Butler Rubin Recognized as Top Tier Firm in 2017 Chambers USA Law Firm Rankings

James Rubin Receives National Recognition for Reinsurance; Five Butler Rubin Partners Recognized for Excellence in Illinois

CHICAGO, May 30, 2017 – The Chicago-based law firm Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP has been recognized by Chambers USA as a top firm in “Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance: Illinois” for the 12th consecutive year.  In addition, founding partner James Rubin received national recognition as one of the best of the industry.

Five Butler Rubin reinsurance partners were individually ranked among the top reinsurance lawyers in Illinois, including Ira Belcove, Robert Hermes, Catherine Isely, James Rubin and Teresa Snider.

According to the Chambers USA report: “[Butler Rubin is a] highly regarded boutique firm that enjoys a strong presence on both the local and national stages with outstanding expertise in reinsurance disputes. Impressive bench strength allows the group to handle the most significant and complex litigation and arbitration proceedings for some of the industry’s biggest players, including reinsurers, ceding companies and claims managers.”  Clients told Chambers, “The team worked throughout as a cohesive unit, always acting in the interests of the client, both efficiently and thoroughly, providing the highest level of value at a fair price.”  “Sources note that the firm combines ‘very strong reinsurance experience with outstanding legal analysis and research skills.’”

Chambers USA also commented on Butler Rubin’s lawyers:

Ira Belcove has experience handling a broad array of highly sophisticated reinsurance disputes.  Clients comment: ‘You look for someone with charisma, who is confident without being cocky and who is very persuasive. Belcove fits that bill.’  His defense of OneBeacon has been a particular focus over the last year.”

Robert Hermes is well known for expertise in handling professional liability coverage disputes and confidential arbitrations.  He also demonstrates notable strength in reinsurance litigation proceedings.  Sources praise him for his ‘hands-on’ approach.”

Catherine Isely is recognized for her skill in a range of reinsurance disputes including coverage, bad faith and settlement obligation matters.  Interviewees laud her as a ‘very sharp, very practical and knowledgeable’ attorney.’”

James Rubin is characterized by clients as ‘very intelligent.  He offers a great deal of expertise and experience, and is very well respected and regarded in the field.’  His strength in reinsurance matters including arbitration and litigation is particularly well known.  One source reports: ‘Rubin is a giant in this business,’ with another adding: ‘No one is as good as him, he is outstanding.’”

Teresa Snider is praised for her arbitration and litigation expertise, especially in the reinsurance arena. One impressed client reports: ‘Our experience with her has been excellent.  She is bright, thoughtful, even-tempered, has a great eye for detail and is incredibly hard-working.  She has an enormous capacity for detail and a great analytical mindset.’”

Chambers USA annually ranks U.S. law firms and individual lawyers based on in-depth telephone interviews with law firm clients and other attorneys. For more than 25 years, Chambers has published independent and objective research-based directories of the legal profession.  The organization currently employs more than 170 full-time editors and 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 at www.chambersandpartners.com.

Formed in 1980, Chicago-based Butler Rubin assists clients nationally and internationally in complex business disputes, including antitrust law, class actions, defense of corporate directors and officers, labor and employment law, reinsurance, insurance, healthcare litigation, and insolvency.