Features Insurance

Russ Dempsey – BroadStreet Partners 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Russ Dempsey, the general counsel at BroadStreet Partners, brings a wealth of experience from his career in the insurance and financial services sector. Joining the company in June 2022, Dempsey has played a vital role in steering BroadStreet’s unique approach to investing in high-performing independent insurance agencies toward success.  Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, BroadStreet Partners […]

Daniel J. Poterek – Universal Insurance Holdings 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Daniel J. Poterek is at the forefront of legal strategy and organization within Universal Insurance Holdings, serving as the General Counsel of Operations. Throughout his tenure at Universal, Poterek has been dedicated to legal excellence and forward-thinking initiatives, driving a transformative shift in the company’s legal practices and litigation strategy.  Poterek has played a vital […]

Mark Pasko – QBE North America

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The complexities unique to being an international insurance and reinsurance carrier necessitate specialized legal counsel. So reasoned Mark Pasko after his 2019 promotion to chief legal officer and corporate secretary at QBE’s North American division. A stickler for organization, Pasko divided his team of 50 into five groups: corporate and shared services, litigation, regulatory, state […]

Chris Zirke – Roundstone Insurance

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When Jane Smith launched her tech services and consulting firm five years ago, she knew she had the contacts and expertise to develop the business and provide innovative solutions to customers across a breadth of industries. She was right, but as her company grew, she faced the additional and difficult challenge of providing health insurance […]

Jason Cedrone, Angela Iannetta and Danielle Gorst – Jones DesLauriers, Navacord

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Whether it’s a privately owned business needing to restructure an outdated insurance program or a multimillion-dollar publicly traded company trying to comply with state and federal laws for a huge new project, finding the right insurance solution can be daunting. Understanding the spectrum of risk transfer products on a granular level—and knowing how to tailor […]

Aaron Mandel – QBE

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Aaron Mandel started his studies at Penn State University expecting to become a meteorologist, but fate—and the difficulties of fluid dynamics—intervened to steer him toward a different career. One semester, he took a class titled “Philosophy of Law” and was fascinated with the coursework. Students had to prepare a research memo on a given issue, […]

Jennifer Lawrence – NEXT Insurance

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s opening night for your restaurant. You’ve reviewed the menus, posted the specials, set the tables, lit the candles and prepped the kitchen. So how’s your insurance coverage? Do you offer outside seating, serve alcohol or have dancing? Those are among the factors to consider to properly insure a restaurant, says Jennifer Lawrence, general counsel […]

Gerard Gregoire – Allstate

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Benajmin Franklin may have started the insurance industry in the U.S. in 1752, but Gerard Gregoire has been helping Allstate replace outdated traditions for over two decades. His method? Partnering with his teams for input, using more technology, cutting back on office space and incorporating artificial intelligence and automation. “I’ve invested 23 years of my […]

Andrea Palmer – Higginbotham Insurance Agency Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Andrea Palmer admits she didn’t fully understand the insurance business when she joined Higginbotham Insurance Agency Inc. in April 2018. But she’s a quick study, and as she learned the intricacies of insurance law, regulations and licensing at the brokerage based in Fort Worth, Texas, she also found ways to improve legal operations. Now the […]

Tyler Brody – Cigna

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Tyler Brody thought he understood health insurance and its nuances when he joined the Cigna legal department in January 2014. But it literally hit home the following August when his 13-month-old son was diagnosed with a rare and incurable leukemia that left him with just four months to live. Not that it eased the young […]


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– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.
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– Henry Marquard, in-house counsel, Stanley Consultants Inc.
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– Tim Hutzul, General Counsel, ShawCor Ltd.


Summer I 2024



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