Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer

Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer - Nationwide


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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Unanimously acknowledged as the country's premier insurer-side practice. Frequently represents the world's major insurers and reinsurers in cutting-edge matters. Strong in all areas of litigation including asbestos, pharmaceuticals, natural disasters, D&O, E&O and healthcare.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"When you have the most important issues in litigation and the most threatening, Simpson is always the first name that comes to mind."

"I would say that they're the dean of the insurer-side coverage dispute land. Very, very well regarded."

Work highlights Represented Berkshire Hathaway in various matters, including litigation challenging its growth in the insurance industry, and in significant coverage claims for asbestos liabilities.

Acted for Travelers in litigation against Northrop Grumman surrounding long-term pollution-related losses.

Notable practitioners  

Barry Ostrager, one of the country's most esteemed attorneys, has handled some of the market's biggest insurance and reinsurance disputes. According to clients, "Barry is one of the best trial lawyers in the US with strategic and tactical sense, and he is client-oriented to the extreme."

The "very strong, smart and confident" Mary Kay Vyskocil is a renowned expert in insurance and reinsurance law. Commentators say: "She just comes across as being very knowledgeable, and she has a lot of presence," while clients laud her "extraordinary service."

Significant clients Fidelity National Financial, Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation Affiliates, AIG Affiliates, Equitas, Beazley Group Affiliates.

Band 2 | Dentons

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.

What the team is known for Strong group with skill in all aspects of insurance dispute resolution throughout the country. Acts for the industry's major companies in matters relating to long-term care, asbestos, environmental, E&O and natural disaster coverage.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have outstanding coverage and bad-faith lawyers."  

"They really look outside the box at what the possible outcomes are that might be acceptable to the client."

Work highlights Represented plaintiff insurer Financial Structures in litigation against UBS surrounding the management of reference pools to avoid credit defaults.

Recently defended First American Title Insurance in a class action alleging wrongful charging of escrow fees.

Notable practitioners  

Reid Ashinoff is known for his representation of insurers and reinsurers in complex litigation matters. Sources describe him as "very skilled and sharp" and "an extremely effective examiner of witnesses."

Michael Barr is admired for his expertise in matters pertaining to insurance and financial products. A source describes him as a "great listener, clear communicator – driven and results oriented."

Los Angeles practice head Ronald Kent has wide-ranging insurance expertise which includes experience in class actions, toxic torts and bad faith. According to a client, "he's an excellent lawyer, an excellent advocate for the company and a seasoned trial lawyer."

Significant clients Cigna, MetLife, AEGON, Zurich, Genworth Financial. 

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles and New York.

What the team is known for Well-regarded team of experienced and skilled attorneys representing the industry's largest insurers and reinsurers in matters throughout the country. Expertise in and full coverage of the full range of areas including asbestos, bankruptcies, transport, D&O and bad-faith litigation. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is knowledgeable and highly regarded. They focus on the right issues and serve their clients very well."

Work highlights Recently advised American Centennial on settlements following the Thorpe Insulation bankruptcy, a high-profile asbestos liability coverage case involving claims of more than $2 billion.

Recently represented Safety National and Transport Insurance in an asbestos coverage action and the related bankruptcy of Plant Insulation.

Notable practitioners  

The "talented" Philip Matthews is well known for his skillful handling of high-stakes insurance matters. His strengths include litigation involving asbestos, bankruptcy and environmental claims. According to sources, "he comes out top on efficiency and effectiveness."

New York-based Thomas Newman frequently appears in reinsurance arbitrations representing both cedants and reinsurers, as well as possessing deep expertise in direct insurance matters. 

Significant clients Catlin Insurance (US), Great American Insurance, Zurich North America, Safety National, XL Insurance.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Significant team representing many of the nation's biggest insurers and reinsurers in high-profile disputes, both domestically and abroad. Displays skill in matters involving natural disasters, environmental contamination, asbestos and D&O liability.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Superior work product. Very litigation-savvy with tremendous trial work. A go-to firm." 

"Excellent. They are very good in large, complex insurance coverage litigation. The cases are properly staffed from the beginning."  

Work highlights Represented Hartford Accident & Indemnity and New England Reinsurance in a coverage dispute brought by the NFL, arising from head injuries suffered by former players.

Advised Hudson Specialty Insurance Company on a claim made by New Jersey Transit regarding the landfall of Superstorm Sandy on the Northeast cost of the US.

Notable practitioners  

"Splendid lawyer" James Rocap is held in high regard by peers and clients for his skill in a wide variety of insurance matters. Areas of his strength include claims relating to asbestos, environmental contamination, tobacco and silica. Clients say: "He's very thoughtful and reasoned, and is excellent at convincing the other side in a quiet, non-confrontational way."

Roger Warin is nationally reputed for his complex commercial litigation practice which includes vast experience of insurance disputes. He frequently represents major insurers and reinsurers in matters involving pharmaceuticals, asbestos, professional liability and environmental aspects.

