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Clyde & Co LLP

With nine offices across the US, Clyde & Co LLP  has a strong national presence for insurance coverage and defense. As the firm's largest and fastest-growing practice area, the insurance team handles an array of disputes across a number of areas - including energy, marine, health and safety, and cyber-related insurance issues.  Heading the team is Chicago-based Eileen King Bower, with over 30 years of experience serving as lead litigator, trial and appellate counsel in complex insurance coverage matters. Based in New York, Paul Koepff has extensive experience in handling insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes. Daren McNally in New Jersey is also recommended, having advised domestic, international and Bermuda insurers and reinsurers in all aspects of complex insurance coverage disputes. Newly hired partner Marc Voses from Goldberg Segalla further enhances the practice's cyber and data privacy capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Eileen King Bower

Other key lawyers:

Paul Koepff; Daren McNally; Leslie Ahari; Bruce Celebrezze; Marc Voses

Testimonials

‘The insurance group is second to none. They have the best people, period. They represent us in some of our most complex claim disputes, and I have nothing but trust in their capabilities. It doesn’t matter how big the dispute is, I sleep comfortably knowing that we have them on our side.’

‘Every single associate/partner at Clyde & Co. deserves to be recognized. They are light years ahead of their peers at other firms, but if there are two people at Clyde & Co. that deserve specific mention it’s Doug Mangel and Joe Bailey. They are outstanding attorneys and they know their stuff. Every time I work with them I learn something new. Honestly, I wish I could do what they do.’

Key clients

Our clients include almost every leading re/insurer globally. We have acted for almost every Lloyd’s syndicate, and many of the leading composite insurers.

Dentons

Dentons has a strong track record in handling high-exposure insurance matters, including investigations, insolvencies, commercial litigation, and overall risk management. In addition, the team has extensive experience in emerging lines, with practice co-head Keith Moskowitz in Chicago handling these mandates. Sonia Martin jointly heads the practice from the Oakland and San Francisco offices. Shari Klevens and Alanna Clair are recommended for their work in high-exposure bad faith claims. Ronald Kent, now managing the Orange County office, is a well-regarded trial and appellate lawyer in insurance dispute resolution and litigation. Former federal prosecutor Uchenna Ekuma-Nkama has experience defending multi-defendant product liability actions. The team also specializes in Long Term Care insurance and reinsurance disputes and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Sonia Martin; Keith Moskowitz

Other key lawyers:

Ronald Kent; Shari Klevins; Alanna Clair; Uchenna Ekuma-Nkama

Testimonials

‘Exceptional lawyers who are willing to partner with clients in any discipline and in any geography. The quality, scope and breadth of exceptional legal service is unmatched. Regardless of the area of the law, the firm has the capability to provide valued and unique counsel and perspective.’

‘Lead partner Keith Moskowitz is among the most accomplished, thoughtful and engaged lawyers in the business. His ability as a thought leader and brilliant strategist while coordinating the unparalleled resources of the firm provide extraordinary value to his clients. ’

‘Handles complex litigation very well. Insightful and presents alternatives. Good written analysis. ’

‘Shari Klevins – Strategic, does a good job of driving the cases.’

Alanna Clair – Very detail oriented, great writer.’

 

Key clients

American International Group (AIG)

First American Financial Corporation

Horace Mann

MetLife

CNA Insurance Company

Genworth Financial

Cuna Mutual

Enstar US, Inc.

Milliman

Work highlights

  • Advising AIG on all of its COVID-19 business interruption claims. This includes at least 30 pending litigations including a putative nationwide class action litigation and numerous multi-party matters.
  • Representing P&C Insurer in the defense of a coverage action by a trustee appointed by the bankruptcy court to pursue coverage on behalf of more than 500 tort claimants against former Exide battery recycling site in Vernon, California. Total insurance coverage at issue exceeds $500m.
  • Represented two insurance companies in securing recovery of more than $100m as part of the settlement that resolved PG&E’s historic Chapter 11 proceedings.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP focuses on insurance coverage litigation and represents well-known international clients in the insurance space. The team has been highly involved in Covid-19 litigation, with Los Angeles-based Richard Goetz being a key name in this area, representing The Chubb Group in multiple US class actions and individual cases. In New York, Tancred Schiavoni heads the practice and is strong in the area of bankruptcy and insurance, representing Chubb companies in connection with the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy filing, alongside Gary Svrisky and Allen Burton. In addition, the firm has a strong pool of emerging talent, with Zoheb Noorani in Los Angeles and Janine Panchok-Berry in New York as ones to watch.

Practice head(s):

Tancred Schiavoni

Other key lawyers:

Richard Goetz; Gary Svrisky; Allen Burton; Zoheb Noorani; Janine Panchok-Berry

Testimonials

‘Gary Svirsky and Tanc Schiavoni represent an experienced coverage team with trial and presentation experience. Both are great on their feet in court, as well as good strategists.’ 

‘OMM recruits the best legal talent, and many other firms that do insurance do not attract the same quality of talent. Thus, you are getting very smart and talented people at all levels. Unlike many other white-shoe firms that do not do insurance, OMM is committed to the industry and has a very high level of experience and expertise.’

