New York


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

Insurance - New York


What the team is known for Prestigious policyholder firm representing various public and private entities in high-profile recovery actions. Displays skill in sophisticated coverage claims involving asbestos, environmental, D&O, E&O and data breach.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm is well positioned to represent policyholders, and has a wealth of knowledge from historical cases where they have represented other policyholders." 

"Anderson Kill does an excellent job." 

Work highlights Represented The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey in litigation brought by its insurance company, American Home, regarding coverage for asbestos bodily claims sustained by claimants during the construction of the original World Trade Center.

Represents Marathon/Quik Park in an action in the New York Supreme Court for coverage arising from Hurricane Sandy losses.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Horkovich is a leading light in policyholder-side insurance law. He has deep experience representing clients in major recovery actions, and offers expertise in claims involving asbestos and environmental cleanup and contamination. "He's as good as they get," say sources.

The "very analytical and thorough" William Passannante is renowned for his strength in handling asbestos, D&O, E&O and property claims for policyholders. According to clients, "he's intellectually gifted, but he also has a good personality and social skills."

Finley Harckham is skilled in claims involving first-party property damage, D&O and construction. Sources describe him as "very shrewd" and a "smart and experienced coverage lawyer."

Significant clients State of California, Colgate-Palmolive, TransCanada Energy USA, City of San Diego.

What the team is known for Outstanding group with in-depth knowledge of insurance and reinsurance matters and strong capabilities in trial, arbitration and appellate cases. Represents key national insurers and the largest foreign reinsurers in disputes including financial lines, political risk, trade credit, management liability and reinsurance allocation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The strength of Cahill Gordon is that it has clear and strong specialist expertise in insurance disputes, commercial litigation and the arbitration of insurance disputes."

"Cahill Gordon is one of the major corporate and litigation firms in New York and an undoubted heavyweight."

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

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

Notable practitioners  

Edward Krugman, described by sources as "one of the smartest lawyers ever in the field," is revered in the market for his reinsurance and insurance knowledge. According to a client, "he has a deep appreciation of the underlying business concerns in a dispute and will give you the benefit of his keen understanding of the international marketplace."

Bermuda Form expert Thorn Rosenthal is frequently called upon by insurers and reinsurers to handle complex domestic and international matters. Sources regard him as a "clever, astute and tough lawyer who always looks after his clients' best interests."

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

What the team is known for Respected boutique providing expertise primarily in reinsurance, with a growing direct insurance offering. Areas of strength include claims involving asbestos and insurance-wrapped RMBS.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're great - a small boutique firm that is easy to get along with, and very flexible in the way they deal with you. And they know their stuff."

"They have a very high energy level and you can feel it in the firm."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of the Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, an AIG subsidiary, regarding the recovery of payments from Equitas concerning two reinsurance agreements between ICSOP and former Lloyd's syndicates. 

Represented Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance in litigation with ProSight Specialty Management regarding Aioi's claims of breach of contract regarding seven reinstatement premium protection contracts.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Chaffetz has a national reputation for his skills as a reinsurance lawyer. Clients praise him as a "very knowledgeable, easygoing guy who gives sound, commercial advice." He also earns acclaim for his "confident form of presentation when representing a client before an arbitration."

Karen Baswell is an associate who has impressed sources with her expertise in insurance and reinsurance litigation matters.

Steven Schwartz recently joined the firm from Locke Lord. Schwartz is an expert in reinsurance disputes involving property and casualty, life and health, and finite risk. Clients say: "Steve is an excellent researcher, writer, thinker and strategist."

Significant clients The Travelers Companies, CNA, Zurich, Platinum Re, Fireman's Fund.

What the team is known for Provides expertise in complex domestic and international transactional and regulatory insurance matters. Skilled in issues relating to captives, alternative risk and life settlements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Clifford Chance is a top firm. It's a firm with significant breadth and depth that can act on corporate matters ranging from international M&A to private equity to insurance." 

"Clifford Chance is respected globally for its insurance practice."

Work highlights Recently advised MasterCard Worldwide on the proposed restructuring of its global insurance operations.

