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John D. Shugrue

John D. Shugrue



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

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • 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

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, and Pollution Liability 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 and Bermuda market insurers.  His significant representations have encompassed major U.S. policyholders such as Anadarko Petroleum, Nicor Gas, Boyd Gaming, Tribune Company, Kraft Foods, Valero Energy, and Republic Services.

After graduating with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1987, John began his legal career at Jenner & Block in Chicago, focusing on insurance coverage matters for policyholders.  He was one of the principal attorneys involved in developing Jenner & Block's insurance recovery practice on behalf of policyholders, and became a partner at Jenner & Block in 1995.  In 2000, he joined Zevnik Horton, a national policyholder firm, as a partner in its Chicago office and chair of its insurance recovery practice.  In 2003, when Zevnik merged with Morgan Lewis & Bockius, he opened and became the Managing Partner of Morgan's Chicago office.  In 2007, he was made co-chair of Morgan's Insurance Recovery Group. 

John is recognized as one of the top policyholder insurance practitioners in the country by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal.  He writes and lectures often on insurance coverage topics, including business interruption claims, D&O liability insurance issues, environmental insurance coverage, coverage for onshore and offshore oil and gas E&P activities, and special issues relating to Lloyd's and the London insurance market.  He co-authored the treatise Insurance Coverage Disputes, published by Law Journal Press.

John is a former co-chair of the American Bar Association Litigation Section's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee.  He twice co-chaired the Committee's annual meeting, and co-chaired a bi-partisan American Bar Association task force that prepared the Manual for Complex Insurance Coverage Litigation.

Employment History

  • 2008 - Reed Smith
  • 2003 - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
  • 2000 - Zevnik Horton
  • 1987 - Jenner & Block

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA (2003-2014, 2016) for Insurance Coverage Litigation: Ranked in Insurance Policyholder Nationwide and Illinois Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America (2006-2016) for Insurance Law
  • Legal 500 (2010-2014) for Insurance: Advice to Policyholders
  • Who's Who Legal (2006-2013) for International Insurance and Reinsurance; Insurance & Reinsurance (2017) 
  • Listed in Illinois Super Lawyers, Insurance Coverage, 2006-2015
  • "AV" rating in Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating)

Professional Affiliations

  • 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)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance