Chambers USA 2021 Highly Ranks Freeborn Insurance and Reinsurance Practice and Partners

CHICAGO – Freeborn & Peters LLP’s Insurance and Reinsurance practice has been ranked in Chambers USA in Illinois for the third year in a row, and has made its debut in New York for the first time. Four Freeborn insurance and reinsurance Partners are also ranked in the 2021 legal industry guide. 

Among the ranked attorneys, Freeborn Partner, Chair of the Firm's Executive Committee and Leader of the Firm's Insurance and Reinsurance Industry Team, Joseph T. McCullough, is nationally ranked for Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance for the third year. Freeborn’s New York Office Managing Partner, Sean T. Keely, is additionally ranked nationally for Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance. Joseph and Sean are two of only ten attorneys ranked nationally for reinsurance.

The firm’s Chicago-based Partners ranked as among the leading insurance and reinsurance practitioners in Illinois, and their recognized practice areas, are:

•    James J. Boland (Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance)
•    Mark R. Goodman (Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory)
•    Joseph T. McCullough (Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Reinsurance) 

The firm’s New York City-based Partner ranked as among the leading insurance and reinsurance practitioners in New York, and his recognized practice area, is:

•    Sean Thomas Keely (Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer)

“We are extremely proud of our Insurance and Reinsurance Industry Team and the four attorneys who have again earned top rankings in the Chambers USA 2021 industry guide,” said Freeborn Co-Managing Partner William E. Russell. “We applaud the Insurance and Reinsurance Team for their hard work, and Jim, Mark, Joe, and Sean for their diligence and continued leadership to help further Freeborn’s position as a top law firm in their practice areas.” 

Freeborn’s Insurance and Reinsurance Industry Group serves all areas of the global insurance and reinsurance marketplace, and has immersed themselves in the intricacies of reinsurance custom and practice and the commercial relationships upon which participants in the industry depend. The Freeborn Insurance/Reinsurance practice has also been recommended by the 2020 Legal 500 United States Guide for Insurance. The team works seamlessly across all of Freeborn’s offices in Chicago; New York City; Richmond, Va.; Springfield, Il.; and Tampa, Fla.

Chambers and Partners ranks leading U.S. firms and attorneys based on in-depth research and interviews with attorneys’ clients and peers. Chambers assesses attorneys on attributes most valued by clients, including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, and commitment. The Chambers USA guide is widely read by industry-leading companies and organizations nationwide. For more information, visit

Following are additional details about Freeborn’s ranked insurance and reinsurance Partners. 

James J. Boland: A member of the Litigation Practice Group and Insurance and Reinsurance Industry Team, he focuses on complex commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration. He has represented a variety of corporations, businesses and professional firms in matters involving reinsurance (life & health, property & casualty), antitrust, securities fraud, accountant liability, consumer protection, shareholder and derivative disputes, mergers and acquisitions disputes, including post-closing disputes, and a variety of other commercial matters. 

Mark R. Goodman: A member of the Corporate Practice Group and the Insurance and Reinsurance, Transportation and Emerging Industries teams, he has three decades of experience advising the insurance industry on corporate, regulatory and transactional matters. His clients in complex, high-profile matters have included insurance holding companies, insurers, producers, agents and brokers, and managing general agents. He also advises non-traditional sellers of insurance on insurance programs, including trade associations, retailers, banks and savings associations, and leasing and finance companies. 

Sean Thomas Keely: A member of the Litigation Practice Group and Insurance and Reinsurance Industry Team and Managing Partner of the firm’s New York office, he litigates and arbitrates commercial disputes with a particular focus on the reinsurance industry. Over the past several years, he has been at the center of cases addressing developing issues in the industry, including late notice, allocation and aggregation of losses, follow-the-settlements, breaches of the duty of utmost good faith, material misrepresentation, and insurer insolvency.

Joseph T. McCullough: Chair of the Firm's Executive Committee, Leader of the Insurance and Reinsurance Industry Group and a member of the Litigation Practice Group, he has more than 30 years of experience representing insurance and reinsurance companies in life & health and property & casualty matters. He has acted as counsel to insurers and reinsurers in more than 140 arbitration, court, and administrative proceedings across the United States, as well as in Bermuda, England, Continental Europe and Australia, including some of the highest-profile cases in the industry.