In the 17th edition of WWL: Insurance & Reinsurance we once again identify the leading practitioners in the field worldwide. These individuals offer expert advice and contentious services on a broad range of issues, including transactional and regulatory matters, liability and coverage disputes. In this year’s research, 680 lawyers from 317 firms across 51 countries are recognised for their outstanding work in the field.
|Global Elite Thought Leaders|
|1. Nigel Brook||Clyde & Co, London|
|2. Gavin Kealey QC||7 King’s Bench Walk, London|
|3. Alistair Schaff QC||7 King’s Bench Walk, London|
|4. Anthony Lennox||Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, London|
|5. Jonathan Sacher||Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, London|
|6. Bernard Mettetal||HMN & Partners, Paris|
|7. Alexander von Ziegler||Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd, Zurich|
This prominent insurance and reinsurance firm continues to hold a strong position in the insurance legal space, achieving an impressive 15 nominations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Nigel Brook is “definitely in the top bracket”, according to peers, an assessment reflected in our research, where Brook is named as a Global Elite Thought Leader once again this year. One of the most highly regarded practitioners in the field, he is an expert in international disputes and provides advice on contracts, economic sanctions and privacy matters.
Ignacio Figuerol is a “specialist in D&O and financial lines” issues and complex reinsurance disputes.
Ricardo Garrido is “one of the best in industrial risks”, one source notes. He is esteemed for his contentious and non-contentious work, at a domestic and an international level.
Michael Payton is identified as “a leading guy” in the insurance and reinsurance space. With over 30 years’ experience in the field, he knows insurance law in exhaustive detail.
Henning Schaloske “really stands out” as a key name in the field. One respondent comments, “Henning is extremely well regarded for his work; I would definitely rate him among the very best.”
Boasts an impressive reputation in the field, performing well this year with 12 practitioners listed.
Joaquin Ruiz Echauri is highlighted as “the key reference for the insurance market in Spain”. He provides expert advice on regulatory matters and is also well respected for his liability disputes work.
Tim Goggin draws high praise from market sources for his top-tier insurance practice thanks to his expertise in matters such as business transfers and the EU Solvency II Directive.
Nick Atkins has “in-depth knowledge of the insurance industry”, according to interviewees. He is “clear on thought processes” and provides clients with an “outside-the-box approach”.
This outstanding chambers has a great reputation for insurance work and sees nine barristers recognised.
Paul Stanley QC is frequently recommended for his excellence. He is a specialist in liability litigation, particularly involving the pharmaceuticals industry and product liability.
John Lockey QC gains praise for his “impressive intellect” and as a “great team player” when it comes to insurance and reinsurance disputes work. He has notable experience in product liability and indemnity insurance.
Ian Hunter QC is well known for his domestic and international arbitration work relating insurance and reinsurance and draws recommendations from peers for his work as an arbitrator in particular.
David Scorey QC is a prominent figure in the field with a standout reputation. He has specialised knowledge of Bermuda Form reinsurance as well as liability insurance.
David Foxton QC is an excellent insurance and reinsurance litigator, according to respondents. He is deeply familiar with numerous facets of the area, including coverage issues, financial reinsurance and Bermuda Form disputes.
Philippa Hopkins QC is a “go-to” silk with particular expertise in marine insurance disputes, as well as various other complex matters relating to the practice area.
This set continues to enjoy a strong position in the market, with seven excellent barristers listed.
The “fantastic” Gavin Kealey QC is an “extremely bright” practitioner who is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in the field this year. He has in-depth knowledge of Bermuda Form issues and has also developed specialised expertise in the laws of jurisdictions such as France and Colombia.
Alistair Schaff QC is an “incredible advocate”, according to one source. He has widespread experience on complex cases involving medical product liability, professional liability and coverage.
David Edwards QC comes highly recommended for his impressive knowledge of E&O and D&O disputes, as well as insurance matters relating to medical devices, financial products and environmental liability.
Richard Waller QC enjoys a strong international reputation for his excellence in insurance and reinsurance. He is a specialist in political risk insurance and reinsurance arbitrations, and is celebrated for his work as an arbitrator.
Jonathan Gaisman QC is recognised as a top-class advocate with superb insurance and reinsurance expertise, most notably in marine cases as well as Bermuda Form arbitrations.
Six practitioners in Europe from this firm gain recognition for their fantastic insurance and reinsurance practice.
Michelle George performs extremely well in this year’s research, with sources identifying her as one of the top names in the UK market. She has extensive experience in complex disputes, involving both the insurance and reinsurance markets.
