Insurance & Reinsurance 2018: Analysis

The 16th edition of Who’s Who Legal: Insurance and Reinsurance provides comprehensive insight into to the foremost practitioners in the field. Those included proficiently handle a wide array of contentious and non-contentious issues including regulatory compliance, coverage disputes and transactions, among other areas.

This year, our analysis sees us list 677 of the premier practitioners from 300 firms in 51 jurisdictions around the globe.


Thought Leaders
1. Peter R Chaffetz Chaffetz Lindsey LLP, New York
2. James I Rubin Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP, Chicago
3. David A Attisani Choate Hall & Stewart, Boston
4. Robert J Bates Jr BatesCarey LLP, Chicago
5. Nick L DiGiovanni Locke Lord LLP, Chicago
6. William M Sneed Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago
7. Laura A Foggan Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington
8. Mary Beth Forshaw Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York
9. Larry P Schiffer Squire Patton Boggs, New York
The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

Leading Firms 

Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.

COVINGTON & BURLING maintains its reputation in the field as a premier insurance and reinsurance firm. The quality of its work is matched by the impressive 10 nominations it receives this year.
David Goodwin is one of the leading insurance lawyers in the country and provides outstanding advice to clients. Respondents particularly highlight his standout expertise on the policyholder side.
Mitchell Dolin is a “smart and strategic" practitioner who is “well respected for his policyholder counsel”. He has particular expertise in international matters, and handles a wide range of issues, such as business interruption, political risk and intellectual property claims.
A  “nationally known” figure in the insurance litigation market, William Greaney provides excellent advice to clients on matters as varied as product recall, environmental damage and intellectual property. Sources say: “He is absolutely top of the game.”
“Very capable lawyer” Benedict Lenhart is described by commentators as “top of the class” for insurance and reinsurance matters.

CROWELL & MORING remains one of the strongest practices around the globe. This year, seven of its outstanding practitioners have been nominated for their work in the field.
Laura Foggan is a highly experienced practitioner who advises on a range of insurance matters. She is acknowledged by colleagues as a “very high-quality coverage lawyer” and is known as a “very prominent advocate for insurers”.
Harry Cohen is “an excellent practitioner” with a wide-ranging practice covering such areas as workers’ compensation reinsurance and brokerage disputes. Sources describe him as “a standout, high-quality lawyer”.

WILLKIE FARR & GALLAGHER has a long-standing reputation for providing premier advice in the insurance and reinsurance field. This year its lawyers receive 10 nominations.
Mitchell Auslander is a prominent name in the US market, known both domestically and internationally for his superb litigation management skills. He has spent more than 35 years in the industry and wins praise from interviewees for his superb experience.
Another outstanding practitioner at the firm, Donald Henderson Jr is reputed for his exceptional talent with insurance-related M&A. He is rated highly by impressed sources, one of whom says, “He may be the best reinsurance lawyer in the country.”

CHAFFETZ LINDSEY continues to enjoy a strong position in the market, and four of its practitioners continue to be recognised as among the top names in the field.
Peter Chaffetz is an “immensely smart and capable lawyer” with over 30 years’ experience in insurance and reinsurance matters. He is well regarded for his “sound judgement” and is particularly noted for his handling of issues arising from fraud. He emerges as one of the highest regarded lawyers in our research this year and is deservedly listed as a Thought Leader.
Sources “think very highly” of Steven Schwartz, who is a distinguished practitioner known for his outstanding insight on acquisitions and mergers involving reinsurance companies. He is “an excellent writer who really shines on appellate work”, according to interviewees.
Charles Scibetta is an exceptional practitioner with substantial experience and insight in insurance matters. Sources praise his “excellent work”, both domestically and internationally.
Cecilia Froelich Moss has a “deep understanding of reinsurance” and a wealth of overall experience in the field. Commentators state that she is “well regarded” and “a deserved inclusion” in the guide.

