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Carolyn is a partner in the Insurance Recovery Group and one of the nation's leading D&O liability insurance lawyers. Her widely recognized practice includes advising corporations, directors and officers, risk managers, insurance brokers, lawyers, and other professionals on insurance coverage, corporate indemnification, enterprise risk management, and litigation matters. She frequently assists clients in evaluating insurance and other protections when negotiating transactions and obtaining or renewing coverage and represents them in resolving coverage disputes.


  • University of Michigan Law School, 1982, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, 1979, B.A., with honors and highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa; Rhodes Scholar finalist

  • Co-chair, Reed Smith LLP’s Jewish Inclusion Committee
  • Advisen D&O Advisory Board (Since 2021)
  • University of Michigan Political Science Advisory Board
  • Board of Trustees, Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Jewish United Fund, Lawyers Division
  • Grant A Wish – former Advisory Board member
  • Former Co-chair, American Bar Association (“ABA”) Corporate Counsel Committee’s Subcommittee on Insurance Coverage
  • Fellow, Leadership Greater Chicago
  • Member, Leadership Greater Chicago Alumni Association
  • Former Board Member, Rochelle Zell Jewish High School (2016-2021)

  • Honorable Frederick H. Weisberg, Superior Court - District of Columbia

Premios y reconocimientos

  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Illinois Insurance: Dispute Resolution, 2008-2023
  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers list for Insurance Coverage, 2006-2021, 2023
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Insurance Law, 2020-2024, and for Litigation - Insurance, 2021-2024
  • Recognized as an Acritas Star: Stand-Out Talent 2017-2021 by Acritas
  • Elected to the American College of Coverage Counsel, 2020 
  • Recognized in Illinois Leading Lawyers, Insurance Coverage and Reinsurance Law, 2015-2019
  • Recognized in Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance, 2018
  • Recognized as a "Client Service All-Star," in Complex Litigation Group Strategy by BTI Consulting Group, 2017 
  • Recognized in "Top Women Attorneys in Illinois," Chicago Magazine, 2014
  • Recognized as one of the Top 50 women lawyers in Illinois by Super Lawyers magazine, 2013
  • Recommended in Legal 500 United States for Insurance: Advice to Policyholders, 2013
  • Named one of Business Insurance magazine's "Women to Watch" in 2010
  • Awarded a Top Lawyer Designation with the Leading Lawyers Network 2008 member network
  • Recognized as one of Illinois’ top insurance lawyers by Who’s Who Legal, the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, 2006-2008

Notable Quotes

  • November 2023 "Del. Captive D&O Coverage Rules Just One Factor In Adoption" Law360 Insurance Authority
  • September 2023 "An emerging solution: how captives can be used for D&O in Delaware" Captive Insurance Times
  • May 2023 "Towers Watson Reversal Bolsters Bump-Up Exclusions" Law360 Insurance Authority
  • February 2023 “Cyber, crypto top D&O concerns as fears over spac claims ease” Business Insurance
  • January 2023 “Supreme Court Stresses Jurisdiction Consistency in D&O Insurance Disputes”
  • January 2023 “D&O Insurance Cases To Watch In 2023” Law360
  • February 2017 "4 D&O Liability Trends Executives Should Watch in 2017" Law360
  • June 2016 "Tips For Executives To Maximize D&O Coverage" Law360
  • February 2016 "Reed Smith" The National Law Journal
  • August 2014 "Chicago Litigation Departments of the Year: Insurance" The National Law Journal
  • June 2014 "Merger-Objection Lawsuits: Coping With the Inevitable" Advisen Risk Network
  • November 2013 "What's the One Thing Missing From Your Corporate Compliance Program?" JD Supra Law News
  • September 2013 "5 Tips for Companies Chasing Coverage for Corruption Probes" Law360
  • April 2012 "D&O Coverage Expansions Not As Broad As Advertised, Broker Says" Advisen FPN
  • September 2010 "Social networking, cloud computing bring new risk exposures" Business Insurance
  • July 2010 "Audit Committee Checklist: D&O Coverage" Compliance Week
  • April 2010 "Goldman Legal Woes Could Hit Insurers" Business Insurance


  • “How Reed Smith Is Building Inclusion, Fighting Antisemitism” Law360, December 2022
  • Sky Radio: America's Most Influential Women, a program dedicated exclusively to providing insight and wisdom from the world’s most powerful women, American Airlines, July 2006

Special Features

  • "5 Business Development New Year's Resolutions", Law360, 2023
  • “Lawyers With Style: Carolyn Rosenberg”, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "Risk Management Goes Global," panelist/moderator in roundtable discussion featured in Corporate Board Member Magazine 2008 Special Supplement
  • "Directors and Officers Liability Insurance Striking Out Risk," featured in roundtable discussion in Corporate Board Member Magazine 2003 Special Supplement