BatesCarey Celebrates 18 Years as Chambers USA Leading Coverage Firm in 2022


BatesCarey’s uninterrupted recognition as a top insurance coverage firm from Chambers USA continues in 2022, solidifying the 18th consecutive year of acclaim from the legal industry’s most respected ranking organization.

Since 2004, the firm has been honored as a Band 1 Illinois firm in Insurance Dispute Resolution: Insurer. The firm is one of only two firms in the state to receive this premier ranking in 2022. Clients applaud the firm’s strong presence in the industry, stating “Their work product is consistently impeccable, they are responsive and put the customer at the center of everything they do.”

The firm also earned top recognition in Insurance Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance for the second year, only one of seven Illinois firms to receive this prestigious ranking. Clients praise the firm, saying “Their value for money, responsiveness and technical ability are second to none.”

As in previous years, individual partners were recognized for their outstanding work over the past year. Firm founding partner Robert J. Bates, Jr. was recognized nationally and in Illinois for his reinsurance counsel and ranked in Illinois for his work on complex insurance matters. Partner Adam H. Fleischer earned top recognition nationally and in Illinois for his handling of high-profile insurance disputes.

Client referees noted “Bates is well respected in the industry. He provides solid, practical advice.”

Fleischer was lauded as “creative, intelligent, articulate and pragmatic.”

Partners R. Patrick BedellDavid F. Cutter and Ommid C. Farashahi were honored for their Illinois insurance matters, with Cutter and Farashahi recognized among the top 23 attorneys ranked statewide and Bedell named an “Up and Coming” attorney — one of only two attorneys named as such this year.

Client referees stated Cutter "understands the insurance coverage world inside and out. He is very effective in advocating for our company’s positions.”

Farashahi was commended for being “extremely knowledgeable and able to think outside the box.”

Partner Mark G. Sheridan was honored for his contribution to Illinois reinsurance matters, earning one of only 13 individual rankings awarded to attorneys by Chambers in 2022.

Sheridan was praised by clients as “very responsive and knows our business and industry.”

“Our skilled team of attorneys work tirelessly to maintain a leading position on emerging insurance and reinsurance coverage trends. The achievements awarded by Chambers exhibit our common goal,” said Bates. “This leading industry knowledge allows us to prepare and position clients for success in evolving coverage issues, and we are grateful for their continued trust in us.”

The Chambers rankings follow other recent firm recognitions, including 18 attorneys selected as 2022 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

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