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 – Clyde & Co LLP, London
- Katherine Coates – Clifford Chance LLP, London
- Christoph K Graber – Prager Dreifuss Ltd, Zurich
- Gérard Honig – HMN & Partners, Paris
- David Kendall – Cooley (UK) LLP, London
- Anthony Lennox – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, London
- Joaquin Ruiz Echauri – Pérez-Llorca, Madrid
- Jonathan Sacher – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, London
- Peggy Sharon – Levitan, Sharon & Co, Tel Aviv
Clyde & Co
Nigel Brook is distinguished by sources as “a go-to reinsurance practitioner” in the UK market, renowned for his considerable experience in climate change-related liability.
Ignacio Figuerol ranks highly among peers who note he excels in handling professional indemnity and reinsurance across EMEA and the Americas.
Michael Payton QC is the senior statesman of large-scale, complex international insurance disputes. His significant experience includes acting for underwriters and insurers.
Ricardo Garrido possesses substantial experience across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious insurance issues, notably across the energy, construction and engineering sectors.
Sources laud David Méheut’s “excellent knowledge of the international insurance business”, further applauding his “competence, availability and humility”.
“Business-oriented” lawyer Yannis Samothrakis is celebrated for possessing “extensive knowledge of insurance and reinsurance products, technicalities, contracts and regulatory issues”.
Henning Schaloske is renowned for adeptly handling complex reinsurance litigation and advising clients on various product development matters.
Nick Atkins ”possesses deep and long experience in the insurance industry”, according to clients who applaud his “promptness, clarity, brevity and precision”.
Respondents hold Luis Alfonso Fernández Manzano in high esteem for his top-tier litigious and regulatory work spanning D&O, financial lines and policy wording issues.
Tim Goggin is singled out as a top-drawer corporate lawyer with an impressive track record in non-life insurance and related regulatory matters.
Christoph Küppers excels at advising global clients on complex regulatory issues across the insurance sector.
Simon Kilgour comes highly recommended for his impressive international practice spanning a range of complex coverage and underwriting disputes.
Ed Foss has over 20 years’ experience in domestic and international liability issues alongside reinsurance advisory work.
Jaime Bofill Morientes is a seasoned practitioner in distribution and policy cover issues. His regulatory experience includes pension fund cases before key Spanish bodies.
Mike Munro is celebrated for his “deep expertise in insurance and reinsurance matters”. He is additionally commended for his “detail-oriented and considerate approach to the key issues”.
Respondents accolade the “well-known” Daniela Karollus-Bruner as “the best in the sector” and further praise her “personable and sensible approach”.
Norton Rose Fulbright
Michelle George possesses more than 25 years of experience in professional liability claims pursued domestically and internationally.
Adrian Mecz has a stellar reputation in insurance and reinsurance policy disputes across the banking, finance and other professional sectors.
James Bateson earns plaudits for his insurance-related M&A and restructuring practice. His regulatory expertise is received with further praise.
Maria Ross is “highly rated in corporate and regulatory insurance” matters and has accumulated over 20 years’ experience in insurance law.
Essex Court Chambers
Peers celebrate John Lockey QC as “excellent in reinsurance matters”, adding that he possesses “a rare combination of massive intellect and amiability”.
Paul Stanley QC is known for being “a standout practitioner in arbitrations”, particularly concerning disputes ranging from contract to product liability claims.
Sources laud Philippa Hopkins QC as “incredibly able when representing her clients in international insurance cases”.
7 King’s Bench Walk
The “exceptionally clever” Gavin Kealey QC is applauded by peers for “being an incredibly reliable commercial silk” operating in insurance, banking and negligence cases.
“Superstar” silk Alistair Schaff QC is “excellent and incredibly able” in product liability and Bermuda Form insurance matters.
Dominic Kendrick QC is widely applauded as “a top-shelf silk with reliable commercial acumen”. His in-depth expertise includes business interruption and other covid-19 related claims.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Jonathan Sacher receives universal applause for his top-drawer practice in large-scale personal accident and financial institution insurance cases.
Anthony Lennox is highly sought after for his 25 years’ experience in a wide range of insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution, including commercial lines, PPI and liability cases.
Geraldine Quirk is looked upon with enormous favour “for her strong regulatory expertise” in life and non-life commercial insurance matters.
Other leading individuals
At Lydian, sources applaud Hugo Keulers as a “key practitioner in the insurance and reinsurance arena” and add, “He is involved in all landmark cases.”
