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John D. Shugrue

Attorney at Reed Smith LLP
Chicago, Illinois
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.

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.

About Me

What professional recognitions do you have?
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

Listed in Illinois Super Lawyers, Insurance Coverage, 2006-2015

"AV" rating in Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating)
What do you enjoy about the work you do?
Directors and Officers Liability Insurance: Trends and Updates, Allocation and Reimbursement of Defense Costs: Insurer's Duty to Defend, Is Your Insurance Coverage Adequate? and many others.


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Association Position
American Bar Association Co-Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Section of Litigation (1997-2000)
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
American Bar Association Co-Chair, Manual for Complex Insurance Coverage Litigation Task Force Section of Litigation
American Bar Association Annual Meeting Program Co-Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Section of Litigation (1995 and 1996)
Federal Practice Task Force of Section of Litigation Member(2000-2002)


School Degree Graduation Year
University of Denver B.A. 1984
University of North Carolina School of Law J.D. 1987

Contact Information

Reed Smith LLP

10 S Wacker Dr FL 40
Chicago, IL 60606