As a subrogation-focused law firm comprised of a team of attorneys, adjusters and specialists in subrogation, Rathbone Group’s eyes are always on the horizon. From innovation in business to excellence in the practice of law, RG has been recognized by several entities as a top subrogation company several years running. As well, many of our subrogation lawyers have each garnered their own recognition awards over the last 5 years.
We are proud of the services we offer insurers and companies looking to achieve maximum recovery in subrogation cases. Our workplace culture is one of transparency, communication and veracity in our work for every client in every subrogation suit. Skilled in litigation, arbitration, and mediation, Rathbone Group utilizes forensic investigation and strategic approaches to subrogating insurance claims on behalf of insurers and self-insured companies alike. Our creative approach to managing subrogation cases minimizes costs and maximizes recovery, optimizing your chances to increase your bottom line.
We’re proud for our subrogation firm to have been recognized by several publications throughout the last five years:
A Best Law Firm by US News & World Report (2022 & 2023)
Rathbone Group was regionally recognized as a Best Law Firm by US News & World Report for 2022. This award evaluates law firms in their respective fields; our subrogation law firm placed in Tier 3 for the category of Insurance Law. The Best Law Firm rankings are decided by composite scores from client feedback, partner surveys, and Best Lawyer peer reviews.
Top Workplace Awards by Cleveland.com (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022)
We are proud to have ranked as a Top Workplace for the 6th year in a row by Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer. Each year, 175 regional companies are given this designation, and Rathbone Group is proud to be the only subrogation law firm included in this list from 2017-2022.
Best Places to Work in Insurance by Business Insurance Magazine (2020)
A Top 100 list decided annually by Business Insurance and Best Companies Group, the Best Places to Work recognition acknowledges insurers, brokers, subrogation companies, and other providers that have the highest levels of employee satisfaction, and who are committed to acquiring, retaining and fostering the top talent in the companies’ respective fields. Rathbone Group was recognized in the Small Employer category, nationally ranked at #53 for 2020.
Business Insurance Innovation Awards (2021, for E-Notary Service)
One core value of Rathbone Group is finding creative solutions to functional problems in the practice of law. COVID made it significantly more difficult to manage subrogation cases for our clients as documents often need notarized, which is traditionally something you can only do in person. Even once the courts reopened, many jurisdictions still placed limits on in-person procedures, leading to virtual court proceedings.
But the challenge of in-person notarization still remained, and we knew we needed to find a solution to continue to best serve clients in their subrogation matters. Through a lot of research and a little creativity, RG developed our online e-notary service, which allows our clients to have up to 30 documents remotely notarized in one session, taking minutes instead of hours.
In 2021, members of the Rathbone Group subrogation team completed 126 online notarization sessions with a total of 419 documents notarized remotely. This timely and effective pivot to remote work in subrogation law garnered RG a Business Insurance Innovation Award for our e-notary service.
Northeast Ohio Commuter Choice Awards (2021, Silver Category)
The NEO Commuter Choice Awards are a yearly friendly competition among regional companies that takes place over one month each summer. A live leaderboard tracks how much each company saves in commuting costs and CO2 emissions by encouraging commuting choices other than driving alone.
A total of 7 companies of the 23 who participated were recognized for their innovation in remote work, offering incentives to employees to ride bikes, taking public transit, carpool, offering health insurance discounts for those who bike or walk to work, and more. Rathbone Group is proud to have ranked in the Silver Category for 2021.
