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May 2013

Gordon & Rees Recognized in Chambers USA 2013 Rankings

Chambers USA 2013: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has featured Gordon & Rees and partners David C. Capell, Robin Taylor Symons, William P. Shelley, Kenneth Strong in its prestigious rankings of leading firms and attorneys throughout the United States.

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.

Chambers USA 2013 recognized Gordon & Rees in two categories:

Construction (California)

“This firm is widely recognized for its experience in insurance-related work, though it also undertakes a variety of other construction matters. The team acts for developers, owners and general contractors on a full spectrum of insurance matters, including the prevention of litigation. It also advises clients on labor and employment issues.”

Insurance: Insurer (California)

“Gordon & Rees is held in high regard by clients for its ability to obtain good results in complex coverage matters. The group has represented a number of major insurance industry players. . . . Sources say: ‘They are very, very thorough in their research, analysis and handling of cases.’ "

Gordon & Rees’s five Chambers USA 2013 leading lawyers are honored in the following categories:

Insurance: Insurer (California)

David Capell, San Francisco office managing partner, “is known among peers for his expertise in the field. He has recently handled appellate matters in insurance bad faith claims.”

Labor & Employment (Florida)

Robin Taylor Symons, also an insurance coverage lawyer and Miami office co-managing partner, “successfully integrates her employment work with commercial litigation and insurance matters. Employment practices liability is a special focus and she is known for her work in bad faith disputes resolution.”

Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer (Nationwide)

William Shelley, Philadelphia office managing partner, “is identified as ‘terrific, top-flight and very smart’ by commentators. He is heavily involved in insurance commercial disputes acting on behalf of major carriers.”

Construction (California)

Kenneth Strong, partner, San Francisco, “is described by market sources as ‘very professional, competent, practical, helpful -- he tries to find simple solutions to complex issues.’ ”

Chambers USA has researched the U.S. legal profession since 1999. The guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the United States and worldwide.

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David C. Capell
William P. Shelley
Robin Symons