CLYDE & CO performs well this year with seven practitioners listed for their fantastic work in the field.
The “very knowledgeable” Bruce Celebrezze is a top practitioner with an enviable practice. He is “well known for direct insurance work”, according to commentators, and handles a wide range of policyholder issues.
Michael Knoerzer “certainly belongs on the list” according to sources. He is distinguished in the market for his adept handling of excess liability, Bermuda Form and health insurance issues.
Paul Koepff is a well-regarded name in the insurance and reinsurance market who has over 30 years’ experience in the field. He has deep knowledge in the area, which he proficiently applies for an array of prominent clients.

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.

SIDLEY AUSTIN’s William Sneed is “a real standout at Sidley” and “the best of the best”, according to our sources this year. He has a strong reputation for his advice on insolvency disputes, for which he is described as “an excellent lawyer”.
Another exceptional practitioner at the firm, Thomas Cunningham is well respected by commentators in the market. His advice regarding life and health insurance, as well as casualty insurance issues, is particularly highly regarded.

At REED SMITH, John Shugrue is an exceptional practitioner with decades of specialist insight in the insurance industry. He is particularly knowledgeable in issues including energy package, pollution liability and D&O.
James Restivo Jr is one of the most eminent names in the insurance and reinsurance field, with over 40 years of experience advising clients on a range of issues. Sources note him as “one of the pioneers of asbestos coverage litigation”.

At DUANE MORRIS, Barry Bunshoft is a well-known name with “a superb reputation in the market”. He has represented clients on some of the most prominent cases of recent years and is described as “one of the deans of the insurance bar”.
Ray Wong is a “fabulous lawyer for insurance matters” according to respondents. Colleagues reserve great praise for his negotiation skills, stating that he is “very experienced in driving a hard bargain in mediations”.
Thomas Newman is one of the top names in the market for insurance and reinsurance arbitration, having handled over 60 such cases. He has an outstanding reputation among players in the market, gained through 55 years spent working in the area.

At SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS, Larry Schiffer is a first-rate lawyer who advises on a range of issues including insolvency, coverage and contracts. His experience and insight in complex insurance matters have earned him a strong reputation in the market.
Paul Kalish is a highly regarded insurer-side expert. He has over 30 years’ experience advising on issues such as liquidation of insurers, class actions and general coverage issues.
Deirdre Johnson has formidable experience handling matters across the US, Europe and Bermuda. Rated highly by respondents, she deals with such issues as variable annuity, employment discrimination and professional liability.

FREEBORN & PETERS's Joe McCullough “thoroughly deserves to be on the list” according to respondents. Clients state that, “He is very experienced in reinsurance disputes and we know we can rely on him.”
Thomas Bush wins praise for his “very commercial approach” according to sources. Clients praise the quality of his advice in reinsurance disputes, an area in which he is noted for his wealth of knowledge and experience.
Sean Keely is a “very highly esteemed litigator” who advises clients on a wide array of issues. Sources state that the advice they receive is “always sensible and focused”.

At JAMS, David Geronemus is respected by sources as “a mediator with extensive coverage dispute resolution experience”. His wide-ranging practice covers areas such as asbestos, environmental and insurance coverage.
Lawrence Pollack is “an excellent mediator” according to respondents. He has over 30 years’ experience in the field and is particularly adept on matters including legal malpractice, aviation controversies and joint venture dissolution actions.

LOCKE LORD's Nick DiGiovanni is a “specialist reinsurance lawyer” who is “very well connected” in the area. Sources state that they “would not hesitate to refer work to him as he's been a terrific lawyer for a long time”.
“One of the best in the market”, Jonathan Bank is “knowledgeable and practical in his approach”. Commentators state that he is “one of the deans of insurance and reinsurance” and is “truly a great lawyer”.

CHOATE HALL & STEWART’s David Attisani is “very highly regarded by his clients” and has “developed a really good practice” according to sources. One respondent states he is the “top name in Massachusetts” and is known for his strong litigation and arbitration practice.

BUTLER RUBIN SALTARELLI & BOYD’s James Rubin is described by sources as “an outstanding lawyer” and is one of the most distinguished names in our research. He has a broad practice, to which he brings over 40 years of reinsurance experience.