‘Tanc Schiavoni is extremely experienced and works on both bankruptcies and insurance, which is very helpful to insurance companies when their policyholder is in bankruptcy (e.g. Boy Scouts). He is a great trial lawyer as well as written advocate. Allen Burton is someone who has spent the past two decades working on insurance matters, including reinsurance. He is great at preparing witnesses to testify, written and oral advocacy.’

‘I found partner Gary Svirsky and associate Janine Panchok-Berry to not only be extremely intelligent and talented but to genuinely care about their clients.’

Key clients

ACE American Insurance Company (Chubb)

Century Indemnity Co.

The Chubb Group

Lexington Insurance Company

Brandywine Holdings

GWG Holdings, Inc.

American International Group, Inc.

National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors

Resolute Management, Inc.

Rainforest Alliance

Endurance Speciality Insurance

AXIS Insurance Company

The Starr Companies

TIG Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Represented The Chubb Group in Covid-19 litigation and victory before the Joint Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
  • Represented Chubb Limited, the Swiss parent of the Chubb family of companies, in several coverage actions in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and other states in which Chubb Limited challenged the courts’ jurisdiction.
  • Represents Century Indemnity Company (predecessor to ACE and Chubb) in a pair of lawsuits filed by the Brooklyn Union Gas Company (LILCO) and Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO) in New York Supreme Court.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP‘s insurance practice advises on a broad range of coverage matters, including bad faith, technology, data breaches, and hurricanes and natural disasters. The firm is trusted by major insurance groups, with practice head Mary Beth Forshaw‘s continued success in handling Traveler’s lawsuit against Northrop Grumman’s multimillion-dollar coverage claims for pollution-related losses. The team also conducts investigations into allegations of fraud, tortious interference, false claims, and acts on behalf of clients in shareholder lawsuits. Bryce Friedman advises insurers on Covid-19-related claims and serves as national litigation counsel for the American Property Casualty Insurance Association. Susannah Geltman and Summer Craig represent clients in high-stakes coverage litigation. The team has strengthened its position by promoting Josh Polster to partner in January 2021. With a focus on cyber insurance issues, he has represented major insurance companies, such as Lloyd’s of London, in high-stakes commercial litigation.  All lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Mary Beth Forshaw

Other key lawyers:

Bryce Friedman; Josh Polster; Summer Craig; Susannah Geltman; Andrew Frankel

Key clients

AIG

American Family Insurance

American Property Casualty Insurance Association

AmGUARD Insurance Company

AXA XL

Beazley Group

Berkshire Hathaway insurance subsidiaries, including National Indemnity

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Insurance Company Ltd.

Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London

FM Global

IFG Insurance Group

New York State Superintendent of Financial Services

Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation and its affiliates

Travelers

Utica Mutual Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Represented various insurance companies, including AmGUARD Insurance Group, Utica National Insurance Group, American Family Insurance Group, FM Global Insurance, in connection with insurance claims and commercial litigation arising from COVID-19.
  • Acted for American Property Casualty Insurance Association to challenge COVID-19-related litigation and regulation.
  • Defending Travelers against Fortune 500 companies seeking insurance coverage for creating public nuisances and allegedly injuring people through toxic torts.

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP's insurance team has extensive experience in coverage litigation. Thorn Rosenthal heads the practice and takes the lead in most major matters, including M&A and recent cases relating to subrogation claims, fidelity bond claims, and malpractice insurance disputes. The firm continues to represent several AIG companies with respect to coverage for sexual abuse claims at USC, led by Joel Kurtzberg. All lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Thorn Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Joel Kurtzerg

Key clients

Swiss Re

Starr Indemnity & Liability Co.

AIG

Arch Capital Group Ltd.

Centre / Zurich

Credit Suisse

 

Work highlights

  • Representing Swiss Re in SDNY (bankruptcy court and district court) with respect to a $100 million insurance layer on the GM E&O program with respect to claims by subprime borrowers against ResCap arising out of lending practices by originators of loans securitized by ResCap.
  • Represents several AIG companies with hundreds of millions of dollars in coverage with respect to coverage for sexual abuse claims arising out of Dr. Tyndall’s role as a gynecologist at the student health clinic at USC.
  • Represents Credit Suisse on numerous disputes relating to financing of large-dollar life insurance policies.

Chaffetz Lindsey LLP

New York-based reinsurance and arbitration boutique Chaffetz Lindsey LLP handles a wide range of complex reinsurance and insurance coverage disputes. Practice leadership is split four ways between Peter Chaffetz, Cecilia Moss, Steven Schwartz and Charlie Scibetta. The team has extensive experience in litigation arising from arbitration in addition to claims arising from insolvency, asbestos, environmental contamination and financial guaranty. On the reinsurance side, the firm persuaded the Second Circuit to reverse a $64m jury verdict concerning the allocation of asbestos losses.

Practice head(s):

Peter Chaffetz; Cecilia Moss; Steven Schwartz; Charles Scibetta

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Poplinger

Testimonials

‘The firm is incredibly responsive and thorough in their work, and they meet deadlines when requested. In researching and reviewing issues, they consider each matter on a case-by-case basis and from an industry-impact perspective. They are also pleasant people to work with.’

‘Charles Scibetta, in particular, is intelligent, composed, pays attention to detail, and responsive. He is a pleasure to work with. I value an attorney that considers all potential options in litigation and then provides a recommendation on his own.’

