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Insurance: Policyholder — California


Covington & Burling LLP - Insurance: Policyholder Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A powerhouse in the area of policyholder representation with many of its practitioners considered among the nation's finest. Consistently appointed by corporate giants around the world on their most high-stakes litigation, including major environmental disasters, asbestos claims and mass torts. Also notable for its experience in handling D&O disputes and cyber liability claims. Developing a specialist practice in the field of personal information exposure liability insurance.

Strengths Sources say the firm offers "great advocacy and knowledge," and "pleases with respect to client service, commerciality and flexibility."

Sources also note that the firm is "a thought leader" in this area.

Work highlights Successfully represented policyholder Meggitt-USA & Whittaker Corporation in a complex environmental insurance coverage case.

Led a case on behalf of Health Net seeking $100 million in insurance coverage compensation following a series of class actions brought against the client in New Jersey Federal Court.

Notable practitioners

Donald Brown is esteemed for his work on behalf of policyholders, including large Fortune 500 companies, in high-exposure coverage litigation. He is particularly lauded for the high quality of his trial advocacy. "He is exceptionally good; he is rock solid on the law, extremely effective at leveraging the resources of his firm and a staunch defender of the rights of the insured," reports a client.

David Goodwin has significant experience in policyholder coverage disputes, regularly handling sophisticated cases for the largest corporate clients. He also has expertise across a wider range of areas, including property damage, business interruption, cyber risk and fidelity claims. He has been described by clients as "one of the top coverage lawyers in the USA."

Lawrence Hobel has notable experience representing clients in coverage actions, frequently recovering substantial settlements in insurance recovery claims. He handles business interruption, third party toxic tort and privacy and data claims among others.

Martin Myers is recognized for his experience in handling insurance coverage work for policyholders from a cross-section of California's key industries, including the technology, agriculture and marine sectors. He has worked on cyber, mass tort and product recall claims and has further expertise in transaction risk insurance. A client reports: "He is responsive, practical, extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. When you find a lawyer like that, you don't let them go."

Reynold Siemens is an experienced representative of policyholder clients in complex coverage disputes. His areas of expertise include environmental and disaster-related work, D&O and employment disputes.

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Jones Day - Insurance: Policyholder Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Regularly represents blue-chip policyholder clients in high-exposure litigation, including cases related to natural disasters and other catastrophic events. Varied coverage expertise ranging from product liability cases through D&O and E&O claims, with significant niche expertise in railroad insurance. Offers additional capability in data breach and cybersecurity matters. Experienced working with clients from numerous industry sectors including aerospace, energy, pharmaceutical and retail, among others.

Strengths One client says: "They are fantastic, I can always count on them to give expert legal advice in a way I can understand."

Sources describe Jones Day as "a top firm; they are very efficient, very reliable and produce good written work."

Work highlights Has continued to act as lead trial counsel in connection with the allocation of subrogation proceeds obtained by defendant insurance companies in connection with the events of September 11, 2001.

Represented Sony Pictures in pursuing insurance coverage for losses caused by a large-scale cyber attack in November 2014.

Notable practitioners

David Steuber is adept at representing policyholders in the most complex of insurance disputes. He has significant expertise in matters related to business interruptions, D&O issues and environmental claims, among other areas. He is described by sources as "a leading light" and a "tough adversary" who has a "good handle on the dynamics of complex cases."

Insurance recovery practice chair Tyrone Childress provides high-level coverage advice on mass tort, catastrophic property loss and product liability claims. He is well known for his abilities in both high-stakes jury trials and in arbitration proceedings. Clients describe him as "an excellent lawyer" who can "see both sides of an issue."

Richard DeNatale has notable experience representing entertainment sector clients in insurance matters related to cybersecurity and data privacy. He also acts for healthcare, technology and retail industry clients, among others. A source reports: "He is always one step ahead."

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Insurance: Policyholder Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its capabilities in achieving substantial recovery amounts on behalf of policyholders. Has contributed to significant and precedent-setting decisions with regard to California state law. Specific areas of strength in coverage matters include environmental exposure, business interruption and asbestos claims. Noteworthy global presence and strength in London and Bermuda market matters. Highly capable of handling sophisticated cross-border disputes.

Strengths Sources say: "They are excellent; a pleasure to work with, responsive, dedicated and accommodating."

One source notes: "A top-notch firm that gets us outstanding results."