Significant clients The Travelers Companies, Zurich North America, W. R. Berkley, Gen Re, AIG/Chartis.  

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Represents high-profile insurers, reinsurers and brokers in high-level litigation and arbitration. Expert in matters pertaining to the Bermuda Form, political risk, trade credit and financial lines. 

Work highlights Represented Global Reinsurance Corp. of America, acting as special appellate counsel in a facultative reinsurance case. 

Represented Chartis Specialty Insurance in a political risk insurance coverage case brought by CT Investment Management in the New York Supreme Court.

Notable practitioners  

The "exceptionally bright" Edward Krugman is deeply respected for his insurance and reinsurance practice, in which he represents blue-chip insurers in cutting-edge matters. According to clients, he "will give you the benefit of his keen understanding of the international marketplace and your chances of success."

Thorn Rosenthal is renowned for his expertise in insurance and reinsurance law, particularly involving the Bermuda Form. Sources comment that he is "one of the leading and most accomplished insurance lawyers in New York, with a very senior position and a very significant amount of experience in insurance dispute resolution and arbitration."

Significant clients National Union Fire Insurance, Lexington Insurance, Ironshore Insurance, XL Capital.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Offers deep expertise in both direct insurance and reinsurance dispute matters. Wide range of expertise in litigation and mediation across a range of areas including bankruptcy, financial lines and professional liability.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are a pleasure to work with. They're very professional and practically oriented in terms of how they approach matters."

Work highlights Represented Everest Reinsurance in reinsurance and coverage claims arising as a result of litigation following Midland Insurance's liquidation.

Recently represented Allianz/Fireman's Fund Insurance Companies in negotiations with the NFL, the NCAA and other insurers regarding tort claim defense costs.

Notable practitioners  

Clifford Hendler has a longstanding reputation for his insurance practice. Areas of his skill include claims involving asbestos, pharmaceutical and environmental coverage. He is praised by clients for his skill in negotiations, and they note that they retain him for his ability to "assess the strengths and weaknesses of both sides of a case."

Paul Kalish is praised by sources for being "extremely knowledgeable" and for his "very good reputation" acting on behalf of the insurance industry. He represents insurers and reinsurers in high-profile litigation and arbitrations.

Significant clients Swiss Re, Transatlantic Reinsurance, Liberty International Underwriters, American Express, Zurich.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles and New York.

What the team is known for Experience in representing major insurers in significant litigation across the country. Particular skill in claims involving asbestos bankruptcies, toxic torts and environmental liabilities.


Work highlights Represented ACE in coverage disputes between Plant Insulation and several insurance companies surrounding its high-profile bankruptcy.

Represented Century Indemnity and The Insurance Company of North America in relation to policy cancellation following Eastman Kodak's bankruptcy.

Notable practitioners  

Tancred Schiavoni has established himself as one of the nation's top authorities on coverage matters involving asbestos bankruptcies.

Richard Goetz is known for his insurance coverage and product liability expertise. Sources praise his intelligence and willingness to resolve issues amicably.

Significant clients AIG, Cigna, Arrowpoint Capital, Starr Indemnity, Resolute Management.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago and New York.

What the team is known for Accomplished and large team of attorneys skilled in representing insurers and reinsurers in retrocessional, environmental and asbestos claims. Particularly known for its defense of the insurance industry against class actions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I think Sidley is one of the best reinsurance firms in the country."

"They're very successful, and understand the full dynamic of our business."

"We find their judgment to be very insightful and beneficial."  

Work highlights Represented ING in class action litigation surrounding fees for the provision of retirement plans.

Successfully acted for Chartis in the Iowa Supreme Court reversal of a lower court decision relating to insurance premiums ruled unlawful by the state insurance commissioner.

Notable practitioners

Susan Stone enjoys a nationwide reputation for her reinsurance expertise. Sources laud her as a "terrific, dynamic and strong" practitioner. She is particularly noted by clients as an effective in-court performer.

Significant clients Hartford, W. R. Berkley, ACE, Liberty Mutual, Century Indemnity Company.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Represents insurers in high-stakes coverage litigation. Particular expertise in professional liability, as well as handling cases relating to insurance bad faith and environmental coverage disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent attention to detail and ability to think out of the box. They bring a breadth of experience and knowledge to solution-oriented representation."

"I'm always impressed with Troutman Sanders. They stand out due to their excellent legal analysis, issue spotting and comprehensive representation."

Work highlights Represented Riverstone in multiple asbestos personal injury claims linked to the bankruptcy of Plant Insulation.

Successfully represented XL Insurance and Federal Insurance in a $53 million bad faith and tortious interference case filed in Delaware Superior Court.

Notable practitioners  

Gary Dixon is held in high regard for his expertise in a broad range of insurance matters, including claims involving securities class actions, derivative actions, subprime lending and healthcare. A client states: "Gary is very smart, extremely conscientious and very experienced."