‘They are a tremendous group of dedicated professionals, masters in the practice of insurance and reinsurance law, who provide superior legal advice and professional judgment to their clients. ’

‘I have worked with many of the firm’s professionals – their unique presence in a relatively small field of firms dedicated to this practice is the depth of knowledge and experience the firm brings to the fore.’

‘This firm has the agility of a boutique outfit with the intellectual heft of a legal leviathan. The partners and associates alike are incredibly industrious and very knowledgeable about reinsurance and arbitration. ’

‘This boutique is largely dedicated to handling reinsurance disputes in arbitration and litigation, and has exceptionally talented lawyers with extensive experience in that area.’

‘Steven Schwartz is one of the top reinsurance dispute lawyers in the world. He has decades of experience in handling such disputes and exceptional insight into the reinsurance industry and how its practitioners function. He is also an outstanding trial lawyer and elegant writer. Triers of fact like and respect him because he eschews histrionics and is always well prepared to argue thoughtfully based on the facts and the law.’

‘Small, highly dynamic and extremely knowledgeable team, specializing in the conduct of complex commercial litigation and insurance/reinsurance disputes and US domestic as well as international arbitration. Highly skilled team.’

 

Key clients

AIG

Allianz/Fireman’s Fund

Chubb

Enstar

Ergo Versicherungs AG

Marsh

Sun Life Financial

Trisura International Insurance (formerly Imagine International Insurance)

Zurich Insurance Company North America

Work highlights

  • Represented Fireman’s Fund (as well as Enstar, who shared half of the exposure) in its appeal to the Second Circuit of a $64 million jury verdict in favor of Utica in a dispute over allocation of asbestos losses.
  • Represented AIG in a number of its largest and most complex insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes, including coverage disputes arising out of lead paint and MTBE contamination and hockey concussions.
  • Represented Chubb in three separate coverage litigation disputes. One of the new matters is related to alleged losses arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Choate, Hall & Stewart

Based in Boston, Choate, Hall & Stewart's insurance team represents insurers and reinsurers in complex disputes and high exposure matters, including those relating to Covid-19, financial reinsurance and long-tail claims, primarily in environmental and asbestos-related matters. Practice leadership is split between David Attisani, Robert Kole and J.P. Jaillet, all of whom have extensive litigation experience; Attisani advised CNA in connection to all of its clergy and molestation exposures; Kole represented Liberty Mutual in connection with opioid exposures, providing insurance coverage advice with respect to over 1000 lawsuits; and Jaillet, who assisted in both matters, has significant experience in complex coverage disputes, including reinsurance arbitration.

Practice head(s):

David Attisani; Robert Kole; J.P. Jaillet

Key clients

Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

CNA

Symetra Life Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Swiss Re in a high-profile lawsuit in the First Circuit Court of Appeals related to reinsurance losses arising from Hurricanes Maria and Irma.
  • Represented Liberty Mutual in connection with all of their opioid exposures nationwide. This representation involves insurance coverage advice with respect to over 1,000 lawsuits and close to 100 insureds.
  • Represented Liberty Mutual before the Connecticut Supreme Court with respect to insurance coverage for a class action lawsuit by homeowners who alleged that they are entitled to homeowners coverage for the costs of replacing the allegedly crumbling foundations of their homes.

Duane Morris LLP

Duane Morris LLP‘s insurance team handles the full range of insurance matters, representing insurer’s interests in coverage and litigation matters, and counseling on corporate, regulatory, and transactional issues. Its core practice represents commercial liability insurers in general, excess and professional lines. Based in San Francisco, Max Stern who has extensive experience in commercial litigation and consumer and business class actions, heads the practice alongside Brian Kelly who regularly advises on insurance coverage issues relating to toxic torts and environmental claims. Also leading the team are Alex Gonzales in Austin, whose areas of expertise are corporate and insurance regulatory law; Richard Cohen in Philadelphia; and Damon Vocke in New York, whose practice focuses on complex insurance and reinsurance coverage and litigation matters. Philip Matthews is also recommended and represented the Great American Insurance Company in a major environmental coverage case concerning numerous locations along the Lower Duwamish Waterway in Seattle.

Practice head(s):

Max Stern; Brian Kelly; Alex Gonzales; Richard Cohen; Damon Vocke; Wendy Simkulak

Other key lawyers:

Philip Matthews

Key clients

AXA XL Insurance Group (AXA, Catlin, Greenwich, Indian Harbor, XL Specialty)

Berkshire Hathaway Companies

C N A Companies

FCE Benefit Administrators Inc.

First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd.

GEICO

Great American Insurance Group

Liberty Mutual Insurance Group

Lloyd’s Underwriters & London Market Insurers

Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Co.