Work highlights Represented Meritor, an automotive supplier, in seeking coverage for numerous asbestos bodily injury claims arising out of Meritor’s acquisition of the former Rockwell International automotive products business.

Acted for A Community of Friends, an agency that provides affordable housing to homeless people, in an insurance dispute arising out of damages to two properties while under construction.

Notable practitioners

Global practice head Peter Rosen has experience in a range of insurance coverage matters including asbestos, cyber and risk management work. He is particularly well known for his "wealth of expertise" in D&O liability. He is described by a client as "someone you would bring in as a big hitter."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Insurance: Policyholder Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established outfit offering clients the breadth of a strong national practice as well as a wide range of insurance expertise, including everything from expert trial representation to corporate and transactional advice. Particular specialization in long-tail asbestos claims and associated bankruptcy proceedings, as well as environmental and construction claims. Has further capabilities in disputes arising from property damage, hurricane-related claims and business interruption. Also adept at handling captive insurance matters.

Strengths Clients say: "They are excellent in the courtroom and bring a business approach to litigation."

Sources report: "The team is dedicated and communicates well with the client."

Work highlights Represented ITT in seeking more than $1 billion in coverage from its excess insurers for asbestos-related liabilities.

Represented the policyholder in Goulds Pumps v Travelers Casualty and Surety.

Notable practitioners

Michel Yves Horton is an experienced litigator with considerable expertise in insurance recovery disputes. His practice covers litigation relating to property damage, environmental claims and D&O, among other areas. He is particularly knowledgeable about specialty market insurance policies. A source reports: "He is well prepared, highly intelligent and comes up with novel arguments."

Jeffrey Raskin represents a variety of corporate policyholders in litigation, mediation and arbitration. His insurance coverage dispute practice encompasses physical damage, fidelity and business interruption claims. He is named by sources as "highly knowledgeable, experienced" and "a very skilled courtroom advocate."

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Morgan Lewis is a recognized leader in placement, claims handling, and dispute resolution involving insurance and similar risk-transfer devices and instruments. In addition to our recognized trial, appellate and alternative dispute resolution capabilities, we counsel clients on insurance issues arising from complex corporate restructurings, mergers, and other transactional matters. We have an active captive practice, with both domestic and international know-how and capabilities. We also draw on our firm’s experience in a variety of areas to preserve, protect, and maximize insurance assets.

We have the broadest geographical reach of any national policyholder firm, with key partners and a vibrant insurance recovery practice in 20 of our 30 offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

We also have one of the nation’s most financially sophisticated insurance practices, with special expertise in captives, reinsurance, bankruptcy, restructuring, and risk-transfer-based special purpose vehicles. Our team is well known for its deal making, frequently involving complex instruments; its ability to resolve “bet-the-company” disputes; its innovative litigation strategies; and its multijurisdictional trial and appellate skills. We offer insurance-related expertise in a broad spectrum of legal settings and achieve creative, path-breaking results for leading global companies.

Our lawyers are both advisors and trial and appellate lawyers.

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Reed Smith LLP - Insurance: Policyholder Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid reputation in the financial services sector, particularly with regard to highly complex mortgage-based insurance disputes. Offers a range of noncontentious coverage and other corporate advice to clients in this space. Further areas of focus include asbestos and product liability and business interruption. Works with clients from a range of sectors including technology, finance and healthcare. Well known for handling complex mortgage insurance disputes arising out of the financial crisis.

Strengths Sources praise the team's commitment to client needs and innovative approach.

Work highlights Represented Rockwell Automation and Invensys in a long-running insurance coverage action concerning multiple asbestos-related claims.

Acted for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in connection with a coverage dispute pertaining to an assault that occurred at a bar on the property.

Notable practitioners

Practice group leader David Halbreich is an insurance recovery specialist. He has expertise across a range of matters, including toxic tort, securities fraud and construction defect claims, among others.

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Farella Braun + Martel LLP - Insurance: Policyholder Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Deeply experienced in matters concerning policyholders, offering clients a range of noncontentious services including advice on policy interpretation. Handles significant coverage litigation as well, particularly in the areas of D&O insurance, employment practices liability and construction-related claims. Notable for its class action work. Also advises clients on policy wording negotiation and insurance policy purchasing.

Strengths Sources commend the firm's "in-depth practice" and "excellent client service."

A client reports: "The teams are quite efficient from a staffing perspective, which ends up delivering extraordinary value."

Work highlights Acted for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in a dispute with its liability insurer concerning coverage for securities litigation filed against a now-bankrupt portfolio company, KPCB, its principals and appointed board member.

