Steven Gilford

USA: Illinois

Proskauer Rose LLP
Three First National Plaza
70 West Madison Suite 3800
Chicago, IL 60602-4342

Tel: 312.962.3510
Fax: 312.962.3551


Steven Gilford is a Partner in the Litigation Department and co-head of the Insurance Recovery & Counseling Group.

Steven has broad experience in trial court and appellate litigation, domestic and international arbitration, and mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. His work has encompassed a broad range of industries and subject areas, including major contract and commercial disputes, consumer class actions, antitrust and securities cases, technology outsourcing disputes, defamation, trademark, and trade secret matters and restrictive covenants. Steven also has served as national and regional counsel for insurance defense and coordination and major personal injury matters.

In addition to his wide-ranging litigation experience, Steven is a nationally recognized practitioner in the areas of insurance and reinsurance. Through a potent combination of negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation, he has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of his clients. His experience includes a broad array of coverage including CGL, D&O, E&O, employment practices, first party property and business interruption. Steven has represented clients in all areas of the insurance industry, including policyholders, insurers, reinsurers, captives and brokers.

According to Chambers USA, clients and peers recognize Steven for his “great strategic acumen.” He is “the person to go to when you have a large conceptual problem to get around.” In previous editions, Chambers has described him as having a “remarkable ability to focus on the points that really matter [and his] ability to talk to both sides in a clear and down-to-earth manner,” as well as being “a great leader of his team, a wonderful strategist and a terrific counselor.”

The management and insurance of risk is a critical function of every business. The lawyers in Proskauer’s Insurance Recovery & Counseling Group have extensive experience in every stage of the process, including selecting and negotiating coverages, structuring insurance programs, preparing and negotiating claims and litigating insurance coverage to maximize recovery for our clients.

We are highly skilled in all areas of insurance ranging from general liability and product recall to property damage and business interruption, and from directors and officers and professional liability to employment practices and fiduciary liability. We commonly handle matters concerning bonds, financial guaranty insurance, warranty programs and political risk coverages for transactions around the world, as well as insurance due diligence and analysis for corporate sales and acquisitions.

Our advice extends to every industry. We routinely counsel companies in manufacturing, transportation, real estate, financial services, consumer products, entertainment, sports and retail as well as private equity funds and major law firms and accounting firms. We advise on policy language, program structure and negotiations, use of captives and alternative risk vehicles and claim evaluation.

Where litigation is necessary, we are among the best. We have been involved in some of the largest and most high-profile insurance cases and have obtained billions of dollars of recoveries for our clients. In addition to state and federal courts across the U.S., we handle insurance and reinsurance arbitrations around the world, particularly in major insurance centers like New York, London and Bermuda.

Our lawyers are recognized leaders in the insurance field and have been cited by top legal directories such as US Legal 500 and Chambers USA, which called us “the best of the best when it comes to representing policyholders in disputes” and praised us for our overall strength and the “strategically focused and sophisticated manner” in which we handle insurance matters.

Proskauer, founded in 1875, is a global law firm providing a wide variety of legal services to clients worldwide from offices in Beijing, Boca Raton, Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Newark, Paris, São Paulo, and Washington, DC.

The firm has wide experience in all areas of practice important to businesses, including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate transactions, bankruptcy and reorganizations, taxation, litigation, trusts and estates, intellectual property, and labor and employment law. Its clients include participants in many industries, including chemicals, entertainment, financial services, health care, hospitality, information technology, insurance, internet, manufacturing, media and communications, pharmaceuticals, real estate investment, sports, and transportation.


The “fantastic” Steven Gilford remains recognized as one of the finest insurance practitioners in the market. “He is savvy on internal corporate issues, is the consummate professional at addressing all senior management’s questions with ease and communicates well with in-house counsel.”
Chambers USA, 2015