Katherine Coates of Clifford Chance excels in non-contentious insurance work, ranging from distribution agreements to product development.
Hilary Evenett is a go-to lawyer for domestic and European M&A, demutualisations and bank transfers.
At Cooley, David Kendall receives a plethora of recommendations for his top-drawer practice in run-off, D&O and coverage issues.
Respondents herald JAMS International’s Peter Rogan as “an excellent mediator”, particularly when it comes to high-value insurer claims.
The “excellent” Colin Edelman QC at Devereux Chambers is “in the top league” of silks handling complex London and international insurance disputes.
Carter Perry Bailey’s Stephen Carter is commended for his over 40 years’ experience in coverage issues, regulatory matters and contract disputes.
Respondents widely commend Bernadette Bailey’s broad practice, which spans the gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters including industrial injury and policy drafting.
HFW is home to Christopher Foster, a first-rate practitioner with an impressive track record representing insurers across professional indemnity matters.
Christopher Cardona receives high praise for his profound expertise in Latin American insurance-related dispute work.
Sources applaud Richard Leedham of Mischon de Reya for being “very dedicated” and “formidable on behalf of his clients”.
Ince’s Simon Cooper is known for his adept handling of multi-jurisdictional disputes and insurance product advisory work.
At DWF, Kiran Soar excels in property, liability and speciality lines insurance matters. His strong background includes advising clients in complex subrogation and contingency issues.
Dorothy Cory-Wright at Dechert is a proven practitioner in multijurisdictional disputes and regulatory issues, where she assists financial service and insurer clients.
Michael Dobias at DAC Beachcroft receives widespread commendations for his litigation expertise, possessing notable experience in high-profile reinsurance cases.
Chris Wilkes earns plaudits for his first-rate practice in business interruption claims and reinsurance policy coverage disputes.
At HMN & Partners, the “excellent” Gérard Honig cuts a distinguished figure in insurance and reinsurance arbitration, as well as product liability defence matters.
Bernard Mettetal is a seasoned practitioner in a wide range of complex contentious and non-contentious reinsurance issues.
Thomas Rouhette of Signature Litigation has a stellar reputation across complex and large-scale litigation, including insurance and reinsurance, life sciences and liability disputes.
At Squire Patton Boggs, Carole Sportes is esteemed as “a fantastic and dedicated professional” who excels in product liability and international insurance litigation.
Allen & Overy’s Jan Schröder has a sterling reputation in large-scale corporate transactions and insurance-related regulatory issues.
Peers celebrate A&L Goodbody’s James Grennan as a “standout practitioner who is incredibly active in the insurance sector”.
The “excellent and frequently encountered” Laura Mulleady is well known in portfolio transfers and international mergers.
The “fantastic” Darren Maher at Matheson possesses substantial cross-border insurance expertise and in-depth financial services knowledge.
At Levitan, Sharon & Co, Peggy Sharon earns a notable amount of recommendations for her dispute resolution expertise, including complex coverage claims spanning multiple jurisdictions.
Rachel Levitan is known for her adept handling of D&O financial lines matters and liability issues encompassing public and professional liability.
At Nctm Studio Legale, Anthony Perotto excels in financial lines, professional liability and policy interpretation disputes.
Sources herald Joaquin Ruiz Echauri of Pérez-Llorca as “the best” across contentious and non-contentious insurance matters, including related products and contractual issues.
Guillermo San Pedro Martínez of Uría Menéndez is highly regarded for his adept handling of regulatory and transactional matters, ranging from insurance M&A to distribution.
Advokatfirman Vinge’s Per Johan Eckerberg is “a go-to for regulatory issues” and has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance sector.
At Prager Dreifuss, Christoph Graber is looked upon with enormous favour by sources who commend his “first-rate reinsurance litigation practice”.
At Baudacci Nigg Stenberg, Erik Stenberg has built a standout domestic and international practice which runs the gamut of liability issues.
Hans Nigg cuts a distinguished figure in contentious insurance matters, spanning liability, corporate and contract disputes.
Peter Hsu at Bär & Karrer heads the insurance team and is “well known in the market” for his “notable regulatory expertise”.
Schellenberg Wittmer’s Alexander von Ziegler possesses “standout expertise in aviation insurance”, where he represents and advises clients in contentious and transactional matters.
