Chambers & Partners, an internationally-known legal ranking firm, has again recognized Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani and partners Joseph A. Arnold, David C. Capell, Henry W. Frampton IV, Craig S. Heryford, Barry L. Klein, and William P. Shelley in its annual prestigious ranking, Chambers USA 2018.
Chambers USA recognized the firm in the following categories:
Insurance: Insurer (California)
Offers sound advice to the insurance industry in a broad range of coverage areas. Particular specialties include life and health and first-party property. Demonstrates strong capabilities in bad faith litigation and class action defense, and also maintains a significant appellate practice. A key area of expertise is the firm's insurance fraud practice, ably representing both domestic and foreign insurers. Noted in particular for its extensive national reach. Insurance coverage expertise extends to aviation and marine property, product and disaster-related liability work.
Sources say the team is "thorough, knowledgeable and timely in reporting."
Respected for its high-quality representation of national and international insurers in complex coverage disputes. Offers expertise in general liability and asbestos claims, and provides additional counsel in related bankruptcy proceedings. Extensive litigation capabilities see it frequently defend against high-value class actions. Also demonstrates notable strength at appellate level.
Clients note: "They can provide a really nuanced, comprehensive legal analysis but also provide a breakdown you can give to a non-lawyer."
A client says: "Everyone from the partner right down to the paralegals we worked with has been very knowledgeable and added a lot of value to the case."
Chambers USA recognized several partners in the following categories:
Banking & Finance (Pennsylvania)
Craig Heryford concentrates his practice in the area of mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and corporate finance matters as well as the representation of mature and emerging businesses. He has experience in a wide variety of commercial transactions, including numerous corporate finance and venture capital funding transactions involving both equity and debt, as well as merger and acquisition and private equity transactions.
David Capell has many years of experience acting as a trial and appellate representative on a range of insurance matters. His areas of expertise include bad faith and liability work, as well as insurance cases with environment implications. Sources say he is "responsive to client needs and knowledgeable of insurance coverage."
Joseph Arnold has a growing reputation for his insurance practice, which takes in claims relating to general and professional liability as well as property and casualty claims. He also has experience in defending insurers against bad faith actions.
Nationwide, Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer (Nationwide) and Insurance (Pennsylvania)
William Shelley wins praise for his diplomatic approach to cases, and is described by clients as "very smart," with one adding: "He knows his subject matter inside and out." He has particular expertise in long-tail asbestos liability and associated bankruptcy matters, and also advises on general liability claims.
Labor & Employment (South Carolina)
Henry Frampton IV is a litigator who handles employment and professional negligence-related disputes, among others. His areas of expertise include wage and hour claims, ADA and FMLA suits.
Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation (Pennsylvania)
Barry Klein advises a wide range of employers, plans and investment committees on regulatory compliance, litigation management and M&A transactions. His clients laud him for his extensive knowledge and practical advice, especially in the area of executive compensation.
Chambers USA bases its rankings on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients. To conduct its independent research into the strengths of law firms and individual lawyers, the annual publication conducts thousands of interviews with clients and attorneys.
The Chambers USA Guide is part of a series of Chambers & Partners research-based guides to the legal profession. They rank the leading law firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout each region. For more information about Chambers USA 2018, please click here.