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Robin Cohen, head of McKool Smith’s insurance recovery practice, has been recognized as a 2019 “Insurance MVP” by Law360 based on her achievements in a series of high-profile insurance recovery disputes over the past year. This is the fifth time Ms. Cohen has received this distinguished honor.

Robin is a seasoned trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience trying and litigating many of the nation’s largest insurance recovery cases. She leads an elite group of 35 trial lawyers across offices in New York, Texas and California who have built an impressive profile by obtaining more than $10 billion in insurance-related recoveries for a wide range of corporate policyholders.

Most recently, on July 23, 2019, Robin served as lead counsel in securing a critical decision for Pfizer before the Delaware Superior Court, which granted Pfizer’s motion for partial summary judgment and held that excess carriers Arch and U.S. Specialty cannot invoke certain specific exclusions in their policies to deny coverage for Pfizer’s costs of settling an underlying shareholder dispute. The decision allows Pfizer to continue pursuing recovery of its costs to defend and settle multidistrict litigation.

This achievement followed a December 2018 decision that Robin obtained before the Delaware Superior Court as lead counsel for AR Capital. Here, the Court ordered that insurers must pay in excess of $70 million in costs incurred defending and resolving underlying securities matters.

Robin is perennially recognized as a leading insurance litigator by all the major legal directories and industry publications. She has been named one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” and “Insurance Lawyer of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation. She is ranked in Band 1 (highest rating) both nationally and in New York for corporate policyholder insurance disputes by Chambers USA. Robin has also been recognized as a “Plaintiff Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal based on her track record of success for corporate policyholders.

With 165 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, and Washington, D.C., McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. Since 2006, the firm has secured 11 nine-figure jury verdicts and 13 eight-figure jury verdicts. The firm has also won more VerdictSearch and The National Law Journal "Top 100 Verdicts" over the last 10 years than any other law firm in the country. Courtroom successes like these have earned McKool Smith critical acclaim and helped the firm become what The Wall Street Journal describes as “one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade.” McKool Smith represents clients in complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense matters.


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