Michael Smith and William Stewart Honored as Litigation Stars by Benchmark Litigation

Conshohocken, PA (October 20, 2022) – Stewart Smith co-founders Michael Smith and William Stewart were selected as Litigation Stars for both Insurance and Commercial law in Pennsylvania by Benchmark Litigation in its 2023 rankings. Smith and Stewart appeared on these lists in 2022 as well.

Smith has built a reputation as one of the leading insurance coverage lawyers in the country.  He has been entrusted with some of the highest-profile insurance coverage allocation cases, including as lead appellate and trial counsel.

A significant part of his practice is devoted to complex insurance (and reinsurance) coverage issues. Smith has extensive litigation and trial experience in state and federal courts throughout the country. He is admitted to practice in four states and the District of Columbia as well as before multiple U.S. District Courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd and 6th Circuits. He has handled matters in nearly 20 states, stretching from coast to coast.

Stewart has been assisting the insurance industry in solving its most complex problems since 1990. Primarily a litigator, he has successfully handled coverage and bad faith matters in 24 states, including some of the nation’s most challenging trial and appellate venues.

Stewart’s primary focus remains liability coverage, first-party coverage, and fraud/rescission cases. He was lead trial counsel in AES v. Steadfast, a case designated by many commentators as one of the most important insurance cases of the last decade–wherein the Virginia Supreme Court held that climate change nuisance claims were not covered under a series of CGL policies. Recently, he has successfully litigated several high-profile COVID-19 matters to resolution

Benchmark Litigation takes a deep dive into the world of litigation by basing its rankings on interviews with litigators across the country about the most important cases and the lawyers and law firms behind them.

About Stewart Smith

Stewart Smith is widely recognized as one of the country’s premier insurance coverage law firms. The firm’s lawyers counsel the top insurers in matters across the U.S. from coast to coast.

Stewart Smith provides decades of experience in essentially all sectors of the insurance industry, including groundbreaking litigation in courts throughout the country. Our lawyers have tried dozens of cases to favorable verdicts and have served as lead counsel in some of the insurance industry’s highest-profile disputes.

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