James I. Rubin

James Rubin is a trial lawyer, a member of the trial bar, and head of the reinsurance litigation and arbitration practice at Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP. He is a founding partner of the firm and has extensive experience representing insurance and reinsurance companies in well over 200 disputes, many of which involved complicated issues and significant adversarial proceedings.

Mr. Rubin’s experience includes matters in litigation, arbitration, and mediation, involving disparate issues such as the proper allocation of losses, fraud, contract interpretation, the authority of agents, the conclusiveness of commutations, and claims by and against companies in receivership or operating under schemes of arrangement. He also counsels insurers and reinsurers regarding transactions, reinsurance wordings, and commutations. He has tried countless antitrust, environmental and reinsurance cases.

In 2007 and 2008, Lawdragon named Mr. Rubin one of America’s Leading 500 Lawyers. He was also singled out for special recognition and individually ranked No. 1 (tie) among Illinois reinsurance attorneys in the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 editions of Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In the 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of Chambers, Mr. Rubin was named a “Star Individual.”

Mr. Rubin was named the “Global Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyer of the Year 2010” by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, in conjunction with the ABA Section of International Law. The Legal Media Group named him one of America’s top 25 pre-eminent Insurance & Reinsurance practitioners in its Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers – Best of the Best USA 2011. And, he was named to the list of the Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers for 2009-2011 and as a leader in insurance law in The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2011).

Mr. Rubin is active in ARIAS•U.S. He is a member of the Board of Directors and sits on its Ethics committee. With two other industry representatives, Mr. Rubin wrote the ARIAS•U.S. Guidelines for Arbitrator Conduct. He is a frequent speaker on reinsurance issues and has spoken at CPCU, Reinsurance Association of America, ARIAS•U.S., and Practicing Law Institute (PLI) programs. He has also co-chaired ARIAS and Mealey’s programs on reinsurance and on insurance insolvency issues and is a member of INSOL.

Mr. Rubin obtained his law degree from Loyola University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review.