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   3David M. SpectorChicago(312) 258-5552dspector@schiffhardin.comdspector@schiffhardin.comSchiff Hardin LLPwww.schiffhardin.comwww.schiffhardin.comspectordavid.jpgInsurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance LawReinsurance LitigationLitigationInsurance
David M.
Schiff Hardin LLP
233 S Wacker Dr Ste 6600
Chicago IL 60606
Ph.(312) 258-5552 Fx.(312) 258-5600
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law    Reinsurance Litigation
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
David M. Spector is a co-leader of Schiff Hardin's Insurance Group.

For more than twenty-five years, he has ranked among the preeminent American practitioners in the insurance field. His expertise encompasses a variety of complex matters, including reinsurance litigation and arbitration, insurance company insolvencies, business counseling, and coverage litigation.

Representative cases in which Mr. Spector has represented clients include the following:

Guarantee Trust Life Ins. Co. v. American United Life Ins. Co. , No. 03 C 4250 (N.D. Ill., 2003), in which the Court granted Schiff Hardin's contested motion to compel arbitration.

Houston General Insurance Co. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's London, No. 02 Civ. 7599 [JSR] (S.D. N.Y.; 2003) U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19516, in which Mr. Spector's team obtained an order denying a motion to vacate $39 million arbitration award.

The American Bar Endowment v. Mutual of Omaha Ins. Co. , 2002 WL 480960 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 21, 2002), in which Mr. Spector's litigation team obtained a substantial judgment in favor of the American Bar Endowment in a case involving the rights and obligations of the parties to a terminated group disability insurance program.

CNA Reins. Co., Ltd. v. Trustmark Ins. Co. , 2001 WL 648948 (N.D. Ill. June 5, 2001), in which Mr. Spector successfully invoked the doctrine of forum non conveniens to obtain the dismissal of a suit to compel arbitration, filed in Chicago, in favor of a suit filed in London.

Suter v. Munich Reins. Co. , 223 F.3d 150 (3d Cir. 2000), in which Mr. Spector persuaded the Third Circuit that his client did not, by including a "service of suit" clause in its reinsurance treaty, waive its right to remove a case to federal court pursuant to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards.

Commissioner of Ins. v. Munich am. Reins.Co. , 429 Mass. 140, 706 N.E.2d 694 (1999), in which the Massachusetts Supreme Court upheld the right of Mr. Spector's client, a reinsurer, to offset amounts owed it by insolvent ceding companies.

Mr. Spector served as Notes Editor for the Michigan Law Review.

Bar Admissions:  
New York
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Date of Birth:  1946

Law School:  University of Michigan Law School,J.D., 1971
Law School Honors/Involvement:  magna cum laude, Order of the Coif

Undergraduate School:  Northwestern University, B.A., 1968

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
American Bar Association

Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers
Euromoney Guide to the Best of the Best
Who's Who Legal: Insurance and Reinsurance
Leading Insurance Regulatory and Appellate Lawyer ? National Law Journal
Leading Lawyer, Insurance: Reinsurance Litigation, Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers 2005

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