Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Renowned in the market as accomplished trial lawyers and coverage experts who offer quality representation to clients in the insurance industry. Able to handle both direct insurance and reinsurance matters with equal flair, and also adept at handling the most complex of disputes regarding insurers' business practices. Often called on in cases involving potentially significant exposure. Skilled in handling catastrophic event liability issues and bad faith disputes, and acts for an enviable client roster of market-leading insurance providers.

Strengths Sources say: "It is a really good firm with great, very professional people," and describe the team as "very high caliber."

One client enthuses: "They're the hardest-working, smartest, most practical and most responsive attorneys; top to bottom, I think it's the best firm in the world."

Another client particularly appreciates their "excellent values, high integrity and great professionalism."

Work highlights Retained by Travelers for ongoing advice and representation in litigation surrounding the significant and high-profile claims leveled against Johnson & Johnson. Plaintiffs allege that exposure to the manufacturer's talc products, including baby powder, caused serious asbestos-related illnesses, including ovarian cancer.

Notable practitioners

Bryce Friedman
is described as a "very bright" attorney who is "well regarded" in the market. His broad insurer-side practice incorporates both long-tail liability litigation and emerging areas of coverage, such as data breach claims.

Mary Beth Forshaw
wins recognition on a national level for her exemplary insurance coverage practice, most especially for her strength in environmental and property damage disputes following natural and man-made disasters. Market commentators describe her as an "outstanding lawyer."