Firm Profile > Kennedys > Chicago, United States
100 NORTH RIVERSIDE PLAZA
SUITE 2100 CHICAGO
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Offering 'deep industry knowledge, practical advice and strategic planning', Kennedys 'relentlessly supports the right solutions for clients and takes a long-term view of its relationships'. After establishing a strong foothold in the US in 2017 via a merger with insurance firm Carroll McNulty & Kull and a series of hires from the now-defunct Sedgwick, the insurance team now handles international environmental catastrophe claims, asbestos cases, construction defects, personal injury and sexual assault and D&O liability. 'Unparalleled insurance counsel, litigator and negotiator' Christopher Carroll's is advising Columbia Casualty Company on one of the first significant examples of litigation in the emerging field of cyber risk coverage, while in another highlight, John LeBarbera acted for The Riverstone Group and lead excess insurer TIG Insurance Company in a national lawsuit initiated by BogWarner, which faces thousands of asbestos bodily injury claims. Kristin Gallagher reached a successful result for client First Mercury Insurance Company in its declaratory judgment action in order to dismiss payment obligation for an underlying settlement in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation. Clients also recommend 'terrific attorneys' Meg Catalano and Heather Simpson, who 'seek solutions that fit the clients' unique circumstances rather than a general strategy'. All mentioned partners sit in Basking Ridge, NJ, except Chicago-based LeBarbera.
Kennedys > Firm Profile
Kennedys was established in the United States in June 2017 by the merger with US-based insurance firm Carroll McNulty & Kull (CMK). Elevated by each other’s complementary strengths, Kennedys offers honest, straightforward legal advice to the insurance and reinsurance industry wherever in the world our clients require it.
The firm operates across six offices in the US: New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Chicago, IL, Austin, TX, Miami, FL, and Basking Ridge, NJ. Its 100 plus attorneys focus their practice on insurance coverage and defense work, including general liability, cyber risk, professional liability, medical malpractice, construction defect, property and casualty, surety and fidelity and reinsurance across all industries and sectors, including marine, aviation and financial lines. The firm acts for global and domestic insurers and multinational corporations. Kennedys also has significant construction and healthcare practices and handles commercial litigation, real estate and employment matters. Throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico, Canada, and Europe, Kennedys represents clients in state and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels. The firm has handled international coverage advice and losses in catastrophes including the Three Mile Island accident, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Piper Alpha oil explosion, and the Buncefield explosion, the largest of its kind in peacetime Europe.
Virtually every client found on the original roster of the legacy CMK remains with the firm 20 years later. Such strong relationships, which can only be built on a foundation of trust and mutual respect, are proof of what happens when a law firm consistently places the needs of its clients first.
Kennedys has represented the world’s largest insurance companies and litigated hundreds of insurance coverage disputes in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels, as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings. The firm has provided guidance on claims involving construction defects, commercial and personal automobile cases, advertising injury and business torts, directors and officers liability, employment practices liability, fiduciary liability, products liability, professional liability, environmental and hazardous waste incidents, and fidelity bond allegations, among others. The firm counsels clients daily on complex coverage issues, providing comprehensive, prudent, intelligent evaluations and recommendations.
Reinsurance Litigation and Arbitration
Reinsurance disputes are a major financial concern for ceding and assuming companies. Kennedys represents insurers and reinsurers in claim disputes and helps negotiate commutations of reinsurance contracts. Additional experience covers asbestos and toxic tort claims, environmental claims, excess workers compensation insurance issues, medical stop-loss situations, claims by captive insurers, and aggregation issues and commutations.
Kennedys has decades of successful outcomes in the insurance defense arena and is presently responsible for hundreds of active matters in New Jersey, New York and throughout the country. A healthy familiarity with the courts, judges, adversaries, experts, and juries is a value-added asset for the firm’s clients. Defense experience covers automobile, personal injury and wrongful death, asbestos and other toxic exposures, employment practices liability, fiduciary liability, premises liability, products liability, professional liability, construction defects, property management, defamation, libel and slander and workers’ compensation.
The firm’s attorneys also have considerable, proven experience in defending manufacturers of a variety of products including materials handling systems, medical devices, packaging materials, building materials, product delivery systems, vehicles and more, often representing them in multi-million-dollar cases.
Kennedys represents large and small corporations, family businesses, real estate developers, investors, and other commercial companies involving breach of contract issues, disputes in real estate and business transactions, leasing and property, construction, products liability and patent infringement.
When creating, purchasing and selling businesses, clients rely on Kennedys’ knowledge and skill across a vast range of contracts and transactions. These include executive compensation arrangements, employment agreements, licenses, distribution and supply agreements, sales and vendor contracts, property and facilities purchases and more. The firm also represents franchisees in negotiation and purchase of national franchises.
To help avoid or minimize the impact of lawsuits, Kennedys counsels clients in drafting and negotiating employment documents including agreements, manuals, handbooks, restrictive covenants, stock option agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and severance agreements. Attorneys also handle matters resulting from allegations of wrongful discharge, breach of contract and other restrictive covenants in addition to discrimination, sexual harassment and whistle-blowing.
Architects, engineers, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, materialmen, sureties, public entities and private owners rely on Kennedys counsel in virtually all aspects of construction—from single-family homes to multimillion-dollar public infrastructure projects. The firm routinely handles catastrophic construction- related claims from inception through trial.