THE FIRM Troutman Sanders is able to focus on the most sophisticated insurance coverage litigation in the country, thanks to its dedicated D&O and professional liability practice. It also has a separate insurance and reinsurance group, which deals with more general liability and bad faith disputes. The firm represents a range of major insurance companies, and has been involved in particularly significant matters for Chubb Group and CNA.
Sources say: "Troutman has an enormous depth of experience and we really trust the lawyers' judgment. They are well regarded by other lawyers and mediators."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients and peers praise leading practitioner Gary Dixon for his deep experience and expertise in professional liability insurance. Commentators say he is "a very fine lawyer and probably the best D&O lawyer around."
John Gerstein is highly regarded as a litigator in the full range of D&O and professional liability disputes. He is experienced in representing the insurance industry in highly sophisticated multiparty cases.
Clients describe Leslie Ahari as an "experienced, thorough and intelligent" practitioner. She has an active professional liability disputes practice, and recently represented US Specialty Insurance in a lawsuit regarding D&O liability policies.
Experienced trial lawyer Wallace Christensen is praised for his skill across the board by insurance company clients. He is "professional, humble and just everything you would ever want in an attorney," according to interviewees.
David Gische is deeply respected by clients, and peers view him as a strong and experienced player in the field. He recently represented Federal Insurance in lawsuits involving liability issues.
Professional liability partner John Duchelle represented Federal Insurance in a high-profile rescission action regarding the issuance of professional liability policies.
"Excellent litigator" Jonathan Constine recently joined the team from Hogan Lovells US LLP.