Represented JLT in its $250 million acquisition of the reinsurance brokerage arm of Towers Watson.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Meyer is described by a client as being "a virtual encyclopedia of life settlement regulatory law." He also possesses deep experience in complex insurance transactions, an area in which he is held in high regard by market commentators.

Significant clients TIAA-CREF, Deutsche Bank, Fidelity National Financial, GM Pension Plans, JPMorgan.

What the team is known for Handles insurance and reinsurance disputes, and frequently represents major industry clients in matters both domestically and internationally. Displays particular skill in matters involving D&O, aviation and marine insurance. 

Notable practitioners  

Paul Koepff is known to be a strong player in the New York insurance market, with extensive experience in insurance and reinsurance law. Sources remark that he is an "outstanding attorney."

Michael Knoerzer is managing partner of the New York office and is skilled in both reinsurance and direct insurance matters. Peers and clients hold him in high esteem, noting his experience in the market.

Significant clients ACE, Berkshire Hathaway, XL, Munich Re, Zurich.

What the team is known for Market-leading insurance transactional and regulatory practice with a large team of skilled attorneys. Knowledgeable in capital markets, M&A, corporate governance and government investigations. Also boasts a wide-ranging litigation practice offering the full range of services to its insurer clients, including expertise in property and casualty, class actions, coverage disputes and regulatory defense.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are extraordinarily courteous, not just with their own clients, but with colleagues and adversaries."

"I think Debevoise can produce the definitive treatise on whatever subject you want them to, if that's what you want. But they can also work in a more pragmatic way if you want."

Work highlights Recently represented The Travelers Companies in coverage litigation arising from the asbestos-related bankruptcy of Pittsburgh Corning.

Recently advised Resolution Life Holdings on its acquisition of Lincoln Benefit Life from Allstate for $600 million. 

Represented Bermudian property and casualty reinsurer Third Point Re its $317 million IPO of common shares.

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Potter, one of the state's most respected transactional insurance attorneys, advises insurers, reinsurers and investment banks on high-level corporate matters. According to clients, "he's astute, experienced and well versed, and an extremely effective communicator."

Thomas Kelly is an expert in transactional insurance matters involving M&A and capital markets. He recently advised New York Life in the sale of its Taiwanese life insurance subsidiary. 

The distinguished Wolcott Dunham remains a leading authority in transactional and regulatory insurance law. He advises on matters involving M&A, Dodd-Frank, and insurance restructuring and insolvency.

Edwin Schallert represents insurance companies in litigation and in regulatory matters, and his impressive client list includes Manulife and Prudential Financial. Clients compliment him for being "super-thoughtful" and "very responsive, helpful and smart."

Robert Goodman is an insurance coverage litigation attorney who concentrates his practice on claims involving mass torts, environmental and product liability. He recently represented Travelers in coverage litigation following Pittsburgh Corning's asbestos-related bankruptcy.

Significant clients ACE, MetLife, Berkshire Hathaway, AXA, Swiss Re, Markel.

What the team is known for Acknowledged for insurance litigation, transactional and regulatory prowess. Particularly excels in disputes involving life, health and long-term care insurance, securities, consumer fraud, mass torts and natural disasters. Called upon by major carriers to litigate the full spectrum of claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent, with strong expertise in the area of long-term care insurance."

"An excellent litigation practice." 

Work highlights Represented Genworth Mortgage Insurance in Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act class actions relating to the unlawful use of captive reinsurance arrangements.

Represented plaintiff insurer Financial Structures Limited in litigation against UBS alleging the breach of an oral agreement to manage reference pools to avoid credit defaults.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Reid Ashinoff is known for his deep experience in insurance and reinsurance. He represents insurers at the trial and appellate court levels, as well as frequently appearing in arbitrations and before regulatory agencies.

The well-regarded Michael Barr has deep experience in matters involving insurance and financial products. Areas of skill include matters pertaining to professional liability, securities and environmental claims. Clients commend him as an attorney who is "trusted and confident, and demonstrates repeatedly that he cares about us as a client."

