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Carolyn is a partner in the Insurance Recovery Group. She served on Reed Smith’s Executive Committee, including as chair of the Audit and Talent Committees. She frequently advises corporations, directors and officers, risk managers, insurance brokers, lawyers and other professionals on insurance coverage, corporate indemnification, enterprise risk management and litigation matters nationwide and internationally. Carolyn also assists clients in evaluating insurance coverage and other protections when negotiating transactions and obtaining or renewing coverage, as well as 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
  • 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

Récompenses et distinctions

  • Recognized as an Acritas Star: Stand-Out Talent 2017-2021 by Acritas
  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Illinois Insurance: Dispute Resolution, 2008-2022
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Insurance Law and Litigation - Insurance, 2020-2023
  • Elected to the American College of Coverage Counsel, 2020 
  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers list for Insurance Coverage, 2006-2021, 2023
  • 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 Illinois Leading Lawyers, Insurance Coverage and Reinsurance Law, 2015-2019
  • Recognized in "Top Women Attorneys in Illinois," Chicago Magazine, 2014
  • 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
  • Recognized as one of the Top 50 women lawyers in Illinois by Super Lawyers magazine, 2013
  • Named one of Business Insurance magazine's "Women to Watch" in 2010
  • Recommended in the 2013 edition of Legal 500 United States for Insurance: Advice to Policyholders

Notable Quotes

  • 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
  • November 2009 "Rise In Bribery Probes May Hit D&O Insurers" Business Insurance
  • November 2009 "D&O Insurance: The Latest Trends" Practical Law
  • July/August 2007 "Lawyer-Client Relationships Go Both Ways" Corporate Board Member Magazine, Special Issue
  • July/August 2006 "Unmasking The Seven Secrets of The Greatest Lawyers" Corporate Board Member Magazine, Special Issue
  • July/August 2005 "Paying out of your own pocket: What you need to worry about, and what you don't" Corporate Board Member Magazine
  • 25 May 2005 "Lawyers Play New Role in D&O Insurance Process" Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
  • 15 April 2005 "Sox-ERA Coverage Tough to Come by" Risk and Insurance
  • 1 November 2004 "U.S. Insurers Broadening Side A Policies" Business Insurance
  • 18 October 2004 "Buyers Cautious, Optimistic About D&O Market" National Underwriter
  • July 2004 "The 10 Trickiest Legal Challenges for Directors Today" Corporate Board Member Special Legal Issue
  • 17 February 2003 "Guiding Governance" Crain's Chicago Business
  • 2 December 2002 "Corporate Buyers Can Still Be Choosy When Shopping In D&O Market" National Underwriter
  • 2 September 2002 "D&O Cases Highlight Exec Risk: Fees on fees at center of coverage rulings" 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

  • "Directors and Officers Liability Insurance Striking Out Risk," featured in roundtable discussion in Corporate Board Member Magazine 2003 Special Supplement.
  • "Risk Management Goes Global," panelist/moderator in roundtable discussion featured
    in Corporate Board Member Magazine 2008 Special Supplement.