Resolute Management Company

WR Berkley Companies

Zurich North America Group

Work highlights

  • Represented AXA XL – Indian Harbor Insurance Company to the Cal. Supreme Court in Pitzer College v. Indian Harbor, which made new law regarding the enforcement of choice of law clauses and the prejudice requirement for voluntary payments under a first part policy, which was recognized as one of the most important insurance decisions nationwide of 2019.
  • Represented insurer trade associations, including APCIA, NAMIC, PAMIC, and the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania (Amici) to oppose the petition in the bellwether case of Joseph Tambellini, Inc. v. Erie Insurance Exchange, in which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was petitioned under its King’s Bench powers to assume plenary jurisdiction of an insurance coverage dispute, potentially impacting thousands of insurance claims that may arise from the COVID-19 pandemic characterization.
  • Represented lead excess insurer in Truck v. Kaiser Cement on appeal from a favorable insurance coverage trial victory involving more than 20,000 asbestos bodily injury claims.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

The insurance team at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is well-regarded for handling high-value coverage and bad faith disputes. The team deals with a full range of coverage issues, including matters involving bad faith, complex financial products and managing general agency agreements. New York-based Michael Carlinsky and Corey Worcester head the practice and both have extensive litigation experience. Jane Byrne left the firm in July 2020 to join McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Practice head(s):

Michael Carlinsky; Corey Worcester

Key clients

National General Insurance Group

Ambac Assurance Corp.

Financial Guaranty Insurance Company

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.

Counsel for Plaintiff Classes in Health Republic Insurance Co. v. United States And Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative v. United States

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Based in Washington DC, Steptoe & Johnson LLP's insurance team handles a wide range of coverage disputes relating to drug manufacture, hazardous products, environmental disasters, and professional liability. Harry Lee and Frank Winston co-chair the group, with Lee's practice focusing on long-tail claims arising from pollution and asbestos and Winston specializing in environmental liability and contamination coverage claims. Other key members of the team are Antonia Ianniello, who is representing Zurich Insurance Company in connection with all litigation arising out of the contamination of drinking water in Flint, Michigan, and Roger Warin, a well-regarded litigator and arbitrator with experience in handling an array of coverage disputes including property and business interruption, construction defects and employment discrimination.

Practice head(s):

Harry Lee; Frank Winston

Other key lawyers:

Antonia Ianniello; Roger Warin; Sarah Gordon

Key clients

XL Insurance

Zurich

AIG

The Hartford Financial Services Group

WR Berkley Corp

Met Life Insurance Company

Resolute NE

Enstar (US)

Work highlights

  • Acting as The Hartford’s national coordinating counsel for COVID-19 matters and defending them in over 200 suits in numerous jurisdictions.
  • Represented Zurich in a high profile asbestos claim in which the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled in Zurich’s favor on pro rata allocation, thereby implicating the proper method for allocating insurance coverage for long-tail tort claims: “pro rata” vs. “all sums,” an issue that has divided state high courts across the country.
  • Represented AIG in a federal court win for Waste Management in an insurance coverage dispute stemming from environmental contamination in Hawaii.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Based in New York, DLA Piper LLP (US) represents a wide range of clients, from start-ups to established global life and non-life insurers and reinsurers, capital providers, banks and other financial institutions. Prakash Paran and Michael Murphy co-head the practice.  Representing Lloyd's of London syndicates, the firm has been involved in the high-profile regulatory investigation concerning conspiracy amongst regulators and New York State's Governor to deprive the NRA of its ability to procure insurance, banking facilities and other critical goods and services to run its business. Aidan McCormack and 'extraordinary trial lawyer' Shand Stephens are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Prakash Paran; Michael Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Aidan McCormack; Shand Stephens

Testimonials

‘Shand Stephens is an extraordinary trial lawyer who has exceptional industry knowledge.’

Key clients

Chubb

AIG

Munich Re

AON

Travelers Property Casualty Company of America

Brit Insurance

Artemis S.A.

CNA

Work highlights

  • Lead counsel representing 10 Lloyd’s of London Syndicates and 9 Lloyd’s of London Managing Agents in the National Rifle Association v. New York Department of Financial Services Litigation, Governor Andrew Cuomo & Superintendent Maria Vullo et al. litigation.
  • Acted for the underwriters in a high-value insurance coverage and bad faith claim against Lloyd’s and London Market professional liability insurers based on denial of coverage for an underlying legal malpractice claim.
  • Acted for Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania in Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania v. Beechwood Re, Ltd., et al., Case No. 1: 18-cv-06658-JSR (S.D.N.Y.), a case arising out of Beechwood’s (and their principals) promotion and sale of investments to SHIP and Beechwood’s subsequent mismanagement of $320m in policyholder reserves entrusted to them by SHIP through three Investment Management Agreements.

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP's insurance group advises on complex corporate, regulatory, and litigation matters, including those related to Covid-19, insurtech, cybersecurity breaches and data protection. Co-led by David Newmann in Philadelphia, the team is also well-known for its work in high-stakes coverage and bad faith litigation arising from D&O and professional liability. David Hensler in Washington DC and Vanessa Wells in Silicon Valley jointly lead the team; Hensler has a strong track record in complex insurance disputes and Wells is highly regarded for negotiating with the California Insurance Regulator to establish the rates that insurance companies can charge their clients.

