The 14th edition of Who’s Who Legal: Insurance and Reinsurance is a comprehensive guide to the leading practitioners and expert witnesses in the field.
Our analysis of the foremost insurance and reinsurance lawyers worldwide comprises 656 listings from over 300 firms across 55 jurisdictions.
|1. Robert Bates Jr||Bates Carey, Chicago|
|2. James Rubin||Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd, Chicago|
|3. Peter Chaffetz||Chaffetz Lindsey, New York|
|4. David Attisani||Choate Hall & Stewart, Boston|
|5. Nick DiGiovanni||Locke Lord, Chicago|
|6. David Geronemus||JAMS, New York|
|7. Edward Krugman||Cahill Gordon & Reindel, New York|
|8. Laura Foggan||Crowell & Moring, Washington, D.C.|
COVINGTON & BURLING boasts the foremost insurance and reinsurance practice in North America, achieving an impressive 10 nominations throughout the US.
According to sources, Donald Brown is “one of the deans of the coverage sphere”. He is well known for his excellent representation of policyholders when it comes to complex insurance coverage disputes.
David Goodwin is widely recognised for his first-rate work advising on coverage disputes. One peer effuses: “He is one of the top policyholder counsels in the country.”
In the DC office, Marialuisa Gallozzi is “absolutely at the top of her game”. She enjoys an “outstanding reputation” in the field for her work handling insurance recovery strategies, contracts, transactions and high-value claims.
William Greaney is exceedingly well respected throughout the market, and is considered one of the leading insurance litigators in the country.
William Skinner wins praise from sources who consider him “a truly great advocate”; he is highly sought after by clients who admire his “fearsome intellect”.
SIDLEY AUSTIN also performs well this year, demonstrating its strong domestic presence with nine listings across its Chicago and New York offices.
Perry Shwachman co-heads the firm’s global insurance and financial services group. He is regarded as “an excellent transactional and financial lawyer” and is well versed in handling a wide array of insurance and reinsurance matters, from regulation to securitisations.
In the Chicago office, William Sneed is a very well-regarded player in the market. He is described by peers as “an effective advocate”, and is revered particularly for his dispute resolution work in relation to reinsurance contracts.
Thomas Cunningham is “a very bright young practitioner” who, when it comes to both international and domestic disputes, “never fails to really understand the key points of the case”.
New York-based Jeff Liebmann is internationally recognised for his standout work in the field by both peers and clients, the latter of whom include investment banks, insurance regulators, and insurance holding companies.
Eight practitioners at WILLKIE FARR & GALLAGHER in the US gain recognition in this year’s edition for their impressive insurance and reinsurance work.
Alexander Dye co-heads the firm’s insurance transactional and regulatory practice group, and is noted for his extensive knowledge and deep understanding of the industry.
Fellow co-chair John Schwolsky possesses vast experience in the field, and continues to impress clients with his expert handling of insurance transactions and securities offerings.
Michael Groll is considered a major player in the US insurance market, and is described as “the go-to guy” for clients seeking counsel on industry-related transactions.
Mitchell Auslander “stands out as a leader in the field”, according to peers, particularly in relation to insurance-related dispute resolution.
Insurance powerhouse CLYDE & CO receives eight nominations this year across the US and Canada.
The “incredibly bright” Michael Knoerzer is considered a specialist when it comes to insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution. He is well versed in handling related litigation and arbitration proceedings on behalf of both insurers and reinsurers.
Paul Koepff has over 30 years of experience dealing with coverage and disputes across a range of sectors, from mining to construction.
In Canada, John Nicholl is described as “a top-notch lawyer” who is regarded by peers as a true specialist on insurance coverage issues. He frequently assists clients on advisory matters and contentious disputes.
Mary Margaret Fox is “top of the field” when it comes to D&O insurance matters such as liability policies and coverage.
Six leading names at LOCKE LORD are recognised for their leading insurance and reinsurance expertise.
Nick DiGiovanni is an eminent figure in the market, recognised as “an exceptionally trustworthy and experienced practitioner.” He is praised particularly by sources for his strong expertise in reinsurance arbitrations.
Jonathan Bank is “a dean of the insurance Bar.” His widely respected practice encompasses dispute resolution, regulatory matters and restructurings in relation to the insurance and reinsurance market.
Jon Biasetti is also noted in this edition for his expertise insurance matters. He garners recognition from peers who consider him “an extremely skilled transactional lawyer.”
CROWELL & MORING achieves five listings this year.
The “fantastic” Laura Foggan is “definitely a standout name in the field”, according to peers. Her world-class practice encompasses a wide array of insurance and reinsurance matters including coverage disputes, product liability claims and contractual matters.
