USA

New York

Insurance


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

Insurance - New York

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What the team is known for Offers a particularly strong trial practice and is widely admired for its adept courtroom skills and high-profile victories, aided by its longstanding experience in corporate policyholder representation. Especially strong in managing complex asbestos and environmental contamination coverage matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They have negotiated unique legal issues and can research and theorize cases as well as lead trial matters. I have sat through both arbitrations and trials with them and have been very impressed."

"Historically a top firm and it remains so."  

Work highlights Successfully acted for Cleaver-Brooks in an appeal brought by three insurance companies concerning liability for asbestos claims coverage.

Represented O&G Industries in insurance coverage matters relating to a power plant explosion at a site under construction, including property loss and wrongful death claims.

Notable practitioners  

Policyholder specialist Robert Horkovich is esteemed for his trial reputation and expertise on asbestos and environmental issues, as well as first-party property and D&O claims. Sources say that "his demeanor and skills are as impressive as his results. I get calls from sitting judges complimenting his conscientiousness and the clarity of his reasoning and arguments."   

The "terrific" William Passannante is "knowledgeable, responsive and everything you want in an outside counsel." He is adept in asbestos coverage matters for major policyholder clients, with additional experience in professional lines and environmental issues.

Finley Harckham focuses on first-party coverage, property damage and business interruption work. Commentators are "very impressed with his insight, ability to explain and effectiveness."

Significant clients State of California, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Colgate-Palmolive, TransCanada, SAP America.

What the team is known for Accomplished expertise in financial lines claims, including credit insurance and class action matters, with further experience in environmental claims. Widely respected for its reinsurance and Bermuda Form knowledge and frequently called on by some of the biggest insurers for high-value cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They have a fantastic reputation."  

"I've been impressed by the team's ability to manage the matter cost-effectively. They staff cases appropriately and that is great."

Work highlights Retained by National Union Fire Insurance against Everest Reinsurance in relation to the cleanup costs of 80 contaminated sites around the country, with claims by National totaling $156 million of coverage. 

Successfully defended XL Capital against a series of antitrust class actions arising from accusations of price-fixing and bid-rigging of derivative products sold to municipalities as investment vehicles. 

Notable practitioners  

Highly respected practitioner Edward Krugman has particular capability in reinsurance and considerable experience in high-stakes trial, appellate and arbitration work on both direct and reinsurance issues. Sources describe him as "one of the smartest lawyers around" and "a go-to guy for the biggest insurers." 

Thorn Rosenthal is esteemed for his high-level coverage and arbitration work, aided by his initial drafting of the Bermuda Form. He is considered "brilliant and fantastically effective" by sources and further highlighted as "a clever and bright operator on difficult problems, who understands the industry inside out."

Significant clients AIG, XL Insurance, Ironshore Insurance.

What the team is known for A very able insurance team with in-depth expertise in reinsurance, arbitrations and litigation matters. Provides a broad base of experience due to its involvement in many of the major issues over the past 25 years.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They absolutely excel at litigation." 

"They have a good model and a loyal client base that they service well."

Work highlights Acted for Fireman's Fund in parallel litigations against Everest and OneBeacon relating to reinsurance coverage for asbestos liabilities that Fireman's Fund settled with its insured, ASARCO. 

Filed a complaint for the Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania in the Southern District of New York against Equitas in connection with the venuing of litigation relating to reinsurance payments.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Chaffetz is a respected member of the Reinsurance Bar and a skilled negotiator for his clients. "Knowledgeable and experienced, he's very good at writing briefs and arguing motions" and is also active on the direct insurance side.

"Fine litigator" Steven Schwartz is active in both direct insurance and reinsurance, and is particularly well regarded for his work in property, casualty and life and health, in addition to alternative risk transfer and reinsurance M&A litigation.

Significant clients The Travelers Companies, Zurich, Platinum Re, Chubb Group, Astra.

What the team is known for Adept understanding of transactional insurance matters and related regulatory issues, coupled with extensive global presence. Particularly noted for its work with Bermuda-based reinsurance entities and multinational deal structurings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They do great-quality work and are commercially active."  

"Top-rate work that's delivered efficiently." 

Work highlights Led a complex $1.13 billion transaction that involved the creation of Watford Re, a hedge fund sponsored Bermuda-based reinsurer, backed by JPMorgan Chase.