Represented Theranos in obtaining insurance coverage for substantial attorneys fees and settlements incurred in connection with fraud claims filed by investors.

Notable practitioners

Mary McCutcheon is highly regarded for her work in D&O liability placement as well as management liability and financial services liability insurance. Sources describe her as "very knowledgeable" and "an expert in her field."

The "brilliant" William Friedrich focuses his practice on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. He is noted for his particular expertise in multiparty insurance disputes.

Practice group chair Tyler Gerking handles a range of insurance matters for large corporate policyholders, recently including cyber insurance issues. A client describes him as "proactive, practical, responsive and substantively strong."

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP - Insurance: Policyholder Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong reputation in the Northern California market, particularly within the technology sector, for counseling emerging companies through a comprehensive range of insurance requirements, as well as handling issues of cyber risk. Additionally, well versed in supporting financial services clients through substantial insurance claims and regulatory matters. Also advises on life insurance policies and offers further capabilities in D&O and E&O work.

Work highlights Represented Credit Suisse in connection with numerous lawsuits, totaling billions of dollars of alleged liability, brought by monoline insurers and trustees of several residential mortgage-backed securities trusts.

Represented IEC, a for-profit education company, in a declaratory judgment coverage case relating to primary and excess insurance policies issued by Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance.

Notable practitioners

Barry Levin handles a range of insurance coverage matters, including asbestos, D&O and first party claims. He is particularly well known for his environment-related insurance work.

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Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP - Insurance: Policyholder Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong practice with a respected presence in the California insurance arena. Substantial experience in commercial general liability, D&O and fidelity insurance. Also has demonstrable strength in areas such as insurance-related data breach, bankruptcy and security claims. Advises a varied client base ranging from energy companies and manufacturers through to universities and healthcare providers. Aggressive litigation strategy focuses on bringing cases to trial, where the firm has strong experience as advocates.

Strengths Sources say the firm is "very well respected," as well as "very responsive to clients' needs and easy to work with."

Work highlights Continued to represent Pennsylvania State University in its insurance recovery efforts for amounts spent responding to the Sandusky sexual misconduct claims.

Represented the Santa Barbara Smokehouse, seeking recovery of remediation costs and lost profits because of forced closure and product recalls due to listeria contamination in raw salmon fillets.

Notable practitioners

Jerold Oshinsky is well known for his policyholder-side work with one source describing him as a "leading figure nationally." He focuses on cyber liability disputes, intellectual property-related matters and natural disaster cases. He is widely acknowledged to be a "very accomplished counsel."

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Senior Statesperson

William M Shernoff

Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Shernoff of Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLP is consistently active and well regarded for his policyholder work. He has extensive experience representing clients in bad faith disputes. He is lauded by peers as "a talented lawyer," who is "effective and not afraid of anything."

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Star Individuals

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Brown is esteemed for his work on behalf of policyholders, including large Fortune 500 companies, in high-exposure coverage litigation. He is particularly lauded for the high quality of his trial advocacy. "He is exceptionally good; he is rock solid on the law, extremely effective at leveraging the resources of his firm and a staunch defender of the rights of the insured," reports a client.

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Star Individuals

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Goodwin has significant experience in policyholder coverage disputes, regularly handling sophisticated cases for the largest corporate clients. He also has expertise across a wider range of areas, including property damage, business interruption, cyber risk and fidelity claims. He has been described by clients as "one of the top coverage lawyers in the USA." 

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Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Cary Lerman of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP has an all-encompassing insurance coverage practice, including particular competence in D&O, environmental and construction defect disputes. Sources describe him as offering "a very quick turnaround time, practical advice and depth of expertise." He is further praised for his tactical approach to complex litigation.

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Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jerold Oshinsky is well known for his policyholder-side work with one source describing him as a "leading figure nationally." He focuses on cyber liability disputes, intellectual property-related matters and natural disaster cases. He is widely acknowledged to be a "very accomplished counsel."

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Pasich LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sole practitioner Kirk Pasich is particularly praised for his insurance recovery work for entertainment sector clients. He is described by a client as "very strategic, very helpful and one of the leaders in the field." A recognized force in industry, Pasich is further praised as "one of the finest lawyers in California."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

David Steuber is adept at representing policyholders in the most complex of insurance disputes. He has significant expertise in matters related to business interruptions, D&O issues and environmental claims, among other areas. He is described by sources as "a leading light" and a "tough adversary" who has a "good handle on the dynamics of complex cases."