Practice head(s):

David Newmann, David Hensler; Vanessa Wells

Key clients

Chubb

Starr

Anthem

Blue Cross Blue Shield

UnitedHealth Group

Allianz IARD

Travelers

Personal Insurance Federation of California

Property Casualty Insurance Association of America

California State Automobile Association (CSAA)

Farmers Insurance Group

National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies

American Strategic Insurance

Kennedys

Kennedys represents numerous industry-leading insurers and reinsurers in a wide range of matters, including financial market coverage disputes, D&O, wrongful death, product liability and environmental cases. In New Jersey, Christopher Caroll heads the practice and has extensive experience handling coverage disputes involving environmental, toxic torts and asbestos issues. The team is also strong in non-traditional lines of insurance, with Heather Simpson and Jill Denehy being key practitioners in this area. Forrest Booth, Pamela Schultz, Jonathan Thames and Erik Kowalewsky joined  from Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in June 2020, and opened the firm's San Francisco office.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Carroll

Other key lawyers:

Heather Simpson; Jill Denehy; Maurice Pesso; Forrest Booth; Pamela Schultz; Jonathan Thames; Erik Kowalewsky

Testimonials

‘Maurice Pesso and team are at the top of their game in what they do. Fearless and a fierce advocate but also with a finely tuned sense of how to work the settlement dynamic. ’

 

Key clients

Allied World Assurance Company (client since 2010)

Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited

AXA XL

AXIS Insurance Company

AIG

Brit Syndicate Limited

Continental Casualty Company

Crum & Forster (client since 1997)

First Mercury Insurance Company (client since 1997)

Markel Corporation

The RiverStone Group (client since 1999)

Starr Companies (client since 2013)

Western World (a division of AIG) (client since 2007)

United States Fire Insurance Company

The Hanover Insurance Group (client since 2013)

Selective Insurance Company

Skyward Specialty Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Allied World Assurance Company, Ltd, XL Insurance Co. in cases arising from the Las Vegas shooting attack by Steven Paddock on October 1, 2017.
  • Acting in coverage litigation related to Cobalt International Energy, Inc.’s rights to insurance coverage for: (1) an investigation launched by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) in October 2011 in connection with alleged FCPA violations arising from Cobalt’s relationship with its Angolan partner, Nazaki Oil and Gas; and (2) a recently-settled securities class action concerning: (a) the alleged FCPA violations at issue in the SEC and DOJ investigations; and (b) alleged misrepresentations made by Cobalt’s directors and officers in 2013 and 2014 concerning the oil content in its Western Angolan wells.
  • Representing The RiverStone Group, a claims administrator for TIG Insurance Company, in coverage litigation against USA Gymnastics pending in federal court in the Southern District of Indiana arising from hundreds of claims by female athletes alleging sexual abuse by former USAG-affiliated doctor, Larry Nassar, under the guise of providing medical treatment.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP handles contentious insurance coverage litigation and reinsurance disputes for a range of clients, including for captives and risk retention groups. Practice leadership is split between Margaret Warner and Ryan Smethurst in Washington DC, and Jane Byrne in New York. Byrne and Guyon Knight have strengthened the team's offering since both joining the firm from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in July 2020. The team is well regarded for its trial and appellate experience in complex insurance coverage litigation and is engaged in appeals in the Supreme Court of Oregon involving environmental and asbestos coverage issues relating to the US Environmental Protection Agency's multi-billion-dollar river clean-up in Portland.

Practice head(s):

Margaret Warner; Ryan Smethurst; Jane Byrne

Other key lawyers:

Guyon Knight

Key clients

WTC Captive Insurance Company Inc.

Securitas AB and Securitas Holdings Inc. (captive insurer: Securitas Group Reinsurance Ltd.)

Allianz Global Risks U.S. Insurance Company

Allianz Underwriters Insurance Company

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Allianz Reinsurance America

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company

Associated Indemnity Company

Chicago Insurance Company

National Surety Corporation

Guardian Life Insurance Company

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

American Insurance Company

National Surety Corporation

MCIC, A Vermont Reciprocal Risk Retention Group

CAN

Allied World/Allied World Surplus Lines Insurance Co.

Infrassure Ltd.

Munich Re America

W.R. Berkley

RenaissanceRe

Partner Re

Wiley Rein LLP

Wiley Rein LLP's insurance team focuses on disputes arising from professional and general liability, bad faith, cyber insurance, policy drafting and product development. Jointly heading the practice are Daniel Standish, who has extensive experience in complex coverage disputes involving professional liability insurance, and Kimberly Melvin who is well regarded for her focus on the intersection of insurance and bankruptcy law. Both lawyers are based in Washington DC.  

Practice head(s):

Daniel Standish; Kimberly Melvin

Other key lawyers:

Cara Duffield; David Topol; Gary Seligman; Jason Cronic; Charlie Lemley

Testimonials

‘Very experienced team, with more than a single go-to attorney for complex matters. ’

‘Dan Standish – one of the top attorneys in the executive liability space – excellent reputation; Jason Cronic – respected and technically astute attorney; Kim Melvin – well-respected counsel, especially in connection with fiduciary liability; Cara Duffield – excellent negotiator, technically a standout; Charlie Lemley – top-notch litigator’

Key clients

Beazley Group, PLC

AXA XL

CNA Global Specialty Lines

Allied World National Assurance Company

Genesis Insurance/General Star

Axis Financial Insurance Solutions

Chubb Ltd.

General Reinsurance Corporation

Nationwide Management Liability and Specialty

Berkley Professional Liability, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represents U.S. Specialty Insurance Company, Tokio Marine HCC in coverage litigation arising out of acquisition of Towers Watson & Co. by Willis Group Holdings plc.
  • Represents Continental Casualty Company in litigation over coverage for class actions alleging undisclosed terms of trip insurance.
  • Represents AXA XL Specialty Insurance Company in litigation arising out failure of R-G Premier Bank, one of Puerto Rico’s largest banks.