Notable practitioners  

Gary Boss demonstrates particular capability in reinsurance transactions and regulatory matters, with a specialty in offshore reinsurance vehicle structuring. Clients describe him as "extremely helpful, knowledgeable and a real business partner." 

Senior statesman Paul Meyer is a regulatory expert with longstanding experience who also plays a significant role advising clients on sophisticated insurance matters.  

Significant clients Assurant, Blackstone, Legal & General, MetLife, Munich Re.

What the team is known for Firmwide focus on global insurance and increasing work stemming from the New York office. Wide array of strengths, from surety and D&O to energy and financial lines work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They have a first-class reputation in the insurance market and in most cases are my first port of call when faced with complicated legal issues or just for quick advice on minor issues."

"They are very proactive and are able to shape the matter, drive it forward and anticipate the problems that might come up."

Work highlights Successfully acted for OneBeacon in a case of first impression heard before the First Circuit concerning the requirement of courts to determine the effect of previously awarded arbitration monies.  

Represented XL Insurance America in the Sixth Circuit, successfully arguing that a prior judgment awarding the insurer a $2 million retention payment from Stryker should stand.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Knoerzer retains his reputation for Bermuda Form, general and excess liability and reinsurance expertise. Clients value his "strategic, pragmatic, diligent, solution-oriented, easy to work with" approach, coupled with "knowledge of complex financial instruments that is essential to success." 

The "extraordinarily capable" Paul Koepff concentrates on assisting clients with large limit excess coverage issues and is a seasoned representative for international and domestic insurers in arbitrations.  

What the team is known for Esteemed for the quality, complexity and high-stakes nature of the work it wins for blue-chip clients. Able to both litigate coverage cases and manage bet-the-company transactional and regulatory matters on an international platform.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"A brilliant litigation practice." 

"They are very strong across the board and have a well-rounded practice that is efficient in all different types of transactions."

Work highlights Successfully defended John Hancock in a class action lawsuit centering on the legality of the process whereby the insurer pays out life insurance policies. 

Retained by Protective Life to advise on its $5.7 billion sale to Japanese insurer Dai-ichi Life.  

Assisted Zurich with the sale of its Russian retail insurance arm and the restructuring of the remaining parts of its Russian business.

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Potter leads complex international insurance and reinsurance transactions and is described as "a great professional who is focused on the client and on getting the deal done." His work in the private equity sector as it expands into the insurance market is particularly notable.

Regulatory insurance attorney Thomas Kelly has extensive experience in handling insurance capital standards and regulators. Commentators state that "from a client service perspective he is top-notch and is always available to talk or gets back to you within an hour."

Robert Goodman concentrates on contentious claims and is also experienced in reinsurance arbitrations. Further strengths include asbestos and personal injury claims, as well as mass tort matters.  

Edwin Schallert is frequently sought out by insurers facing coverage issues in both state and federal court. He demonstrates significant skill in defense against class action litigation and according to sources "is a great sounding board."

Senior statesman Wolcott Dunham garners respect for his longstanding regulatory experience and "encyclopedic knowledge of insurance." He also advises on transactional insurance and restructuring.

Significant clients Prudential Financial, AIG, Blackstone, Sun Life Financial, American International Group.

What the team is known for Well regarded for both class action defense and coverage dispute work. Frequently called upon to defend global insurers in court against potential high-value claims, and active on property and casualty work, as well as life and health.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The team has done a good job at meeting our deadlines in order to keep matters moving. They also bring a practical, results-oriented approach to practicing, which is of great use to us."

"They understood the cost issue and they positioned us very well to control the litigation."

Work highlights Represented MetLife in a challenge brought by a purchaser of a life insurance policy against a settlement reached in 1999 regarding administrative and cost insurance charges. 

Successfully defeated the class certification of a securities fraud action brought against Genworth Financial and its wealth management arm.

Notable practitioners  

Reid Ashinoff is a hugely experienced litigator with a deep understanding of insurance issues, aided by previous experience as national coordinating counsel for large insurers. Sources note that "his advocacy style was very good, he was well prepared, controlled and presented the material in a very good and affective manner."