Harry Cohen is greatly respected by peers and clients alike for his strong expertise in reinsurance dispute resolution. One source comments: “He has a well-earned reputation in the industry as a very knowledgeable and practical trial lawyer.”
Paul Kalish co-chairs the firm’s insurance and reinsurance group, and is praised by respondents who describe him as “excellent on the insurer side”.
Four practitioners at CHAFFETZ LINDSEY stand out in this year’s research.
Peter Chaffetz is one of the most prominent insurance attorneys in the US market. He is well known among peers who regard him as “a very knowledgeable and excellent lawyer”.
Steven Schwartz stands out among others for his “ability to understand what the client really wants and needs”. According to one source: “He always does an excellent job of focusing on what’s truly important in a case.”
Founding partner Robert Bates at BATES CAREY “really knows his way around reinsurance matters”. His first-class practice focuses on insurance coverage and reinsurance litigation, and he is regarded by peers as “a great trial lawyer”.
Scott Carey is also highlighted for his strong work in the field, particularly in relation to Bermuda Form work.
At BUTLER RUBIN, the “meticulous” James Rubin is “a fabulous lawyer”. He is considered “absolutely top-notch” when it comes to reinsurance litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Gerald Saltarelli also wins praise for his vast experience handling insurance dispute resolution matters.
At JAMS, the pre-eminent David Geronemus is “the best mediator in the country for insurance disputes”. He is also revered for his exceptional insurance arbitration practice.
David Attisani at CHOATE HALL & STEWART is a highly rated insurance and reinsurance litigator. He is commended for his “sensational” practice which sees him advise industry players on a range of related matters.
In Canada, Stuart Carruthers at STIKEMAN ELLIOTT is “a first-class transactional lawyer”, noted for his exceptional handling of insurance and reinsurance M&A and regulatory issues.
Brian Reeve at CASSELS BROCK & BLACKWELL is “one of the finest regulatory and corporate insurance lawyers in the country”. He regularly advises a broad range of clients from insurers, reinsurers and insurance brokers on a range of complex issues.
The “brilliant” Paul Belanger at BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON heads the firm’s financial services practice. He counsels insurance companies on the whole gamut of industry matters.
At SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS John Nonna is a very well-established name in the US market. He is “a real star” among insurance lawyers, and enjoys a great reputation as “an elder statesman” in the field.
Larry Schiffer also gains recognition for his leading work in the space. One respondent comments: “He should definitely be on anybody’s shortlist.”
PROSKAUER ROSE’s Steven Gilford has a strong national reputation as “a truly excellent attorney”. One of the country’s superstars, he is “head and shoulders above the rest” when it comes to insurance litigation.
Daniel FitzMaurice at DAY PITNEY is regarded as “a smart, steady and sophisticated practitioner” whose exceptional courtroom presence is second to none.
KASOWITZ BENSON TORRES & FRIEDMAN’s Jerold Oshinsky is widely regarded as “one of the deans of the Bar” for his expertise on policyholder work.
Linda Kornfeld is also well respected for her expertise in the area.
Senior partner Edward Krugman at CAHILL GORDON & REINDELL is an “excellent” and “extremely capable” litigator who is praised by sources as “the most brilliant insurer and reinsurer-side attorney in the US”.
|1. Colin Edelman QC||Devereux Chambers, London|
|2. Jonathan Sacher||Berwin Leighton Paisner, London|
|3. Christian Bouckaert||Bouckaert Ormen Passemard, Paris|
|4. Rachel Levitan||Levitan Sharon & Co, Tel Aviv|
|5. David Kendall||Cooley, London|
|6. Richard Spiller||Holman Fenwick Willan, London|
|7. James Grennan||A&L Goodbody, Dublin|
|8. Alessandro Giorgetti||Studio Legale Giorgetti, Milan|
HOGAN LOVELLS dominates the European insurance market and illustrates its extensive continental footprint with 15 listings across eight jurisdictions.
In England, the “first-rate” Nick Atkins co-chairs the insurance disputes practice. He is praised for his “excellent judgement” and is considered one of the foremost insurance litigators in the country.
Helen Chapman is a “fantastic” lawyer known for her strong regulatory understanding. She is noted for the strategic counsel that she delivers to clients, who include corporations, insurance intermediaries, insurers and reinsurers.
Charles Rix is highlighted for his first-class insurance practice, and is well known among peers for his particular expertise handling Part VII transfers.
Tim Goggin gains recognition for the excellent corporate advice that he provides to major insurance players in relation to M&A transactions, joint ventures and reorganisations.
