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Sedgwick London Receives High Marks From The Legal 500

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Sedgwick’s London office, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP, and seven Sedgwick London lawyers were recognized in the recently released The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017.

In the Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation category, Sedgwick London was ranked in Tier 3, with a note that the office predominantly acts for London, Bermuda and Lloyd’s market insurers. In the summary, a significant case handled by Partner Mark Kendall and San Francisco-based Partner Bruce Celebrezze was recognized. Also recognized were Office Managing Partner Edward Smerdon, and Partners Karen Morrish, Tristan Hall and Duncan Strachan. Associates Lucy Dyson and Sarah Hennessy were listed as “up-and-coming”.

Sedgwick London was also ranked in the category of Professional Negligence. The summary mentions that Sedgwick London acts for insurers in a range of professional negligence cases, primarily those involving companies in traditional sectors, but is increasingly handling disputes pertaining to cyber liability issues. It recognized Tristan Hall, Karen Morrish and Edward Smerdon in this category.

The Legal 500 is a ranking firm that publishes nine guides each year. The ranking process includes reviewing the submissions provided by law firms and contacting clients and references. In each final guide, firms are ranked according to location and practice area, and leading individuals in each field are listed. Every firm ranked — and every individual mentioned — in The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017 is recommended.

Sedgwick Recognized in Chambers Latin America 2018 Guide

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Sedgwick’s London office, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP, and three London lawyers were recognized in the recently released Chambers and Partners’ Chambers Latin America 2018. This is the third consecutive year the firm has been ranked in Band 2. The firm is well regarded for its considerable experience handling large claims in Brazil, Venezuela and the Caribbean. Recently the firm handled D&O claims and advised financial institutions, in addition to cases involving losses from pollution and environmental accidents.

Chambers noted that the team is well-regarded with a growing client roster of insurers and reinsurers. They have considerable experience handling large claims throughout the region, with particular strength in Brazil, Venezuela and the Caribbean. Clients, according to Chambers, are impressed by the firm’s service, stating: “The team’s knowledge is very high, and they are very client-oriented and commercially aware.”

The 2018 guide ranked partners Mark Kendall in Band 2 (ranked since 2013) and Duncan Strachan in Band 3 (ranked since 2013) as notable practitioners. It ranked associate Lucy Dyson (ranked since 2016) as an associate-to-watch. Clients stated that Kendall “is decisive and very logical” and “knows the nuances of the regional markets very well,” while Strachan is “fully aware of commercial realities and is someone I would describe as a safe pair of hands.” Dyson was described as “very engaging and enthusiastic” and “someone who can gather and assess information under time pressure, which is extremely helpful.”

The Chambers Latin America 2018 guide covers a total of 20 jurisdictions and spans Mexico; Central America; the Caribbean islands of Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico; as well as Brazil and all the Spanish-speaking countries of South America. Each country is covered by at least two practice areas with the largest jurisdiction, Brazil, boasting in excess of 40 specialist practice areas. Brazil and Mexico also contain regional tables, reflecting the work of firms based all over their respective countries. More information can be found here.

Benchmark Litigation 2018 Recommends Sedgwick with National and Attorney Rankings

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Sedgwick LLP is pleased to announce that Benchmark Litigation – 2018, a guide that ranks litigation firms and attorneys in the United States and Canada, has recognized Sedgwick and its attorneys with numerous honors, including a firmwide national ranking for excellence in Insurance in the U.S., as well as accolades for four of the firm’s attorneys. These rankings reflect peer and client feedback in addition to litigation results.

Benchmark Litigation 2018 Sedgwick recognitions include:
• “US: Insurance” — National ranking
• Bruce Celebrezze — “Litigation Star” and “Local Litigation Star”
• Kevin Dunne —“Local Litigation Star”
• Ralph Guirgis — “Litigation Star” and “Local Litigation Star”
• Michael Healy – “Litigation Star” and “Local Litigation Star

The Benchmark multi-state editorial notes that “Sedgwick offers an elite group of experienced trial attorneys who specialize in a wide range of practice areas.” Firm chair Michael Healy, based in San Francisco, was recommended as an experienced product liability trial lawyer who has served in countless contentious matters throughout his 35-plus-year career.

Also recommended are Sedgwick San Francisco-based litigator Bruce Celebrezze as a leading litigator in the field of insurance law; Orange County office chair of the firmwide Insurance Division, Ralph Guirgis, for excellence in representing insurers in complex coverage disputes throughout the U.S. and abroad; and San Francisco counsel Kevin Dunne for his successes in representing corporations in class actions, unfair trade practice, products liability and other complex matters, including insurance disputes. San Francisco office managing partner, Stephanie Sheridan, is also mentioned as an experienced commercial and business litigator who maintains a strong focus on product liability and consumer class action disputes, while serving as chair of the retail and fashion industry practice group.

Now in its 11th year of publication, Benchmark Litigation annually determines firm and attorney rankings following phone interviews with litigators and their clients. During these interviews, researchers identify the leading litigators and firms by examining recent casework by firms and asking individual litigators to offer their professional opinions on peers. Sedgwick’s firm and attorney rankings can be found by clicking here.

Webinar Series: The State of Bad Faith

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Sedgwick’s 2013 webinar series explored the current state of insurance bad faith law and practical issues impacting the defense of bad faith cases in Washington, California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Texas and Illinois.

The Washington program was presented by Sedgwick Seattle’s Bob Meyers on  June 12, 2013.

The California program was presented by Alex Potente (Sedgwick San Francisco) and on July 10, 2013.

The New York/New Jersey program was presented by Sedgwick New York’s on August 21, 2013.

The Florida program was presented by Ramón Abadin (Sedgwick Miami) and Al Warrington (Sedgwick Miami) on September 25, 2013.

The Texas program was presented by Sedgwick Dallas’ Lisa Henderson on October 30, 2013.

The Illinois program was presented by Sedgwick Chicago’s and on November 13, 2013.


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