Significant clients Allied World National Assurance, Resolute Management, CNA Insurance, HCC Insurance Holdings.

Band 4 | Cozen O'Connor

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Philadelphia. 

What the team is known for Defends insurers in coverage areas including professional liability, property, environmental and cyber risk, as well as offering expertise in bad faith and reinsurance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The top attorneys in the firm are excellent. They know their business, have good judgment and are good litigators."

Work highlights Represented ACE in an approximately $25 million insurance coverage claim brought by Amerisource relating to a False Claims Act action.

Represented Westchester Fire Insurance in a significant excess insurance policy coverage action brought by SCI California Funeral Services.

Notable practitioners  

The well-respected Stephen Cozen, founder and chairman of the firm, has a wide-ranging practice which includes a deep knowledge of insurance matters. Recently, he advised ACE on a coverage action brought against it by Amerisource. A client states: "He is someone who understands both litigation and the business aspects."

Significant clients Markel, Ironshore, XL, Starr Companies, Allied World Assurance.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Strong expertise in a broad range of insurance and reinsurance matters. Particular strength in defending insurers in claims involving D&O and E&O liability, bad faith, healthcare and class actions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Reputable firm with excellent lawyers and staff. Especially good at coverage issues for professional liability insurers."

"They have the size, the qualifications and the geographic coverage to deal with our needs."

Work highlights Represented Federal Insurance in high-value litigation brought by Banyon regarding the cancellation of crime policies issued by Federal.

Acted for Chubb and its affiliates in a long-term class action litigation matter in the District of New Jersey.

Notable practitioners  

David Hensler is the key contact at the firm.

Significant clients 

CV Starr, Travelers, United Health Group, CNA, One Beacon, Arch Insurance.

Band 4 | Locke Lord LLP

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago and New York.

What the team is known for Expertise in the full spectrum of insurance matters, with reinsurance litigation and arbitration a key area. Handles issues relating to life insurance and reinsurance, insurance insolvencies, and property and casualty claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have depth of experience. I think that they're very skilled and diligent lawyers. They're effective and very good at what they do."

"They have quality attorneys who know the area of law well, and who approach a case with efficiency and commercial sensibility."

Work highlights Represented Tawa in litigation with Argo Group regarding the client's acquisition of PXRE Reinsurance.

Represented Hannover Re in a cancellation claim for two reinsurance certificates.

Notable practitioners  

Nick DiGiovanni is a key contact.

Significant clients Zurich North America, Alleghany, Berkshire Hathaway Group, Catlin Group, Transamerica Reinsurance.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

James Rubin of Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP is widely acknowledged as one of the nation's premier reinsurance attorneys. A client describes him as "totally brilliant, very factual, and doesn't get carried away by emotion."

Reinsurance expert David Raim of Chadbourne & Parke LLP has extensive experience in the field. Sources describe him as "a litigator and a trial lawyer, but more importantly he's a businessman's reinsurance lawyer." 

New York-based Peter Chaffetz of Chaffetz Lindsey LLP earns respect for his deep experience in reinsurance and insurance. His expertise includes asbestos and environmental claims, surety disputes and litigation against insurance liquidators. According to clients, "he's hands-on, very sensitive to client concerns, and very responsive and attentive."

Steven Schwartz recently joined Chaffetz Lindsey LLP from Locke Lord. New York-based Schwartz is respected for his reinsurance litigation and arbitration practice. Sources describe him as "very intelligent" and a "bright and personable guy who is important in the arbitration world."

David Attisani of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP cochairs the firm’s practice group and receives praise from across the board for his reinsurance and insurance expertise. Clients say "he is phenomenal on his feet" and "his presentation style and trial skills are incredible."  

Paul Koepff of Clyde & Co US LLP has deep expertise in insurance and reinsurance law, and is experienced in first-party property, D&O and product liability claims. Sources deem him to be an "outstanding coverage lawyer" who is "extremely knowledgeable about the Bermuda Form."

Philadelphia-based William Shelley of Gordon & Rees, LLP is admired for his expertise in complex insurance coverage and defense matters involving Chinese drywall, asbestos and bankruptcy.

Margaret Warner of McDermott Will & Emery LLP advises insurers on a broad range of areas, including mass tort, environmental and D&O liability. Clients praise her "strong judgment" and "careful consideration of potential unintended consequences." 

Client favorite James Ruggeri of Shipman & Goodwin LLP is widely admired for his skill in complex insurance matters. According to sources, he is "a very impressive combination of a real bulldog litigator with very high-level strategic vigor, and has much creativity in his approaches to cases."

John Nonna of Patton Boggs LLP is one of the country's most respected reinsurance attorneys and also has a reputation for handling complex direct insurance matters. A client describes him as "extremely well known and respected in the reinsurance industry. One of the top, if not the best, reinsurance arbitration and litigation attorneys in the US."

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