William T. Barker is a partner in the Chicago office of SNR Denton, L.L.P., with a nationwide practice representing insurers in complex litigation, including matters relating to coverage, claims handling, sales practices, risk classification and selection, agent relationships, and regulatory matters. He is a member of the editorial board and co-author of the New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition and a consulting author of the New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide. He is co-author of the New Appleman Insurance Bad Faith Litigation, Second Edition and co-author of the forthcoming Professional Responsibilities of Insurance Defense Counsel (LexisNexis). He has published over 100 articles and speaks frequently on insurance and litigation subjects. He was a contributing editor and then editor of Bad Faith Law Report until that publication merged with Insurance Litigation Reporter, where he is currently senior contributing editor and editorial board director. He has been described as the leading lawyer commentator on the connections between procedure and insurance. He has been described as the leading lawyer commentator on the connections between procedure and insurance. See Charles Silver & Kent Syverud, The Professional Responsibilities of Insurance Defense Lawyers, 45 Duke L.J. 255, 257 n.4 (1995). He is an Adviser to the American Law Institute project on the Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance.
Ronald D. Kent heads the Litigation Department in SNR Denton LLP's Los Angeles office. He is also Co-Chair of the Firm's National Insurance Litigation and Coverage Practice and is a member of the firm-wide Policy & Planning (Management) Committee. Since 2005, he has been named each year as a leading trial lawyer nationally and in California, based on peer and client evaluations, by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers, the highly respected independent attorney rating organization. Mr. Kent has extensive experience representing major insurance companies on a wide variety of matters, including fraud and bad faith actions, class action and multiple plaintiff litigation, defense of toxic tort and other environmental claims, insurance coverage actions and general business disputes. Mr. Kent has tried matters in state and federal courts throughout California, and in other states, and has successfully handled in excess of 70 arbitrations to final resolution. In addition, he has briefed and argued numerous appellate matters in the California Supreme Court, nearly all California district courts of appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Kent is the co-author of the second edition of New Appleman Insurance Bad Faith Litigation.