Cozen O'Connor

The insurance team at Cozen O'Connor advises on insurance coverage issues relating to bad faith claims, professional and general liability, E&O, property insurance, and reinsurance. In New York, Melissa Brill co-heads the practice with Joseph Ziemianski in Houston. Ziemiaski's practice involves a wide array of first and third-party claims including pollution, pharmaceutical products, food contamination, and construction projects.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Ziemianski; Melissa Brill

Other key lawyers:

Alicia Curran

Testimonials

‘With the Cozen firm you get what you pay for which is high quality, best in class service from great legal minds. What I most appreciate about Cozen is that they are practical and take a common-sense approach.’

‘Joe Ziemianski and Alicia Curran are brilliant attorneys, at the top of their game, who are a pleasure to work with. They provide us with advice that is not only grounded in the law but is also grounded in common sense. They are proactive, responsive and practical.’

‘I have been working for Cozen for a long time and this firm is my go-to firm for insurer advice. They are incredibly responsive and their advice is spot on.’

‘Joseph Ziemianski – first and foremost the guy is brilliant. His advice is invaluable. Joe is also incredibly responsive and what he tells you gets done.’

 

Key clients

Maxum Indemnity Company

ACE European Group Limited

ACE American Insurance Company; ACE European Group Ltd.

Allied World National Assurance Company

ACE Property and Casualty Company f/k/a CIGNA Property and Casualty Insurance Company f/k/a Aetna Insurance Company; Central National Insurance Company of Omaha; Century Indemnity Company successor to CCI Insurance Company successor to Insurance Company of North America

Westchester Surplus Lines Insurance Company

Biglari Holdings Inc.

Chubb (Pacific Employers Insurance Company and ACE American Insurance Company)

Federal Insurance Company

Axis Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Representing ACE European Group Limited as an insurer of Vicinay Cadenas in litigation arising out of the 2011 breakage of Vicinay’s tether chains in a free-standing hybrid riser system in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Advising Allied World on its potential exposure and coverage defenses relating to its excess liability insurance policies to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) where there have been class action lawsuits brought against them.
  • Representing Chubb insured, Sapa in seeking coverage for defense and settlement of litigation in excess of $50m filed against it by Marvin Windows alleging that Sapa’s coating on aluminium lineals were defective.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's insurance litigation practice handles a variety of insurance disputes, including policyholder class actions, coverage disputes and ERISA litigation. Based in New York, practice head Maeve O’Connor has significant experience in defending securities litigation and is representing Prudential Financial and certain officers in connection with a securities class action lawsuit arising from a charge to reserves as a result of an actuarial review. Susan Reagan Gittes is working with O'Connor on this dispute and has experience in federal and state courts representing insurance companies in a broad range of litigation and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Maeve O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Susan Reagan Gittes

Key clients

MetLife, Inc.

Prudential Financial, Inc.

EmblemHealth and subsidiary Group Health Incorporated

Resolution Life

Freeborn & Peters

Freeborn & Peters has a strong presence in Chicago and specializes in reinsurance-related matters, including arbitration, underwriting, claims and allocation, finite reinsurance, agency, and counseling. The firm is particularly known for its cross-border work, frequently advising and representing Bermudan and European market companies in disputes in the US. Based in New York, Sean Thomas Keely co-heads the practice and has more than a decade's worth of experience in this area. Joseph McCullough jointly heads the practice in Chicago and has extensive experience representing insurance and reinsurance companies in life and health, property and casualty matters.

Practice head(s):

Joseph McCullough; Sean Thomas Keely 

Other key lawyers:

Robert Baratta Jr; Bruce Engel

Key clients

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. and affiliates

Argonaut Insurance Company / Argo US

AXA Liabilities Managers, Inc.

Enstar US

The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company

ProSight Insurance

R&Q Reinsurance Company

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's insurance team represents property and casualty, health, liability, auto and workers compensation insurers in a range of matters. These  include coverage and bad faith suits, class actions challenging business and employment practices, cybersecurity, securities and other financial services litigation. Based in California, Deborah Stein, who has significant experience representing insurers and reinsurers in appellate courts as well as arbitration co-heads the practice with Adam Offenhartz  in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Stein; Adam Offenhartz

Key clients

Travelers

UnitedHealth Group

Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Insurance Company and Cypress Insurance Company

State Farm Insurance

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown handles coverage disputes, class action defense, governmental investigations and internal reviews. It also assists clients with commercial insurance litigation, and has represented insurers and their trade groups in appeals at both federal and state court level. Bronwyn Pollock and Robert Harrell jointly head the practice in Los Angeles and Houston respectively. Both lawyers are experienced litigators; Harrell's broad litigation practice includes handling complex insurance coverage issues and representing insurers in D&O policy disputes.

Practice head(s):

Bronwyn Pollock; Robert Harrell

Key clients

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company

Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.

Peak Reinsurance

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

China Minsheng Investment Group International

State Farm Automobile Insurance Company

Zurich North America

CyberFortress

Prosight Speciality Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Advising numerous insurance industry clients on a wide array of issues arising in the regulatory landscape that have developed due to Covid-19, including coordinating with state regulatory department inquiries and complying with various updates to regulatory requirements.
  • Represented MetLife and secured dismissal of a putative class action alleging a violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

In Boston, the insurance team at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. handles all lines of insurance, ranging from general liability insurance to D&O, transaction and contingent liability insurance. The team also advises on emerging issues such as human trafficking and abuse, with practice head Kim Marrkand advising on these mandates. Nancy Adams jointly heads the practice and has extensive experience in life and property and casualty insurance. The firm's niche life reinsurance focus continues to grow and in July 2020, the team expanded, strengthening its offering with the addition of insurance and reinsurance litigators from Squire Batton Boggs, including Suman Chakraborty in New York and Deirdre Johnson and Paul Kalish in Washington, DC.

