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America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2011: Insurance: Dispute Resolution

Chambers & Partners has compiled its 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' 2011 review of national legal talent in the area of "Insurance: Dispute Resolution," our Firm and our lawyers are listed among the best in the country.

Chambers' comments:

Illinois Ranking: Tier 1

The Firm: This firm has a fearsome reputation for prowess in litigation, and its insurance department is no exception. The group typically acts for policyholders and is considered a go-to option for bet-the-company disputes. The team recently represented Dow Chemical in a coverage case relating to a large natural gas leak in Louisiana, which came to a successful close after five years of litigation.

Sources Say: "The firm has a relentless, tenacious and formidable litigation culture - facing Kirkland is always bad news for the other side."

Key Individuals: Michael Foradas is "an outstanding trial lawyer who inspires great confidence," say clients. Habitually involved in the biggest cases in the market, he is currently advising BP on coverage matters relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Foradas frequently works alongside Nader Boulos, singled out by clients for his pragmatism and attention to detail.

Reprinted with permission from Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2011—