Michael Barr is a "commercially minded problem solver" who exhibits particular skill at defending insurers facing class actions and in issues connected with financial lines coverage. Commentators say that "he is a consummate professional who pays attention to the details."

Significant clients Arrowpoint Capital, Marsh USA, Royal Indemnity, Financial Structures, NOLHGA.

What the team is known for Respected ability to litigate insurance issues and lead sophisticated transactions, including related regulatory matters. Additional areas of expertise include reinsurance, arbitration and negotiations for both settlements and transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They make an excellent team."  

"They seem to handle potential conflicts well." 

Work highlights Retained by Instituto Nacional de Seguros, the Costa Rican state insurance company, to assist in action against its brokers HRG and Howden in Florida state court. 

Advised CNA on the sale of two subsidiaries to Wilton Reassurance and Wilton Re, allowing CNA to decrease its non-core life and group reserves by $3.5 billion.

Represented Argonaut Insurance in an asbestos-related reinsurance dispute with the Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania centering around late notice interpretation. 

Notable practitioners  

Sean Thomas Keely gains praise for his reinsurance and London arbitration practices. He is described as "a knowledgeable, thorough and effective litigator" who is "dedicated to his clients."  

Francis Monaco focuses on transactional and regulatory matters, with particular regard to reserve financing, insurance-linked securities transactions and M&A work. Commentators state that "he is a commercial and well-connected corporate lawyer who offers good client service."

James FitzPatrick leads the firm's US corporate insurance practice and is highly experienced in transactional matters. According to one client, "he is as good a lawyer as I have come across. His client service is second to none and he is incredibly time-efficient."

Significant clients Bank of America Merrill Lynch, The Travelers Companies, Excess & Treaty Management, Ambac Assurance, Hamilton Insurance Group.

What the team is known for Broad-based policyholder practice focused on the property and casualty and professional liability arenas. Active across a range of sectors and offers counsel on matters such as property damage, business interruption and asbestos liabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They offered us a very high-quality service and their management of the process was key." 

"They provided a speedy and affective due diligence process."

Work highlights Acted for Ochsner on a property and business interruption claim arising from the collapse of a building in New Orleans.

Represented industrial conglomerate Connell in connection to its insurance coverage claims for asbestos and environmental property damage liabilities.

Notable practitioners  

Policyholder attorney Edward Joyce is "a very smart lawyer who is hard-working and zealous." He demonstrates capability in complex coverage disputes related to property damage, business interruption, D&O and class action work. 

Significant clients BCBG Max Azria Group, Goldman Sachs, MediSys Health Network, Sirius XM, Kleen Energy Systems.  

What the team is known for Premier players in policyholder matters, focusing on complex and high-value work involving professional liability coverage, privacy and data protection, and insurance coverage for costs arising out of lawsuits related to business restructuring. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They gave us excellent advice on strategy which enabled us to get a ruling very quickly, which was very impressive."

"Top-notch coverage counsel." 

Work highlights Represented MBIA against its insurers as it sought coverage for $30 million used to defend and settle lawsuits concerning business operations restructuring. 

Appointed by Syracuse University to pursue coverage from its insurers, National Union Fire Insurance, for costs incurred investigating and responding to allegations of sexual abuse. 

Notable practitioners  

Insurance recovery team head Robin Cohen is an accomplished coverage attorney who leads on big-ticket policyholder jury trials. Commentators state that "she has a depth of knowledge in the insurance industry from both practical and legal perspectives and understands the best way to approach issues."

Kenneth Frenchman is hailed by sources as "very thorough. He thinks outside the box, is knowledgeable, anticipatory and communicates options clearly." His practice centers on property and casualty work, principally in cases relating to damages and declaratory relief.  

Coverage litigator Keith McKenna demonstrates substantial expertise in matters at both state and federal level. He is considered "incredibly smart" and is particularly highlighted for his mass tort work.

Significant clients Cushman & Wakefield, Fidelity National Bank, Visa, Pitney Bowes, Philips. 

What the team is known for Quality advice on insurance and reinsurance matters. Additional capability in coverage disputes in litigation and arbitration and also valued by clients for guidance on minimizing potential legal risks.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"I appreciate that they get matters done and done well. They excel at staffing a case so that there are the right number of timekeepers to a matter, which keeps expenses down." 