Adrian Mecz earns recommendations from peers across Europe for his excellence on insurance and reinsurance disputes. He has in-depth knowledge of various aspects relating to the field, such as contingency risk, casualty claims and professional risk.
This firm sees 13 lawyers recognised for their superb insurance and reinsurance expertise.
Ed Foss is a “very knowledgeable” insurance and reinsurance lawyer, with wide-ranging experience offering expert advice to insurance brokers on liability matters.
Stephen Netherway is championed by respondents in this year’s research, who note that he is “both thorough and commercial in his approach, with a deep and wide-ranging knowledge of all matters insurance and reinsurance”.
Simon Kilgour is “an extremely good insurance and reinsurance lawyer” who is praised for his “innovative approach”. He has exhaustive experience of working on coverage disputes and high-value claims.
Clemens von Zedtwitz is “highly knowledgeable in the field of Swiss insurance contract law”, according to observers. He is very well regarded for his claims expertise, particularly relating to D&O liability.
Jodok Wicki is an “excellent insurance practitioner”, according to fellow practitioners. He is commended for his “in-depth knowledge and expertise, combined with a great ability to take client’s commercial realities into account”.
This firm is home to three highly esteemed insurance and reinsurance practitioners.
Jonathan Sacher is highly praised in this year’s research by sources who have “a great deal of regard for him”. He assists clients with numerous issues including war risks, personal accident insurance and reinsurance disputes.
Anthony Lennox has wide-ranging experience, with expertise working on matters involving commercial lines, product liability and business travel. He is recognised by peers as “extremely good on reinsurance D&O”.
Geraldine Quirk is a “very sensible and down-to-earth” lawyer who is widely recognised as a high-quality name in the field. She is an expert on regulatory issues and Part VII transfers.
This set continues to enjoy a superb reputation for its work in the sector. Five of its barristers are listed in this edition.
Stephen Midwinter QC is an “extremely good” insurance and reinsurance silk, recognised as “one of the best around”. He has notable experience of assisting on reinsurance coverage matters.
Neil Calver QC is a highly sought-after insurance and reinsurance silk with significant experience of insurance cases relating to liability, financial guarantee and professional indemnity.
Mark Howard QC is an “exceptional” barrister who is “up there with the best”, and who is regularly praised for his impressive advocacy skills. He is highly experienced in insurance matters in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal.
This firm is known for its excellent insurance and reinsurance practice and sees five lawyers highlighted for their expertise.
Christian Bouckaert is an eminent practitioner within the field, with over 40 years’ experience. He is “very highly regarded in the reinsurance area”, according to fellow practitioners, with exceptional know-how of both arbitration and litigation procedure.
Nick Williams has “sharp knowledge and understanding of complex insurance and reinsurance issues”, according to impressed sources. He specialises in several areas including Bermuda Form, D&O liability and property damage claims.
Four strong lawyers obtain listings in the EMEA region.
Kiran Soar is globally known as a leader in insurance and reinsurance, with sources in Asia and North America joining those recommending him. He is a specialist in liability and property matters as well as accident and health claims.
Simon Cooper enjoys an excellent reputation in the insurance and reinsurance space, earned through more than three decades assisting clients with complex disputes, often involving multiple jurisdictions.
This firm performs well this year, with two brilliant lawyers recognised.
David Kendall is an “extremely good litigator” who performs very well in this year’s research. He has particular expertise in coverage disputes, run-off insolvency and Bermuda Form.
James Crabtree is an excellent insurance lawyer whom peers “think very highly of”. He is “extremely experienced, scrupulous with respect to detail and an incredibly diligent solicitor”.
Colin Edelman of Devereux Chambers is recognised for his outstanding insurance and reinsurance practice. He has wide-ranging liability expertise and experience, having worked on several high-profile disputes related to natural disasters.
David Reston of Herbert Smith Freehills stands out as an exceptional practitioner in the field. He has in-depth knowledge of D&O liability, professional indemnity and cyber insurance.
Mark Pring of Reed Smith “knows the market extremely well” and is highly adept in a broad range of areas including marine insurance risks, construction risks and professional indemnity.
Peter Rogan of JAMS is widely endorsed as “one of the best-known lawyers in the English insurance industry”. He has notable experience of Bermuda Form and natural disasters.
Clive O’Connell of McCarthy Denning is recognised for his superb practice, which features in-depth knowledge of run-off solutions, risk solutions and the wordings of reinsurance programmes.
Nick Bradley of Pinsent Masons is known globally for his excellent practice in the field. He has specialist knowledge of energy, property, reinsurance and political risks matters.