Significant clients Arrowpoint Capital, MetLife, Marsh USA, AEGON, The Travelers Companies, Enstar.

What the team is known for Represents policyholders from a range of industries in complex and high-value coverage litigation. Areas of expertise include property and business interruption, D&O, E&O and insurance broker liability.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are knowledgeable, experienced, responsive and care about the client relationship."

"Dickstein Shapiro’s strength lies in its ability to fully staff and mount a strong defense with excellent, experienced and decisive lawyers in complex coverage litigation, while at the same time counseling on opportunities for compromise."

Work highlights Represented 3G Capital Partners in D&O coverage litigation regarding losses arising from a series of shareholder derivative suits filed after acquiring HJ Heinz.

Recently advised El-Ad, owner of the Plaza Hotel in New York City, in a $20 million coverage dispute against Zurich American Insurance Company regarding damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Notable practitioners  

Client favorite Jared Zola has an extensive insurance practice which focuses in particular on claims related to business interruption and property damage. Clients appreciate that he is "very creative in the way he approaches problems with insurers."

Significant clients CT Investment Management, Dayton Towers, WebMD Health, NL Industries, SGL Carbon.

What the team is known for Offers expertise in insurance and reinsurance disputes. Strong in arbitration and coverage litigation, with particular experience in insurance insolvencies. Also handles transactional and regulatory matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Hogan Lovells is very good with the big-picture approach and the business implications. Responsiveness has been excellent."

Work highlights Represented Argonaut Insurance in a reinsurance dispute with the Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania relating to asbestos coverage.

Notable practitioners  

The "very confident and articulate" Francis Monaco advises insurers and reinsurers on transactional and regulatory matters. Sources comment that he "knows the regulatory area really well" and is "building a good practice."

Rising star Sean Thomas Keely is skilled in handling insurance and reinsurance disputes. Clients describe him as an "impressive analytical man" who is an "outstanding insurance dispute resolution lawyer, always on top of the facts and ahead of the opponent."

What the team is known for Policyholder practice handling claims including product liability, property damage and business interruption, D&O and asbestos liability. Retained by a broad range of companies nationally and globally including those from the banking, pharmaceutical, real estate development and energy sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is academically very sound and has a great depth of experience."

Work highlights Represented Kleen Energy in coverage litigation regarding its liability, property and business interruption claims arising from a power plant explosion.

Recently advised Sirius XM on its claims for D&O liability coverage related to major derivative and class action lawsuits.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Joyce regularly represents policyholders in claims relating to professional liability, D&O, data breach, business interruption and construction defect. Sources say: "He's commercially astute and a very good man to have strengthening your cause."

Significant clients Connell Limited Partnership, Energy Solutions, Michaels Stores, Cott Corporation. 

What the team is known for Market-leading policyholder practice representing companies in a wide variety of complex insurance disputes. Involved in handling a series of claims including toxic torts, asbestos liability and financial fraud, as well as claims arising from Hurricane Sandy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is of the highest caliber. It is very strong in all areas of insurance law and insurance coverage." 

"One of the biggest stories is the rise of the Kasowitz firm on the policyholder side." 

Work highlights Successfully represented Convergys against its umbrella insurance company in relation to underlying class actions alleging unlawful recording under the California Privacy Act.

Represented Warren Pumps in a high-value asbestos coverage case arising from thousands of past bodily injury lawsuits.

Notable practitioners  

Robin Cohen, head of the firm's insurance recovery group, is unanimously regarded as one of the country's top policyholder attorneys. She has enjoyed success in claims involving product liability, privacy, asbestos, and personal and advertising injury. According to commentators, "she's organized, inventive and tireless," and "completely loyal to the client."

Keith McKenna has a broad insurance and commercial litigation practice on behalf of policyholders in state and federal courts across the country. He recently represented Pella and its subsidiaries in a claim seeking coverage from Liberty Mutual for liabilities relating to lawsuits over allegedly defective windows and doors.

Significant clients Verizon, Oracle, Colfax, Philips, Visa.

