August 07, 2013

Jenner & Block’s Insurance Litigation and Counseling Practice has been named The National Law Journal’s 2013 “Chicago Litigation Department of Year: Insurance” and featured in a special NLJ report that quoted Practice Chair John H. Mathias, Jr. and mentioned Partners Christopher C. Dickinson, David M. Kroeger and Joel T. Pelz.

The article describes the firm’s work on behalf of the State of Illinois, achieving a first-of-its-kind consolidation in the Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company rehabilitation and liquidation; a summary judgment win for HSBC Finance Corp. against Princeton Eagle West Insurance Co.; the recovery of more than $80 million in insurance proceeds for American Electric Power Co., stemming from a turbine failure at its Cook Nuclear Plant in Michigan; and a confidential settlement on behalf of Fiserv against XL Specialty Insurance Co.

Paul Miller, the Illinois special deputy receiver in the Lumbermens case, told the NLJ that the state interviewed a number of firms when its legal team needed help because of the size and complicated nature of the case.  He said Jenner & Block “stood out because of its local and national reputation and experience.”  He added that hiring the firm “brought comfort to a lot of our policyholders and creditors.”

In the NLJ profile, John notes that the Practice’s reputation has been built by “maintaining high standards of sophistication and excellence.”

“We have made a conscious effort to make sure the people who practice at our group are at that highest level,” he said.

This significant recognition comes on the heels of another prestigious accolade, the Chambers USA “Award for Excellence” in Insurance (Policyholder), which the Practice received in May.  In addition to John, Chris, David and Joel, other members of the powerhouse team include Partners David M. Greenwald, Matthew L. Jacobs, Lorelie S. Masters and Brian S. Scarbrough; Associates Jan A. Larson, Matthew S. Riley and Christopher K. Stos; and Senior Paralegal Cheryl J. Kras.             

Premium subscribers can read the NLJ article in its entirety here.