This year we highlight 668 first-rate insurance and reinsurance lawyers. The individuals listed here have been highly recommended by peers and clients for their exceptional work handling transactional, regulatory and contentious matters.
The Global Elite 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 truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
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.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Nigel Brook is a “stellar lawyer” with extensive experience handling reinsurance disputes, drafting contracts and providing top-notch regulatory advice.
Ignacio Figuerol comes “highly recommended due to his thorough expertise” and is considered to be “the top insurance and reinsurance specialist in Spain”.
Ricardo Garrido enjoys praise for his strong domestic and international insurance practice. He is highlighted for his profound knowledge of industrial risks.
Yannis Samothrakis is endorsed for his detailed understanding of regulatory matters and frequently advises insurers and reinsurers on complex cross-border transfers and compliance issues.
David Méheut is renowned for his strong insurance litigation practice and has an “exceptional understanding of international insurance law”.
The “truly excellent” Jonathan Sacher has “tremendous experience in contentious issues” and is “well-connected and adaptable”. Sources note that he “simply must be on the list”.
Anthony Lennox is cited for his first-rate D&O work and “always applies his encyclopaedic industry knowledge to obtain the best possible commercial results”.
Geraldine Quirk is a “brilliant practitioner” and longstanding figure in the insurance market with more than 25 years of experience providing regulatory advice to insurers, reinsurers and intermediaries.
Nick Atkins is highly esteemed by international sources who commend his top-tier handling of insurance claims, with emphasis on his “clarity, objectivity and precision”.
Luis Alfonso Fernández Manzano is an “extraordinary litigator” with an “unmatched understanding of reinsurance legislation”. Clients single out his “outstanding in-depth analyses” as a particular strength of his practice.
Joaquin Ruiz Echauri receives plaudits for his “immense regulatory know-how” and for his first-class advice regarding losses and claims.
Jaime Bofill is “a superb expert in the field” who stands out for his work on cross-border portfolio transfers, compliance advice and complex filings.
Christoph Küppers applies his detailed knowledge of tax law to provide stellar regulatory advice to clients in the insurance market.
Alistair Schaff QC enjoys a fine reputation for his contentious work on insurance disputes including high-value damage claims.
Gavin Kealey QC is highly sought-after for his extensive experience litigating in complex contractual disputes.
David Edwards QC stands out as a foremost authority when it comes to D&O and E&O disputes.
Ian Hunter QC is a long-standing figure in the market who continues to shine in insurance-related arbitrations.
John Lockey QC excels as a “leading insurance silk” and “phenomenal arbitrator” who regularly represents insurance and reinsurance companies in international disputes.
Peter Rogan is a “terrific mediator” who earns plaudits for his unrivalled level of knowledge of insurance and reinsurance law acquired over a career spanning four decades.
Simon Cooper applies more than 35 years of experience to his defence of large-scale insurance claims, including indemnity and professional negligence claims.
Kiran Soar is a “standout practitioner at the firm” who advises international clients on the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious insurance issues.
The “brilliant” José María Pimentel provides top-notch advice on coverage issues as well as personal injury and indemnity claims.
Julian Miller is “extremely experienced and tremendously bright”. He shines in coverage arbitrations and casualty claims.
Michael Dobias stands out as a veteran in the reinsurance market with extensive experience dealing with professional indemnity and liability matters.
Simon Kilgour is a “seasoned practitioner with more than 25 years of experience” who excels in coverage disputes and high-value claims.
Ed Foss is a pre-eminent lawyer with more than 20 years of experience advising insurance brokers and insurers on liability issues.
With 40 years of experience, Christian Bouckaert is an “absolute authority in the insurance and reinsurance markets” and excels in commercial disputes.
David Chadwick is recognised for his exceptional understanding of credit insurance policies, political risks, bankers’ blanket bonds and D&O claims.
Christopher Foster excels at handling contentious insurance and reinsurance issues, from acts of God to pharmaceutical liability.
Guillaume Brajeux enjoys a “strong reputation for his specialised marine practice” which includes disputes arising from industrial catastrophes.
Andrew Bandurka is a “fantastic lawyer” with considerable experience settling large-scale insurance claims out of court.