What the team is known for Dispute resolution and regulatory and transactional practice representing insurers, reinsurers and intermediaries. Areas of strength include advising on captive company formation, M&A, regulatory licensing, contract agreements and reinsurance disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent firm that has a great deal of expertise and knowledge in all areas of reinsurance and is also cost-effective."

"They're all extremely professional, very proactive and they've taken very good care of us. We're very pleased with them."

Work highlights Advised SCOR UK on underwriting guidelines in the USA, providing comprehensive procedures and permissible activities regarding surplus lines laws.

Provided FM Global Insurance with an international review of the electronic delivery of insurance policies, which focused on e-commerce, e-signature and US regulatory laws.

Notable practitioners  

Nick Pearson is experienced in regulatory and transactional matters involving life and property and casualty insurance. According to one client, "he's smart, creative, has a very good understanding of the insurance marketplace and the regulations that apply."

Significant clients Genworth Financial Services, Aspen Insurance UK, AXIS Insurance, Global Aerospace, Transatlantic Reinsurance.

What the team is known for Expertise in a wide range of transactional insurance areas. Handles complex, multijurisdictional work for major insurers, reinsurers and banks including deals involving catastrophe bonds and sidecar markets. 

Work highlights Represented MetroCat Re in a catastrophe bond offering which was the first of its kind in relation to storm surge coverage.

Advised Arch Capital Services on its acquisition of CMG Mortgage Insurance and CMG Mortgage Assurance from PMI Mortgage Insurance for $300 million.

Notable practitioners  

David Alberts handles a wide range of corporate and regulatory work for the life and non-life insurance industry, offering particular expertise in reserve financing and insurance M&A. According to clients, "he is plugged-in to the reinsurance and insurance regulatory environments and gives good advice."

Significant clients Citigroup Global Markets, Aon Capital Markets, Tokio Marine, Munich Re, Morgan Stanley.

What the team is known for Boutique firm offering expertise in insurance and reinsurance litigation. Represents major domestic insurers and reinsurers in complex litigation and arbitrations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They bring an incredible depth to the reinsurance world. They have a very deep bench and a lot of talent."

"What's attractive about the firm is they're large enough to deal with complex litigation but, at the same time, the partners are very approachable."

Notable practitioners  

Stuart Cotton is admired in the market for his extensive experience. He represents insurers, reinsurers, managing agents and brokers in matters including property damage, business interruption and environmental contamination.

Lawrence Greengrass is adept at reinsurance and insurance matters, with areas of his strength including toxic torts and first-party property claims. According to sources, "he's got a very broad knowledge of different types of reinsurance so he is able to advise on a wide range of issues."

Philip Silverberg handles litigation involving property and casualty losses, subrogation and environmental claims, as well as reinsurance matters. Sources say: "He's a well-skilled negotiator and is effective counsel for insurance markets on first-party property claims."

What the team is known for Offers experience in complicated and high-risk cases on behalf of policyholders. Particular expertise in coverage disputes involving large financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers and sports teams.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"An outstanding firm; extremely knowledgeable and competent attorneys." 

"We have a deep respect for them - they are excellent in acting for policyholders." 

Work highlights Recently represented a joint venture which includes OHL Construction and Tully Construction in a claim regarding storm damage to a tunnel between Brooklyn and Staten Island caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Notable practitioners  

The "intelligent and hard-working" Seth Schafler possesses expertise in a wide range of claims including professional and fiduciary liability, property, and marine and credit risk insurance. Clients say: "He's an excellent lawyer – technically superb and very commercial in his approach. He is responsive and a delight to deal with."

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase, Paragon Honda, Credit Suisse Securities, Incorporated Village Of Old Westbury, Depository Trust & Trading Corporation.

What the team is known for Acclaimed litigation practice with expertise in insurance and reinsurance disputes. Represents high-profile insurers in complex and high-exposure cases, including those involving defective Chinese drywall, financial products, RMBS and product liability.

Work highlights Recently defended National Indemnity Company, an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway, in a challenge to its business model by Ford.

Represented United Guaranty in a series of class actions relating to the reinsurance of its mortgage insurance policies. 

