done."

Head of the firm's legacy insurance litigation team Donna Vobornik is held in healthy regard by clients for her "straight talk and tenacity to persevere and get the job done while employing a sense of humor when necessary." She has been involved in significant matters on behalf of Travelers.

Corinne Carr chairs the risk management arm of the firm's insurance regulatory practice. She is involved in the full range of compliance issues on behalf of clients and is experienced in dealing with regulatory bodies.

Significant clients Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company, Assurant Health, Allstate, XL Group, Nationwide.

What the team is known for Global firm rooted in the Chicago market capable of handling transactional insurance issues on a domestic and international level. Advises insurers and reinsurers on M&A deals and reorganizations, as well as assisting on regulatory compliance, with wide-ranging expertise including the life, health and property and casualty areas. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very good combination of being very sound and careful around the law while also being pragmatic and practical in their approach to giving advice." 

"The firm itself is very responsive to our needs in many areas."

Work highlights Acted for the Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner and Department of Insurance in relation to the major receivership and rehabilitation of Penn Treaty Network America and American Network Insurance.

Notable practitioners  

David Mendelsohn leads the group and has a balanced transactional, regulatory and compliance practice. A client praises his "amazing understanding of the general counsel role. He gets that I need information to make decisions quickly, not a treatise." He is also praised for his dedicated approach, with sources noting that "he is all about client service, developing relationships with people and available 24/7." 

Stephen Schwab advises clients on insurance company structure, product development, receivership and debt transactions. Clients appreciate the breadth of his practice and say: "He is very well respected in the industry and we really like that we can go to him for any kind of work."

Significant clients York Risk Services, SCOR, PVI Agency.

What the team is known for Team of reinsurance specialists with experience across the life/health and property/casualty areas. Involved in a range of arbitrations and coverage litigation on behalf of some of the most significant reinsurance companies in the market.

Notable practitioners  

Gail Goering is adept at advising reinsurer clients as to risk transfer and claim exposure issues. She is particularly noted for her extensive expertise in matters relating to the life and health insurance sector.

Eric Haab has a varied litigation practice that encompasses coverage disputes in both the property/casualty and life/health sectors. He is known to be a strong advocate for his clients in litigation and arbitration.

Neal Moglin focuses his practice on advising some of the largest reinsurers in the market. Along with coverage work, he is also able to offer advice on regulatory and risk management issues. According to clients, he "is very responsive and practical, and has very good interpersonal skills which help get issues sorted."

Significant clients Resolute Management Services, John Hancock, Continental Casualty, Hannover Life Reinsurance Company of America, National Indemnity.

What the team is known for Focuses on litigation matters including insurance coverage, bad faith, class actions and insurer business practices. Acts exclusively on behalf of the insurance industry and counts some of the market's most prominent insurance companies among its clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have an incredible facility to process information and handle that in a litigation context."

"They are very resolution-oriented and that really impressed me."

What's new? A team of lawyers recently joined the firm from Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick and Pearson.

Work highlights While at Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick and Pearson, members of the team represented Appalachian Insurance in coverage matters seeking $2 billion in asbestos and environmental liabilities following the government bailout of GM.

Attorneys previously at Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick and Pearson acted for Continental Casualty in litigation brought by Wellpoint in pursuit of reinsurance following the underpayment of health insurance claims.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Marick is known to be a "very detail-oriented lawyer who clients look to on tough cases." He has been involved in sophisticated matters on behalf of major industry clients.  

"Superior trial lawyer" Scott Seaman is experienced in all forms of insurance dispute. According to clients, "he is a straight shooter who is experienced and knows the issues. We like the results that he gets us."

James Kallianis has a broad commercial practice that encompasses significant insurance work. A source describes him as "a very good litigator who is well regarded and who I see more and more of in the professional liability world." 

What the team is known for Highly regarded policyholder firm representing major corporations in coverage litigation involving numerous areas of insurance, including property and casualty and professional liability claims. The Chicago headquarters forms part of a broad nationwide practice to serve clients across the country and internationally.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The people at the firm are absolute top-notch professionals that worked diligently and endlessly, and had my best interests at heart."