Katherine Coates of Clifford Chance is highly esteemed for her work in the field. Sources remark that she is “a leader in corporate insurance” and “pre-eminent in regulatory matters”.
Thomas Rouhette of Signature Litigation is an “extremely knowledgeable lawyer”, with over 30 years’ litigation experience. Peers “think very highly” of him and highlight his substantial capabilities within the sector.
Bernard Mettetal of HMN is a “standout name in the French insurance space” and one of the top names in Europe in this year’s research. He frequently acts for insurers and reinsurers in the London and French markets.
Peggy Sharon of Levitan, Sharon & Co is a “creative” and “impressive” insurance and reinsurance practitioner. One source comments, “She is my first choice for insurance litigation in Israel.”
José María Pimentelof DAC Beachcroft is “very focused and an active player in the market”. He provides expert advice and litigation services, often in relation to liability.
Alberto Javier Tapia Hermida of Estudio Jurídico Sánchez Calero is an “excellent litigator”, according to impressed sources. He has been involved in a plethora of cases relating to insurance and pension funds.
Guillermo San Pedro Martínez of Uría Menéndez is recognised by peers as an “expert in corporate insurance”. He has substantial expertise in transactional and regulatory matters involving insurance-sector clients.
Christoph Graber of Prager Dreifuss is “an exceptional insurance lawyer”, with a wealth of experience in the field. He has standout expertise in D&O claims, as well as maritime insurance.
Alexander von Ziegler of Schellenberg Wittmer is an “excellent insurance practitioner, particularly on the claims side”, note respondents. Additionally, he is an expert in regulatory matters and cover disputes.
Peter Hsu of Bar & Karrer is celebrated by peers for his work in the field, with sources calling him an “excellent insurance and reinsurance regulatory practitioner”. His clients include insurers, fintech businesses and securities dealers.
Martin Bernet of Bernet Arbitration / Dispute Management is frequently endorsed for his superb insurance and reinsurance practice. He has over 30 years’ experience of working on complex disputes within the field.
Lars Gerspacher of GBF gains recognition for his top-tier practice that encompasses the drafting of reinsurance contracts, regulatory advice, representing clients in connection with marine, financial line and aviation disputes.
|Global Elite Thought Leaders|
|1. Peter R Chaffetz||Chaffetz Lindsey, New York|
|2. David Attisani||Choate Hall & Stewart, Boston|
|3. Daniel FitzMaurice||Day Pitney, Hartford|
|4. Laura Foggan||Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, DC|
|5. Robert J Bates Jr||BatesCarey, Chicago|
|6. Stuart Carruthers||Stikeman Elliot, Toronto|
|7. William Sneed||Sidley Austin, Chicago|
This global powerhouse enjoys a strong position in the North American market and achieves 10 listings here.
David Goodwin has a strong international reputation for his excellence in the field of insurance and reinsurance law. He has expertise in several matters such as marine, products liability, property damage and cyber insurance.
William Greaney is an “excellent insurance lawyer” with wide ranging-experience in the field. He is an expert on coverage disputes, particularly relating to product recall, intellectual property and construction defects.
Mitchell Dolin is a “top-notch” practitioner in the sector whose expertise encompasses professional liability, shareholder claims and an array of coverage matters among others.
This international business law firm achieves nine listings from its Illinois and New York offices.
William Sneed is an elite practitioner in the US market according to our research. He continues to be recognised as “one of the very top guys” working in the field thanks to his exceptional skill in a litigation and arbitration context.
Thomas Cunningham is a “very bright practitioner” with impressive experience in the field. He has expansive knowledge of casualty, health, life and property insurance issues.
This firm sees nine lawyers recognised for their excellent insurance and reinsurance practices.
Bruce Celebrezze is “definitely at the top” of the insurance legal market, report interviewees. He has a broad-ranging practice that covers property, personal, advertising injury and specialty lines liability.
Michael Knoerzer is recognised as an expert in insurance and reinsurance disputes with peers and clients alike highlighting him for his strong practice, which covers a broad spectrum of matters including excess liability, D&O and health reinsurance.
We highlight four outstanding lawyers for their impressive work in the field.
Peter Chaffetz is a pre-eminent practitioner in the New York market who commentators say “has been doing insurance law at a high level for several decades now”. In addition to “building an excellent practice”, he is “very knowledgeable” and “creates alternative ideas” in the area.
Steven Schwartz is “really incredible in the area of insurance”, say observers. He has specialist knowledge of matters relating to insurance insolvency, finite risk reinsurance and life insurance.