Practice head(s):

Kim Marrkand; Nancy Adams

Other key lawyers:

Suman Chakraborty; Deirdre Johnson; Paul Kalish

Key clients

Allianz

Liberty Mutual Group

London Market Reinsurance Companies

Coalition for Litigation Justice, Inc.

Aspen Specialty Insurance Company

Resolute Management Inc.

National Indemnity Company

Berkshire Hathaway Life Insurance Co. of Nebraska

Providence Mutual Insurance Company

Selective Insurance

ENSTAR US

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Representing Allianz in dispute resolution, litigation and counseling in both traditional substantive areas such as asbestos and environmental claims and in emerging areas such as sports-related concussions and talc.
  • Representing London Market Reinsurers in a case against Lamorak Insurance Company which raises significant questions regarding whether reinsurers have any obligation to pay for amounts in excess of the limits of the underlying policies, including for defense expenses and interest.
  • Represented Liberty Mutual for over three decades across a broad range of jurisdictions involving sophisticated legal issues arising in the context of, for example, environmental and construction defect claims.

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP focuses on reinsurance and has handled disputes on major property, life and health insurance issues, including long-tail bodily injury liabilities of asbestos and workers' compensation. Based in Chicago, Ira Belcove and Teresa Snider co-head the practice; Belcove specializes in traditional and finite reinsurance, addressing wildfires and natural disasters and Snider is an expert in coverage and allocation.

Practice head(s):

Ira Belcove; Teresa Snider

Other key lawyers:

Randi Ellias; Robert Hermes; Catherine Isely; Charles Leasure III

Testimonials

‘I’ve worked as co-counsel with people in Porter Wright’s Chicago office. They’re extremely knowledgeable about insurance and reinsurance issues, and very capable lawyers with excellent trial skills.’

‘Randi Ellias has great technical insurance and reinsurance knowledge.’

‘Ira Belcove is exceptional. He pays attention to details and researches issue and anticipates legal questions and arguments.  Fights very hard for his clients’

Key clients

Continental Casualty Company

North River Insurance Company

HDI Global Insurance Company

Old Republic Insurance Company

Onken’s American Recyclers, Inc.

TIG Insurance Company

United States Fire Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Represents North River Insurance Company and United States Fire Insurance Company, insurers in litigation over recoverability of more than $40m in reinsurance proceeds.
  • Represents TIG Insurance Company, ceding company seeking to collect more than $30m due from a foreign government-owned reinsurer with respect to a confirmed arbitration award.
  • Represents Onken’s American Recyclers, Inc, the plaintiff in an action involving the validity of an arbitration clause in a reinsurance participation agreement.

Rivkin Radler

Rivkin Radler‘s New York-based insurance practice handles every form of risk advisory and dispute resolution, including litigation, mediation and arbitration. Alan Rutkin heads the practice and has extensive experience working on major claims, most notably involving energy and the environment. The team has actively been involved in advising clients across the country on coverage issues related to Covid-19, with Michael Troisi serving as lead counsel. Other key members of the team are William Savino, an experienced trial lawyer who litigates class actions, and Michael Kotula who has significant experience in defending against a wide variety of high-exposure claims including toxic tort, environmental pollution and health hazards.

Practice head(s):

Alan Rutkin

Other key lawyers:

Michael Troisi; William Savino; Michael Kotula

Testimonials

‘Rivkin Radler’s strength is its people. I have had the pleasure of working with this firm on numerous occasions for more than 15 years. Their attorneys’ knowledge of insurance coverage means that I am getting the advice I need in a timely and cost-effective manner.’

‘I like to work with Alan Rutkin, because I trust him. I have a tremendous amount of respect and confidence in his knowledge of the industry. His opinions are always well thought through, so when he tells me something I don’t want to hear, I have my arms around the issue and can stay ahead of it. Alan exhibits a calmness even in a tense arbitration or negotiation.’

‘I have worked with Michael Kotula and Anne Murray at Rivkin Radler for years. Their attention to detail and client communication is like none other. They are dedicated to their clients and I have had great success in resolving even the most difficult of cases when they are involved.’

‘This is, undoubtedly, THE top firm I have ever had on my side. They are definitely a team. ‘

Our organization is a national insurance carrier. Each state has their own unique laws pertaining to the various types of coverage we offer. Rivkin Radler has shown time and time again their knowledge and ability in providing guidance for coverage and defense counsel in all of the issues we have presented to them in every state in which they provide services. Our outcomes have been beyond expectations in many of the cases no matter which state. This shows the in-depth knowledge of the attorneys working for this firm. ’

‘It is a very client-centered practice. They are excellent communicators and always follow through.’

‘Very responsive, competent and driven to assist in resolution.’