At BATESCAREY, Robert Bates Jr is a “highly experienced coverage and reinsurance lawyer” who is “very highly respected” by market sources. He is noted as “one of the very best” insurance litigators around, offering clients nearly 40 years of experience in the area.

Mary Beth Forshaw of SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT is one of the pre-eminent names in our research this year and is described by interviewees as “top notch” and “one of the leaders in the field”. Her exceptional work in the insurance field has led her to be described as the “go-to practitioner” at the firm. She has notable experience in environmental and construction claims.

DAY PITNEY’s Daniel FitzMaurice is “an excellent lawyer with a good sense of strategy”. He has a wealth of experience in insurance and reinsurance litigation at both the trial and appellate level.

KILPATRICK TOWNSEND & STOCKTON’s Mary Craig Calkins is a “superb policyholder lawyer” who is “very knowledgeable in coverage matters”. She has over 30 years’ experience handling litigation and various forms of alternative dispute resolution.

At HUNTON & WILLIAMS, Lorelie Masters is a “superb coverage lawyer” with an “excellent writing style”. She has a strong national reputation for property damage, environmental and employment issues.

Thorn Rosenthal of CAHILL GORDON & REINDEL, is “one of the best in New York” according to market commentators. He provides first-rate advice on reinsurance issues, representing a number of international insurers.
Edward Krugman is “a go-to for major insurance companies in the US” according to industry observers. With over 25 years’ experience, he is widely respected for his practice and is described as “at the very top of the field”.

SHIPMAN & GOODWIN’s James Ruggieri is “a great attorney” according to sources who praise his pragmatic approach. Respondents state that they “think highly of his work” and note that he is an “impressive practitioner to go against”.

FOLEY & LARDNER’s Neal Moglin  is acknowledged by peers for his “strong reputation” as a “great trial lawyer”. He provides excellent representation to clients on accident and property contracts.

Barry Levin of ORRICK HERRINGTON & SUTCLIFFE, is “an excellent trial lawyer” whose insight and experience garners him much praise from respondents who “think very highly” of his work. He is noted as particularly adept on insurance recovery issues including asbestos claims.

KASOWITZ BENSON TORRES’s Jerold Oshinsky is “at the top of everyone’s policyholders list” according to sources. He has gained an international reputation for providing exceptional advice to clients on a range of complex issues.

GILBERT’s Scott Gilbert is one of the most prominent names in insurance in the US and provides exceptional advice to clients on matters such as asbestos, pharmaceuticals and health. He is described by sources as “a talented and strong negotiator”.

QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN’s Jane Byrne is an outstanding trial lawyer and one of the most prominent names in our research. She has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on a range of issues such as property damage after natural disasters and breach of contract disputes.

MOUND COTTON WOLLAN & GREENGRASS’s Lawrence Greengrass is “an excellent lawyer who is very thoughtful and a tireless advocate”, according to one source. He is particularly well regarded for his work on health, property and casualty disputes.
Lloyd Gura is “a great representative” and a formidable name in the insurance and reinsurance market, according to interviewees. His enviable practice sees him assist clients with a broad range of complex matters.

David Spector of SCHIFF HARDIN, is a real heavyweight in the insurance and reinsurance field, held “in very high regard” by peers. He is particularly strong on insolvency disputes, and property and casualty insurance.

At MORRISON MAHONEY, Michael Aylward is a distinguished name in the field with an enviable practice covering insurance liability claims pertaining to issues such as intellectual property and mass torts.

Source state that Robert Horkovich, of ANDERSON KILL, is “a great coverage lawyer” who “should definitely be top of the list”. He has had a long, distinguished and “very highly regarded” career that has seen him appear on numerous occasions before the state Supreme Court.
William Passannante is an exceptional practitioner offering first-rate advice on a range of insurance recovery issues for clients. His distinguished reputation in the field comes with over 20 years of experience in the area.

The “extremely good” John Sylvester of K&L GATES, is a notable litigator who brings a wealth of experience to clients. He gains particular praise for his insight on issues concerning environmental insurance coverage.

