BatesCarey Marks 20 Years as Top Insurance Firm According to Chambers USA


BatesCarey entered its third decade as a top insurance and reinsurance firm according to Chambers USA. 2024 marked the firm’s 20th consecutive year of recognition from the legal industry’s most respected ranking organization. 

Chambers bestowed its highest ranking on the firm for its work in Illinois for Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer and noted no law firm has achieved this ranking for longer. According to clients “BatesCarey understands the needs of the client…and obtains excellent results,” and “the quality of their service is outstanding, as is their responsiveness.”

In addition to achieving the top insurance firm ranking in Illinois, BatesCarey ranked nationally among the top ten insurance firms, with Chambers stating “BatesCarey understands the needs of the client. The team communicates in an efficient and cost-effective way and obtains excellent results.” The firm also ranked among the top six reinsurance law firms in Illinois. 

Based on interviews with clients and industry experts, Chambers once again recognized six firm partners as being exceptional in their fields.

In national individual rankings, founding partner Robert J. Bates, Jr. ranked among the 11 premiere reinsurance attorneys in America, and one of the top seven reinsurance attorneys in Illinois. Clients say, “we could not run our business successfully without Bob's valuable guidance and legal insights.”

Adam H. Fleischer again was ranked among the top 12 insurer coverage counsel in the United States, as well as earning the top ranking for insurance dispute resolution attorneys in Illinois. Adam was noted for his industry-leading work in both opioid insurance matters and COVID-19 insurance litigation.

Ommid C. Farashahi received the highest rating in Illinois, ranking among the premier 10 attorneys in the state. Clients call him “a leader in the area of D&O insurance. When I retain Ommid, I know I have one of the most sophisticated practitioners in the field representing my company.”

Known for his deep experience in the field, David F. Cutter was included among the top 20 insurance law attorneys in the state. Clients laude David as “responsive and knowledgeable about insurance coverage.”

Chambers named R. Patrick Bedell an “Up and Coming” attorney in Illinois, one of only two attorneys to receive this honor. Clients say he “works tirelessly to ensure that both litigation tactics and strategy are aligned to the client's goals.”

In the Reinsurance space, Mark G. Sheridan was named one of the top 12 reinsurance attorneys in Illinois. His clients noted that he “has to be one of the most affable and level-headed lawyers to work with even in the most adverse of legal scenarios.”

“We are honored to mark 20 years of being recognized by our clients and Chambers as the premier law firm for insurance and reinsurance,” said Robert J. Bates, Jr. “We look forward to another 20 years of being at the forefront of coverage trends and continuing to train and mentor the next generation of coverage attorneys.”

The Chambers rankings follow other recent firm recognitions, including 16 attorneys selected as 2024 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

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