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May 2019

Gordon & Rees Recognized as Industry Leaders by Chambers USA for 2019

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani has once again been recognized by Chambers USA, a prestigious directory of the country's top law firms. In addition, six partners, David C. Capell, Nancy M. Erfle, Henry W. Frampton IV, Craig S. Heryford, Barry L. Klein, and William P. Shelley, were recognized among the nation's top lawyers in their respective fields. 

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 "very responsive, with very strong technical capabilities, and very knowledgeable of the local law."

Insurance (Pennsylvania)

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. Experienced in excess verdict and bad faith insurance claims. Also demonstrates notable strength at appellate level.

Chambers USA recognized several partners in the following practice groups:

Banking & Finance (Pennsylvania)

Craig S. Heryford has a broad practice, including expertise in M&A, venture capital funding transactions and corporate finance matters. His clients include emerging and established businesses across a broad array of financial institutions.

Insurance (California)

David C. Capell is a well-regarded lawyer advising on keenly contested disputes in the insurance coverage space. He frequently works with health and excess insurers on multimillion-dollar coverage issues, including those matters involving fraud allegations.

Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer (Nationwide)

Insurance practice cochair William P. Shelley is well regarded for his skill in assisting clients with significant insurance matters. He demonstrates particular expertise in bankruptcy, mass tort and asbestos disputes.

Insurance (Pennsylvania)

William P. Shelley is cochair of the firm's insurance practice and has notable experience in handling asbestos liability and complex bankruptcy claims. Clients say he's a "terrific lawyer who is very effective and has the ability to appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of the position he has."

Labor & Employment (South Carolina)

Henry W. Frampton IV is an experienced litigator who handles a plethora of employment dispute work. He regularly defends employers against wage and hour, ERISA and ADA claims.

Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation (Pennsylvania)

Barry L. Klein advises private and public sector employees on matters involving 401(k), pension and healthcare plans, among others. He is held in high regard for his dedicated experience in this market.

Product Liability & Mass Torts (Nationwide)

Nancy M. Erfle is an experienced litigator, specifically on the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, automotive manufacturers, agricultural chemical manufacturers, aviation manufacturers, as well as companies involved in commercial disputes. 

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 2019, please click here.

David C. Capell
Henry W. Frampton IV
Craig S. Heryford
William P. Shelley