In Spain, Joaquin Ruiz Echauri is highly regarded by clients who attest to his “business-oriented and clear advice”. According to one source: “He has an excellent and in-depth knowledge of the insurance industry.”
Luis Alfonso Fernández Manzano is also highlighted for his impressive insurance practice.
The Paris-based Thomas Rouhette is “an excellent and first-rate lawyer”. According to respondents, “he knows the French reinsurance market inside out”, making him top choice for many clients.
Sébastien Gros never fails to provide insurance industry clients with “spot-on” and “focused” counsel, particularly in relation to European regulation.
In Germany, Christoph Küppers “receives nothing but praise from clients”, who he advises on tax and accounting issues relating to insurance and reinsurance products.
In Warsaw, the “outstanding” Beata Balas-Noszczyk is described by interviewees as “the insurance and reinsurance expert to go to in Poland”.
Jeffrey Greenbaum is a strong name in the Italian market and is highly recommended for his profound understanding of European and Italian insurance regulation.
Insurance powerhouse CLYDE & CO also performs well this year, with 12 nominations across Western Europe.
In the UK, chairman of the firm Michael Payton is considered “a dean of the insurance world”. He is one of the most established names in the market, and focuses his leading practice on major international insurance matters.
The “technically brilliant” Nigel Brook is frequently engaged in insurance and reinsurance disputes on an international scale, often advising both domestic and international companies and syndicates.
Co-head of the global reinsurance practice David Abbott is well versed in handling a wide range of insurance matters, from political risk and product recall to energy and industrial risk.
In Germany, Henning Schaloske is recognised internationally for his strong expertise in the field, handling both litigation and arbitration proceedings in relation to insurance and reinsurance law.
Madrid-based Ignacio Figuerol is regarded among peers as a financial lines specialist, and has vast experience representing both domestic and international insurers and reinsurers.
Ricardo Garrido is also recognised for his excellent work in the field.
David Méheut is a widely recognised name in the French market, and is commended for his “quick understanding of complex insurance issues.”
ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS is “the strongest insurance and reinsurance chambers in London”, with nine of its members recognised as leading barristers in the field.
John Lockey QC is “first choice” for many clients and is commended for his exceptional international insurance practice. He is described by respondents as “understated but an absolute genius”.
The internationally renowned Ian Hunter QC “really knows his stuff” according to sources, who praise him particularly for his work in insurance and reinsurance arbitrations.
V V Veeder QC is “an expert when it comes to reinsurance matters,” and impresses with his exceptional understanding and knowledge in the area.
The “brilliant” Richard Jacobs QC is highlighted for his “first-rate knowledge of insurance law.” He is “absolutely fantastic” particularly when handling Bermuda Form liability insurance disputes.
Paul Stanley QC is “an exceedingly intelligent and cerebral advocate”. He enjoys a great reputation in the market for his excellent work regarding high-value insurance and reinsurance claims.
7 KING’S BENCH WALK boasts a great reputation as one of the UK Bar’s leading insurance sets, and also achieves an impressive nine listings.
Head of chambers Gavin Kealey QC is “a high-quality and brilliant silk”. He is known for his exceptional international experience, having handled insurance disputes in many countries around the world, including Mexico, the US, France and Colombia.
Alistair Schaff QC is “an absolutely standout name at the Bar”. He is “fantastically smart”, according to sources, who admire him for his “great mental agility”.
David Edwards QC is regularly engaged in handling insurance and reinsurance disputes in both litigation and arbitration proceedings. He is noted particularly for his Bermuda Form work, an area regarded as one of his specialities.
Christopher Butcher QC is one of the most prominent commercial silks in the country, and is recognised for his strong work handling D&O and financial institutions policies. One source praises him for his “incredible intellectual horsepower”.
Jonathan Gaisman QC is “an extremely impressive advocate” and is widely respected for his “exceptional advocacy skills”.
HOLMAN FENWICK WILLAN achieves six nominations, with attorneys listed from its English and French offices.
London-based Richard Spiller is internationally recognised as a leading name in the European insurance market. He possesses more than 25 years of experience handling insurance regulatory and transactional matters.
Andrew Bandurka focuses his practice on dispute resolution, often acting on behalf of clients in relation to coverage cases, liability defence cases and reinsurance disputes.
The “superb” Christopher Foster is known for his top-notch work on contentious insurance matters, often representing insurers, reinsurers, captive insurers and major insured entities.
In France, Guillaume Brajeux gains recognition from international sources for his “excellent pleading skills” and “exceptional strategic analysis”.
Five practitioners at BOUCKAERT ORMEN PASSEMARD are highlighted as some of the leading names in the French insurance world.
