Features Insurance

Rissa Revin – DAS Legal Protection Inc.

Imagine you’re an entrepreneur who started a business in downtown Toronto, locking into a high-rent space prior to COVID-19. When the economy ground to a halt because of the pandemic, your income died, making it hard to pay rent—and you’d already drained your savings. An angry landlord is ready to take you to court and […]

J. Ammon Smartt – Willis Towers Watson

It was an offer that other established lawyers might have quickly accepted. After all, a common complaint at today’s firms is the pressure of having to rack up 2,000 billable hours annually, moving from case to case without seeing the long-term impact of one’s counsel. But J. Ammon Smartt seemed comfortable enough under those conditions […]

Patrick McAlpine – Stephens Insurance LLC

Imagine you run a high-contact business, maybe a hotel, medical practice or a fitness club. It’s early March and business is strong as the end of winter is on the horizon. Then, without notice, you’re forced to shutter or slow your business. Like thousands of other businesses being impacted by COVID-19, it’s time you check […]

Erich Drotleff – Availity

Erich Drotleff remembers working for a health plan in California as a recent college graduate, carefully negotiating managed care deals with hospital and medical group administrators within contractual guidelines. What he couldn’t do was approve proposed language alternatives or seal the deal by giving the ultimate contract approval—simply because he wasn’t a lawyer. That changed, […]

Buren Jones – Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Company

It turns out that being a musician and successfully practicing corporate law are not as diametrically opposed as they may seem. When well executed, both require innovation and collaboration, particularly if the companies (or musicians) are looking to grow. So while the career of Buren Jones, vice president and general counsel of Indiana Farmers Mutual […]

Mark Katz – Ryan Specialty Group

There were three important business concepts Mark Katz learned sitting around the family dinner table with his father, a New York City deli owner: hard work and sacrifice; the importance of straight talk; and the value of transparency. Those early lessons have served Katz well. The result? Less than a year after transitioning from a […]

Janine Hudson Rea – Builders Mutual Insurance Company

If nothing else, Janine Hudson Rea isn’t afraid to try something new. Three times during her career, she’s been hired by companies to be their first general or claims counsel. All three times, relevant industry experience wasn’t a determining factor. In fact, when hired by Builders Mutual Insurance Company to be its general claims counsel, […]

Roberto Ladron de Guevara – MetLife Chile

You might say Roberto Ladron de Guevara achieved his business New Year’s resolution months in advance at MetLife Chile. By smoothing out the legal wrinkles of two real estate financing projects, Ladron de Guevara helped pave the way for the company’s ambitious 2020 growth projections. Those wrinkles included a variety of commercial, legal, tax and […]

Evan A. Michael – NFP

For most general counsels, shepherding four acquisitions over the course of a year would be a milestone. Evan A. Michael routinely oversees 10 times that number. As general counsel and executive vice president for NFP—one of the nation’s largest insurance brokers and consultants—Michael has made mergers and acquisitions the centerpiece of his 13-year-plus tenure at […]

Michael Winschel – Risk International

Knowing where risk hides and understanding how to manage it are two different things, and neglecting to manage risk can become very costly. Yet where to turn for risk management assessments and options for solutions is an intricate and nuanced challenge. Independent expertise providing knowledgeable, unbiased opinions and recommendations that deliver cost-effective results can be […]

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