jshugrue@reedsmith.com

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John is a partner in the Insurance Recovery Group and affiliate member of the Energy and Natural Resources Group in Reed Smith's Chicago office.  His practice focuses on representing policyholders in complex litigation and insurance coverage matters involving General and Excess Liability, OEE/Energy Package, D&O, Product Recall, First Party Property/Business Interruption, Pollution Liability, E&O, Cargo/Inland Transit and Crime/Fidelity coverage.  In addition to wide experience with all major U.S. insurers, he is experienced in litigation, mediation and arbitration with Lloyd's and other London, European and Bermuda market insurers.  His significant representations have encompassed major U.S. policyholders such as Anadarko Petroleum, Castleton Commodities International, Nicor Gas, International Game Technology, Tribune Company, Kraft Foods, and Republic Services and have involved claims throughout the U.S. and in Canada, the U.K., Italy, China, Brazil, Nicaragua, Japan, and West Africa.

Awards & Recognition

  • Chambers USA (2003-2017) for Insurance Coverage Litigation: Ranked in Insurance Policyholder Nationwide and Illinois Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America (2006-2017) for Insurance Law
  • Legal 500 (2010-2017) for Insurance: Advice to Policyholders
  • Who's Who Legal (2006-2017) for International Insurance and Reinsurance 
  • Listed in Illinois Super Lawyers, Insurance Coverage, 2006-2017
  • "AV" rating in Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating)

Credentials

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, 1987, J.D., with honors
  • University of Denver, 1984, B.A., with honors

  • Illinois

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • American Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Section of Litigation (1997-2000)
    • Co-Chair, Manual for Complex Insurance Coverage Litigation Task Force Section of Litigation
    • Annual Meeting Program Co-Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Section of Litigation (1995 and 1996)
  • Member, Federal Practice Task Force of Section of Litigation (2000-2002)