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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 > Insurance > Advice to insurers

McDermott Will & Emery LLP handles a range of insurance and reinsurance disputes for its clients, including insurance tax liabilities and issues concerning captive insurers. Insurance coverage litigation is the core work of the practice, which is particularly strong in the health insurance sector, where it advises major clients on disputes and appeals across the United States. The firm has also handled environmental insurance disputes centered on asbestos claims and issues arising from Superfund Sites, and furthermore is able to advise on regulatory matters, including cross-border insolvency matters. The practice’s leadership group is made up of insurance and reinsurance litigators Margaret Warner and Ryan Smethurst in Washington DC, following the December 2022 retirement of Jane Byrne. Dan Brown left the firm in August 2022 while John Finston took up a role with the New York State Department of Financial Services in October 2022.