New York, NY, and Washington, DC – Mintz is pleased to announce that Members Marc Abrams, Suman Chakraborty, Deirdre Johnson, and Paul Kalish have been named to the Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance 2022 directory. They are among more than 700 insurance and reinsurance lawyers from around the world to be recognized in this prestigious publication for their top-tier handling of contentious, contractual, regulatory and transactional matters.
Mr. Abrams is an experienced litigator with over two decades of experience guiding clients through complex insurance, reinsurance and general commercial dispute matters. Mr. Abrams is equally skilled at representing insurance and reinsurance clients in court and before US and international arbitration panels. He has successfully taken dozens of matters to trial and has resolved many more on favorable terms through motion practice or settlement. He has expertise recovering funds for his clients as well as defending them across a wide range of business products and he has resolved numerous disputes between and among policyholders, insurers, reinsurers, intermediaries and other sophisticated companies.
Mr. Chakraborty is an industry-recognized first-chair litigator with decades of experience advocating for major insurers and reinsurers in high value arbitrations, and in state and federal court litigation across the country. His disputes practice confronts a broad range of issues affecting clients in both the life and property and casualty industries. In the property and casualty field, Mr. Chakraborty serves as lead national counsel for a third-party claims administrator and affiliated reinsurer in the defense of tort and contract actions relating to long-tail asbestos and environmental claims. In the life insurance area, he serves as lead trial counsel to one of the largest national life insurance companies in its disputes with reinsurers.
Ms. Johnson is a seasoned litigator who focuses her practice on representing insurers, reinsurers, and captive insurers in a broad spectrum of coverage disputes and handling domestic and international arbitration proceedings and litigation involving insurance and reinsurance matters. She represents companies in disputes concerning life reinsurance treaties and defends public corporations in class action lawsuits, securities litigation, and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement actions. In the reinsurance/insurance litigation side of her practice, Ms. Johnson has extensive experience with all types of coverage disputes, including those involving professional liability, life and health, variable annuity, general liability, surety, product liability, first-party property, and environmental matters. She has represented numerous clients in disputes arising under policies on the Bermuda form. Her work also encompasses guiding clients through U.S.-based, Bermuda, and London arbitration proceedings.
Mr. Kalish is a litigator with more than 30 years of experience serving the insurance and financial services industries. He focuses his practice on insurance and reinsurance matters, frequently representing clients in coverage disputes involving tort and environmental claims, class actions related to claims handling practices, international arbitrations, and liquidations. Since 2000, Mr. Kalish has also served as counsel for the Coalition for Litigation Justice, Inc.; a nonprofit established by property and casualty insurers to address abuses and inequities in mass tort litigation. He also advises insurers and captive insurers on new insurance products and policy language.
London-based Who’s Who Legal has since 1996 identified the foremost legal practitioners in multiple areas of business law. It is impossible to buy entry into the publication. The research process is conducted using proprietary digital and in-person qualitative techniques, with 5,000 interviews with leading practitioners occurring annually. More than 250,000 third-party recommendations are gathered each year.
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