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Clyde & Co LLP
SUITE 3000
United States

Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 1

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


‘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.

Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation and regulation Tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP‘s team provides coast-to-coast coverage for a range of international aviation clients; and, over the last 25 years, it has represented the aviation industry in nearly every major aviation loss. In addition to coverage litigation experience, the practice regularly defends clients’ insureds in both aviation mass disasters and product liability disputes. With over 25 years’ trial and litigation experience in aviation (passenger and cargo), ‘top worldwide aviation liability professional’ Andrew Harakas heads the US aviation law practice. Also recommended is Jeffrey Ellis, a go-to attorney for high-profile matters, who has longstanding experience in representing the aviation industry at trial and appellate level. Harakas and Ellis are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Harakas

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Ellis; Kevin Sutherland; Christopher Carlsen


Clyde & Co as an international organisation is the premier aviation firm in the world.

Andrew Harakas is a top worldwide aviation liability professional; he has a very practical approach and will partner with the airline or insurer in finding solutions.

Transport: shipping - litigation and regulation Tier 2

Boasting one of the largest shipping legal practices in the world, Clyde & Co LLP 'always provides fast, efficient advice, which is essential for very urgent matters'. The US team is widely praised for its expertise in marine insurance, litigation and arbitration, as well as marine-related regulatory sanctions. The 'extraordinarily bright' John Woods handles both high-value international disputes and matters that shape the law; John Keough is recognized by clients for having 'built an excellent practice'; and Corey Greenwald has 'a terrific command of shipping, commodities, marine pollution and marine insurance issues'. Conte Cicala in San Francisco litigates maritime, transportation, commercial and insurance disputes; and at senior counsel level, George Cornell represents insurers in marine casualties and other insurance claims. All named attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

John Keough; John Woods

Other key lawyers:

Conte Cicala; Corey Greenwald; George Cornell


There is an outstanding depth of knowledge within the team, and the international reach of the business is important given the cross-jurisdiction nature of the issues it is often asked to advise upon.

Clearly their expertise is very important (and second to none in their field) but they are also very responsive and appreciate their clients needs in a time-pressured environment.

Clyde & Co’s time-tested team is the first that comes to mind when I think of international trade.

Great for subject matter expertise, attention to detail and thoroughness.

The sanctions and compliance team is very experienced and well connected.

This practice group commands top-tier knowledge of maritime and shipping law, and demonstrates an ability to respond quickly to urgent matters when needed.

The team always provides fast, efficient advice, which is essential for very urgent matters. It also has key contacts with the the relevant authorities which is incredibly useful.’

The maritime team is very competent, attentive and responsive, and gives the impression that I am their only client when we have a matter underway. They are available at all times of day and night, and provide advice with confidence which is very comforting to clients. The team also has a deep understanding of the business of its clients and is flexible in finding ways to provide solutions while taking account of the sometimes inflexible.

Very strong maritime and transportation law practice, including litigation.

Connected and knowledgeable – especially John Keough in the NY office.

John Keough has excellent abilities as a litigator, negotiator, innovator, draftsman and business counselor.

John Keough and John Woods are extraordinarily bright, knowledgeable, responsive, diligent and hardworking.

John Keough has built an excellent practice, utilizing over 30 years of experience litigating in the federal and state court systems throughout the US. His knowledge of traditional maritime disputes and issues is second to none in the New York market.’

‘John Keough is very efficient, knowledgable, diligent and friendly!’

John Keough and Corey Greenwald go above and beyond their competitors in terms of availability, communication and personal touch.

John Woods in the New York office stands out.

John Woods is a trusted advisor and a superior litigator, who has navigated us through perilous cases. He has assembled a team that works together to bring outstanding results.’

Corey Greenwald is an excellent communicator, who is very thorough and responsive.

Corey Greenwald is extremely responsive and provides tailored, accurate and quick answers. We resort to him mostly in pre-litigation, and constantly rely on his input to strengthen our position at the negotiation table to avoid costly disputes.

Corey Greenwald exhibits impeccable client service and a terrific command of shipping, commodities, marine pollution and marine insurance issues.

Corey Greenwald and senior counsel George Cornell are both excellent draftsmen.

Conte Cicala has been a loyal and reliable representative for many years, and has obtained excellent results throughout.

George Cornell demonstrates a strong command of maritime contracts, marine insurance principles and the rules of procedure. His responsiveness, technical knowledge and dedication to client service will no doubt serve him and his clients well in the years to come.’

Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a pioneering heritage and a resolute focus on its core sectors of insurance, aviation, energy, infrastructure, natural resources, marine and trade. With 1,800 lawyers operating from more than 50 offices and associated offices on six continents, the firm advises on a wide range of contentious and transactional matters.

Clyde & Co is one of the largest international insurance law firms in the US. The firm has over 300 legal professionals across ten US offices working alongside more than 4,000 people globally. The principal business in the US is insurance.

The firm represents domestic and international insurers and reinsurers nationally and internationally in every type of claim and dispute, ranging from the validity of a loss under a single policy to high-stakes matters involving a complex array of contracts and issues.

The US team includes international arbitration and trial lawyers as well as transactional and regulatory capabilities. The team distinguishes itself by its skill in handling the largest and most complex insurance and reinsurance matters for domestic and international clients. The team also draws on the firm’s global strength in other core sectors including energy, transport, trade and commodities, and infrastructure.

With over a ten-year track record in the US and a growing footprint across the country, Clyde & Co is well placed to help clients succeed in a volatile world in which markets are changing, risk is increasingly complex and possessing an international reach matters.

Main areas of practice: Aviation; commercial general liability; construction and engineering; cyber liability; energy; environmental; excess catastrophe; financial institutions and D&O; marine; product liability; professional liability; property; reinsurance; specialty; trade credit and surety; and transactional and regulatory.

Number of Partners : 390+
Number of Fee-Earners : 2,000+
Managing Partners : Leslie Ahari
Managing Partners : Eileen Bower
Managing Partners : Kevin Sutherland
Managing Partners : Barry Davis
Managing Partners : Frederick Fein
Managing Partners : Robert Fisher
Managing Partners : Ralph Guirgis
Managing Partners : Michael Knoerzer
Managing Partners : Jim Koelzer
Managing Partners : Daren McNally
Other Offices : Asia Pacific
Other Offices : Europe
Other Offices : Middle East/Africa