Charles Scibetta is a “fantastic attorney” with a great reputation internationally for his work in the field. He is frequently hired by clients to handle their most complex insurance and reinsurance litigation and arbitration cases.
Cecilia Froelich Moss is regularly recommended for her extensive experience in the field, with sources across the US and further afield pointing to her prowess on reinsurance matters in particular.
This esteemed firm achieves seven listings in this section.
Laura Foggan is an expert on complex insurance matters such as policy conditions, coverage disputes and allocation. She is highly praised as “a dynamic and creative thinker” who has “very high standards and delivers superior work”.
Harry Cohen is a deeply experienced practitioner who assists brokers, agents and insurance and reinsurance companies. His practice spans health insurance, coverage disputes and insurance-related bankruptcy, among other things.
This prominent insurance firm sees six practitioners recognised.
Joe McCullough is “outstanding on reinsurance” and “one of the top insurance arbitrators in the United States”, comment respondents to our research. He provides excellent representation on disputes involving life, casualty and property insurance matters.
Sean Keely is “a superb expert” in the insurance and reinsurance space. He has over 20 years’ experience working on arbitration and litigation cases within the field acting for numerous prominent international clients.
Thomas Bush is “a first-class” lawyer who receives high praise in this year’s research. Peers say: “Thomas is a strategic thinker who can adapt to the unique situation of each dispute.”
This is a well-established firm with four excellent insurance and reinsurance lawyers listed.
James Murray comes highly recommended for his knowledge in the field. He is a specialist in policy-holder insurance matters.
Jared Zola is recognised for his outstanding work in the practice area. He is an “outside-the-box thinker and expert negotiator” who “combines high technical expertise with a client-friendly approach”.
John Heintz is an excellent insurance litigator with a wealth of experience. He has expansive knowledge of coverage disputes and works with clients within several sectors.
Linda Kornfeld is recognised for her superb insurance and reinsurance practice. She is “very well-respected on the policy-holder side”.
At this firm five lawyers are listed for their expertise in the field.
David Geronemus gains repeated recognition for his outstanding work in the field, particularly with regards to coverage mediation. One respondent remarks that he “might be the most sought-after” mediator in the US market.
Lawrence Pollack is a highly esteemed insurance and reinsurance mediator “with extensive coverage dispute resolution experience”. “He’s one of the strongest in New York,” says one peer.
A top-tier business law firm distinguishing itself with three listings.
Brian Reeve is highly revered1'by sources, who comment that he is the “finest regulatory and corporate insurance lawyer in the country”. He has a broad range of clients, including insurance brokers, casualty insurers, reinsurers and life insurers.
“Quality lawyer” Laurie LaPalme is recommended internationally for her standout abilities insurance and reinsurance law. Her clients include brokers, agents, insurance and reinsurance companies.
Gordon Goodman earns plaudits variously for his depth of expertise in regulatory and corporate insurance matters, including transactional mandates.
Peers “highly rate” Stuart Carruthers of Stikeman Elliot, who is “very accomplished in regulatory matters”. On top of his regulatory expertise, he is also strong in the areas of governance, transactional and commercial issues.
Blair Keefe of Torys is a “top practitioner”, according to respondents, who stands out in particular for his regulatory expertise and his financial services sector experience.
Peers “definitely recommend” Paul Belanger of Blake, Cassels & Graydon thanks to his superb work in the field of insurance and reinsurance. He is widely regarded as a “top practitioner”, particularly on the regulatory side.
David Attisani of Choate Hall & Stewart “does outstanding work” in insurance and reinsurance. He is “very experienced and effective”, particularly on health risks, environmental damage, and E&O and D&O-related matters.
Robert Bates of BatesCarey is recommended by peers as “a very experienced and extremely smart reinsurance lawyer”. He has specialist knowledge of insurance coverage matters, and he represents insurance and reinsurance companies in disputes.
Daniel FitzMaurice of Day Pitney is an “excellent insurance and reinsurance lawyer” whose practice focuses on litigation in the areas of health, life, mortgage and disability insurance.
Mary Craig Calkins of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton is a “top-tier” practitioner in the US market, according to sources. She is widely known as a highly proficient litigator, with specialist knowledge of policyholder and coverage matters.
James Ruggeri of Shipman & Goodwin is “an excellent lawyer and one of the best strategists”, report interviewees, who note he is particularly strong on coverage disputes.
Nick DiGiovanni of Locke Lord is highly esteemed by peers who comment that he is a “superb litigator” and a “class act” in the area. He is often engaged in defending insurers and reinsurers in class actions.
