Freeborn & Peters LLP Expands Litigation Practice with Leading International Reinsurance Team from Hogan Lovells

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Chicago-based Freeborn & Peters LLP Adds Three New Attorneys to its Team, Continuing its String of High-Profile Acquisitions

This group's arrival at Freeborn & Peters continues a year-long string of high-profile lateral acquisitions.

Freeborn & Peters LLP has announced that three former Hogan Lovells attorneys have joined the firm’s litigation practice, which will provide additional services focusing on insurance and reinsurance litigation, arbitration and counseling. Leading the group is partner Joseph T. McCullough IV, who has more than 25 years experience handling in excess of 100 arbitrations and court proceedings across the United States and internationally. Joining him in this move from Hogan Lovells are partner Robin C. Dusek and associate Kerry E. Slade.

“This group of talented attorneys brings an unmatched skill set in reinsurance matters that will deliver immediate value to our clients and bring a large number of new clients to the firm from not just the US but also Europe and Asia,” said Michael J. Kelly, co-managing partner of the firm. Michael A. Moynihan, co-managing partner, added, “Once again, we’ve attracted big firm talent because we offer a platform that allows these attorneys to grow their practice in a way that is nearly impossible in large firms. This group's arrival at Freeborn & Peters continues a year-long string of high-profile lateral acquisitions.”

The group will be headed by partner and industry leader Joe McCullough, an international authority on complex reinsurance issues. In 1995, he started and led the U.S. insurance and reinsurance practice for Lovells and also served as co-chair of its international practice. McCullough is a frequent lecturer on insurance industry topics and has been recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of insurance and reinsurance by Chambers & Partners and the International Who's Who of Insurance and Reinsurance.

McCullough has been involved in many of the reinsurance industry’s highly publicized disputes, including acting as lead trial counsel in AXA v. AIG (S.D.N.Y), where McCullough gave the closing arguments that preceded a jury verdict in his client’s favor for more than $35 million in compensatory and punitive damages. He also led the successful international legal team that recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for a major Japanese reinsurer in a fraud case involving a rogue managing agent and an international accounting firm. McCullough was also the lead counsel on behalf of Kemper Reinsurance Company and Hannover Re, challenging in the Massachusetts, English and Bermuda courts the redomestication of EMLICO to Bermuda.

“Freeborn & Peters is the perfect fit. It’s a full service firm where my clients will get outstanding service with a personal and professional touch. The collegial culture is one that fosters great teamwork among its attorneys and staff. Moreover, unlike my former firm and the dozens of firms I considered prior to selecting Freeborn & Peters, my new firm has virtually no conflicts of interest for my practice, which certainly makes my clients very happy,” said McCullough.

McCullough is joined by two other former Lovells attorneys. Robin Dusek is a partner who has represented insurers and reinsurers in arbitration and litigation throughout the United States. Kerry Slade is an associate who has worked with industry clients in disputes involving allocation of losses, rescission, contractual interpretation, fraud, the duty of utmost good faith and the doctrine of follow the fortunes.

Freeborn & Peters LLP ( is a Chicago-based law firm comprised of more than 120 attorneys dedicated to a single purpose: providing boardroom level counsel to top executives on a wide range of business and legal matters while maintaining a high level of responsiveness and individual attention. Our practice platform includes Litigation; Business Law; Real Estate and Land Use; Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditors’ Rights; and Government and Regulatory Law.

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