Mary Beth Forshaw

Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Mary Beth Forshaw

Mary Beth Forshaw

Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Biography

Mary Beth Forshaw is a Partner in Simpson Thacher’s Litigation Department and a member of the Firm’s Compensation Committee. She previously served as the Firm’s Co-Administrative Partner and for six terms as a member of the Firm's Executive Committee. Mary Beth represents clients in a range of commercial litigation matters, particularly in the areas of insurance, reinsurance, bankruptcy and international arbitration. Key matters on which she has worked include:

* Lead trial counsel in a high profile reinsurance recovery action that settled in her client’s favor after jury selection
* Lead trial counsel in a Nevada-venued contribution dispute involving multiple construction claims. A directed verdict was awarded to Mary Beth’s client at trial.
* Representation of a national bank in multiple bankruptcy and state court litigations alleging fraud concerning municipal bond defaults. Lead trial counsel in proceeding that was successfully settled mid-trial.
* Lead counsel in multibillion-dollar dispute against General Motors over coverage for several decades of asbestos and environmental claims. Mary Beth’s client was awarded summary judgment on all claims on the eve of trial.
* Co-counsel in the defense of a national insurer in a three-month trial in New Jersey state court relating to allocation issues. Mary Beth’s client reached a favorable settlement after the close of testimony.
* Representation of a national insurer in a coverage dispute with a defense contractor over multiple hazardous waste claims. Mary Beth’s client was awarded summary judgment in seven different decisions.
* Representation of Hanwha Group and ORIX Corporation in a billion-dollar ICC arbitration arising out of the sale of Korea Life Insurance Company. The Panel issued a unanimous award in Mary Beth’s client’s favor, rejecting claims of fraud, misrepresentation and rescission.
* Lead litigation counsel for Chapter 11 debtors, a memory product manufacturer and distributor, in various adversary proceedings and evidentiary hearings relating to asset sales, fraudulent transfers and claims.
* Representation of a national insurer in various asbestos-related bankruptcy proceedings, including In re ACandS, Inc., in which Mary Beth’s client, as the sole objector, defeated the proposed plan of reorganization. This widely-cited decision has become a roadmap for insurers contesting other reorganization plans.

Mary Beth received the Insurance Lawyer of the Year award from Benchmark Litigation in 2016 and is consistently recognized as one of its “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the U.S., in which market commentators have noted that “Mary Beth knows the insurers, they know her, and she has the intimate idiosyncrasies of practice on lockdown. Beyond that, she knows how to try a case, and she will often get brought in . . . when a case looks like it could go all the way.” Another commentator described Mary Beth “as elite as they come,” adding that “her experience is so vast that she can advise on any legal issue.” She is consistently recognized by Chambers USA, which describes her as “an accomplished trial lawyer and insurance expert” and “a formidable, strong, very organized and well-prepared practitioner” “impressive on litigation strategy and get[ting] results” who “knows coverage inside and out, is good at taking a holistic approach to the most strategic options and know[s] what facts we can marshal to best make them work.” She is recommended by The Legal 500, which describes her as “talented” and “exemplify[ying] the firm’s best qualities.” She is also consistently recognized by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation as a National “Litigation Star” in Insurance Litigation and a “New York Star,” where sources say “in this celebrated practice, Mary Beth Forshaw is referenced by most peers in the field as the true go-to. She is like a guru in this world.” In addition, she has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers, and Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance.

Mary Beth received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a member of the Yale Law & Policy Review and Director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Project. Mary Beth serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Legal Action Center and on the Board of Directors of the City Bar Fund and the Yale Law School Fund.