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Band 2

Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Bidart of Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLP is described by sources as "a talented coverage lawyer." He is noted for his particular expertise in bad faith disputes and is further commended by peers as "very experienced and very hard-working."

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Mary Craig Calkins

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mary Craig Calkins of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP is admired by peers for her "intellectual excellence." She heads the firm's West Coast coverage practice, with particular focus upon D&O liability matters. A client values her "experience and relationships within the insurance industry."

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Tyrone R Childress

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Insurance recovery practice chair Tyrone Childress provides high-level coverage advice on mass tort, catastrophic property loss and product liability claims. He is well known for his abilities in both high-stakes jury trials and in arbitration proceedings. Clients describe him as "an excellent lawyer" who can "see both sides of an issue."

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David M Halbreich

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice group leader David Halbreich is an insurance recovery specialist. He has expertise across a range of matters, including toxic tort, securities fraud and construction defect claims, among others.

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Band 2

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Hobel has notable experience representing clients in coverage actions, frequently recovering substantial settlements in insurance recovery claims. He handles business interruption, third party toxic tort and privacy and data claims among others.

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Band 2

Michel Yves Horton

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michel Yves Horton is an experienced litigator with considerable expertise in insurance recovery disputes. His practice covers litigation relating to property damage, environmental claims and D&O, among other areas. He is particularly knowledgeable about specialty market insurance policies. A source reports: "He is well prepared, highly intelligent and comes up with novel arguments."

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Band 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Levin handles a range of insurance coverage matters, including asbestos, D&O and first party claims. He is particularly well known for his environment-related insurance work.

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Mary E McCutcheon

Farella Braun + Martel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mary McCutcheon is highly regarded for her work in D&O liability placement as well as management liability and financial services liability insurance. Sources describe her as "very knowledgeable" and "an expert in her field."

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Band 3

Lathrop Gage

From the Chambers USA guide

Nancy Sher Cohen of Lathrop Gage is described by commentators as "smart, talented and an excellent trial lawyer." She handles policyholder-side insurance coverage litigation including product liability and construction defect disputes.

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Nossaman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joan Cotkin is particularly recognized for her abilities in D&O and E&O work at Nossaman LLP. She is also highly capable of handling first party disputes. Sources describe her as "a terrific lawyer," who is "a fierce advocate, really smart and fun to work with."

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William R Friedrich

Farella Braun + Martel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "brilliant" William Friedrich focuses his practice on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. He is noted for his particular expertise in multiparty insurance disputes.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Linda Kornfeld of Blank Rome LLP is described by a source as a "very knowledgeable, aggressive and effective lawyer who works very hard." She handles a range of insurance coverage work including professional liability matters and environmental issues.

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Irell & Manella LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Maister of Irell & Manella LLP is described by sources as a "knowledgeable" attorney who has a "broad range of experience." He handles a variety of insurance coverage matters including cyber and asbestos-related claims.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Martin Myers is recognized for his experience in handling insurance coverage work for policyholders from a cross-section of California's key industries, including the technology, agriculture and marine sectors. He has worked on cyber, mass tort and product recall claims and has further expertise in transaction risk insurance. A client reports: "He is responsive, practical, extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. When you find a lawyer like that, you don't let them go."

^ See whole ranking table

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Reynold L Siemens

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Reynold Siemens is an experienced representative of policyholder clients in complex coverage disputes. His areas of expertise include environmental and disaster-related work, D&O and employment disputes.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard DeNatale has notable experience representing entertainment sector clients in insurance matters related to cybersecurity and data privacy. He also acts for healthcare, technology and retail industry clients, among others. A source reports: "He is always one step ahead."

^ See whole ranking table

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Farella Braun + Martel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice group chair Tyler Gerking handles a range of insurance matters for large corporate policyholders, recently including cyber insurance issues. A client describes him as "proactive, practical, responsive and substantively strong."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Raskin represents a variety of corporate policyholders in litigation, mediation and arbitration. His insurance coverage dispute practice encompasses physical damage, fidelity and business interruption claims. He is named by sources as "highly knowledgeable, experienced" and "a very skilled courtroom advocate."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Global practice head Peter Rosen has experience in a range of insurance coverage matters including asbestos, cyber and risk management work. He is particularly well known for his "wealth of expertise" in D&O liability. He is described by a client as "someone you would bring in as a big hitter."

^ See whole ranking table