"A sophisticated practice that, in addition to legal advice, also brings practical solutions and understands political considerations."

Work highlights Represented HSBC North America in pursuit of $25 million in D&O coverage for costs incurred in defense of a securities fraud class action.

Acts for United Conveyor on issues surrounding its general and excess liability policies in relation to historical asbestos bodily injury claims brought against the company. 

Notable practitioners  

"Extremely affective and savvy" practice head John Mathias offers clients a broad insurance coverage litigation and arbitration practice. Commentators hold him in the highest regard and describe him as a "consistent leader at the Bar."

David Kroeger is adept at representing large corporate insureds facing challenging coverage litigation. He is experienced in D&O, business interruption and property damage disputes, among other matters. An interviewee rated him as an "overall great lawyer who is extremely thorough and conscientious."

Significant clients Genworth Financial, Southern California Edison, Fiserv, MacAndrews & Forbes, CSX Transportation.  

What the team is known for All-encompassing practice capable of acting for insurance companies and policyholders in the full range of coverage disputes. Has litigation experience across the full range of claims, including D&O, property, casualty, business interruption and catastrophic loss claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The attorneys are very smart and responsive. They are able to take complex insurance concepts and translate them into issues that a layman can understand, and are strategic in their thinking."

"They typically have a lean staffing model and I appreciate that there is not a revolving door of contacts and associates on the case."

Work highlights Advised IDEX Corporation and its subsidiary Viking Pump on dealings with its primary-level insurer in relation to historical asbestos claims.

Represented Aon Risk Insurance Services West in claims relating to its insurance policy brokerage involving losses incurred by Northrop Grumman following Hurricane Katrina.

Notable practitioners  

"Excellent lawyer" Michael Foradas has a stellar reputation as one of the foremost policyholder lawyers in Illinois. He led the firm's representation of Viking Pump in relation to high-value asbestos claims. Commentators respect his trial experience and describe him as a "top practitioner." 

Nader Boulos has a broad commercial litigation practice incorporating a range of insurance coverage disputes. According to clients, "he is extremely smart and very creative in his approach to problems. He is excellent on his feet in court, and has a very pleasant demeanor, which goes a long way with clients, opposing counsel and judges."

Significant clients Abbott Laboratories, Boeing, Dow Chemical, Lehman Brothers Australia, Viking Pump.  

What the team is known for Prominent presence on behalf of the industry in regulatory and transactional issues as well as reinsurance disputes. Assists local, national and international insurers with a range of transactions, including M&A deals and private equity offerings, and regulatory elements that arise from them. Provides litigation and arbitration advice to major reinsurance companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"Excellent writing, totally devoted, extremely friendly and flexible. They have intimate knowledge of our business and are very dependable."

"They were very helpful and we found that having someone based locally gets you the advantage of getting information before it hits the market."

Work highlights Retained as company counsel for National General Holdings on a $229 million private equity offering.

Represented Financial Life Services in litigation brought by an intermediary alleging breach of contract relating to a life settlement which included the $10 million sale of insurance policies.

Advised Humana in relation to its acquisition of American Eldercare.

Represented a reinsurance company in Cook County in a dispute with its cedent in pursuit of amounts billed under a series of treaties.

Notable practitioners  

"Outstanding individual" Nick DiGiovanni leads the practice and advises major insurer and reinsurer clients on the full range of disputes and insolvency proceedings. According to commentators, "he is very capable and is not just smart but also offers tremendous business sense."

Jon Biasetti advises insurance industry clients at home and abroad on the full range of transactional and regulatory issues. Sources note that "on the corporate and transactional side he is one of the best," and say he is "consistently very good with a professional and strong practice, and a good reputation." 

Paige Waters receives plaudits from market commentators for her regulatory expertise and insight. She is praised for her ability to "succinctly present legal analysis and take complex ideas and make them very easy to understand to the uninitiated."

Significant clients Zurich American Insurance, Farmers Insurance, International Lease Finance, SCOR, Odyssey Re. 

What the team is known for International firm rooted in Chicago and able to advise some of the world's largest insurance and reinsurance providers as well as financial institutions with regulatory and transactional services. Areas of expertise include insurance risk securitization and insurance company formation, both domestically and offshore.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The attorneys have a lot of experience and are very responsiveness, pay attention to detail and think through issues."

