Lawrence Brandes was previously with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

DLA Piper has appointed Lawrence I Brandes, billed as ‘one of the world’s leading reinsurance litigators and arbitrators’. He joins the New York office as a partner in the litigation practice.

Brandes had previously been leading the reinsurance litigation practice at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

"Larry is a world-class lawyer, and is recognised as the pre-eminent name in reinsurance litigation," said Francis B. Burch, Jr., joint chief executive officer at DLA Piper. "We've known and worked with Larry for a very long time, and have tremendous respect for him. His practice will be well supported in a truly global firm. Larry is a pioneer in reinsurance dispute resolution, and we are excited to welcome him to the firm."

Joseph G. Finnerty III, chairman of the New York litigation practice, said: "Our addition of a partner with Larry’s reputation and unsurpassed expertise signals our continuing commitment to grow our US and global insurance and reinsurance practice at the highest levels of practice. Larry’s practice is at the leading edge of the reinsurance dispute practice worldwide.”