Christian Bouckaert boasts a stellar reputation as “the most prominent name in the French market”. He is highly sought after by clients who value his vast experience and deep knowledge of the industry.
The “fantastic” Pascal Ormen focuses his practice on contentious insurance work, delivering insightful and effective counsel to a range of major industry players including insurance companies and brokers.
We also recognise Rémi Passemard for his strong financial lines expertise.
LEVITAN SHARON & CO is “the principal insurance firm in Israel”, and achieves three listings in this edition.
Thought leader Rachel Levitan is “a top insurance lawyer” who is praised for her “extraordinarily impressive” work in the field. Clients chiefly include insurance and reinsurance companies, whom she advises on an array of complex industry-related matters.
Peggy Sharon leads the firm’s litigation department, and is highlighted for her top-tier work handling major coverage disputes.
Dror Zamir is also recognised for his contentious insurance practice.
Three individuals at BERWIN LEIGHTON PAISNER are highlighted this year.
Jonathan Sacher is “one of the foremost insurance and reinsurance lawyers in England”, according to sources. He is well equipped to handle highly complex insurance cases in relation to matters such as life insurance, personal accidents, war risk and hurricanes, as well as other disputes relating to businesses and financial institutions.
The “excellent” Anthony Lennox is regarded as “a brilliant and extremely practical lawyer”. He is a first port of call for clients seeking counsel on transactional and regulatory matters.
Geraldine Quirk is a regulatory specialist, known particularly for her expertise handling Solvency II and portfolio transfer matters.
COOLEY’s David Kendall is described as “a cerebral lawyer” who enjoys “an outstanding reputation in the market” for his first-class work in this practice area. Coverage disputes, D&O insurance and Bermuda Form work are just some of the areas in which he excels.
James Crabtree is “absolutely meticulous” in his work, and praised for his “solutions-oriented approach”.
At A&L GOODBODY, the “absolutely first-rate” James Grennan is highly recommended as “one of the top players in Ireland.” He leads the firm’s insurance group, and is frequently engaged in handling regulatory matters, contracts and sale and acquisition of insurance companies.
Laura Mulleady is also highlighted for her excellent work in the field.
STUDIO LEGALE GIORGETTI’s Alessandro Giorgetti stands out as a leading light in the Italian market, particularly in relation to contentious insurance and reinsurance work.
At DEVEREUX CHAMBERS, Colin Edelman QC is “the go-to insurance barrister” at the UK Bar and “streets ahead of anybody else”. One source effuses: “If I could rank someone as number one it would be him.”
In Switzerland, Christoph Graber at PRAGER DREIFUSS heads the firm’s insurance and reinsurance practice. He is singled out for his expert handling of both contentious and non-contentious matters.
Lars Gerspacher at GBF ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW is a real specialist when it comes to maritime insurance law. He is praised for his sophisticated and professional practice.
In Spain, Jorge Angell at L C RODRIGO ABOGADOS is “an excellent resource” in the market, and advises on a whole range of insurance and reinsurance matters including regulation, policy drafting and claims handling.
At HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS, London-based David Reston is regarded as a top litigator by clients, who include insurers, reinsurers, policyholders and brokers.
|1. Jan Woloniecki||ASW Law Limited, Hamilton|
|2. Rod Attride-Stirling||ASW Law Limited, Hamilton|
|3. John Riihiluoma||Appleby, Hamilton|
|4. Oscar Shub||Clyde & Co, Sydney|
|5. Rehana Box||Ashurst Australia, Sydney|
Outside of North America and Europe, offshore firms, principally based in Bermuda, dominate the market and are home to a great concentration of leading insurance and reinsurance experts.
CONYERS DILL & PEARMAN performs exceptionally well this year, as seven of its practitioners achieve listings.
Co-chairman of the firm Narinder Hargun is “an incredibly intelligent practitioner” known for his extensive experience handling a range of insurance and reinsurance disputes.
Head of the insurance practice Charles Collis is “really a name that jumps off the page”, according to sources. He stands out for his technical excellence when dealing with regulatory and corporate matters.
The widely respected Robin Mayor is a longstanding figure in the Bermudian insurance market, and regularly advises insurance companies principally in relation to insolvency proceedings and restructurings.
Michael Frith focuses his practice on transactional and regulatory matters pertaining to the insurance industry. He is noted for his “practical” and “solutions-oriented” approach.
ASW LAW achieves six listings in this edition.
Chairman of the firm Rod Attride-Stirling regularly handles both litigation and arbitration proceedings in relation to insurance disputes. Many sources consider him one of the most brilliant legal minds in the insurance world.
