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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10017-3954
United States
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Work Department

Litigation/Insurance and Reinsurance


Commercial litigator with deep experience representing insurers and reinsurers in coverage, business practice and bankruptcy litigation and arbitration in the U.S. and globally. Representations include Chubb in Boy Scouts bankruptcy, Royal in multi-billion dollar case against GM; Travelers in complex cases against Northrop Grumman, Lincoln Electric, Goodyear, and ACandS; various Berkshire Hathaway insurers in high profile cases, including against Coca Cola and Colgate; Hanwha in merger-related arbitration against Korea Life; and captive insurer in multiple reinsurance arbitrations involving flooding-related property damage.


Joined the Firm in 1989. Nine term member of the Executive Committee and former Co-Administrative Partner of the Firm.


Yale Law School (J.D., 1989); Barnard College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1984)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers

(Hall of Fame)

Mary Beth ForshawSimpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

In addition to advising clients on issues ranging from data breaches to reinsurance collection, the team at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP handles disputes in state and federal courts across the United States. This includes high-profile coverage disputes as well as complex commercial litigation such as Medicare fraud allegations brought against the insurance industry. The contentious practice is augmented by a strong corporate practice on behalf of insurers. Leading the team is ‘brilliant‘ insurance expert Mary Beth Forshaw together with co-chairs of the global litigation department Jonathan K. Youngwood and Lynn K. Neuner, a trusted advisor of key client Travelers. While Susannah Geltman left the firm in December 2021, the bench also includes Bryce Friedman, who contributes strengths in allegations of fraud and False Claims Act violations and Joshua Polster, who defends against claims relating to biometric privacy violations. Counsel Summer Craig is a notable up-and-comer. All lawyers are based in New York.