STROOCK & STROOCK & LAVAN’s Robert Lewin is “an impressive practitioner” with over 30 years of experience in the field. He is regularly seen on prominent issues including coverage disputes such as worker’s compensation and general liability.

PERKINS COIE’s Timothy Burns is “a great lawyer who is great to work with” according to respondents. He has a strong reputation for his work on mutual funds and securities litigation.

At JENNER & BLOCK, sources state they “think very highly” of Matthew Jacobs, who is well regarded for his expertise and knowledge of insurance and reinsurance issues. He is known for regularly handling intricate multiparty coverage issues for clients.
John Mathias Jr is an outstanding trial lawyer with a “national reputation” who receives praise from interviewees for his “strong policyholder counsel”.

Richard Shusterman of SHUSTERMAN ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION SERVICES is a well-known insurance practitioner who has a wealth of experience in the field. Sources state that he is particularly “excellent in the arbitration space”.

GOLDBERG SEGALLA’s Thomas Segalla is a leading practitioner described as “one of the most highly regarded” in the market by sources. He provides clients with outstanding advice on a range of issues, with notable experience in issues concerning bad faith.

At NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT, the “fantastic” David Raim is a well-known name cited as being “at the very top” of his field. He is renowned for his work in for health and property disputes, among other areas.

MUNGER TOLLES & OLSON’s Cary Lerman is “a talented practitioner” who continues to impress colleagues and clients alike. He possesses deep expertise in a wide array of issues, including general liability policies, electronics, mass tort and environmental damage claims.

Commentators state that PROSKAUER ROSE’s Steven Gilford is “a phenomenal lawyer” in the insurance arena. He has an enviable depth of experience at trial as well as in mediation and arbitration, making him both a strong negotiator and tactician.

DLA PIPER LLP’s Stephen W Schwab is a renowned name in the international insurance and reinsurance market. Known for his work on the regulatory side, he also provides valuable insight on restructurings and mergers and acquisitions.

COUGHLIN DUFFY’s Kevin Coughlin is a well-regarded figure in the field with over 30 years of experience. He offers clients his expert advice in environmental matters, as well as construction and professional and products liability issues.

James Rocap III of STEPTOE & JOHNSON LLP is an exceptional practitioner with a wealth of experience that he applies insightfully to the needs of clients. His enviable practice covers a range of areas, with particular expertise in asbestos, environmental contamination and tobacco claims.

Commentators regard David Steuber of JONES DAY as “a top-quality lawyer”. He has a strong reputation for handling coverage issues such as business interruptions and D&O disputes.

MAYER BROWN’s David Alberts “has a great practice” and is “one of the most highly regarded” names in the field according to commentators. He has extensive knowledge in insurance issues relating to M&A, finance and product development, among other areas.

At BLANK ROME, John Heintz is “an exceptional policyholder practitioner” according to sources. He is highly regarded for his practice, which covers issues such as chemical and petrochemical claims, product liability and business interruption.


Thought Leaders
1. Colin Edelman QC Devereux Chambers, London
2. Nigel Brook Clyde & Co LLP, London
3. Christoph K Graber Prager Dreifuss Ltd, Zurich
4. Jonathan Sacher Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, London
5. Alistair Schaff QC 7 King’s Bench Walk, London
6. David Kendall Cooley LLP, London

Leading Firms

7 KING’S BENCH WALK is an outstanding set of chambers, recognised widely by the market for its first-rate work in the field. This year it receives an impressive seven nominations.
Alistair Schaff QC is a “first-class” and “eminently capable” barrister in the English insurance and reinsurance market and is one of the most highly regarded names in our research this year. He provides specialist advice on international shipping claims and regularly appears in arbitrations as well as in litigation before the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal.
David Edwards QC is “a fabulous advocate” and “very elegant performer” according to sources. His superb practice covers an array of complex insurance and reinsurance issues.
Gavin Kealey QC is one of the top insurance barristers whose exceptional work in casualty insurance, policyholder and aviation arbitration has gained him high praise from leading players in the field.
Richard Waller QC is a first-rate practitioner who is described by sources as an “excellent chair in arbitrations”, where he is noted as “very patient”.

ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS has a formidable reputation in the market and this is reflected in the impressive nine nominations it receives this year.
Richard Jacobs QC is a highly distinguished practitioner who has a wealth of experience representing clients in high-profile cases as well as appearing as counsel and arbitrator in insurance disputes. One source states that he is “probably the best policyholder-side lawyer in the UK”.
The “first-rate” John Lockey QC is a pre-eminent silk with “an excellent reputation” among peers and clients alike. His practice covers such areas as product liability insurance, natural disaster claims and trading loss claims.
V V Veeder QC has “seminal London market presence” and an exceptional reputation in the field. Sources state he is “intelligent, knowledgeable and a great asset to any client”.
Ian Hunter QC is an outstanding advocate and arbitrator with over 50 years’ experience, including nearly 40 as a silk. He has an enviable and wide-ranging practice, providing clients with invaluable advice in all areas of insurance.

CLYDE & CO maintains a strong market presence, with 10 practitioners nominated this year. It provides outstanding international and domestic representation on an array of matters.
The “technically brilliant” Nigel Brook is acclaimed as “an important name” in insurance and reinsurance market. His extensive practice sees him provide “great advice” to clients in areas such as contracts, economic sanctions and issues concerning multinationals.
Michael Payton is a veteran of the insurance and reinsurance market and a practitioner of the highest calibre, whose insight into complex issues continues to garner him high praise from sources. He has particular expertise with issues relating to shipping.

NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT continues to impress with eight nominations received this year. The firm’s international standing enables it to provide standout advice in multi-jurisdictional as well as domestic cases.
Michelle George has “a vast lexicon of experience” according to sources who praise her outstanding work in the field. She advises on a wide array of matters, with particular ability in issues arising from professional liability.
The highly regarded Adrian Mecz assists clients with a wide range of insurance and reinsurance matters including banking and financial risk and casualty claims.

Other Leading Individuals


LYDIAN’s Hugo Keulers is an “extremely good” lawyer and “great professional possessing the know-how we need to succeed”, according to interviewees. With more than 25 years’ experience in the field, he provides clients with exceptional representation on a wide range of insurance and reinsurance issues.


At DEVEREUX CHAMBERS, Colin Edelman QC is “really recommended” for his highly distinguished practice covering all areas of insurance law, with notable skill in professional indemnity matters. He has represented clients in notable cases involving natural disasters. According to one fellow barrister, “People are always referring work to Colin.”

BERWIN LEIGHTON PAISNER’s Jonathan Sacher is a “top practitioner” with an enviable list of contacts in the field, according to sources. He is highly regarded by peers who describe him as “thoughtful and quick on his feet”.
Anthony Lennox has 25 years’ of specialist insurance and reinsurance knowledge, garnering high praise from commentators in the market. He provides clients with high-quality advice on such issues as product liability and D&O.

Our research identifies INCE & CO’s Kiran Soar as an outstanding lawyer who advises on a wide range of complex insurance and reinsurance matters. He provides superior expertise on issues concerning property and liability insurance and also has specialist knowledge of health and bloodstock matters.

At COOLEY, David Kendall is known for working on high-value, complex cases in such areas as coverage, insolvency and reinsurance disputes. He is noted by sources for his “thoughtful and focused approach”.

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS’s David Reston is noted by commentators to be “a top name at the firm” and indeed is one of the top-ranked names in our research. He has an excellent reputation for handling a wide array of complex litigation matters.

Ed Foss at CMS CAMERON MCKENNA NABARRO OLSWANG is an internationally reputed and highly regarded individual who provides specialist expertise on liability issues for insurers. He has considerable experience working for major domestic and international insurance firms.

HOGAN LOVELLS’s Nick Atkins is “an exceptional insurance lawyer” who has over 30 years’ experience providing first-rate advice to clients. He has deep expertise in areas including asbestos claims and employer, product and public liability.

