Founding Members

James R. Stinson


James R. Stinson

Founding Member

Sidley Austin LLP, One South Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60603
phone:312 853 7203

James R. Stinson is a partner in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin LLP, where he co-chairs the insurance and financial services group and leads the reinsurance and insurance insolvency practices. The IFS group has 95 lawyers based in Chicago, London, Los Angeles and New York. Mr. Stinson represents ceding insurers and reinsurers in reinsurance disputes and handles all manner of domestic and non-US insurer insolvency matters, representing reinsurers, ceding insurers, receivers and creditors. He is a past director of the International Association of Insurance Receivers (IAIR) and past editor of the legal chapter of the National Association of Insurance Commissioner’s (NAIC) Handbook for Insurance Company Insolvencies. Mr. Stinson has served as an administrative hearing officer, and as an arbitrator, umpire and mediator in reinsurance and insurance arbitrations. He has spoken at and chaired reinsurance and insurance insolvency conferences for the Reinsurance Association of America, ARIAS-US, the American Bar Association, IAIR, Intermediaries & Reinsurance Underwriters Association, Mealey’s (now HB Litigation Conferences) and the NAIC.

Mr. Stinson has been recognized by clients and fellow lawyers as a leading lawyer in the fields of reinsurance and insurance insolvency by Chambers USA-America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2003 to 2009) and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2003 to 2009).