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The Conflict and Burden of Insurer Appointments for Brokers and the Need for Regulatory Reform

Brokers are supposed to be independent to represent the insured, rather than the insurer; yet, the law in many states still requires insurers to appoint a broker as an agent actually to transact insurance with the insurer. This dual agency creates well-known conflicts and burdens. We contend that the requirement that insurers appoint agents in…

The Value of a Mentoring Program

I write this smiling at the memory of three of the greatest mentors a gal could ever ask for. They were my guidance system in my early career. I got valuable advice from all three of them, and when they all passed away over the years, I found myself somewhat lost.

Lezlee Liljenberg

Lezlee Liljenberg, entered the insurance business in 2004 as she started her first agency from ground zero, growing the business to over $6 million in revenue in less than 12 years. Ms. Liljenberg holds a BA in Journalism/Public Relations and a MA in Political Science/Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.  She is…

Dr. Brenda Powell Wells

Brenda Powell Wells holds both a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Georgia.  She holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI) and Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designations.  She also holds a graduate certificate in Business Analytics from East…

A PRODUCER’S ROLE: PART ONE

First in a series about what successful producers do to separate themselves from the mediocre producers.

Scott S. Margraves

EXPERT WITNESS | COVERAGE ANALYSIS As the Principal Consultant of Gulf Coast Risk Management, I have over twenty-seven years of “hands-on” experience in the insurance industry and a Certified Insurance Counselor (“CIC”) since 1999.  Nationally recognized as one of the top insurance professionals in the United States in leadership and dedication to the insurance profession,…

A Review of the Modern Claims Made Form

“Since its creation, “claims made” wording’s use has expanded outside of the “profession” and professional liability realm, finding use in diverse liability coverages. But the roots of “claims made” wording, and its most common use still, is found in covering the exposures created by a “professional’s” activities. As seen by the list of true “professions,” professionals are individuals who provide a service to society which, if done poorly, could cause extreme or irreparable personal or financial harm. …

The expansion of claims made policy forms beyond “professions” caused the basic “claims made” concept to diverge and evolve into two distinct forms. One evolutionary branch commenced in professional liability coverages (known also as “errors and omissions” coverages in this series) and the second branch grew out of the financial services industry and the need for directors and officers liability protection, fiduciary liability and employment practices liability (referred throughout this series as “executive liability” coverages).

Although both branches attach to the tree at the same point; greatly different “claims made triggers” have resulted. Additionally, coverage terms, conditions and definitions differ between the two branches.”

Michael Gay

Insurance Program Executive. Expert Witness. Insurance Educator. Risk Management. Insurance Program Executive… 30+ years of experience in property and casualty insurance program design, policy form drafting and analysis, underwriting, operations, and management of specialty programs. Expert Witness…litigation consulting in complex insurance coverage cases, underwriting practices, and agent/agency duties. Extensive knowledge of Best Practices for Insurers,…

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