Our Stand-Out Team of Subrogation Lawyers
Our company would not be what it is today without our team of tirelessly driven subrogation-focused attorneys. Just as much as Rathbone Group has come to stand out regionally and nationally in a short time since our founding in 2014, so, too, has each member of our subrogation group:
Kim Rathbone, Managing Partner
Elected managing partner in 2019, Kim Rathbone has garnered quite a list of awards and recognitions over the course of her career in subrogation and insurance law. She was previously designated as a Top 25 under 35 in Cleveland (2006), an Inside Business One to Watch (2009), and as a Super Lawyer Rising Star for 4 years in a row (2011-2014). Kim’s ability to effectively manage the firm and its team of subrogation attorneys, provide thorough, creative and strategic case management to our subrogation clients, and ability to base her decision-making on the long-term success of RG continues to garner attention from her peers in the field of subrogation and insurance law. Recent recognitions Kim has acquired include:
- Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating (2018 – 2022)
- A Best Lawyer (2021 & 2022)
- Super Lawyer by Super Lawyer Magazine (2021 & 2022)
- Northeast Ohio’s Smart 50 Executives by Smart Business News Magazine (2020)
- National Women in Law Honoree by Corporate Counsel Magazine (2018)
Mark Demian, Founding Partner
As a Founding Partner at Rathbone Group and an attorney working in subrogation and insurance law in both Ohio and Kentucky, Mark Demian is also a Certified Subrogation Recovery Professional. He is active in the Ohio State Bar Association as well as NASP, where he served as Chair of the Ohio Chapter of NASP from 2012-2017 helping the chapter win national distinctions in 2015 and 2016.
Mark co-chaired the NASP Litigation Skills & Management Conference in both 2012 and 2020. He has also been published in The Subrogator twice. Other distinctions Mark has been awarded recently include:
- Super Lawyers (2021 & 2022)
- NASP Board of Directors (2017 – present)
Rebecca Wright, Partner
A Partner at Rathbone Group, Rebecca Wright was an integral part of the development of our e-notary service in the wake of COVID. Her distinct skills in litigation have led her to serve subrogation clients in several jurisdiction for several kinds of insurance subrogation, including auto and fire subrogation.
Rebecca also has a commitment to educating other subrogation professionals, remaining active in regional and national NASP conferences as a lecturer, and frequently hosts Rathbone Group’s educational videos and podcasts. Rebecca’s creative and forward-thinking approach to insurance law has earned her recognition as an influential woman in law, including:
- Super Lawyer by Super Lawyer Magazine (2022)
- Women, Influence and Power in Law Awards (2021, Innovative Leadership)
Jason Sullivan, Partner
- A skilled attorney and integral member of the Rathbone subrogation team, Jason Sullivan earned the Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars Award in 2020, as well as the Business Insurance Breakout Awards in the same year. A frequent host of our educational video series over topics in subrogation law, On Subrogation, Jason fosters our growth, his own, and the growth of other subrogation professionals. Throughout his more than a decade of experience litigating and settling subrogation cases, Jason has been admitted to the Bar in 26 states, 5 districts, as well as the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Rising to the Top of the Subrogation Field: RG’s Trailblazers
Acquiring, retaining and fostering the growth of young talent in the field of insurance law is one feature of Rathbone Group that has made our team of subrogation professionals so adept at navigating even the trickiest of subrogation cases for our clients. The importance of utilizing the new points of view and distinct skills of younger attorneys is something the field of law at-large also understands as integral to progress.
Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars recognizes attorneys who have been practicing law for less than 10 years. The selection process includes analyzing the course of their young careers and recognizing those who go above and beyond to become leaders in their fields. Two of Rathbone Group’s subrogation attorneys, both a partner and a senior associate, have earned this distinction more than once:
Steven Alsip, Partner
- Super Lawyer Rising Stars (2019 & 2020)
Jessica Lobes, Senior Associate
- Super Lawyer Rising Stars (2018 – 2022)
Rathbone Group: Teamwork, Efficiency, Communication & Drive
This diverse, skilled team of subrogation-focused attorneys is vital to Rathbone Group’s growth, and as a law firm practicing in the niche field of subrogation law, we are committed to fostering growth both inside and outside our firm.
Our attorneys produce videos, podcasts and give presentations educating professionals in insurance and subrogation law on nuance, process and procedure. We encourage our attorneys to be active in the field, and to become licensed in multiple jurisdictions to better serve clients nationwide with their subrogation matters. We continue to be fierce and effective advocates for insurers’ rights to recovery.