"They are very experienced on transactional work and were able to walk us through it efficiently, honestly and at a much lower rate than anticipated."

Work highlights Represented Argo Group International in connection with a $172 million catastrophe bond offering by Loma Reinsurance (Bermuda).

Represented Certas Home & Auto Insurance in its acquisition of State Farm's Canadian property, casualty and life insurance businesses.

Notable practitioners  

"Very good transactional lawyer" Edward Best handles capital markets and transactional insurance, including M&A and corporate finance issues involving insurance underwriters and investment banks. He advises on both foreign and domestic transactions.

Larry Hamilton is involved in both the transactional and regulatory side of insurance work. Sources note: "He is great with the regulator and is a very effective and good advocate for his client's cause." He is also lauded as an "excellent lawyer, who has a very practical and reasonable approach."

Significant clients ACE, Aon Benfield, Beazley, Wells Fargo, Willis Securities.

What the team is known for Well-regarded policyholder dispute practice, focusing on insurance recovery on behalf of nationwide clients from a variety of industries. Offers expertise in environmental coverage cases, first-party property issues and product liability disputes, among other areas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"While insurance can be reactive, the people we deal with at NG&E are very proactive in their approach."

"They were fast in their work product and candid in their assessment of what would and wouldn't work. We were very happy with their representation of us."

Work highlights Represented Acxiom in seeking coverage under an E&O policy from Columbia Casualty Company following alleged violations of the Fair Credit Records Act. 

Represented Ameren against its liability insurers EIM following the release of more than 1 billion gallons of water from a reservoir owned by the company.

Notable practitioners  

Jill Berkeley leads the team and is a key player in the national policyholder market. She handles sophisticated insurance recovery disputes as well as advising clients on risk management. According to clients, "she impresses us with the breadth and depth of her knowledge of insurance law and in particular her unbelievable focus and attention to detail."

D&O group chair Angela Elbert focuses on litigation and is well regarded by policyholder clients for her ability to get results for them in complex coverage cases. "She is very impressive and smart, and has good strategic ideas," say sources. 

Significant clients Humana, Walgreens, Imerys Talc America, F. H. Paschen, Maxim Healthcare.

What the team is known for Full-service disputes practice on behalf of policyholders with experience at trial and appellate level, as well as in arbitration. Extensive expertise in acting for private equity funds and portfolio companies as part of a varied client base, which includes pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers and entertainers. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They jumped in on several coverage and liability projects for us and turned them around quickly and obtained good results."

Work highlights Continued to act for Union Carbide in litigation against multiple insurers relating to asbestos bodily injury claims, recovering around $2 billion in coverage.

Notable practitioners 

The "fantastic" Steven Gilford remains recognized as one of the finest insurance practitioners in the market. "He is savvy on internal corporate issues, is the consummate professional at addressing all senior management's questions with ease and communicates well with in-house counsel."

Marc Rosenthal is a "brilliant guy and a great practitioner" who offers expertise in both litigation and advisory matters. Commentators describe him as a "very strong strategist and writer with very good subject matter knowledge."

Significant clients Dow Chemical, American Chemical Waste, Yum! Brands, LNR Property, Major League Soccer.  

What the team is known for One of the deepest policyholder practices in the state, able to handle all types of coverage litigation including issues relating to professional liability, data privacy and business interruption. Represents clients from a wide range of sectors, with particular experience acting for healthcare companies, financial institutions, manufacturers and biotech companies.

Work highlights Acted for Gallup in a dispute with its insurer in pursuit of recovering losses incurred following the settlement of a qui tam action.

Representing Career Education in a bad faith claim against its D&O insurer AXIS, following the insurer's failure to pay its share of a previous settlement.

Notable practitioners 

John Shugrue is a highly regarded insurance coverage lawyer who is known as a strong litigator for his clients. He has particular expertise in the energy industry, as well as handling matters involving the London and international insurance markets.

John Vishneski is respected within the market for his thoroughness and practical advice. He has a broad practice which includes product liability, general liability and property and title insurance.