Jan Woloniecki is “an incredibly effective and knowledgeable practitioner”. He leads the firm’s litigation practice, and possesses vast experience representing clients before both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Bermuda.
Neil Horner runs a top-tier corporate practice, and is known for his exceptional work handling transactions in the insurance, reinsurance and financial services sectors.
Five leading practitioners at APPLEBY are nominated this year.
The distinguished John Riihiluoma is internationally respected as one of the leading names in the insurance world. His prestigious practice covers D&O liability matters, reinsurance disputes, and restructuring and insolvency litigation.
Brad Adderley is regarded by sources as “the go-to lawyer on transactional issues”. Recent highlights include acting on behalf of Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance in relation to an issuance by its Bermuda vehicle Kizuna Re II, worth 35 billion yen.
John Wasty is “a first-class lawyer” who never fails to provide clients with effective and innovative counsel.
CLYDE & CO’s expertise also extends throughout the Middle East, Australia, Asia and South Africa.
In Australia, the “sensational” Oscar Shub is very highly regarded among peers and clients alike, the latter of whom include both insurers and reinsurers.
John Edmond is also recommended, and is highlighted by sources as a leading litigator in the insurance field.
Johannesburg-based Daniël Le Roux is a definite must for inclusion according to sources, who view him as “one of the top insurance lawyers in South Africa”.
In Dubai, Christopher Mills is regularly engaged in advisory and contentious work in relation to the insurance industry. One source notes: “He would be my first port of call for any regional matters."
Simon McConnell is extremely active when it comes to claims work both in Hong Kong and across Asia. He covers the whole gamut of industry matters from D&O liability and financial lines, to business interruption and professional indemnity.
Rehana Box at ASHURST AUSTRALIA is a star in the domestic insurance market. One source effuses: “She impressed me not only with her excellent technical legal knowledge but her practical understanding of insurance issues.”
CLAYTON UTZ’s Fred Hawke is “technically brilliant” when it comes to handling insurance and reinsurance litigation – an area in which he is regarded as one of the best in the country.
In Argentina, Martín Argañaraz Luque at ALLENDE & BREA draws high praise from peers who consider him a pioneer in the insurance field. His practice covers a wide array of insurance and reinsurance matters, from dispute resolution to regulatory and transactional advisory work.
In Brazil Ilan Goldberg at CHALFIN GOLDBERG VAINBOIM & FICHTNER ADVOGADOS ASSOCIADOS comes highly recommended for his superb insurance expertise.
Diógenes Gonçalves Neto at PINHEIRO NETO ADVOGADOS enjoys a stellar reputation in the field for his distinguished practice which encompasses a wide range of insurance and reinsurance matters.
Marcelo Mansur Haddad at MATTOS FILHO VEIGA FILHO MARREY JR E QUIROGA ADVOGADOS is “an outstanding lawyer in the field of insurance and reinsurance.” Sources praise him for his strong knowledge of regulatory issues.
At NADER HAYAUX Y GOEBEL, Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly is a focused and professional practitioner who is identified as a one of the most prominent insurance and reinsurance experts in the Mexican market.
BLP in Costa Rica is represented by the “incredibly smart” Neftalí Garro who is considered a real expert in the area. One source comments: “Neftalí is a market leader – he is an absolute must for inclusion.”
In Peru, the “terrific” Enrique Ferrando at OSTERLING ABOGADOS gains international recognition for his world-class expertise in insurance and reinsurance law.
At ANJIE LAW FIRM in China, managing partner Zhan Hao is the foremost insurance and reinsurance practitioner in the country. Acquisition of insurance companies, insurance funds, regulatory compliance and claims disputes are just some of the areas in which he is considered a real specialist.
David Smyth at SMYTH & CO in Hong Kong is “an extremely impressive litigator” who wins praise for his “effortlessly smooth style”.
Antony Sassi is also noted for his excellent work in the field, and is described as one of the go-to practitioners in the region.
Tomoki Debari at ANDERSON MORI & TOMOTSUNE is “the best insurance lawyer in Japan” according to international sources, who praise his first-class work dealing with industry-related corporate and financial matters.
Singapore-based Vivian Ang at ALLEN & GLEDHILL is “head and shoulders above the rest” when it comes to marine insurance work. She is noted for her focused and responsive approach.
Simon Goh at RAJAH & TANN SINGAPORE is “a rising star” in the Singaporean insurance market. He boasts a good reputation in marine insurance law, handling both contentious and non-contentious matters.
In India, the highly regarded Sakate Khaitan at KHAITAN LEGAL ASSOCIATES is a major player in the field, and is particularly well respected