Lars Gerspacher at gbf Attorneys-at-law comes highly recommended as “strong practitioner and high-quality lawyer”, possessing “standout regulatory knowledge” and “notable expertise in aviation and transport insurance”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
- Rod S Attride-Stirling – ASW Law Limited, Hamilton
- Robert J Bates Jr – BatesCarey LLP, Chicago
- Jill B Berkeley – Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, Chicago
- Stuart S Carruthers – Stikeman Elliott LLP, Toronto
- Peter R Chaffetz – Chaffetz Lindsey LLP, New York
- Nick J DiGiovanni – Locke Lord LLP, Chicago
- Laura A Foggan – Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington D.C.
- Larry P Schiffer – Schiffer Law & Consulting PLLC, New York
- John Wasty – Appleby, Hamilton
- Jan W Woloniecki – ASW Law Limited, Hamilton
Sources acclaim John Vishneski III as “a leading policyholder counsel in Chicago” with extensive experience in coverage disputes, liability and business interruption claims.
Thomas Marrinson is held in high esteem by market sources who note he is “solution oriented when faced with a range of complex situations”.
Paul Breene is recognised for his prowess in complex trials involving coverage and wider policy issues.
Covington & Burling
Mitchell Dolin excels at representing policyholders in a range of matters, including IP, mass tort and shareholder claims.
David Goodwin earns plaudits as “a big name” in complex domestic and international insurance disputes, spanning arbitral and litigious proceedings.
Sources applaud William Greaney for his “strong advocacy on behalf of policyholders” who “seek coverage for a variety of losses”.
William Skinner is a go-to in contentious insurance coverage matters, with one source adding, “I hold him to be the brightest practitioner I know.”
Willkie, Farr & Gallagher
Donald Henderson Jr has a stellar reputation in the US market thanks to his “profound insurance-related regulatory experience”.
Mitchell Auslander receives a plethora of recommendations for his top-tier handling of policyholder, broker and insurer representation in complex litigation.
Arthur Lynch is a standout insurance and tax lawyer who excels in onshore and offshore insurer structuring.
John Schwolsky is esteemed as “incredibly experienced in insurance M&A”. His in-depth expertise spans large-scale domestic and international issuers and underwriters.
Thomas Cunningham has over 25 years’ experience in insurance disputes, where he is held to be “a top-notch writer and very fine lawyer”.
Kirk Lipsey is “an absolute recommendation” in insurance transactions involving asset management and public merger matters.
Michael Goldman excels in transactional, regulatory and governance matters for insurers, possessing notable experience in structuring and business strategy.
Jonathan Freedman is a key practitioner in insurance transactional matters and has represented clients ranging from large private equity insurers to multi-line companies.
Steptoe & Johnson
Respondents celebrate James Rocap III’s 35 years’ experience handling major casualty, coverage and property litigation.
The “excellent” Roger Warin is known for his deep expertise in litigation and arbitration proceedings relating to large-scale domestic coverage disputes.
Frank Winston Jr has a “first-rate practice” in multi-party environmental claims, bad faith and liability matters.
Clyde & Co
Michael Knoerzer is recognised across complex, high-value contentious and non-contentious insurance matters, ranging from general liability to Bermuda Form issues.
Peers herald Bruce Celebrezze as “one of the best company-side insurance lawyers” handling speciality lines, liability and property disputes.
Robert Mangino Jr comes widely recommended for his top-notch contentious practice spanning E&O and D&O matters.
Crowell & Moring
The “excellent” Laura Foggan is a seasoned practitioner applauded for “getting the huge cases” and “acting as an effective lobbyist for the insurance industry”.
Interviewees highlight Harry Cohen as “highly capable” in litigation and ADR proceedings, spanning complex coverage cases and bankruptcy issues.
Respondents applaud Michael Robles’ wealth of experience across a broad range of high-profile insurance and reinsurance disputes.
Other leading individuals
Rod Attride-Stirling at ASW Law Limited is a top-drawer name in claims involving commercial insurers, brokers and managers.
Jan Woloniecki excels in his capacity as arbitrator, counsel and litigator across a wide range of contentious insurance proceedings.
Sources hold John Wasty of Appleby in “high regard” and consider him “the key contact for insurance disputes” in Bermuda.
John Riihiluoma is known for his considerable experience in reinsurance disputes involving liability, insolvency and restructuring.