"The enjoy an excellent reputation among companies in the reinsurance arbitration space."

Notable practitioners  

Nick Pearson chairs the firm's regulatory and transactional group and is highly experienced in life and health work, as well as property and casualty matters. His skill in dealing with New York insurance regulators is particularly noted by commentators.

Significant clients Global Aerospace, Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe, Allianz Global, Utica National Life Insurance, XL Reinsurance.

What the team is known for Advises on significant insurance transactions and possesses particular knowledge in the sidecar and catastrophe bond spaces. Couples this with an in-depth understanding of insurance-linked securities and life industry reserve financing issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are thorough, creative and when they come up against an issue they think of ways around it. They are a joy to work with." 

"They are responsive and accommodating with fees as far as alternative structures are concerned."

Work highlights Assisted Nipponkoa Insurance's US arm with regulatory preparation for its domestication into an affiliate.

Represented Catalina Holdings (Bermuda) in its acquisition of Alea Group Holdings' operations in Bermuda and the USA.

Notable practitioners 

Global insurance group cochair Stephen Rooney is "among the top players" in the insurance-linked securities and catastrophe bond sectors. Commentators laud his ability to "understand the business and help us gets things done, as well as being a really calming influence." 

David Alberts is a seasoned transactional and regulatory lawyer familiar with assisting both life and non-life insurers. He has "a thorough understanding of the law, regulations and accounting, as well as knowing everyone in the industry."

Significant clients Everest Re, ACE, Arch, Fidelity National Financial, AIG.

What the team is known for Strength in first-party property work, notably construction all risk, fire and flood matters. Also offers a well-regarded reinsurance arbitration practice and crisis management team.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They have demonstrated vast knowledge of crisis management and are particularly keen on the intricacies involved in handling a crisis management coverage issue."

"They provide quality service to their clients." 

Work highlights Achieved a partial summary judgment victory for Zurich as it sought to avoid a flood sublimit on an all-risk policy following Superstorm Sandy.  

Won a summary judgment for Chief Fire Contractors in the East District of New York, with no liability found for the insurer following a major fire loss.

Notable practitioners   

Lawrence Greengrass centers his practice on the reinsurance space and has extensive experience of the arbitration process. One commentator said: "He is one of the most experienced reinsurance lawyers in the US. He is calm, collected and has a not overly aggressive, professional air that I think serves us well in cases."

Philip Silverberg is active in the first-party property claim arena, where he is frequently brought in by insurers on catastrophe losses. Recently he has been highly involved in claims arising out of Superstorm Sandy.  

Significant clients Lexington Insurance, Aspen Specialty Insurance, National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh. 

What the team is known for Prominent policyholder practice offering considerable expertise in financial and professional liability lines coupled with more traditional property work. Sophisticated ability in risk management and policy placement, alongside a well-developed trial and arbitration practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is very thorough and comprehensive, and contains good legal minds who also understand the numbers."

"The group is very competent and does the work very well."

Work highlights Won a series of groundbreaking coverage cases for JPMorgan Chase centering on SEC disgorgement remedies.

Acted for Depository Trust & Clearing on bond and property claims arising from the flooding of its New York safe during Hurricane Sandy.

Notable practitioners  

Seth Schafler is a "fixture in the coverage world," adept in the courtroom and in high-stakes arbitrations, where he is "strategically smart about posturing cases." Particular areas of skill include commercial general liability, professional liability, business interruption and credit risk insurance.

Significant clients Bovis Lend Lease, Buffalo Bills, Henry Schein, Orange & Rockland Utilities, Silverstein Properties. 

What the team is known for Compact team retained by some of the biggest names for top-level insurance and reinsurance litigation. Broad range of experience, with particular strength in national class action defense, financial lines and product liability work.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"Quinn Emanuel has some incredibly talented lawyers who quickly ferret out issues you hadn't even considered when you started, and bore down to the most critical issues."

"One of the best litigation shops in the country." 

Work highlights Represented Chartis after a $58 million bad faith verdict in West Virginia, succeeding in removing $28 million of the judgment in post-trial motions and having the remaining $30 million vacated by the Supreme Court of Appeals in West Virginia.  

Retained by German insurance company HDI-Gerling on a claim made by Ford for product liability losses following the insurer's issuance of a portfolio of stop loss policies. 

