Firm chairman and co-founder Scott Gilbert brings 30-plus years of high-profile experience and innovation in complex multiparty dispute resolution to Gilbert LLP. Often at the forefront of cutting-edge initiatives, settlements and litigation involving insurance, products liability, commercial torts and bankruptcy, he has represented clients in a wide variety of complex disputes ranging from tens of millions to billions of dollars.
Mr Gilbert's strong leadership and unique legal strategies have been demonstrated repeatedly when tackling highly controversial issues such as asbestos, silica, IUDs, breast implants, heart valves, pharmaceuticals, natural disasters and environmental contamination, as well as commercial fraud and management and professional liability.
An internationally recognized innovator in the field of strategic ADR, Mr Gilbert has crafted creative and workable solutions to some of the most complex legal challenges in mass torts. For example, he has served as: the primary policyholder negotiator and drafter of the Wellington Agreement, one of the largest insurance settlements in US history; the founder of, and counsel to, the Center for Claims Resolution; and the primary insurance negotiator and strategist for numerous mass tort defendants, as well as bankruptcy trusts, bankruptcy claimant committees, and groups of individual tort claimants.
Mr Gilbert also has served as: an expert witness in litigation and in insurance arbitrations in the United States and England; a mediator in complex commercial disputes and an arbitrator in American Arbitration Association (AAA) proceedings; and an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Law School and Duke University Law School.
Mr Gilbert is the recipient of the Center for Public Resources' Award for Innovation in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and has been highlighted in Fortune magazine as 'the nation's premier attorney for asbestos defendants seeking reimbursement from reluctant insurance carriers'. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Asbestos Claims Facility and was the Founder and Editor of the Chicago Forum (1978-1979.) He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Security Project from 2015 to the present. Mr. Gilbert is also the managing director of Reneo Consulting LLC, a subsidiary of Gilbert LLP.
Mr Gilbert has been ranked in Chambers USA as a leading policyholder insurance attorney in Washington, DC, from 2005 to the present. He also was selected as one of the Legal Times' top 10 Washington insurance lawyers for 2007, as a Washington Super Lawyer from 2006 to the present and ranked in Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers, from 2008 to the present.