‘Michael Kotula, Anne Murray and Larry Levy- smart, strategic, thorough and highly responsive. ’

‘The Rivkin team is highly professional with emphasis on completing assignments in a timely and comprehensive way to include legal research and a sound strategy for moving forward. ’

‘Alan Eagle, Joanne Engledrum and Frank Valverde are the Rivkin members we deal with and they have proven to be formidable in terms of getting our coverage positions out and out tender letters out. We have been very successful in our coverage evaluations and likewise very successful in getting our tenders picked up by the other insurance carriers.’

‘The firm is first-rate in responsiveness and customer service. Its broad range of practice areas provide a great resource when unique issues arise in your case.’

‘Bill Savino presents as a tier-one attorney. He is methodical and detailed when thinking through case strategy and options. There’s no shooting from the hip.’

Key clients

AEGIS

Ark Syndicate Management Limited

Central Insurance Companies

Factory Mutual Insurance Company/FM Global

Global Indemnity Group

Great American Insurance

Hanover Insurance

Markel Service Incorporated

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Mitsui Sumitomo Marine Management

National General Lender Services

Nautilus Insurance Group (a Berkley Company)

Primerica Financial Services, Inc.

Safepoint Insurance Company

San Francisco Reinsurance Company (ARM US)

Seneca Insurance

Sentry Insurance

Sompo Insurance

The Cincinnati Insurance Co.

The Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America

Travelers

Trustmark Insurance Co.

Utica National Insurance

Work highlights

  • Representing insurance companies including Central Mutual in responding to claims arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Representing Associated Electric and Gas Insurance Services Limited in a suit involving claims by Duke Energy in excess of $1bn for costs associated with coal ash ponds.
  • Representing insurers including Allianz/Fireman’s Fund Insurance Companies in ongoing nationwide opioid litigation against a variety of distributors, manufacturers, and retailers.

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP  handles insurance disputes relating to life and ERISA class actions, reinsurance claims, insurance insolvencies, and cybersecurity claims. Ellen Dunn heads the practice in New York. William Sneed retired in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Ellen Dunn

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP's insurance team focuses on high-exposure insurance and reinsurance matters, with a strong track record in reinsurance disputes. A particular area of strength for the firm is handling contentious regulatory matters. Joint practice heads Robert Lewin and Michele Jacobson have extensive experience in this area and are currently representing Park Insurance in opposing liquidation in a case pending in the New York Supreme Court.  The firm also represents clients in coverage disputes involving general liability, D&O, E&O, excess and umbrella liability, workers' compensation, financial guarantee, and performance bonds. All lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lewin; Michele Jacobson

Testimonials

‘Deep subject matter and industry knowledge. Commercially-minded, practical advice.’

‘Michele Jacobson has provided strong subject matter expertise in insurance regulatory matters in a commercially friendly, solutions provided manner.’

‘The insurance team at Stroock is hands-on. The partners and associates are forward-thinking and get involved as appropriate with each assignment. The team focuses on the key issues and gets to the heart of the matter quickly. ’

‘The Stroock individuals I have worked with are wonderful litigators, but also really nice people. They stand out as they are technical professionals who understand the insurance business, but also have a human side that makes it a pleasure to work together. ’

Key clients

Arrowood Indemnity Company and Arrowood Surplus Lines Insurance Company

Prosperity Life Insurance Group LLC

Starr Indemnity and Liability Company (“Starr”)

Arch Insurance Group/Arch Mortgage Insurance Company and Arch Capital Group Ltd. (collectively “Arch”)

Willis North America, Inc (Willis of Greater Kansas, Inc.)

AIG

Liberty Mutual

Security First Insurance Company

Park Insurance Company

Watford Specialty Insurance Company

Baldon Group

Work highlights

  • Represents Park Insurance in opposing liquidation in a high-profile case pending in New York Supreme Court, which includes a 15-day bench trial over six months.
  • Represents Arrowood Indemnity Company and Arrowood Surplus Lines Insurance Company in an action against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Al Rajhi Bank for causing the September 11th attacks, which is proceeding as part of a Multi-District Litigation pending in the Southern District of New York.

Troutman Pepper

Troutman Pepper has a strong national presence with eight offices located across the US. The insurance team handles D&O liability claims involving securities and derivatives litigation, M&A litigation, ERISA, antitrust and bankruptcy matters. In addition to professional liability work, the team has extensive experience handling emerging lines, with practice head Richard Pratt based in Washington DC focusing on tobacco and HIV-tainted blood matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Pratt

Key clients

Allied World Assurance Company

Allstate Insurance Company

AXA XL

AXIS Insurance, Inc.

Beazley Group

CapSpecialty

Chaucer (syndicate of Lloyd’s of London)

Chubb Group of Insurance Companies

CNA Insurance Companies

Markel Corporation

Navigators Group, Inc. (a brand of The Hartford)

Resolute Management, Inc.

Swiss Re

Tokio Marine HCC

United Educators

Work highlights

  • Represented AXA XL as lead counsel at three hearings to a win on summary judgment and then on appeal to the Ninth Circuit for a $1bn pollution claim victory.
  • Represented Berkley in coverage litigation involving whether a statutory appraisal action, which assesses the fair value of a merger stock price, constitutes a claim for a “Wrongful Act.”
  • Acted on behalf of the NFL football concussion litigation Joint Defense Group that handled motions practice, spearheaded discovery issues, devised joint strategy, and dealt with the NFL’s counsel directly.