Notable practitioners  

Peers state that Jane Byrne is "as good as it gets" in the New York insurance arena, acting for household-name insurers and reinsurers. She is hailed for her "tremendous experience in putting herself in in-house counsel's shoes. Her filter is excellent and she does a fantastic job providing the concise information you need to know to drive the case forward."  

Michael Carlinsky remains well regarded in the market, with one commentator calling him "the Maserati of lawyers." He is frequently brought in to argue highly contentious insurance issues in full jury trials for clients including global insurers. 

Significant clients National Indemnity, Prudential Insurance, MassMutual Insurance, Great American Insurance Group, Syncora Guaranty.   

What the team is known for Represents policyholders in coverage litigation against insurers, offering extensive experience in courtroom advocacy. Considerable expertise in negotiating and settling cases between parties required to continue a partnership after matters are concluded.

Work highlights Successfully represented Citadel Broadcasting against its insurer Axis in a six-day jury trial relating to business interruption damages caused by Hurricane Katrina. 

Acted for Metex Mfg. in relation to defense and indemnity of asbestos claims and insurance coverage for company restructuring pursuant to Chapter 11.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Breene impresses sources as an extremely practical and straightforward litigator able to tackle highly contentious and sophisticated jury trials. Clients particularly laud his ability to achieve positive results in difficult cases.

Ann Kramer focuses on challenging multiparty settlement negotiations. Commentators acknowledge her skill at quickly identifying key issues and concentrating on the resolution of disputes.

Significant clients Forest Laboratories, I.J. White Industries, Linde, Tenet Healthcare, LUKOIL. 

What the team is known for Excellent track record in the M&A-related catastrophe bond and capital markets space. Possesses a well-respected regulatory practice and can also handle the complex financings behind large insurance transactions.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are extremely responsive and everyone over there was working all hours of the day for us."

"They are definitely good value. They are efficient and are open to coming up with alternative fee structures."

Work highlights Acted for Chubb Group in the $270 million reinsurance of its catastrophe risks, relating to US named storms, winter storms, earthquakes and severe thunderstorms, through a catastrophe bond. 

Retained by Global Atlantic Group to assist with its $650 million acquisition of Forethought Financial, an issuer and underwriter of life annuities and insurance.

Notable practitioners  

"Brilliant legal mind" Jeff Liebmann demonstrates strength and experience across a wide span of work and is particularly active in life reinsurance, insolvency and regulatory matters. Clients state that "he is proactive, extremely knowledgeable and you always feel like he has your back in negotiations." 

Jonathan Freedman handles a large amount of capital markets and securities work for the insurance sector and is highly active in transactions. He wins plaudits from commentators as a "talented, experienced and proactive attorney."

Michael Madigan is well respected for his catastrophe bond practice and heads the New York property and casualty alternative risk transfer team. He receives acclaim from sources for his "open-mindedness and ability to achieve pragmatic solutions."

Significant clients Credit Suisse, Assured Guaranty, Bank of America, USAA, Wells Fargo Securities.

What the team is known for A preeminent force in insurance litigation due to an extensive track record in winning crucial, precedent-setting decisions. Expertise in reinsurance and direct insurance, both transactional and regulatory, coupled with strength in large-scale asbestos, pollution, financial lines and professional liability claims. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"A very, very impressive team which is completely hands-on in terms of shaping the issues, and dealing with other parties and the judge."

"The best in the state, with a great bench." 

Work highlights Advised The Travelers Companies in its suit against Northrop Grumman seeking a declaration that the insurer was not liable for losses from the 1930s onwards due to multiple pollution sites. 

Successfully acted for the insurer in a Pennsylvania Supreme Court dispute concerning payout liability following Babcock & Wilcox and ARCO's settlement of radiation injury claims for $80 million against the wishes of American Nuclear Insurers. 

Notable practitioners  

Barry Ostrager is "as prominent as it gets and is one of the leaders nationally" on insurance and reinsurance issues. He is a "fierce advocate for insurers" and is able to tackle the biggest cases in the country, including asbestos injury and bankruptcy coverage, contamination and reinsurance negotiations. 