Adrian Mecz maintains an outstanding reputation for his dispute resolution practice, which encompasses coverage issues and high-value claims.
Michelle George is commended for her multi-jurisdictional work on professional liability claims for insurance and reinsurance companies.
Other leading individuals
Hugo Keulers at Lydian is credited as being “the market leading insurance and reinsurance lawyer” due to his “immense industry knowledge and experience”.
David Kendall at Cooley comes highly recommended for the breadth of his experience handling complex coverage and reinsurance disputes, including run-off and D&O and marine coverage matters.
At Devereux Chambers, Colin Edelman QC is a “star of the insurance Bar” and a “truly brilliant advocate” with vast experience handling domestic and international disputes.
Katherine Coates of Clifford Chance is a distinguished figure with more than 30 years of experience in the insurance market. One source calls her “the leading lawyer in non-contentious proceedings”, including transactions and regulatory matters.
Carter Perry Bailey is home to Stephen Carter who is acclaimed for his three decades of acquired expertise on regulatory, coverage and contract issues.
Nick Bradley at Pinsent Masons applies his detailed knowledge of the financial industry and compliance matters to his strong insurance practice.
Bernard Mettetal at HMN & Partners is a “big name in the reinsurance market” whose “involvement in many high-profile cases” makes him a superb choice for clients.
Gérard Honig is “widely admired” in the French market for his work on liability claims, industrial risks and insurance-related arbitrations.
Thomas Rouhette of Signature Litigation Paris is “phenomenal for product liability claims and litigation proceedings”, according to sources.
Rémi Passemard at ORPA Legal is revered for his deep understanding of D&O claims and professional indemnity issues.
Peggy Sharon at Levitan, Sharon & Co provides “clear, sound and detailed advice” to clients in insurance coverage disputes.
Rachel Levitan is highlighted for her “profound knowledge and expertise” across a broad range of complex insurance and reinsurance issues.
Guillermo San Pedro Martínez of Uría Menéndez is renowned for his stellar corporate insurance work including domestic and cross-border transactions.
Alexander von Ziegler at Schellenberg Wittmer is a “very highly regarded marine insurance specialist”, with impressive regulatory knowledge and dispute resolution expertise.
At Prager Dreifuss, Christoph Graber is a go-to practitioner for contentious matters relating to insurance claims at home and abroad.
Peter Hsu of Bär & Karrer is is a “top-tier litigator” with a “very strong presence in the insurance market”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Peter Chaffetz is “certainly a leader in the reinsurance market” with vast experience defending and settling multimillion-dollar claims.
Steven Schwartz is an “excellent lawyer” with more than 25 years of experience handling reinsurance disputes.
Cecilia Froelich Moss garners nominations for her superb understanding of complex contractual disputes.
Charles Scibetta receives acclaim for his extensive knowledge regarding high-severity coverage disputes.
Rod Attride-Stirling is a “well-respected figure in the market” who provides clients with nuanced regulatory and policy-wording advice as well as top-notch dispute resolution services in matters of claims.
Jan Woloniecki is an “extremely highly regarded practitioner” and “an absolute authority on Bermuda’s reinsurance laws”.
Neil Horner has considerable experience advising on large-scale corporate transactions in the reinsurance sector.
Nick DiGiovanni is a “terrific lawyer” who “consistently produces solid work” by applying more than 30 years of experience to reinsurance disputes domestically and internationally.
Jonathan Bank is a “fantastic transactional lawyer who also has immense experience in arbitration, mediation and litigation proceedings”. He is described as “brilliant to work alongside and against”.
Laura Foggan is “excellent on the insurer-side” in disputes involving policy conditions, settlement obligations and contractual matters.
Harry Cohen has a strong reputation for his 25-plus years of experience dealing with the full range of reinsurance disputes.
Michael Robles is noted for his expertise on disputes arising from reinsurance contracts and policies.
The “awesome” William Sneed is highly esteemed for his extensive experience handling multimillion-dollar contract disputes in arbitrations and litigation proceedings.
Thomas Cunningham frequently represents insurers in complex casualty, property and life insurance disputes.
Larry Schiffer is a seasoned lawyer who continues to shine in complex disputes and provides first-class advice on corporate transactions, contract-wording and coverage issues.
