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McDermott Will & Emery LLP
WASHINGTON, DC 20001-1531
United States
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Work Department

Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Ryan S. Smethurst is co-head of McDermott’s Insurance Litigation & Counseling Team. He has tried numerous insurance coverage cases to judges and juries, has litigated insurance coverage appeals presenting questions of first impression, and has arbitrated reinsurance disputes to final award. For nearly two decades, Ryan has represented insurers in insurance coverage litigation and claims disputes with respect to their most difficult and high-profile exposures, including more than 11,000 personal injury actions against the City of New York and 140 of its contractors in In re World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation; approximately 750 childhood sexual abuse cases against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and other Roman Catholic, Episcopal and youth organizations nationwide; and nine-figure environmental and asbestos liabilities.

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Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers

The insurance practice at McDermott Will & Emery LLP helps its broad client base, which includes prominent names in the industry, ‘achieve positive, practical outcomes that make long term sense’. The team handles contentious insurance coverage litigation, reinsurance disputes and offers regulatory advice and representation. Of note is its expertise in captive insurance and risk retention group matters as well as in the insurtech sector. The team is led by Ryan Smethurst, who has a wealth of trial and appellate experience, and Margaret Warner, ‘an outstanding litigator and strategist‘ in Washington DC together with Jane Byrne  in New York, who advises clients in high-value coverage and transactional disputes as well as reinsurance litigation and arbitration.