Coverage litigator James Davis acts for policyholders in areas including business interruption, product liability and professional liability. Interviewees describe him as a knowledgeable attorney who possesses good strategic litigation skills. 

Thomas Marrinson is well regarded for policyholder coverage work, with expertise in the environmental, first-party property and professional liability fields. Peers acknowledge him as a skillful lawyer.

Carolyn Rosenberg is highlighted by market commentators for her expertise and experience in the D&O space. Her practice also takes in other areas, including data privacy and cyber liability.

Stanley Nardoni is praised by interviewees for his superb knowledge of commercial general liability issues and Illinois law. He offers a wide range of expertise, including coverage matters relating to environmental claims, product recall and antitrust.  

Paul Walker-Bright is a strong litigator who sources praise for his understanding of cases and attention to detail. His practice involves general liability, first-party property and business interruption matters.

Significant clients Anadarko Petroleum, Carus, CNH Industrial America, Lehman Brothers Holdings, Sears/K-Mart.  

What the team is known for Experienced reinsurance litigation and arbitration practice with expertise in a wide range of matters, including captives and London market issues. Also handles class action defense and appellate work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"A fine firm." 

Notable practitioners  

David Spector is a market leader in Chicago with a broad practice covering all aspects of reinsurance litigation, counseling and arbitration. Market commentators laud him as "a very bright guy who is widely respected within the industry." 

Experienced practitioner Dennis LaGory offers deep expertise in the insurance and healthcare arenas. He has acted for industry clients on various reinsurance issues as well as other coverage matters.

What the team is known for Compact firm with the ability to take on complex coverage litigation on behalf of major local and national insurers. Focuses on general liability work but also takes on cases involving E&O, D&O, healthcare and employee liability claims, as well as prominent asbestos litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The firm is very thorough and concise in their analysis and recommendations. They have a very straightforward approach to conflicts and issues that arise in the course of litigation."

"They are very good. The work product and their intellectual and court skills were very impressive."

Work highlights Represented four CNA companies against insureds seeking $300 million in asbestos-related coverage under a former parent company's policies.

Represented The Netherlands Insurance Company in multijurisdictional litigation against an alcoholic drinks manufacturer seeking coverage for injuries caused by drink consumption.

Notable practitioners

Department head Todd Jacobs is a key contact for the practice.

Significant clients American Automobile Insurance, Atlanta International Insurance, Chicago Underwriting Group, Fireman’s Fund Insurance, Horace Mann Insurance.  

What the team is known for Standout practice leading the way in Chicago for transactional, regulatory and reinsurance work on behalf of national and international industry clients. Areas of expertise include catastrophe bonds and major insurance company acquisitions on the transactional side, as well as disputes including arbitrations, coverage litigation and contractual issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They have a ‘can-do’ attitude toward solving problems and developing solutions. They have a broad and in-depth knowledge of insurance law as well as recent regulatory and market developments."

"All of the Sidley lawyers were well-prepared, communicated with me as a client very effectively and were very good advocates on our behalf." 

Work highlights Represented ACE in a high-value New York Supreme Court case involving reinsurance contract issues.

Advised Cigna on its $259.2 million acquisition of Great American Supplemental Benefits Group.

Continued to provide corporate and regulatory advice to major collector car and boat insurer The Hagerty Group.

Successfully represented Validus Reinsurance in a case resulting in the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruling that the federal excise tax did not apply to foreign transactions involving Validus.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Goldman enjoys "a fantastic global reputation for corporate insurance transactions." He serves as cochair of the firm's insurance and financial services group and has deep experience in both transactional and regulatory issues. He has taken a lead role in the firm's representation of AIG and, according to sources, "exemplifies insurance expertise and a spirit of partnership with clients." 

According to a client, "no one is technically stronger in insurance transactional work" than Perry Shwachman. As cochair of the group he plays a key role coordinating large cases as well as leading transactional work. His approach was hailed by an interviewee as "friendly and very broad-minded, thinking beyond the matters associated with the immediate engagement by considering how current actions could affect our position more generally."

Michael Pinsel has a strong practice in the area of property and casualty alternative risk transfers, where he assists major insurer clients on significant deals. He is known for handling catastrophe bond matters, and clients laud him as being "very specialized and helpful across a range of transactions." 

