Foley Expands Adding Ana Francisco to Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation Practice

12 September 2011 Media Contact: Jill Chanen News

Francisco Brings Extensive Trial and Arbitration Experience.

Foley announced today that Ana Francisco has joined the firm’s Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation Practice as a partner in its Boston office. Previously, Francisco was a partner with Ropes & Gray LLP.

Focusing on complex business disputes, Francisco represents insurers in high-stakes coverage litigation, particularly matters involving coverage for mass tort and environmental pollution claims. In addition to her significant trial and arbitration experience, she also advises on director and officers liability insurance issues. She also assists clients with data privacy incidents, handling all aspects of data security breach responses and investigations.

“With her extensive insurance litigation experience, Ana will be an important asset to our growing insurance industry capabilities,” said Gordon Davenport III, chair of the firm's Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation Practice. “Ana’s trial and arbitration experience will also be a critical asset to our clients who must resolve complex matters both in and out of court, while navigating new regulatory requirements.”

Francisco has also arbitrated a variety of disputes involving hundreds of millions of dollars under the Wellington Agreement, the insurance industry’s largest multi-party settlement regarding the handling of asbestos claims.

“We are pleased to welcome Ana to our Boston team, who will further strengthen our insurance and reinsurance litigation practice on the East Coast, as well as nationally,” said Susan Pravda, managing partner of Foley’s Boston office.

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly has recognized Francisco as one of its “Top Women of Law.” Prior to joining Foley, she also served as chair of Ropes & Gray’s pro bono committee, where she led that firm’s pro bono program.

The Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation Practice of Foley & Lardner LLP is a multidisciplinary practice that provides comprehensive counseling, litigation and dispute resolution services to the insurance industry. Members of the practice regularly advise companies on questions of contract interpretation and coverage and represent insurers and reinsurers in actions involving coverage, alleged breaches of contract, negligent claims handling, misrepresentation, bad faith, and fraud. We also are frequently called upon to defend our clients' policyholders against a wide variety of claims, including labor and employment, securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, directors and officers liability, allegations of professional negligence, and product liability.

With approximately 900 attorneys in 21 offices, Foley & Lardner LLP provides award-winning business and legal insight to clients across the country and around the world. Our team-based approach, innovative technology, and focus on value and client service are continually recognized by our clients and the legal industry. In a recent survey* of Fortune 1000 corporate counsel, Foley received a top 10 ranking out of more than 500 firms for our strong client focus, breadth of service, innovation, and value for the dollar. In addition, Foley was a Top 10 firm on the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2010 “Best Law Firms” list, based on the total number of first-tier metropolitan rankings, and CIO magazine recognized Foley for technological innovation that enhances business value by naming the firm to its prestigious CIO-100 list.

*The BTI Consulting Group (Wellesley, Massachusetts)

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