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May 2015

Gordon & Rees Recognized in Chambers USA 2015 Rankings

Chambers USA Guide 2015 has featured Gordon & Rees and partners David C. Capell, William P. Shelley, and 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 2015 recognized Gordon & Rees for its Insurance practice:

Insurance: Insurer (California)

“A robust insurance group with well-honed skills in coverage, bad faith and appeals work. Particular focus is given to life, health and disability coverage work as wells as the more traditional asbestos and liability coverage. … Sources say ‘The firm is creative, forceful, extremely knowledgeable and thorough in its analyses and indefatigable in defending us.’ ‘They offer good value because they understand our business. They try and keep the bills reasonable for us and the understanding they have of our business helps them be more efficient.’”

Gordon & Rees’s Chambers USA 2015 leading lawyers are honored in the following categories:

Insurance: Insurer (California)

David Capell, San Francisco office managing partner, “has a broad practice that covers areas as diverse as travel, health, cyber and financial lines work. One client lauds him as ‘a very strong attorney who is forceful, thorough, thoughtful and cogent. He provides excellent advice that is in our best interest to follow.’”

Construction (California)

Kenneth Strong, partner, San Francisco, “is particularly rated for his representation of insurance carriers in construction disputes. He is also known for his strong transactional work in the construction sector, which includes counseling design professionals and contractors on a range of contractual and risk management issues.”

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.

Nationwide, Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer (Nationwide) and Insurance (Pennsylvania)

William Shelley, Philadelphia office managing partner and co-chair of the firm’s Insurance Practice Group, “has a wealth of experience across insurance matters, particularly in the asbestos coverage and bankruptcy arenas. Sources say: ‘He is a fine lawyer with a breadth of experience and insight. He can forge resolutions that work for both parties and is a respected voice in the Bar, a fine legal analyst and a shrewd negotiator.’” He was also recognized for his “strong focus on asbestos coverage litigation among other areas.”

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David C. Capell