CLIFFORD CHANCE’s Katherine Coates is a “great corporate insurance lawyer” and an “expert in her field” on transactional matters. She provides clients with over 30 years’ experience on issues such as regulation and compliance, demutualisations and product development.
Hilary Evenett is an experienced and accomplished practitioner whose practice covers a broad array of insurance and reinsurance issues including portfolio transfers and M&A.

HOLMAN FENWICK WILLAN’s Christopher Foster has a distinguished reputation handling international disputes for major clients, in areas such as environmental disaster and Bermuda Form matters.

At REED SMITH LLP, Mark Pring is a standout name in the field who sources “think very highly of” and praise his international experience. He provides policyholders with advice on issues such as professional indemnity, D&O and construction.

At INCE & CO, the “always excellent” Allan Hepworth is an “effective and experienced” practitioner whose international experience both in private practice and previously working for an insurance firm gives him superb insight into complex issues.

SIDLEY AUSTIN’s Martin Membery is an experienced solicitor with over 25 years working in the area. He is noted by sources as a “very knowledgeable and detail-oriented” practitioner.


At KENNEDYS, Christian Bouckaert is described by commentators as “one of the top guys in France”, a view reflected in our research. He provides valuable knowledge of areas such as aviation, professional liability and pharmaceuticals.

HMN & PARTNERSBernard Mettetal has an enviable practice covering a wide range of insurance and reinsurance issues. He is described by commentators as “extremely reliable” and “very knowledgeable”.


At WILLIAM FRY, John Larkin is “among the leaders” in the insurance market, according to sources. He advises clients on an array of restructurings, insolvency and contractual negotiations.

A&L GOODBODY’s James Grennan once again stands out as a top lawyer in the Irish market. His excellent practice sees him advise on all areas of insurance and reinsurance law.


At PRAGER DREIFUSS, sources state they are “very impressed” by Christoph Graber, who provides outstanding advice on issues relating to banking and financial services, maritime and aviation work.

Martin Bernet of BERNET ARBITRATION / DISPUTE MANAGEMENT is a “strong practitioner” and “very strong litigator when it comes to insurance and reinsurance matters”, according to a variety of impressed sources.

GBF ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW’s Lars Gerspacher is a well-reputed name in the field who is praised highly by sources for his “skill and great expertise”, particularly in relation to aviation and shipping matters. His specialist insight is combined with an international focus, for which he garners rave reviews from respondents.

SCHELLENBERG WITTMER LTD’s Alexander von Ziegler has a “thorough understanding of marine policy and law in multiple global jurisdictions” and is also regarded as a “top name in aviation insurance”.


L C RODRIGO ABOGADOSJorge Angell is an internationally recognised and highly regarded insurance and reinsurance litigator with outstanding experience in the area.

DAC BEACHCROFT’s José María Pimentel is described as “an excellent professional” and a “great lawyer” by sources this year. He has a vast amount of experience, with particular expertise handling professional liability claims and group actions.

Rest of the World


Thought Leaders
1. Jan W Woloniecki ASW Law Limited, Hamilton
2. Stuart S Carruthers Stikeman Elliott LLP, Toronto
3. Rod S Attride-Stirling ASW Law Limited, Hamilton
4. Narinder K Hargun Conyers Dill & Pearman Limited, Hamilton
5. John Riihiluoma Appleby Ltd, Hamilton

 Leading Firms

KENNEDYS maintains a stellar reputation globally for its outstanding work in the insurance and reinsurance field, reflected in the 14 nominations it receives this year.
In Bermuda, Alex Potts is an “excellent lawyer” who advises on a wide array of complex issues. He has a “very good presence in court and in arbitration”, according to commentators.
Mark Chudleigh provides excellent advice to clients on a range of issues such as property catastrophe, environmental liability and satellites and space. He has a truly international practice and noted for his experience in the US market.
In Singapore, Julian Wallace is described as “one of the leading property insurance lawyers” by market commentators. He is “very visible in the field” for his exceptional advice on business interruption, product liability and D&O claims.