Paul Kalish is nominated for his “strong communication skills” and “excellent commercial work in the insurance space”.
Deirdre Johnson has a fine reputation due to her extensive experience handling disputes arising from claims across Europe and North America.
The “excellent” Suman Chakraborty is a go-to for disputes in the property and casualty field. He is well-versed at advising reinsurers in defence of contract actions arising from environmental and asbestos claims.
Mary Craig Calkins stands out for her “brilliant rapport with both peers and clients” and is a seasoned expert in defending D&O liability claims.
James Murray is a “respected figure” and “one of the best policyholder trial lawyers in the field”.
John Heintz earns praise for his four decades of experience in complex coverage litigation proceedings including D&O liability, employment discrimination and environmental contamination claims.
Sean Keely is a “highly intelligent practitioner” with more than two decades of experience dealing with commercial disputes in Asia, Europe and the United States.
Joe McCullough regularly represents insurance and reinsurance companies in litigation proceedings arising from life, health and casualty issues.
Thomas Bush is an “immeasurably talented lawyer” who is applauded for his “incredible work ethic” and stellar representation of global reinsurers in disputes related to large-scale losses.
William Greaney is a “spectacular litigator” who is frequently retained in insurance disputes regarding implants, mass tort, asbestos and environmental issues.
Mitchell Dolin is “widely recognised as a leader in the market”. One peer comments that they“must emphasise just how excellent he is” when it comes to domestic and international insurance recovery matters.
David Goodwin comes “highly recommended for his in-depth knowledge” of insurance coverage issues.
Other leading individuals
The “outstanding” John Wasty at Appleby enjoys a strong international reputation as a “practical and ultra-responsive practitioner” who represents insurers, reinsurers and policyholders in disputes.
Mark Chudleigh of Kennedys is a go-to practitioner for liability issues including D&O, products, environment and property issues.
Stuart Carruthers of Stikeman Elliott is an “exceptionally well accomplished lawyer” who excels at providing top-tier regulatory and transactional advice.
Bryan Reeve at Cassels Brock & Blackwell has extensive experience representing life insurers, reinsurers and insurance brokers.
At Blake Cassels & Graydon, Paul Belanger is renowned for his foremost expertise on banking regulations and provides stellar advice to insurance companies.
David Attisani at Choate Hall & Stewart is “incredibly smart and reliable”. He is highlighted for his approachable personality and his first-rate work on reinsurance disputes.
Robert Bates Jr of BatesCarey is a “terrific reinsurance lawyer” who is noted for his handling of direct coverage matters.
At Day Pitney, Daniel FitzMaurice receives admiration for being “both excellent and thoughtful in his approach” to reinsurance litigation.
James Ruggeri at Shipman & Goodwin is an “extremely knowledgeable figure” who excels in coverage disputes.
Neal Moglin of Foley & Lardner garners applause for the “personable approach” he applies to arbitration proceedings regarding health and life insurance contracts.
David Spector at Schiff Hardin has three decades of experience and is widely recognised for his work representing reinsurers in litigation proceedings regarding casualties, life insurance and disability benefits.
Bruce Celebrezze at Clyde & Co is “one of the best insurance lawyers in California” and receives high praise for his detailed understanding of coverage issues.
Michael Knoerzer enjoys recognition for his distinguished career spanning more than 25 years, frequently representing and advising insurers and reinsurers in complex disputes.
At Anderson Kill, Robert Horkovich is highly esteemed for his insurance recovery work, obtaining billions of dollars from insurance companies over the course of his illustrious career.
Lorelie Masters at Hunton Andrews Kurth is “well respected and vastly knowledgeable” in complex coverage litigations.
At JAMS, long-standing figure David Geronemus is a “superstar” who stands out for his exceptional dispute resolution practice encompassing D&O and other liability matters, contract disputes and coverage issues.
Stephen Schwab at DLA Piper is revered for his standout knowledge of insurance regulations and impressive handling of disputes in the field.
The “exceptionally talented” Lloyd Gura of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass has more than three decades of experience resolving the full gamut of insurance and reinsurance disputes.
Jill Berkeley at Neal Gerber & Eisenberg receives plaudits for her first-class handling of insurance coverage disputes for policyholders.
