William T. Barker is a partner in the Chicago office of SNR Denton, 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 of the New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition and a Consulting Author of the New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide. 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. See Charles Silver & Kent Syverud, The Professional Responsibilities of Insurance Defense Lawyers, 45 Duke L.J. 255, 257 n.4 (1995). Mr. Barker is a member of the American Law Institute. Access William Barker's' Martindale-Hubbell profile on martindale.com.Kirk R. Ruthenberg is a senior litigation partner who has practiced law at SNR Dentonfor over 27 years, headed the firm's Litigation Practice in the Washington, D.C. office for nearly two decades, and now devotes full time to his litigation practice. Mr. Ruthenberg has extensive experience in complex commercial, intellectual property, and antitrust litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States, as well as before the United States International Trade Commission (USITC). As head of the firm's D.C. Litigation practice, Mr. Ruthenberg has focused his practice in the litigation and resolution of complex technology, commercial, patent and other intellectual property disputes. Most recently, Mr. Ruthenberg represented Sun Microsystems in the prosecution of its antitrust claims against Microsoft, which culminated in the largest settlement ever reported between two parties in private antitrust litigation. Mr. Ruthenberg served as lead trial counsel for Macronix Semiconductor in The Matter of Certain EPROMs and EEPROMs before the U.S. International Trade Commission, a patent infringement action instituted by Atmel Corporation alleging infringement of a patent covering silicon signature semiconductor technology. On behalf of Macronix, Mr. Ruthenberg obtained a ruling from the Administrative Law Judge invalidating the patent and a later ruling from the ITC holding that Macronix did not infringe the Silicon Signature patent and dismissing the investigation against Macronix. The ITC had previously found all three other respondents to have infringed and had entered exclusion orders preventing import of their products. Sonnenschein's client Macronix was the only victorious respondent in the investigation. Access Kirk R. Ruthenberg's Martindale-Hubbell profile on martindale.com.Kenneth J. Pfaehler is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of SNR Denton. Mr. Pfaehler's practice centers on complex litigation matters. He has extensive experience in litigating case involving insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, securities fraud, credit default, class actions, complex fraud and corporate governance matters. Mr. Pfaehler's experience also encompasses complex commercial, sales practices, surety bond and contract disputes. He litigates in federal and state courts around the country, as wells as securities arbitration forums and administrative forums. Mr. Pfaehler also has extensive appellate experience in federal and state appellate courts. Mr. Pfaehler represented Royal Indemnity Company, now Arrowpoint Capital, in a series of litigations in Delaware, Kentucky and Texas over $700 million of fraudulently-induced credit risk insurance policies. He has defended GE Life and Annuity Insurance Company and the Prudential Insurance Company of America in dozens of FINRA (formerly NASD) arbitrations against claims brought by policyowners and alleged whistleblowers. He obtained a complete defense verdict for AXA Equitable in a bad faith trial before the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings. Mr. Pfaehler represented Prudential in hundreds of cases in more than a dozen states, against allegations of bad faith and improper practices in the sale of insurance policies and annuities, and also defended Prudential against these allegations in the federal multi-district class action litigation and before a multi-state task force of insurance regulators. Mr. Pfaehler has litigated insurance coverage disputes involving credit risk, errors and omissions, professional liability, general liability and property insurance. He has wide ranging appellate experience. Mr. Pfaehler's representation of insurance companies also encompasses contractual disputes with managing general agents, challenges to jurisdiction, and responding to regulatory inquiries and investigations. Access Kenneth J. Pfaehler's Martindale-Hubbell profile on martindale.com.