Notable practitioners  

The highly respected Jane Byrne handles major insurance and reinsurance disputes for some of the industry's biggest names. Recently, she represented AIG and its subsidiaries in several class action and individual lawsuits regarding defective Chinese drywall products. Sources say: "She's just wonderful, and has a tremendous strategic sense."

Talented trial lawyer Michael Carlinsky has a broad litigation practice which includes expertise in insurance-related disputes. He recently represented AIG/United Guaranty against a Bank of America and Countrywide action alleging breach of contract and bad faith. 

Significant clients OneBeacon America Insurance, Chartis Insurance Group, Allstate, HDI-Gerling Industrie Versicherung, MBIA Insurance.

What the team is known for Provides deep expertise in complex coverage claims. Skilled in matters involving professional liability, product liability, asbestos and the Bermuda Form. Represents a wide range of policyholders in disputes nationally and internationally.

Work highlights Represented Forest Labs in pre-suit negotiations and as coverage counsel in a dispute with its upper-layer insurers, regarding costs sought for a shareholder class action lawsuit.

Recently advised Rockwell and Invensys in a high-value insurance coverage action.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Evan Breene has trial and appellate experience in a broad range of insurance claims. Clients praise his in-depth knowledge of the market.

Ann Kramer is well versed in representing policyholders in recovery actions involving product liability, environmental, product recall and D&O liability. She is known for her skill in coverage dispute resolution, particularly for the pharmaceutical industry.

Significant clients Archer Daniels Midland, ConocoPhillips, Cumulus Media, Enbridge, First Associates.

What the team is known for Expertise in sophisticated transactional and regulatory matters. Skilled in advising insurers on corporate finance strategies, catastrophe bond transactions, and traditional public and private offerings of stock and debt securities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their insurance practice has strongly impressed us in the past year."

Work highlights Advised Athene Holding on its acquisition of Aviva's US life insurance and annuity businesses for $1.55 billion.

Recently advised The Hartford on the $285 million sale of Hartford Life International to Columbia Insurance, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.

Notable practitioners  

Jeff Liebmann, head of the firm's New York insurance and financial services practice, is one of the state's top transactional insurance attorneys. Sources say: "He is particularly qualified in the life insurance space. He's commercially oriented and clients like him very much." 

Transactional specialist Jonathan Freedman recently represented Wells Fargo Securities among other purchasers in a $300 million issuance of senior notes for Wilton Re Finance. According to sources, he is "a real pleasure to deal with and someone focused on getting to the right result without all the politics."

Michael Madigan is a transactional attorney notable for his expertise in insurance securitizations. He recently represented the Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool in the first catastrophe bond to be issued by a Turkish sponsor.

Significant clients MetLife, JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, Swiss Re, Goldman Sachs.

What the team is known for Widely acclaimed insurance and reinsurance litigation practice offering the full spectrum of services, with deep expertise in asbestos, environmental and life matters. Remains a top choice for major carriers seeking defense of their most significant coverage matters. Robust transactional and regulatory practice which conducts significant demutualizations, M&A and capital markets transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"One of the best firms in the US - they have depth, first-rate talent, a can-do attitude and legal smarts."

"Simpson is clearly the platinum standard in this space."  

Work highlights Recently advised United States Fidelity & Guaranty in a high-profile case involving Plant Insulation Company's claims for insurance coverage following thousands of asbestos bodily injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

Represented the underwriters, led by Barclays Capital, Citigroup Global Markets and Goldman Sachs, in Aspen Insurance Holdings' $275 million offering of preferred stock.

Defended Berkshire Hathaway against claims challenging its growth in the insurance industry and against significant coverage claims for asbestos liabilities.

Notable practitioners

Barry Ostrager is acknowledged as "one of the best trial lawyers in the US," with an impressive record in insurance and reinsurance disputes. According to one client, "if we have an issue that we must win, he's the lawyer we'd go to and use. His greatest skill is his ability to turn incredibly complicated matters into simple things that everyone can understand."