John Mathias Jr of Jenner & Block is a veteran in the insurance litigation space with extensive experience handling complex commercial claims.
Kirk Pasich of Pasich LLP is acclaimed for his representation of insureds in high-value coverage disputes.
At Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, the “outstanding” Robert Lewin is “top-notch for reinsurance matters”. He is a go-to for regulatory advice as well as property and life insurance disputes.
At Jones Day, Matthew Jacobs is an “excellent, well-rounded insurance lawyer” with four decades of experience.
David Alberts of Mayer Brown excels in regulatory proceedings, insurance financing and contractual matters.
Martin Pentz at Foley Hoag is a “phenomenal coverage lawyer”. He is well-versed at representing policyholders in recovery litigation proceedings.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Marcelo Mansur Haddad stands out as a “foremost lawyer with vast expertise in insurance and reinsurance matters”. He is noted for his “excellent technical knowledge of regulatory issues” and contract drafting.
Camila Leal Calais comes highly esteemed for her “broad knowledge of insurance laws” and “creative solutions to all regulatory obstacles” that clients face.
Cassio Gama Amaral is a “well-established figure” with “deep and thorough knowledge of the insurance market”.
Martín Argañaraz Luque at Allende & Brea is highlighted for his “phenomenal insurance and reinsurance litigation practice” and his profound understanding of regulatory issues.
Chalfin, Goldberg, Vainboim & Fichtner Advogados Associados is home to Ilan Goldberg, who is a foremost authority on insurance and reinsurance contracts.
Ernesto Tzirulnik of Ernesto Tzirulnik Advocacia is a “terrific lawyer” who is frequently retained in matters of contract issues and civil liability claims.
André Tavares at Tavares Advogados is revered for his “deep knowledge and wide view of the Brazilian insurance market”.
Marcia Cicarelli Barbosa de Oliveira of Demarest Advogados is commended for the depth of her experience spanning more than two decades working on complex insurance disputes.
At BLP, Neftalí Garro is an “absolute expert” with a strong presence in the Costa Rican insurance market. Clients rely on his foremost regulatory advice and extensive experience handling a broad range of disputes.
Percy Urday at Moncloa, Vigil, Del Rio & Urday enjoys recognition from international market players as “the expert on marine insurance”.
Enrique Ferrando at Osterling Abogados is a “fantastic lawyer with a detailed understanding of insurance, corporate and civil law”.
At Rodrigo Elías & Medrano Abogados, Jorge Velarde is a “true expert who certainly deserves to be on this list” for his stellar handling of complex coverage disputes and non-contentious matters.
Marco Rivera Noya of Kennedys provides first-rate regulatory advice in the reinsurance market, to clients across a broad range of industries including transport, financial and construction.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Sakate Khaitan of Khaitan Legal Associates “stands out on the commercial side” in high-value transactions and for regulatory advice.
Trinath Tadakamalla at Phoenix Legal impresses clients with his “clarity, sincerity and commitment” in insurance recoveries and disputes.
Mrinal Ojha is “extremely articulate and dependable” in contentious insurance and reinsurance proceedings.
Tomoki Debari of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is acclaimed for his impressive transactional work, including portfolio transfers and M&A proceedings involving insurance companies and financial institutions.
Mert Hifzi at HFW is nominated for his strong reputation in the aviation area, where he regularly deals with coverage and liability disputes as well as non-contentious matters such as contractual and regulatory issues.
Rajah & Tann is home to Simon Goh, who receives praise for his 20-plus years of experience dealing with a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters for an array of clients including life insurers, reinsurance companies and marine mutual insurers.
K Anparasan of WhiteFern is a “top-notch litigator” who “takes a practical approach to resolving rather complex issues” such as casualty claims and professional indemnity issues.
Vivian Ang at Allen & Gledhill is a pre-eminent figure in the market who particularly excels in marine insurance disputes.
Mark Errington of RPC Premier Law is a go-to lawyer for business interruption claims, liability issues and recovery actions.
Julian Wallace at Kennedys enjoys praise for his expertise regarding property claims as well as his encyclopaedic knowledge of regulatory matters in the healthcare industry.