"Great lawyer" Mary Kay Vyskocil is a market leader in insurance and reinsurance litigation. She receives universal acclaim from commentators, with one peer stating that "she is one of the best and I don't like seeing her on the other side!"  

Andrew Amer has substantial expertise in asbestos, environmental and pollution claims, as well as large reinsurance arbitrations. Clients assert that "he does an excellent job working with difficult cases, is good at thinking ahead from day one and is really strategic." 

Gary Horowitz is a broad-based commercial lawyer with an excellent transactional and regulatory insurance practice. One client notes his "great ability to make complex concepts understandable, which our board loves." 

Litigator Mary Beth Forshaw led the firm's work for Travelers against Northrop Grumman. She receives acclaim as a "formidable, strong, very organized and well-prepared" practitioner and according to sources is also "impressive on litigation strategy and gets results." 

Significant clients Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group, Beazley Group, AXA Equitable Life Insurance, Fireman's Fund, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies. 

What the team is known for Active on some of the largest acquisitions and depositions in the insurance market, effectively leveraging a premier financial institution M&A practice. Also acts for policyholder clients on coverage issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are extremely strong, knowledgeable advocates who are very service-focused. They are our first choice for bet-the-ranch regulatory work." 

"They are phenomenally efficient and execute in the time that they say they will, while at the same time bringing the right amount of resources to a project. There are never too many people and those that are there do a fantastic job."

Work highlights Represented State Farm and a number of its affiliates in the $1.5 billion disposal of its Canadian property, casualty and life insurance businesses. 

Retained by TPG Capital to assist with its $1.5 billion purchase of extended warranty insurance service provider The Warranty Group.

Notable practitioners  

"Absolutely first-rate" practitioner Robert Sullivan "has very strong regulatory relationships and impeccable judgment that is a definitive value-add in all circumstances." Alongside his impressive regulatory practice, he also leads on some of the biggest transactions in the insurance sphere.

Timothy Reynolds focuses on representing policyholder clients and, according to sources, is a "very knowledgeable and very responsive" attorney, who "does a good job on both litigation and negotiations."

Todd Freed heads the firm's insurance group and is recognized by one client as "easily the most hard-working lawyer I've ever met." He is looked to for expertise on transactional matters and is commended as "a great negotiator, as he has a constant dynamic assessment of the market in his head and just never, ever quits."

Significant clients Wilton Re, Validus Holdings, Endurance Specialty Holdings, Hamilton Reinsurance Group, SCOR Global Life U.S. Holdings.

What the team is known for Equally focused on both insurance and reinsurance work, and called upon for high-level contentious matters. Able to handle US litigation as well as lead London arbitrations for domestic clients. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The experience, judgment and character of the attorneys in the practice group that I work with are of the highest capacity."

"They are very attentive to detail and responsive." 

Work highlights Advised CastlePoint National Insurance in an action against The Insurance Professionals for breach of promissory note in connection with a program underwriting agency agreement. 

Acted as co-counsel for Employers Fire Insurance in defense of a bad faith claim brought against it in Washington state court.

Notable practitioners  

"Exceptionally gifted and experienced trial lawyer" John Nonna is "one of the industry's preeminent insurance and reinsurance dispute attorneys." He cochairs the practice and also acts in major arbitrations, aided by his "tremendous breadth and depth of experience."

Larry Schiffer is an "encyclopedia of insurance knowledge" who is "very responsive, analytical and detailed." He receives accolades for his work in reinsurance arbitrations and provides further counsel on coverage and insurance insolvency matters.

Significant clients National Indemnity, Brandywine Group, Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance, Lincoln National, General Re Life.

What the team is known for Well regarded for litigation as well as transactional and regulatory issues, combined with extensive reinsurance work. Focuses on the property and casualty side of the market and is increasingly active in life and health matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They offer deep subject matter knowledge and expertise as well as being responsive, effective and pleasant to work with."

"They have a great feel for the regulatory component of insurance deals."

"We appreciate that the partners do a lot of the work."

Work highlights Acted for ORIX in its $963 million acquisition of Hartford Life Insurance K. K., involving the creation of a $2.5 billion reinsurance arrangement for ORIX's variable annuity block with Berkshire Hathaway.

Advised an insurance broker on two actions involving claims of negligence by former clients relating to the placement of E&O and general liability policies.

