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Not many of today’s insurance lawyers say they dreamed of being an insurance lawyer. The field was not hot or sexy or cutting-edge. Most law schools in the 1970s and early 1980s didn’t even offer insurance-law classes. So they got their start because one day a partner in the firm asked them to do some research. Or they sensed the potential when asbestos cases started rising to the surface. They were lured in reluctantly, but they stayed because of the intellectual challenge. Today, they can navigate the complicated ins and outs of insurance policies � the paragraph or sentence or word that means the difference between coverage or not. The following 10 lawyers have handled some of the highest-profile insurance cases in the last 25 years, concerning everything from the Exxon Valdez oil spill and faulty breast implants to the 9/11 attacks and, of course, asbestos exposure. They counsel corporate policyholders and defend insurance companies. And whether or not the word “insurance” makes your heart beat faster, they play a key role in some of the most complex disputes of our time. (Tania Anderson is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Va.)
William Bowman
William Bowman of Hogan & HartsonWilliam Bowman of Hogan & Hartson Thomas Brunner
Thomas Brunner of Wiley ReinThomas Brunner of Wiley Rein Gary Dixon
Gary Dixon of Ross, Dixon & BellGary Dixon of Ross, Dixon & Bell Mitchell Dolin
Mitchell Dolin of Covington & BurlingMitchell Dolin of Covington & Burling Scott Gilbert
Scott Gilbert of Gilbert RandolphScott Gilbert of Gilbert Randolph Marc Mayerson
Marc Mayerson of Spriggs & HollingsworthMarc Mayerson of Spriggs & Hollingsworth Jerold Oshinsky
Jerold Oshinsky of Dickstein ShapiroJerold Oshinsky of Dickstein Shapiro David Raim
David Raim of Chadbourne & ParkeDavid Raim of Chadbourne & Parke Robert Shulman
Robert Shulman of HowreyRobert Shulman of Howrey Roger Warin
Roger Warin of Steptoe & JohnsonRoger Warin of Steptoe & Johnson

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