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May 2021

Chambers USA Recognizes Gordon & Rees as 2021 Industry Leader

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani has once again been recognized by Chambers USA, a prestigious directory of the country's top law firms. In addition to the firm's practice recognitions, four partners, David CapellCraig HeryfordWilliam Shelleyand Nancy Erfle were recognized among the nation's top lawyers in their respective fields. 

Chambers USA recognized the firm in the following categories:

Insurance (Arizona)

Highlighted for its notable insurance litigation practice including complex coverage and bad faith defense. Broad disputes capabilities also extend to reinsurance and surety issues. Draws on wider experience in areas such as professional liability, employment and construction law. Chambers USA notes the Arizona Insurance team earns praise for its "very cooperative and helpful" approach.

Notable practitioners include Matthew Kleiner, Kira Barrett and John Condrey

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, "It's a great firm and I hold them in high regard" and "They're very active and are significant players in the field."

David Capell is featured as a notable practitioner. 

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. The firm's client says "The team has a strong understanding of our organizational needs and provides high-quality representation."

William Shelley is featured as a notable practitioner. 

Chambers USA recognized Gordon & Rees partners in the following practice groups:

Insurance: Insurer (California)

David Capell is frequently called upon to represent his clients in bad faith litigation. He works with health insurers, as part of a broader client base. "A very careful and thorough lawyer. He is solid, knowledgeable and definitely a respected lawyer." "He's very experienced, has strong breadth of knowledge and he sees the bigger picture. He gives practical, commercial and forward-looking advice."

Banking & Finance (Pennsylvania)

Craig Heryford focuses his practice on corporate finance and venture capital funding matters for a broad range of investors and funds. "He is a well-connected and practical business lawyer."

Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer (Nationwide)

William Shelley is noted for his successes in coverage litigation, including sophisticated class action claims. He also serves as cochair of the firm's national insurance group. "He is a very experienced lawyer."

Insurance (Pennsylvania)

William Shelley is managing partner of the firm's Philadelphia office. He is well versed in a wide variety of insurance coverage disputes, as part of a broader commercial litigation practice.  "Bill's industry experience allows him to provide a proactive strategy in reaching favorable solutions on complex matters."

Product Liability & Mass Torts (Nationwide)

Nancy Erfle is widely recognized for her strength in representing pharmaceutical and automotive clients in product liability cases and broader class actions. She is especially well known for her work in toxic torts such as talc litigation. "She is a really sophisticated products litigator and a really good trial lawyer." "She is an excellent trial lawyer - fantastic."

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 2021, please click here

David C. Capell
John L. Condrey
Nancy M. Erfle
Craig S. Heryford
Matthew G. Kleiner