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Mary Beth Forshaw
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Education
JD
Class of 1989

Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale Law School is one of the world’s premier law schools. It offers an unmatched environment of excellence and educational intimacy in the form of world renowned faculty, small classes, limitless opportunities for clinical training, and strong encouragement of public service. The Law School is small by design; its impact on the world is measured by its accomplished graduates and its ongoing scholarship and outreach through numerous centers and projects. For students, the experience is unparalleled. The faculty-student ratio supports a vast array of courses and opportunities for independent research and student-organized seminars. Students get practical training by representing real clients in clinics starting in their first year. Throughout, a spirit of collaboration reigns. All first-term courses are ungraded, and subsequent classes are graded honors/pass/low pass. Yale Law School is unique among law schools in that it produces leaders in all walks of life: distinguished deans and faculty members at law schools across the country and the world; industry CEOs and corporate counsels; founders of nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit entities; entrepreneurs; government servants in federal, state, and local offices and the judiciary--just a few areas in which our alumni's talent and passion and dedication have made a difference. Among the School’s graduates are U.S. Presidents and Supreme Court Justices; and among its far-reaching projects, the Information Society Project and the China Center.

BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1984

Since its founding in 1889, Barnard has been a distinguished leader in higher education, offering a rigorous liberal arts foundation to young women whose curiosity, drive, and exuberance set them apart. Ours is a diverse intellectual community in a unique learning environment that provides the best of all worlds: small, intimate classes in a collaborative liberal arts setting dedicated to the advancement of women with the vast resources of Columbia University just steps away—in the heart of vibrant and electric New York City.

Memberships
Member
1986 - 1987

Founded in 1982, the Yale Law & Policy Review (YLPR) is a biannual publication of the Yale Law School dedicated to publishing legal scholarship and policy proposals by lawmakers, judges, practitioners, academics, and students.

Career History
Partner
Current

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP provides legal services. Established in 1884, the firm provides coordinated legal advice on corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the firm's practice.

Boards & Committees
Member, Executive Committee
Current

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP provides legal services. Established in 1884, the firm provides coordinated legal advice on corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the firm's practice.

Member, Board of Directors
Current
Member, Board of Directors
Tenure Unconfirmed

The Yale Law School Annual Fund, established in 1949, provides critical unrestricted financial support to advance the School’s distinctive, interdisciplinary approach to legal education. Yearly contributions by dedicated alumni are used to support the School’s most pressing needs—financial aid assistance, faculty support, loan forgiveness programs/COAP, and all of the extraordinary programs that sustain a Yale Law School experience. Every dollar makes an immediate impact on the School’s students, faculty and programs, as it is spent within that same academic year. You may direct your Law School Fund gift so that it specifically supports one of the following categories: Financial Aid/COAP; Teaching & Research; Clinical Programs; Library.

Vice Chair, Board of Directors
2008 - Current

The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, Inc., d/b/a the City Bar Fund, is the 501(c)(3) sister organization of the New York City Bar Association, which undertakes public service, education, policy advocacy and research activities and supports such activities for a number of City Bar programs. Contributions to the City Bar Fund are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law and are reportable contributions under New York State’s biennial pro bono reporting requirement for attorneys.

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$5,000 - $10K
2018

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, Inc., d/b/a the City Bar Fund, is the 501(c)(3) sister organization of the New York City Bar Association, which undertakes public service, education, policy advocacy and research activities and supports such activities for a number of City Bar programs. Contributions to the City Bar Fund are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law and are reportable contributions under New York State’s biennial pro bono reporting requirement for attorneys.

$5,000 - $10K
2017

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, Inc., d/b/a the City Bar Fund, is the 501(c)(3) sister organization of the New York City Bar Association, which undertakes public service, education, policy advocacy and research activities and supports such activities for a number of City Bar programs. Contributions to the City Bar Fund are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law and are reportable contributions under New York State’s biennial pro bono reporting requirement for attorneys.

$5,000 - $10K
2016

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, Inc., d/b/a the City Bar Fund, is the 501(c)(3) sister organization of the New York City Bar Association, which undertakes public service, education, policy advocacy and research activities and supports such activities for a number of City Bar programs. Contributions to the City Bar Fund are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law and are reportable contributions under New York State’s biennial pro bono reporting requirement for attorneys.

Political Donations
$1,000
2011

Senator from New York

$2,300
2008

Former President of United States

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Awards & Honors
1998
Court Admission: US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
1998
Court Admission: US Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
1998
Court Admission: US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
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