Kenneth Wylie is a veteran insurance lawyer who offers clients deep insight in regulatory matters. He is well respected by the market, with commentators praising his "huge bank of experience and knowledge."

Anthony Ribaudo handles a range of insurance M&A and corporate structuring work. Clients are impressed by his "wide and in-depth knowledge of insurance legal and regulatory matters," as well as his "highly approachable and easy-to-work-with" style.

Sean Keyvan has been involved in a series of sophisticated cross-border transactions on behalf of international clients. He heads the firm's insurance M&A practice group.

William Sneed is "a fantastic lawyer who is efficient and can do the heavy lifting on cases," according to impressed commentators. He is known for his deep expertise in reinsurance dispute resolution. Commentators describe him as "a very capable and sensible lawyer who people respect across the board."

The "very knowledgeable" Susan Stone is a strong advocate for her clients in reinsurance disputes. One commentator notes: "She has a great legal mind. Analytically, she is very sharp and is really able to tease out problems and solve them with appropriate strategies."

Thomas Cunningham is involved in various reinsurance disputes, including complex arbitration proceedings on behalf of key clients. According to sources, "he is very bright, practical and good at helping deal with thorny legal issues in a business context."

Daniel Neppl is a reinsurance and insurance litigator with experience in both trials and arbitrations. Clients praise his "amazing mind for detail and incredible ability to master huge amounts of information."

Significant clients AIG, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, Transatlantic Reinsurance Company, CNA, The Hartford.

What the team is known for Acts for large domestic insurers on sophisticated coverage matters, often in relation to environmental and asbestos claims. Also handles professional and general liability disputes, including a range of issues surrounding D&O liability claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are an excellent firm with a nationwide practice that specializes in complex commercial coverage litigation."

"Their strongest points are legal expertise on high-value cases and strong communication skills."

"They are collegial, professional and organized." 

Work highlights Defended Continental Insurance against breach of contract allegations relating to its refusal to pay out on claims made under commercial crime policies.

Represented Occidental Fire and Casualty of North Carolina in a dispute surrounding a wrongful death case relating to an insurance policy issued by Occidental.

Notable practitioners  

Rebecca Ross leads the practice and represents a series of prominent insurance companies in trials and appeals. According to a client, "she is the smartest lawyer that we work with - she's brilliant on strategy and can take a look at a situation and take the long-term objectives into the management of the case."

Eileen King Bower is experienced in litigating complex environmental and asbestos claims. "She will look at theoretical coverage issues and help us understand where they are really taking us and where to get these issues resolved," say clients.

David Cutter's insurance practice focuses on D&O, professional and general liability matters. Clients describe him as "a very smart and hard-working trial lawyer who does a really good job on his feet."

Clint Cameron has a particularly strong insurance bankruptcy and mass tort practice. He earns praise from both his clients and peers for his extensive knowledge and resolution-oriented approach to disputes. 

Significant clients Resolute Management, RiverStone Resources, XL Group, Capitol Indemnity, Houston Casualty Company.  

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Mark Goodman of Freeborn & Peters LLP is held in high regard for his regulatory expertise. "He has very strong knowledge and depth of experience working with insurance regulatory officials," say clients, who add: "He has a firm, calm and confident style that helps us face our challenges."

Joe McCullough of Freeborn & Peters LLP is an expert in domestic and international reinsurance matters. Sources say: "He knows reinsurance, knows how the market works and his biggest strength is his profound knowledge and experience." 

Thomas Jones of McDermott Will & Emery LLP focuses on assisting captive insurers with their tax and regulatory issues, and is acknowledged as one of the foremost experts in this field. A client says: "He communicates well, is patient and values the opinions of others. He amazes me on how consistently he makes sure that he is prepared and informed on the issues at hand."

Paul Langer of Quarles & Brady LLP has a broad commercial practice that encompasses significant insurance work. Sources say: "He has great judgment and is an all-around good guy."

Paula Litt of Schopf & Weiss LLP is a well-regarded policyholder coverage litigator. An interviewee comments that she "exudes competence and confidence - I just felt completely comfortable working with her."

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