"Unbelievably good strategist" Mary Kay Vyskocil is highly respected for her expertise in complex insurance coverage disputes. According to market commentators, "in the world of insurance and reinsurance, she is one of the very best."

Andrew Amer has a thriving insurance and reinsurance practice, and recently successfully represented American Nuclear Insurers in an appeal regarding coverage litigation brought by Babcock & Wilcox. Clients say: "He is a consummate professional who has excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills, and is always very well prepared."

Gary Horowitz focuses his practice on M&A, corporate finance and governance matters. According to sources, he possesses "substantive expertise on the insurance and M&A side," and "vigorously advocates for his clients."

Significant clients AIG Affiliates, Equitas, Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation Affiliates, AXIS Capital Holdings, CNA Financial, The Travelers Companies.

What the team is known for Skill in transactional and regulatory matters for leading insurers, reinsurers and underwriters. Particular expertise in overseeing complex M&A deals, public and private financings, and captive insurance company formations. Also represents policyholders and insurers in coverage litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Skadden is an excellent firm, particularly on M&A transaction work."

"They're just a force. They bring phenomenal expertise as a team. To a person they always bring energy and urgency."

Work highlights Represented Cigna in a $2.2 billion reinsurance agreement with Berkshire Hathaway Life Insurance of Nebraska.

Has continued to act for General Reinsurance in a series of significant asbestos and environmental coverage disputes. 

Represented MetLife in its $2 billion purchase of Chilean pension fund administrator AFP Provida from BBVA. 

Notable practitioners  

Robert Sullivan has a national reputation as one of the country's premier transactional attorneys. Clients are unanimous in their praise for him, describing him as "truly a businessperson and a very strategic thinker," with one stating that "he is the best insurance transactional lawyer I’ve ever seen."

Todd Freed handles high-level M&A, private equity and corporate finance transactions, and recently advised Delaware Life Holdings on its $1.4 billion purchase of Canada's Sun Life Financial's annuity and life insurance businesses. Sources praise his "tremendous expertise" in complex transactions.

Timothy Reynolds represents clients in insurance coverage matters involving asbestos and pharmaceuticals. Sources regard him as an "excellent attorney - strong analytical skills, highly experienced and pragmatic."

Significant clients ING, MassMutual, SCOR Global Life U.S. Holdings, The Travelers Companies, Validus Holdings.

What the team is known for Handles reinsurance disputes on behalf of both reinsureds and reinsurers, and also advises on coverage and contractual advice. Transactional and regulatory group skilled in insurance M&A, asset acquisitions and catastrophe bonds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Strook & Strook & Lavan is impressive to work with in New York."

Work highlights Represented the private mortgage insurance industry before the National Association of Insurance Commissioners regarding the development of new regulatory capital requirements for mortgage insurers.

Successfully represented Arrowood Indemnity in an arbitration, in which the panel awarded damages and declaratory relief against the underwriters at Lloyd’s.

Represented Willis North America in an action brought by a former client in connection with a claim of negligence regarding D&O insurance.

Notable practitioners  

Michele Jacobson handles insurance and reinsurance disputes, and recently defended ProSight Specialty Insurance in a reinsurance matter. According to clients, "she's thorough, bright and organized. She did an excellent job preparing and presenting our case."

Robert Lewin, chair of the firm's insurance and reinsurance litigation and arbitration practice, is skilled in a wide variety of insurance and reinsurance disputes. Interviewees deem him to be "very experienced and sophisticated" and an "outstanding advocate."

The well-respected William Latza advises on insurance and reinsurance regulation surrounding corporate transactions, acquisitions and financings. Sources praise his regulatory expertise and deep knowledge of the industry.

Bernhardt Nadell focuses his practice on insurance M&A, securities transactions and reinsurance. He has advised major financial institutions including Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs on reinsurance-related matters.

Significant clients AON, Liberty Mutual Insurance, CNA, Allianz Risk Transfer, Nomura Reinsurance Intermediary, UBS.

