David Attisani Named Elite “Leading Insurance Lawyer” by The Legal 500

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David Attisani Named Elite “Leading Insurance Lawyer” by The Legal 500

The Legal 500

 | June 8, 2012

 | David Attisani

David Attisani, co-chair of the Insurance & Reinsurance Group at Choate, has been named a “Leading Insurance Lawyer” by The Legal 500, a guide to the preeminent law firms in the United States.  Mr. Attisani was one of only 13 attorneys in the country named to the elite “Leading Lawyers” list in the reinsurance category.  Choate’s Insurance & Reinsurance Group also received a top national ranking from the publication, which noted that the firm “operates at the highest levels of the insurance arena, whether it’s reinsurance or on the direct side,” and is “a go-to firm for high value and complex matters.”

According to The Legal 500, Mr. Attisani was singled out as a “seasoned litigator,” who was strongly recommended, along with practice co-chair Robert Kole, as well as John Nadas and Hugh Scott.  The publication also cited Choate’s “stellar advice and counsel,” “quality of people from top to bottom” and “very deep bench” as qualities that attract big-name clients.

“It is a great honor for David to be included again as an elite leading lawyer in the prestigious Legal 500 guide,” said William Gelnaw and John Nadas, co-managing partners of Choate.  “David is one of the foremost experts in this very complicated area of the law, and we are very proud that he, and our entire Insurance & Reinsurance Group, have been recognized for their many achievements in the industry.”

As co-chair of Choate’s internationally recognized Insurance & Reinsurance Group, Mr. Attisani directs more than 20 insurance/ reinsurance lawyers who represent national and multinational insurers, reinsurers and intermediaries in complex litigation, arbitration and bankruptcy proceedings.  The Group serves clients in over 25 states across the US and abroad in the UK, France, Switzerland, Bermuda, Barbados and other offshore locations.  Mr. Attisani focuses his practice on reinsurance arbitration and litigation on behalf of reinsurers and cedents, and arbitration and litigation for insurance companies involving coverage disputes.  He is also co-chairman of the American Bar Association’s Reinsurance Subcommittee, and editor of the 2012 Appleman Reinsurance Treatise.

Mr. Attisani has been elected to The International Who’s Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers (2005-2012) and to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (2006-2011).  He was selected as one of the “10 Most Admired Insurance Attorneys in America” in 2010 by Law360 and for Best of the Best USA (2009-2011) in Insurance & Reinsurance, along with only 25 other US industry professionals.  He also has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.

Mr. Attisani received his JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1991 and his BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Williams College in 1987.  He clerked in the US District Court for the SDNY, and he tried 19 cases to verdict as a Special Assistant District Attorney.

Choate also received a top, Tier 1, national ranking for its Mergers & Acquisitions Middle-Market practice, with The Legal 500 noting the firm’s “knowledge, responsiveness, ethics and advice” and “top-notch legal and business experts.”  In addition, Choate received top national rankings for its Venture Capital and Emerging Companies, Private Equity Buyouts, Corporate Restructuring and Healthcare/Life Sciences practices.

Published for over 20 years, The Legal 500 guides review the strengths of law firms, providing research and law firm rankings to enable clients to identify the best law firm for the job.  Research includes in-depth interviews with law firm clients and lawyers across the country.  Inclusion in The Legal 500 is based solely on merit and the series is widely regarded as offering the definitive judgment of law firm capabilities.


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