Chadbourne & Parke Joined By Insurance Attorney

Brings Expertise in Dispute Resolution, Litigation

New York, January 29, 2008 — LAWFUEL – Legal Newswire – The international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke announced today that John Finnegan has joined the Firm as a partner in the insurance and reinsurance practice, based in the New York office. Mr. Finnegan, 50, joined Chadbourne from the firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in New York, where he had been a partner with a practice emphasizing dispute resolution.

Mr. Finnegan strengthens a practice that is already a leader in the insurance and reinsurance field. The insurance and reinsurance team meets clients’ varying needs through its depth of experience, geographic reach, and ability to draw from other disciplines within the Firm, including bankruptcy, corporate and tax practitioners. The practice achieved high rankings in a 2007 survey of law firms by Reactions, a London-based monthly magazine covering the global insurance and reinsurance industries. Chadbourne was recognized in several categories such as reinsurance, litigation and dispute management, and insolvency (including run-offs).

“John is an outstanding addition to our reinsurance practice, which already has one of the deepest and most experienced groups of lawyers in both the U.S. and England,” said David Raim, co-chair of Chadbourne’s insurance and reinsurance department. “A number of our reinsurance partners are admitted to the New York Bar and it will be helpful to have John resident in the New York office.”

Mr. Raim added, “I have been on the opposite side of John in numerous arbitrations, and I know him as a tough but fair advocate. I am very pleased finally to have him on our side.”

“John adds solid insights and a strong track record to Chadbourne,” said Managing Partner Charles O’Neill. “I’m pleased to welcome him to the partnership.”

In his career, Mr. Finnegan has obtained numerous successes in reinsurance arbitrations and litigations. For example, he has obtained rescission (or comparable relief) on several occasions for his reinsurer clients, has recovered substantial sums for his cedent clients and has successfully defended several financial reinsurance transactions against attacks that they did not transfer adequate risk.

Mr. Finnegan concentrates his legal work on reinsurance dispute resolution and litigation. In addition, he has significant experience in such areas as the formation of reinsurance sidecars; assisting distressed companies or companies with run-off books; counseling companies that are targets of investigations; and handling rate and policy form filings.

He holds a B.A. degree in political science and accounting from Fordham University and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, where he was Articles Editor of St. John’s Law Review.

About Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Chadbourne & Parke LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York City, provides a full range of legal services, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, project finance, private funds, corporate finance, energy, communications and technology, commercial and products liability litigation, securities litigation and regulatory enforcement, special investigations and litigation, intellectual property, antitrust, domestic and international tax, insurance and reinsurance, environmental, real estate, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, employment law and ERISA, trusts and estates and government contract matters. Major geographical areas of concentration include Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS, the Middle East and Latin America. The Firm has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Houston, London (a multinational partnership), Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw (a Polish partnership), Kyiv, Almaty, Dubai and Beijing. For additional information, visit