What the team is known for Advises on sophisticated insurance transactional matters, offering expertise in capital markets, M&A, reinsurance transactions and insurance derivatives. Deep knowledge of regulatory investigations, Dodd-Frank and Solvency II. Also represents insurers and occasionally policyholders in litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is very strong. They've got a good bench and good market experience. Good technical lawyers."

Work highlights Acted for Ally Financial on its Mexican insurance business sale to ACE for $865 million.

Represented the underwriters in Aetna's $2 billion senior notes offering.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Rowen is renowned for his skill in transactional and regulatory matters, and recently advised Aviva on the sale of its US operations to Athene Holdings. Clients say: "He's got very deep knowledge of that sector and how regulators work in various states across the US."

Stephen Kotran is described by sources as "an M&A contract specialist and a tough negotiator." He recently advised Swiss Re Life Capital in its sale of REALIC and other businesses for $900 million.

Mark Rosenberg is an expert in litigation involving insurance and environmental matters. Areas of strength include asbestos, mass torts and political risk.

Significant clients ING, Lightyear Capital, Assurant, Prudential Financial.

What the team is known for Offers expertise in the full range of insurance regulation and transactional matters, including M&A, captives, the systemically important financial institution (SIFI) designation process, and investigations and enforcement actions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Great experience in M&A in the insurance field, especially on complicated transactions. Their responsiveness is incredible without sacrificing thoroughness."

"Sutherland has a very deep bench in the insurance practice. If you have a technical insurance matter, you'll be able to find a practitioner there who can provide you with advice in that area."

Work highlights Advised Prudential Financial on insurance regulatory aspects regarding the Financial Stability Oversight Council's designation of SIFIs.

Represented The Hartford in the $615 million sale of its individual life insurance business to Prudential Financial, marking its exit from the life insurance market.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" James Dwyer is a transactional attorney with deep experience representing insurers in M&A and divestitures. Sources remark that he is a "well-received, well-respected" lawyer who is "extremely knowledgeable and responsive."

Cynthia Shoss is a respected regulatory specialist who recently advised Verizon on the $7.5 billion transfer of its management pension plan obligations to Prudential. "She's extremely knowledgeable and responsive," say sources.

Significant clients ING, Lloyd’s, Munich Re, Fairfax Financial Holdings, Guardian Life.

What the team is known for Outstanding team of transactional and regulatory lawyers with skill in M&A, structured finance, governance and capital markets matters. Sought after by the world's major insurers, reinsurers, investment banks and private equity firms. Also offers a healthy disputes practice, notably representing insurance intermediaries in coverage litigation with insurers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"When thorny issues come up in the context of an acquisition they're really able to home in on the business impact of the issue and come up with a range of potential solutions."

"One of the reasons we engaged Willkie Farr is that it has a high-profile record on serious insurance coverage matters. They not only address coverage problems from a claim perspective but also have a regulatory group."

Work highlights Represented Aviva in the sale of its US annuity and life insurance businesses, which were sold to Athene Holding and Global Atlantic Financial Group respectively.

Represented Cameron International, the manufacturer of the blowout preventer on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig which suffered a blowout in 2010, in coverage litigation.

Recently advised Allstate on its $600 million sale of Lincoln Benefit Life to Resolution Life Holdings.

Notable practitioners 

Alexander Dye is renowned for his extensive expertise in insurance M&A and capital market transactions. According to clients, "he's very responsive, brings up appropriate issues at the appropriate times and is very knowledgeable at what he does."

Michael Groll is sought after for his knowledge of insurer M&A and public and private securities offerings. He recently represented Torus in its sale to Enstar and Stone Point. Clients remark that he is "very pragmatic, very experienced and right to the point."

John Schwolsky is skilled in M&A, insurance-linked securities transactions and the restructuring of troubled insurers. He recently advised SCOR on the structure of its first ever offering of principal-at-risk extreme mortality bonds. Sources describe him as "smart and focused on the issues."

Leah Campbell has experience of the advisory and regulatory issues surrounding insurance M&A, reinsurance transactions and insurance entity insolvencies. 

Donald Henderson advises clients on M&A and alternative risk transfer arrangements. He recently represented Berkshire Hathaway on a reinsurance transaction with Connecticut General Life Insurance.