Michael Aylward of Morrison Mahoney “knows the industry as well as anybody and is an extremely smart and practical lawyer”, comment peers. He is an expert in insurance issues relating to liability, coverage and bad faith claims.
David Spector of Schiff Hardin has “always been an excellent lawyer” and is particularly “strong on reinsurance arbitration”. He is regularly engaged in insurer insolvency, reinsurance and claims disputes mandates.
Lorelie Masters of Hunton Andrews Kurth is considered by commentators to be “one of the most highly regarded policyholder advisers in the country”. She is an expert in coverage disputes relating to D&O, cyber and environment liability.
Thorn Rosenthal of Cahill Gordon & Reindel “certainly belongs on a list of pre-eminent lawyers”, say interviewees. He is exalted by sources for being “an excellent reinsurance lawyer” and the “dean of the Bermuda Form bar”.
John Sylvester of K&L Gates is “a fantastic attorney” who performs very well in this year’s research into the market. He is very strong on litigation relating to environmental insurance coverage.
Barry Levin of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is a “well-respected and well-known” insurance and reinsurance lawyer, with deep experience in litigation on recovery matters.
Neal Moglin of Foley & Lardner is an “experienced and very well-regarded” lawyer who offers clients in-depth knowledge of issues relating to life reinsurance products, pool liability and asbestos losses, among many other matters.
James Rocap III of Steptoe & Johnson is “very well thought of”, say peers, who call him an “excellent and careful lawyer”.
Larry Schiffer of Squire Patton Boggs is “highly regarded” among peers and has “a lot of experience in the field”. He has extensive knowledge of insolvency, coverage and contract wording insurance issues.
John Mathias Jr of Jenner & Block is a highly regarded litigator with vast experience concerning insurance and reinsurance law. He has notable expertise in contractual matters, as well as coverage claims.
Jane Byrne of Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is widely considered an “outstanding insurance lawyer”. She is an excellent litigator with 30 years’ experience covering a broad array of insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes.
Marc Abrams of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo is commended as “an excellent reinsurance lawyer”, who skilfully represents clients including intermediaries, insurers, reinsurers and policyholders.
Ray Wong of Duane Morris garners “a lot of respect” from sources, who describe him as a “terrific lawyer”. He is a “very careful thinker” who is “extremely good on the coverage side”.
Mary Beth Forshaw of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is “very highly respected” by peers. An outstanding litigator, she brings 30 years of experience to bear for clients seeking top-quality representation.
Robert Horkovich of Anderson Kill is an “outstanding lawyer” who has “a brilliant track record of success”. He is regularly engaged in representing policyholders and government organisations in insurance coverage cases.
Mark Pring of Reed Smith “knows the market extremely well” and is highly revered by peers. He has in-depth knowledge of marine insurance risks, as well as general D&O liability and professional indemnity matters.
Kevin Coughlin of Coughlin is widely considered a “terrific insurance attorney”. He is “excellent on coverage matters”, capably advising insurers and reinsurers internationally.
Respondents remark that Ernest Martin Jr of Haynes and Boone “certainly belongs at the top” of the list of Texas-based insurance attorneys. He provides expert advice on insurance recovery, coverage matters and the renewal of policies.
Lloyd Gura of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass is praised by interviewees as “an excellent insurance and reinsurance lawyer”. They add, “Lloyd is well versed in industry matters and is always up-to-date on issues and trends.”
Dan Bailey of Bailey Cavalieri receives high praise for his work, with interviewees commenting that he is the “best insurer-side D&O lawyer in the country”, with an “excellent strategic understanding”.
Walter Andrews of Hunter Andrews Kurth is “very strong on insurer-side litigation”. His practice encompasses many facets such as cyber insurance, professional liability and reinsurance agreements.
John Tollefson of Tollefson Bradley Mitchell & Melendi is “very active” in the insurance and reinsurance space. He has particular expertise in coverage litigation and bad-faith matters.
Matthew Jacobs of Jones Day is an excellent insurance and reinsurance lawyer, whom peers “very highly rate” for his skill in the area. He has worked on numerous multi-party coverage litigations.
|Global Elite Thought Leaders|
|1. Martín G Argañaraz Luque||Allende & Brea, Buenos Aires|
|2. Marcelo Mansur Haddad||Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo|
Martín Argañaraz Luqueof Allende & Brea is “terrific on insurance and reinsurance law”, according to interviewees. He is “highly knowledgeable of the market” and has strong expertise in mergers and acquisitions involving insurance and reinsurance companies.