At Kennedys, Mark Chudleigh earns plaudits for his strong insurance practice, which covers the gamut of insurance liability and contract disputes across a range of sectors.
Respondents consider Peter Dunlop at Walkers to be “extremely knowledgeable” in non-contentious issues ranging from contract drafting to insurtech.
Stikeman Elliott’s Stuart Carruthers possesses standout expertise in the sale of Canadian insurance companies. His experience in compliance and conduct are received with further praise.
At Dentons, Laurie LaPalme receives notable commendations advising a wide range of clients throughout the insurance market.
Blair Keefe at Torys is “very well respected” in complex life insurance regulation matters and in advising insurers establishing branches in Canada.
Peers highlight Jill McCutcheon for being “incredibly well connected with insurance regulators”. Her clients include those in the financial as well as the insurance sector.
At McCarthy Tétrault, Nancy Carroll is known for her first-rate practice in regulatory and transactional insurance issues, ranging from M&A to compliance.
Locke Lord ’s Nick DiGiovanni is widely renowned as a “go-to reinsurance expert” in complex domestic and international litigation.
At Chaffetz Lindsey, Peter Chaffetz receives a plethora of commendations for his standout dispute practice and profound expertise in cross-border insurance claims.
Steven Schwartz has over 25 years’ experience in large-scale reinsurance litigation and transactional matters.
The “terrific” Larry Schiffer of Schiffer Law & Consulting is held in high esteem among peers for his “strategic thinking, strong industry connections and hard work”.
Robert Bates Jr of BatesCarey possesses “a deep understanding of the insurance industry which leads to excellent advice”. Clients add that “he knows the facts and details inside out”.
Peers applaud Jill Berkeley of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg for her “inside-out knowledge of the insurance industry and ability to use that knowledge to best aid her clients position”.
Peers hail Freeborn & Peters ’s Sean Keely as “a strong practitioner in the insurance and reinsurance sector” where he possesses 20 years of experience in contentious matters.
James Ruggeri at Shipman & Goodwin is recognised as “strategically strong”, with standout expertise in coverage litigation.
Foley & Ladner is home to the “excellent” Neal Moglin, who is highly esteemed for his top-tier litigation and arbitration experience in reinsurance disputes.
JAMS’ David Geronemus is well thought of among market sources who consider him “a prominent practitioner” in insurance coverage and contract dispute mediation.
Lawrence Pollack has impressive experience operating in domestic and international insurance-related ADR.
Stephen Schwab of DLA Piper (US) is regarded as “a practitioner who knows the relevant issues well and delivers big picture strategic thinking to clients”.
Anderson Kill’s Robert Horkovich is known for “taking on the big cases” on behalf of policyholders and government entities.
William Passannante earns plaudits for his detailed knowledge of D&O and other key policyholder insurance recovery matters.
The “excellent” David Spector at Schiff Hardin brings a wealth of experience across insurance and reinsurance litigation for domestic and international clients.
At Choate Hall & Stewart, the “highly regarded” David Attisani is a name to know in domestic and international insurance disputes, including covid-19 related-matters.
Blank Rome’s James Murray has expertise litigating in over 24 states on behalf of policyholders facing complex contentious disputes.
Mary Craig Calkins is “an excellent collaborator” and possesses over 30 years’ experience acting for policyholders in recovery-related litigation.
Lorelie Masters of Hunton Andrews Kurth is a top name in the US insurance market, who possesses a tremendous level of knowledge in coverage disputes
Dechert’s Sheila Birnbaum is widely celebrated as “the senior statesperson of product liability” and is “absolutely wonderful” in large-scale insurance litigation before courts of all levels.
John Mathias Jr at Jenner & Block receives sweeping acclaim for his long-standing experience in insurance and reinsurance litigation.
Deirdre Johnson at Mintz Group earns plaudits as a first-rate litigator, representing clients throughout complex domestic and international coverage disputes.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
- Martín G Argañaraz Luque – Allende & Brea, Buenos Aires
- Ilan Goldberg – Chalfin, Golberg & Vainboim Advogados, Rio de Janeiro
- Camila Leal Calais – Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo
- Marcelo Mansur Haddad – Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo
- Ernesto Tzirulnik – Ernesto Tzirulnik Advocacia, São Paulo
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Marcelo Mansur Haddad has carved a distinguished reputation as “a brilliant lawyer highly specialised in insurance deals”. He receives further praise as “the most prepared team leader among insurance lawyers”.
