Press Release

Wiley Rein & Fielding Continues to Expand its Insurance Practice Capabilities

February 2, 2004

Washington, DC—Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP is pleased to announce the continued expansion of its insurance practice with the arrival of Kenneth E. Ryan as a partner. The addition of Mr. Ryan, an experienced insurance litigator from the Washington office of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, reflects the firm’s ongoing commitment to enhancing its extensive insurance law capabilities. In the past five years, five partners and two counsel have joined the more than 40 attorneys in this practice, which is among the largest and most prominent in the United States.

Mr. Ryan represents insurers in coverage matters involving general liability-particularly environmental, toxic torts and other product liability claims-directors & officers liability, professional liability and employment liability. He also represents insurers in bankruptcy proceedings and related coverage issues.

Mr. Ryan has extensive experience in commercial litigation matters including telecommunication issues and whistleblower litigation. He regularly assists insurance clients to develop practices, procedures and policy language to avoid future coverage disputes and bad faith claims.

"We are delighted to welcome Ken as a member of the practice," said Thomas W. Brunner, head of WRF’s Insurance Practice. "He brings to the firm a breadth of experience and knowledge that will serve our clients well as we continue to broaden the range of our insurance work."

WRF’s Insurance Practice handles coverage dispute resolution, bad faith and market conduct litigation, property insurance issues, D&O liability, professional liability, insurance fraud issues, litigation management & claims counseling and reinsurance.

Mr. Ryan received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.

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