Vladimir Nicenko concentrates his practice on capital markets and structured finance transactions for major insurers and reinsurers. According to commentators, "he is a very good capital markets lawyer - aggressive, competent and capable."

Client favorite Mitchell Auslander represents the firm's broker clients in disputes with insurers involving D&O, E&O, political risk, property and casualty. Sources describe him as an "incredible oral advocate" who is "particularly impressive in mediation."

Significant clients MetLife, Zurich Financial, Aegon NV, Marsh & McLennan, Willis, California State Association of Counties Excess Insurance Authority.

What the team is known for Offers broad expertise in complex reinsurance and direct insurance matters. Particular expertise in matters involving MBS and reinsurance litigation and arbitration.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm contains huge amounts of experience and a great eye for detail. The lawyers, even the most senior, are very attentive to their clients' needs."

"Not only are they good lawyers, but they're very efficient. Their expertise is excellent and we find them very corporate-friendly from our perspective."

Work highlights Recently advised Chartis on proceedings to recover $16 million in reinsurance from Transatlantic Reinsurance. 

Represents Western & Southern Life Insurance and its affiliates in seven lawsuits which seek to recover substantial losses on RMBS investments.

Notable practitioners

William Maher attracts praise from the market for his insurance and reinsurance practice, which includes particular expertise in issues involving MBS. According to clients, "his advice is not just from the pure legal side - he helps us make the right decision from the commercial perspective."

Significant clients Assured Guaranty, Enstar (US), Hanover Insurance Group, Zurich.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Harry Cohen of Crowell & Moring LLP recently represented ACE in litigation against OneBeacon regarding asbestos and environmental reinsurance coverage. He is regarded as an "excellent attorney" by his clients.

Aidan McCormack of DLA Piper LLP (US) has a litigation practice which focuses on insurance and reinsurance matters including D&O, toxic torts and mass torts. Sources say: "He knows the reinsurance world, coverage issues and different legal positions very well."

Michael Murphy is the global head of DLA Piper LLP (US)'s insurance and reinsurance practice and represents industry clients in a variety of areas. Clients say: "He's a smart lawyer, but also very commercial, and helps manage projects both from a legal and commercial side."

The distinguished Thomas Newman of Duane Morris LLP is experienced in insurance coverage litigation and reinsurance arbitrations, in which he represents both cedents and reinsurers. An admiring source considers him to be "the godfather of insurer law."

Kathryn Ellsworth of Grais & Ellsworth LLP is reputed for her insurance and reinsurance litigation and arbitration practice. Market sources regard her as a "very strong lawyer" who is "easy to work with."

The widely respected David Grais of Grais & Ellsworth LLP has expertise in matters involving reinsurance and MBS.

Marc Abrams recently joined Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC from Nelson Brown & Co. He represents global insurers, cedents and reinsurers in the full range of complex disputes. According to sources, "he can handle any kind of case. He's very good on the ground and understands the clients and what they need."

David Luttinger of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a broad practice representing policyholders in matters such as D&O, E&O, toxic torts, product liability, and physical damage and business interruption. Sources commend him as being a "very strong litigator" who is "experienced and capable."

The impressive Tancred Schiavoni of O'Melveny & Myers LLP is complimented as being "a major power on behalf of the insurance industry in asbestos cases." He also appears across the country in matters involving environmental coverage and bankruptcy claims.

John Nonna is managing partner of Patton Boggs LLP's New York office and gains praise from all sections of the market for his reinsurance and insurance practice. Sources praise him as an "outstanding negotiator and strategist" who is "at the top of his game."

Larry Schiffer of Patton Boggs LLP is highly regarded for his expertise in insurance and reinsurance coverage and insolvency matters. Sources remark that he is "very knowledgeable and enjoys a well-earned reputation for excellence in this field."

James Sottile of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP represents insurers in complex bankruptcy and insurance coverage litigation. Sources deem him to be an "outstanding attorney" and a "top insurer-side lawyer."

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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Other Noted Practitioners

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Other Noted Firms

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