Represented the trade association of the private mortgage insurance sector before the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in relation to the development of new capital standards for mortgage insurers.

Notable practitioners  

Michele Jacobson represents clients including insurers, retrocessionaires and intermediaries at both state and federal level. Clients state that her "strengths include excellent written skills, thorough and comprehensive attention to matters and a wonderfully persuasive speaking ability." 

William Latza focuses on regulatory matters and is described as a "brilliant guy with unique judgment." He has notable experience in insolvency matters and is "able to get down to the essence of an issue, find a reasonable solution and then articulate that to the regulators."

Insurance and reinsurance litigation chair Robert Lewin has a broad practice encompassing asbestos, environmental issues and workers' compensation. He is lauded as a "very knowledgeable attorney who is an excellent strategic thinker."

"Detail-oriented lawyer" Bernhardt Nadell is particularly proficient in international transactions involving structured financing and capital market reinsurance work. Commentators consider him a "tireless worker and strong advocate for his clients."

Significant clients Arch Insurance, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, AIG, Chubb Group, Global Atlantic Financial Group.

What the team is known for Transactional and regulatory practice with depth of experience in capital markets, private equity and risk transfer. Operates as part of the financial service team, representing clients from areas such as property and casualty, managed care and specialty lines, as well as intermediaries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"An excellent firm that concentrates on the top-level M&A work." 

"A top-notch transactional firm." 

Work highlights Advised Aviva USA in connection with its $1.8 billion sale to Athene Holding.

Retained by Western World Insurance to assist with its acquisition by Validus Holdings for $690 million. 

Notable practitioners  

Team head Andrew Rowen is deemed "a very skillful negotiator" and is further hailed for his "incredibly deep knowledge of the US tax system." He continues to impress with his transactional and capital market expertise.  

Significant clients Kodak, Voya Financial, AIG, Prudential Financial, MBIA.

What the team is known for Frequently called on for insight into potential regulatory changes and brought in by clients to advise on transactions, insolvencies and restructurings. Covers areas as diverse as captive insurer management, the Bermuda market and Lloyd's work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are efficient and give good value. The service and the guidance are outstanding."

"The attorneys we have dealt with are strong, practical and consultative partners."

Work highlights Provided counsel to Fairfax Financial Holdings on the regulatory repercussions of its merger with a Bermudian insurance group, resulting in reorganization of its internal structures.

Advised Wilton Re on its $237 million purchase of the outstanding capital stock of Conseco Life Insurance from CNO Financial. 

Notable practitioners  

James Dwyer is a "phenomenal and technical" insurance M&A-focused attorney who is "highly knowledgeable regarding reinsurance options, considerations and strategies." One commentator hails his ability to "keep to deadlines and billing guidelines."

Cynthia Shoss is an accomplished regulatory lawyer who is adept in all insurance regulatory matters, notably life insurance. She "has great experience and instincts when dealing with regulators, particularly in New York," and is further lauded as "efficient, practical and clear in her explanations."

Significant clients The Hartford, Voya Financial, Allstate, Prudential, Great-West Life & Annuity.

What the team is known for A market leader on the transactional side, able to coordinate large-scale international deals and the accompanying regulatory issues. Also known as a formidable force in contentious matters, with a specialized broker practice and experienced representation of policyholders.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The work that they did was stellar. Really, everything they did was beautifully crafted."

"I could not have asked for better representation. They gave all the expertise we needed and the team was consistently excellent."

"They are one firm that I would not like to be without. They are probably our strongest panel firm."

Work highlights Retained by Aspen to assist with its successful defense against a $3.2 billion hostile exchange offer from Endurance Specialty Holdings.

Acted for Cameron International, manufacturer of the blowout preventer on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, on resolving coverage disputes with the company's insurers, obtaining $200 million of coverage for multidefendant litigation. 

Represented Japanese life insurer Dai-ichi Life Insurance in its $5.7 billion purchase of Protective Life, creating the world's 13th largest insurer.

Notable practitioners  

Prominent transactional attorney Alexander Dye handles major international acquisitions and sales. Sources laud him as "a dean of the insurance M&A market" and further praise his "commercial, practical and experienced" approach.

Mitchell Auslander is well regarded for his policyholder practice, complemented by an "incredibly impressive" specialism in representing brokers. He is considered "a talented attorney who is very strategic in his thought process and gets right to the bottom line."