Camila Leal Calais is “an absolute go-to on insurance regulation matters”, including drafting policy wording, contracts and audit assistance.
Other leading individuals
“Top lawyer” Martín Argañaraz Luque of Allende & Brea is recognised for his “excellent legal skills, reactivity and diligence”.
At Chalfin, Golberg & Vainboim Advogados, Ilan Goldberg possesses “first-rate knowledge in a spectrum of insurance and reinsurance matters” and has “notable expertise in mass litigation and claim regulation proceedings”.
Ernesto Tzirulnik at Ernesto Tzirulnik Advocacia receives widespread recognition for his “standout reputation in insurer-side litigation”.
RPZ Advogados is home to Dennys Zimmermann, who possesses “a deep knowledge of the insurance and reinsurance market, both from a litigious and regulatory standpoint”.
At Raphael Miranda Advogados, the “highly reputed” Raphael Miranda distinguishes himself with a “notable focus on claim regulation proceedings and litigation”.
Diógenes Gonçalves Neto with Pinheiro Neto Advogados is “a top-notch insurance lawyer” who “excels across contentious and non-contentious issues”.
The “well-reputed” João Marcelo Máximo dos Santos of Santos Bevilaqua Advogados possesses “a strong focus on regulatory and litigious matters”.
Marcia Cicarelli Barbosa de Oliveira at Demarest Advogados has “an excellent reputation” as a “go-to dispute solver”, with one peer adding, “She is the expert on regulatory matters.”
Neftalí Garro of BLP comes highly recommended for his in-depth expertise in insurance contract disputes and licensing matters.
At Nader Hayaux y Goebel, Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly has built a wealth of experience advising international and domestic companies on cross-border insurance transactions.
Osterling Abogados’ Enrique Ferrando “knows the ins and outs of all legal and regulatory aspects of the insurance industry” according to sources who note he delivers “accurate, precise and high-quality advice”.
Percy Urday at Moncloa, Vigil, Del Rio & Urday attracts a plethora of recommendations for his adept handling of maritime insurance claims.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
- K Anparasan – WhiteFern LLC, Singapore
- Simon Goh – Rajah & Tann LLP, Singapore
- Neeraj Tuli – Tuli & Co, New Delhi
Clyde & Co’s Simon McConnell has built an “excellent practice” in financial lines insurance matters ranging from professional indemnity to director claims.
Tuli & Co’s “highly respected” Neeraj Tuli is held as “one of the leading names in the insurance field”. His “deep knowledge and sharp thinking” receive further acclaim.
Celia Jenkins is “a true expert in regulatory insurance” and “a go-to for many Indian insurance companies”.
Sources esteem Sumeet Lall of CSL Chambers’ “ability to understand and contextualise problems surrounding coverage issues”. His “excellent negotiation skills” and “outstanding responsiveness” are also applauded.
Sakate Khaitan at Khaitan Legal Associates is held to be “always cogent, unflappable and the voice of reason” by clients, who further commend his “excellent understanding of the insurance and reinsurance sector”.
At Phoenix Legal, the “experienced and proactive” Trinath Tadakamalla is “an excellent lawyer with a strong focus on construction-related insurance and reinsurance matters”.
Mrinal Ojha is “a leading name in insurance claims” who has a “notable reputation in the London and Indian markets”.
At Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, the “excellent” Keitaro Oshimo is recommended for his international practice and in-depth regulatory knowledge.
Simon Goh at Rajah & Tann Singapore possesses “a strong understanding of the insurance market which he utilises to provide solutions”. Respondents also highlight his “exceptional technical knowledge and quick response rate”.
Sources highlight K Anparasan of WhiteFern as a “go-to name for accident cases and personal injuries”. His “hard work and 360 degree follow up” receives additional praise.
Vivian Ang at Allen & Gledhill comes highly recommended for her “top-tier marine insurance work and strong focus on the shipping market”.
At HFW, Mert Hifzi is “held in high esteem for his strong aviation insurance practice”. His areas of expertise include product liability and coverage disputes.
Peers exalt Anna Tipping of Norton Rose Fulbright (Asia) as “a market leader in corporate insurance” who is “respected throughout the market” for her “first-rate regulatory work”.
Mark Errington of RPC Premier Law is “widely known” in the insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution market for his impressive expertise encompassing operational and liability claims.
Corina Song at Allen & Gledhill excels in “marine insurance work” alongside shipping-related disputes.