About

I am a surplus lines expert and well-known throughout the industry, having authored numerous articles on the Non-Admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010 (NRRA), the sole federal statute governing surplus lines, as well as multiple appearances on industry programs concerning surplus lines and other regulatory issues.

Professional Credentials:

Prior to establishing my own practice in 2008, I practiced with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson as the partner responsible for the firm’s Insurance Industry Practice; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a partner and Chair of the firm’s Insurance Industry Practice; and as Senior Counsel with Dewey & LeBoeuf. Over my career I have handled insurance regulatory matters in virtually all states.

UCLA School of Law (JD 1972; Order of the Coif; Article and Comment Editor UCLA Law Review). B.S. from Cal-State Los Angeles in Business and Accounting. Law clerk to Hon. George R. Gallagher of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 1972-1973.

Military: U.S. Army from 1965-1967.

Bar Admissions: Admitted New York and Washington. Admitted but inactive California, Washington D.C., and Florida.

Representative Matters

  • Expert witness in matters concerning surplus lines and related business of insurance
  • Counsel to insurers, agents and brokers in matters before insurance departments nationwide concerning licensing, premium audits, regulatory approvals and inquiries, investigations, and enforcement actions.
  • Author of multiple amicus briefs on significant surplus lines issues for industry trade organizations; architect of California Insurance Code (CIC) § 1780.50, et seq, (Surplus Line Advisory Organization); and the principal drafter for revision of the Constitution of the Surplus Line Association of California in its entirety.
  • Counsel to a national wholesale broker in New York state and federal litigation to recover premiums and other monies from a New York retail producer and its successor that failed to remit surplus lines premium.
  • Counsel to a major London Market coverholder in multinational litigation and arbitration in New York and London concerning interpretation of profit commission schedules under binding authorities issued by a London insurer that ceased underwriting some ten years prior, with assumption of the business by a successor runoff company.
  • Arbitrator in dispute concerning investments in life insurance policies.
  • Counsel to national wholesale broker for compliance implementation with the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (NRRA), part of the Dodd-Frank Act.
  • Counsel to national retail producer operation regarding potential rebating issues for employee benefits business unit broker agreements.
  • Counsel to national wholesale broker for E&O matters.
  • Counsel to a Fortune 100 transportation company concerning insurer demand for increased collateral for self-insured Workers’ Compensation bonds in multiple states.
  • Legal Adviser to Massachusetts Division of Insurance for reorganization of Liberty Mutual into a mutual holding company structure under an untested statute.