APPLEBY receives five nominations this year, demonstrating its continued strong position within the market.
John Riihiluoma “provides a great service” to clients in relation to Bermudan insurance and reinsurance matters. He has extensive experience in the field and “belongs on any list” of top insurance lawyers, according to sources.
Respondents describe global head of insurance disputes John Wasty as a “a very knowledgeable expert doing great work” in the insurance field.  He handles a broad range of litigation and regulatory issues.
Brad Adderley is a leading practitioner in Bermuda with an excellent reputation on the international stage. He advises clients on all areas of insurance-related matters, with notable expertise on catastrophe bonds.

CASSELS BROCK & BLACKWELL is one of the top firms in Canada and its practitioners continue to distinguish themselves. Three are listed this year.
Brian Reeve is a well-known name who is noted by sources to be “very active in the insurance market”. He provides thorough insight into matters including casualty and life insurance and risk retention structures.
Laurie LaPalme has a distinguished practice providing specialist advice on corporate and regulatory insurance issues. She is an exceptional practitioner with a “superb reputation”, according to respondents.
Gordon Goodman is described by sources as “a regulatory star” in the insurance space. He provides expert advice on issues such as demutualisation, mergers and acquisitions and formations of insurers.

ASW LAW maintains a reputation for providing first-rate advice and representation to clients on a range of issues. Its excellent work is reflected in the noteworthy six nominations they receive this year, including two Thought Leaders.
Jan Woloniecki is a practitioner who sources state they “think of most highly”; he emerges as one of the top names in our research. He is “an outstanding reinsurance litigator” who provides comprehensive insight into complex matters for clients.
Rod Attride-Stirling is “very active, well connected and up on current issues”, according to interviewees, who add: “He is a very good resource for the Bermuda market with a great understanding of what is happening there, in the US and the rest of the world.”

CONYERS DILL & PEARMAN is one of the top offshore firms with some of the premier names in the market. This year it obtains seven nominations.
The “really good” Narinder Hargun is a highly distinguished practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in litigation and arbitration. His insurance and reinsurance work wins him a great deal of praise from colleagues, as reflected in his status as a Thought Leader in this year’s guide.
Robin Mayor is “great in the insurance insolvency field”, and “extremely well versed in reinsurance law” according to impressed sources. Her outstanding international practice covers such areas as shipping, hostile takeovers and restructuring.

Other Leading Individuals


STIKEMAN ELLIOTT’s Stuart Carruthers is a “top practitioner” with a “very strong insurance and reinsurance practice”, according to respondents. His practice covers such as areas as acquisitions, licensing and formations of insurers.

At BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON, Paul Belanger is “a standout name”, and one of the best insurance lawyers in Canada according to our research this year. He is particularly highlighted for the depth of his expertise in regulatory matters.


At WITHERS KHATTARWONG, sources state they are “very impressed” by K Anparasan’s legal skills and that he is “able to find good, practical solutions”. Sources praise his negotiation skills and call him “knowledgeable, objective and competent; someone who easily gains the trust of clients”.

ALLEN & GLEDHILL’s Vivian Ang is “a first-class operator” and highly regarded name who provides exceptional insight into specialist issues such as shipping. One peer describes her as “a practitioner I really respect”.

REYNOLDS PORTER CHAMBERLAIN’s Mark Errington “handles a lot of great cases” according to industry observers who give him much praise this year. An “outstanding name in the market”, he has a first-rate practice handling issues including property and energy claims.


The “excellent” Martín Argañaraz Luque of ALLENDE & BREA is a “leading lawyer in Argentina on insurance matters” with exceptional experience and knowledge in the area. He has particular expertise on matters surrounding life insurance, cyber risk and civil liability.


LEVITAN SHARON & CO’s Peggy Sharon is an “extremely good” coverage lawyer who assists clients with a range of issues such as professional liability, aviation and D&O claims. She has a strong reputation for handling multi-jurisdictional disputes.


CLYDE & CO’s John Edmond is a distinguished name both domestically and internationally, known for his superb handling of insurance disputes


ANDERSON MORI & TOMOTSUNE’s Tomoki Debari is the leading insurance practitioner in Japan in our research this year. He is extensively experienced and highly regarded by sources for his work in transactional matters such as M&A and joint ventures..

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