BatesCarey Named Top Insurance Firm in Illinois And Among Top Ten Insurance Firms Nationally


BatesCarey and its attorneys climbed to the top of insurance and reinsurance rankings from Chambers USA, making 2023 the firm’s 19th year of consecutive recognition from the legal industry’s most respected ranking organization. 

Chambers recognized BatesCarey as the highest ranked insurance firm in Illinois. Clients praise the firm’s insurance work, stating that “every member of the firm is proactive, responsive and strategic in their approach to coverage analysis and disputes.”  Industry interviews praised the firm, stating, “we have extreme confidence in the firm's ability to handle any matter. They are industry leaders on new and emerging legal issues and risks that affect the insurance world.”

In addition to achieving the top insurance ranking in Illinois, BatesCarey was ranked in the top 10 insurance firms in the U.S., and also ranked nationally in the top 10 reinsurance practice groups as well.

Chambers USA also honored individual partners for their exceptional work and reputation.  Firm founding partner Robert J. Bates, Jr. ranked as one of the top five reinsurance attorneys in Illinois and among the top 10 reinsurance counsel in the nation. He also ranked among the 20 leading Illinois attorneys in Chambers’ Insurance: Dispute Resolution category. Clients noted that Bob “knows the law and the players better than anyone, and brings that knowledge to bear in all the work he does,” adding that he “always provides terrific results.”

Partner Adam H. Fleischer earned ranking as the top insurance litigator in Illinois, and was honored as one of the top five insurance attorneys in the U.S..  Clients commented, “Adam has the ability to influence others and is a great advocate. His recall of details and ability to communicate those both to the client and to judges are unparalleled.”

Partners David F. Cutter and Ommid C. Farashahi were recognized for their insurance experience, with Ommid ranked among the top 10 attorneys in Illinois and David ranking among the leading 20 insurance litigators in the state.

Clients praised Ommid for having “a sixth sense for management liability claims,” adding that he “patiently guides matters toward the best outcome, often in difficult circumstances."

David was commended by clients as “a tenacious and experienced litigator” with “a depth of insurance knowledge.”

Partner R. Patrick Bedell was named an “Up and Coming” attorney for his insurance practice within Illinois — one of only two attorneys named to that list this year. Clients lauded Patrick as a “personable, bright and industrious lawyer” who is “intellectually gifted” and can “break down information into a digestible form.”

Chambers recognized Partner Mark G. Sheridan as a top 10 attorney for his work in reinsurance matters in Illinois. His clients noted that he “can take a complicated reinsurance problem, quickly understand it and swiftly move to propose workable solutions.”

“These recognitions reflect our firm’s status as having leading industry attorneys who work hard to stay informed on insurance and reinsurance coverage trends, enabling us to keep our clients best prepared for success,” said Robert J. Bates, Jr. “Great clients allow for great attorneys, and we appreciate our clients’ continued support.” 

The Chambers rankings follow other recent firm recognitions, including 15 attorneys selected as 2023 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

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