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America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2007: Insurance: Coverage Litigation

Chambers & Partners has compiled their independent and objective list of America's Leading Lawyers for Business based on comments gathered from thousands of interviews with clients and lawyers from Maine to Hawaii. This guide -- which is designed to reflect market opinion -- contains a view of the firms and attorneys who are considered leaders in their field.

In Chambers' 2007 review of national legal talent in the area of "Insurance: Coverage Litigation," our Firm and our lawyers are listed among the best in the country.

Chambers' comments:

Illinois Ranking: 2

The Firm: “If it’s a high-stakes case, we always choose Kirkland & Ellis because they have extraordinary trial experience,” say clients of this renowned firm. Such sentiments confirm its reputation as a litigation powerhouse and its abilities in the courtroom. The team specializes in coverage work for policyholders and has developed a nationwide practice doing so. It handles cases everywhere from New York and Delaware to Colorado. The group manages a wide variety of cases including toxic torts, D&O liability and asbestos cases. Expertise in the latter was recently utilized in several large trials for corporate clients regarding asbestos claims.

The Lawyers: Michael Foradas is acknowledged as “an outstanding litigator” by clients: “When it’s a tough case he’s always on our short list; he can do anything - we have complete confidence in him.” He received a wealth of positive feedback from interviewees who note: “He is a strategic person as well as extremely flexible and adaptable.” Among his many skills, it is his abilities in the courtroom that make him stand out. As one commentator declares: “He is exceptionally good with judge and jury.”

Clients/Work Highlights: Union Carbide; Bally Total Fitness; Honeywell; Motorola; BP; Dow Chemical; Gaylord Container; Raytheon and GM.

Reprinted with permission from Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2007 -