Donald Henderson is a "brilliant, detail-oriented lawyer" with a well-established M&A and regulatory insurance practice. Sources credit him with a cool-headed manner and hail his problem-solving capability.  

Michael Groll is active in the transactional and capital market space, taking lead roles in complex matters that involve both insurance and, increasingly, non-insurance actors such as private equity firms.

"Exceptional attorney" John Schwolsky is highly experienced in capital market and securities-related insurance work, as well as transactions. Sources deem him "a consummate professional who excels at client service."

Allison Tam focuses on providing regulatory advice on transactions, risk placement and capital standards. She is described as "a very competent regulatory expert who deals with issues very skillfully." 

"Thorough, detailed and analytical" practitioner Leah Campbell acts on insurance regulatory matters. According to commentators, she has "a calming influence on raw nerves. She sees the right direction right away and works well toward it." 

Vladimir Nicenko is an "excellent lawyer held in high regard by his clients," with a strong transactional practice. He is particularly well known for his capital markets, pension derisking and alternative risk transfer work.  

Significant clients Lockton, First American Financial, Allstate, New York Life, Zurich. 

What the team is known for Compact, high-quality team looked to by global insurers for a wide scope of sophisticated work. Accomplished in litigation and arbitration matters, in addition to both direct insurance and reinsurance. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"A very good, seasoned team with a lot of experience." 

Work highlights Represented Assured Guaranty as guarantor of $300 million in senior bonds in a suit against RBS alleging fraud in the securitization and underwriting process.  

Acted for Seabright Insurance in arbitration with Prism Consultants relating to policy administrator agreements.

Notable practitioners  

"Terrific" insurer attorney William Maher heads both the litigation and insurance practices. His broad scope of expertise also includes arbitration and transactional work, with sources noting that "he is an extremely articulate and hard-working guy who is a very thoughtful and strategic litigator."

Significant clients Western & Southern Life Insurance, Enstar, Zurich.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

"Very good operator" Harry Cohen of Crowell & Moring LLP is a coverage litigation counsel with experience in liability and bad faith cases at state and federal level, as well as arbitration proceedings. 

Dickstein Shapiro LLP's Jared Zola is a talented policyholder coverage attorney. He has particular skill in the political risk and media arenas and is described by peers as "someone who is doing really well for his clients in terms of handling matters."

Aidan McCormack focuses on sophisticated coverage litigation at DLA Piper LLP (US). He demonstrates "deep knowledge and the ability to target the best solution for the client" and garners further praise as "a really practical guy who can handle sticky issues." 

Michael Murphy of DLA Piper LLP (US) tackles insurance and reinsurance litigation and arbitration proceedings. Areas of expertise include product liability, asbestos, environmental and securities issues, with clients highlighting that "he brings parties together, brings matters to a head and gets to the bottom line very quickly."

Thomas Newman is of counsel at Duane Morris LLP and has decades of experience advising and litigating for insurer clients. He has a strong state and federal appellate practice which is coupled with extensive knowledge of reinsurance dispute resolution.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP's Daniel Rabinowitz "has a soft touch with the regulator while remaining affirmative." He is a transactional and regulatory attorney who is "very technical as well as being practical and very accessible."

Marc Abrams of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has a well-developed reinsurance practice. He is held in particular regard for his arbitration experience and "gains an understanding of new cases very quickly, completely runs meetings and is never pushed into a corner by his adversary." 

David Luttinger heads the New York litigation practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and has an extensive insurance litigation and mediation practice. Clients praise him as "a hard-working, loyal and brilliant attorney who knows the subject matter and the law very well."

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's Tancred Schiavoni is highly regarded for his advice on bankruptcy-related insurance matters. He also has expertise on high-level coverage issues.

Gary Svirsky of O'Melveny & Myers LLP is highly regarded in the insolvent carrier space and lauded for his courtroom abilities. Clients appreciate his "powerful intellect and ability to analyze complex circumstances and then explain it to non-lawyers."

Peers deem James Sottile of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP "a smart, practical and longstanding practitioner with a really good appreciation of the industry." His focus remains on assisting insurers facing coverage issues, as well as offering a broader commercial litigation practice.

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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