Butler Rubin Recognized As A #1 Firm For Insurance/Reinsurance In Annual Chambers USA Law Firm Rankings

Partner Jim Rubin Receives National Recognition for Reinsurance;
Six Butler Rubin Lawyers Recognized for Excellence in Illinois

CHICAGO, May 30, 2013 – The Chicago-based law firm Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP has been recognized for the eighth consecutive year as a #1 firm for “Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance: Illinois” by Chambers USA.  In addition, founding partner Jim Rubin received national recognition as “one of the best” of the industry.

Six Butler Rubin reinsurance partners were individually ranked among the top reinsurance lawyers in Illinois, including Julie Rodriguez Aldort, Ira Belcove, Robert Hermes, Catherine IselyJames Rubin (named a “Star Individual”) and Teresa Snider.

According to the Chambers USA report:  “(Butler Rubin is) an excellent firm – highly skilled and experienced in reinsurance disputes.”  “This firm is known for its deep experience and expertise in reinsurance dispute resolution. The team regularly acts on behalf of various insurers and reinsurers, and has an impressive client list including Argonaut Insurance and CIGNA. It recently resolved a major case on behalf of Clearwater Insurance and Hudson Insurance against a commutation plan. Clients are particularly impressed by the firm’s cost-effectiveness and customer service.”

Chambers USA also commented on Butler Rubin’s lawyers:

  • Julie Rodriguez Aldort is commended for her ability to ‘cut to the heart of the issue’ and for her commercial approach.  She has recently acted for TIG in a reinsurance case against AIU Insurance of more than $22 million.”
  • Ira Belcove has been instrumental in several high-value reinsurance matters and has particular skill in arbitrations.  Sources say he is ‘an excellent, quality lawyer who takes the time to properly understand the specific issues involved, is easily reachable and responsive.’”
  • Robert Hermes is known in the field for his expertise in arbitration and litigation. In the past year he steered a plaintiff client through the complexities of its multimillion-dollar case against a reinsurer.”
  • Catherine Isely is described by sources as ‘a highly skilled professional.’  Her extensive experience in reinsurance defense work has cemented her place as an expert litigator and arbitrator in the field.”
  • “Reinsurance expert James Rubin is described as ‘one of the deans of this area,’ and has been involved in various complex matters, including the representation of Liberty Mutual in a landmark case against AIG.  According to commentators, he has ‘very deep knowledge and experience’ and ‘conducts himself like a gentleman.’”
  •  “Client favorite Teresa Snider ‘is always well briefed and well organized and seems to take inordinate amounts of hard work and planning in her stride.’  She notably worked on the Clearwater Insurance and Hudson Insurance reinsurance matter.”

Chambers USA annually ranks U.S. law firms based on in-depth telephone interviews with law firm clients and other attorneys.  For the current U.S. directory, over 10,000 of these interviews were conducted by a team of 40 full-time researchers over a period of six months.

As part of Chambers ranking system, law firms and individual lawyers are ranked on a scale of 1-6.  For more than 20 years, Chambers has published independent and objective research-based directories of the legal profession.  The organization currently employs more than 140 full-time researchers who interview thousands of lawyers and their clients around the world. Inclusion in the guide is based solely on the research team’s findings.  More information about Chambers USA can be found atwww.chambersandpartners.com.

Formed in 1980, Chicago-based Butler Rubin has established itself as a well-known litigation boutique assisting clients nationally and internationally in the core practice areas of reinsurance and complex business disputes, including antitrust, competition law and opt-out antitrust litigation; class actions; defense of corporate directors and officers; mortgage-backed securities litigation and related insurance litigation; mortgage insurance; credit insurance; insolvency; creditors’ rights; and products liability and mass tort matters.