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June 2017

Gordon & Rees Recognized as Industry Leaders by 2017 Chambers USA

Chambers & Partners, an internationally-known legal ranking firm, has again recognized Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani and partners David C. Capell, William P. Shelley, and Joseph A. Arnold in its annual prestigious ranking, Chambers USA 2017

Chambers USA recognized the firm and several partners 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...Sources say, "We have been very happy with them-they are very thorough, very responsive and have offices all across the nation."

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...One client enthuses: "Their results, timeliness, responsiveness and ability to handle varied coverage issues in all kinds of venues keep us coming back to them." Another interviewee remarks, "We're very pleased with the firm."

Insurance: Insurer (California)
"Very good litigator" David Capell routinely acts for insurers in a range of insurance disputes, including coverage litigation, life and disability claims. Clients report: "He is smart, creative and able to keep his eye on the ball. He is able to understand and focus on the major objectives."

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

William Shelley is described by clients as "very thorough, knowledgeable and up-to-date on all the changes in the law." His impressive litigation practice includes bad faith claims, bankruptcy and toxic tort coverage disputes. Sources note that he's "tenacious, smart and well respected."

"Rising star" Joseph Arnold is acclaimed for his increasing experience in coverage disputes, which includes acting on long-tail environmental claims, construction defect suits and product recall actions. Clients enthuse: "He's very intelligent; he cuts through the noise and gets to the issue quickly, and then comes up with a reasonable strategy to resolve it."

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 2017, please click here.

David C. Capell