The Top 25 General Counsels in Insurance of 2024

Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The Top 25 General Counsels in Insurance of 2024. General Counsels play a pivotal role in the insurance industry, deftly navigating intricate legal frameworks while guiding their organizations through compliance, public policies, claims management, and progress. With insurance litigation increasing over the past few years, and over 40% of GCs now overseeing risk across various industries, the importance of their contributions is clear. Selecting the top 25 General Counsels in this dynamic field was a quest to recognize excellence among numerous individuals who expertly blend legal expertise with a keen understanding of the insurance industry. 

Among the many impressive individuals recognized on this list is Bradley Burd of GoHealth. As General Counsel, he supports a mission to improve healthcare access in America by engaging with risk-takers, innovators, and collaborators to craft individualized, simplified healthcare solutions for consumers. There’s also Tami Stevenson, who helped create an over $400 million division at Crawford & Company — the world's largest publicly listed independent provider of claims management and outsourcing solutions to carriers, brokers and corporations. And in the last 14 years, GC Jessica McGrath has helped CRDN — the industry leader in content restoration services for insured casualties — navigate through multiple sales and acquisitions, as well as the expansion of the company's footprint and service offerings.

These recognized individuals have set themselves apart in the domain of insurance services. From public policy knowledge and claims management to protecting brands and individuals across the country, they exemplify an unwavering dedication to the ethical foundations of the insurance industry.

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 25 General Counsels in Insurance for 2024.

 

1. Chris Pinney
General Counsel - International, Sedgwick

Chris Pinney is the General Counsel of International at Sedgwick, a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk, benefits, and integrated business solutions. With Pinney’s counsel, the company offers a broad range of resources tailored to clients' specific needs in casualty, property, marine, benefits, brand protection, and other areas. Trusted by respected organizations worldwide, Sedgwick helps employees regain health and productivity, guides consumers through the claims process, protects brands, and minimizes business interruptions. 

Prior to Sedgwick, Pinney solidified his skills in structuring departments by leading many large multinational and multi-disciplined teams of lawyers and non-lawyers to better focus on key strategic drivers. Over the years, he has sat on and advised boards of directors at all levels; overseen transactions of all sizes, both in private practice and in-house; and advised on various legal issues in numerous countries. 

Previously, Pinney was an International GC at Crawford & Company and a Senior Associate at Jones Day before that. Earlier in his career, he worked with Morgan Stanley as a Secondment. Pinney earned a BA in history from the University of Warwick.

Chris Pinney's Insight

“I’m delighted to have made the list as a finalist for The Top 25 General Counsels in Insurance for 2024. I’m proud to lead a diverse and talented team and to be able to help drive Sedgwick’s business forward in such a supportive environment”.

 

2. Tami Stevenson
General Counsel, Crawford & Company

Tami Stevenson is Crawford & Company’s General Counsel, leading the company’s global legal function, which also encompasses compliance and securities. Crawford is the world's largest publicly listed independent provider of claims management and outsourcing solutions to carriers, brokers, and corporations, with an expansive global network serving clients in more than 70 countries. 

Stevenson originally joined as Counsel for Crawford TPA: Broadspire® in 1997, and worked her way up to Deputy GC before her current role. During her time at Broadspire, the business grew to an over $400 million division of Crawford & Company with Stevenson assisting with the orderly transition of all workers compensation claims. As GC, Stevenson oversees the company’s corporate governance, transactional work, and M&A guidance. Today, she has a proven track record of acting quickly when new laws and regulations are passed to keep the company compliant.

Prior to Crawford, Stevenson held several Corporate Counsel positions with a focus on workers’ compensation and property casualty (PC) law. She also previously served for six years in the US Air Force Reserves. Stevenson earned a JD from St. Thomas University School of Law and a BA from the University of Florida.

 

3. Chris Longeway
General Counsel, Kemper Corporation

Chris Longeway is the General Counsel of Kemper Corporation, an American insurance provider that was originally founded as Unitrin, Inc. as a spin-off from Henry Singleton's conglomerate, Teledyne. With nearly $13 billion in assets, Kemper is improving the world of insurance by providing affordable and personalized Auto and Life solutions for individuals, families, and businesses. Today, the company serves over 4.8 million policies, is represented by approximately 22,500 agents and brokers, and has approximately 7,700 associates dedicated to meeting the ever-changing needs of its customers.

Beginning his professional career 29 years ago, Longeway first got his start in 1995 as an Assistant Counsel at Allstate Insurance Company. From there, he went on to Lord, Bissell & Brook, before eventually rising to VP of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Counsel at Farmers Insurance, his most recent position before joining Kemper. 

Longeway received a JD from Northern Illinois University and a BA in business administration from the University of Notre Dame. 

 

4. Michael Lanza
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Selective Insurance

Michael Lanza is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Selective Insurance Group, Inc., a holding company for 10 property and casualty insurance companies rated "A+" (Superior) by AM Best. Through independent agents, the insurance companies offer standard and specialty insurance for commercial and personal risks and flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program's Write Your Own Program. 

With extensive experience in legal, compliance, and regulatory affairs, Lanza has a proven track record of helping clients solve problems collaboratively and creatively while considering the law and all related social, economic, moral, and political issues. Previously, he was a principal at Independent Corporate Advisor and Legal Consultant and, before that, an EVP at QuadraMed Corporation. Earlier in his career, he worked with Sorokin, Sorokin, Gross, Hyde & Williams, PC as an Attorney. 

Lanza earned a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a BA in political science from the University of Connecticut.

Michael Lanza's Insight

As general counsel, I help my client solve problems collaboratively and creatively. Insurance involves a lot of public policy issues, so our team gets to consider the law and all the related social, economic, moral, and political issues. It’s never dull, and something new comes our way daily.

 

5. Bradley Burd
General Counsel, Gohealth

Bradley Burd is the General Counsel of Gohealth, a company founded on the belief that advancing health equity begins with the intentional, data-driven application of proprietary technology, beneficiary, and Medicare-expert insight, and a steadfast commitment to creating positive, health-focused impacts. Driven by a mission to improve healthcare access in America, GoHealth seeks risk-takers, innovators, and collaborators to craft individualized, simplified healthcare solutions for consumers. 

Burd previously served as an outside counsel for GoHealth, before becoming GC of the established national healthcare provider. As an experienced litigator and transactional lawyer within the healthcare sector, he has strategic insights on all elements of the highly regulated and complex industry, and was at the forefront of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation and the handling of its permutations and alterations.

With 22 years of experience, Burd has been with GoHealth since it transitioned from being a start-up into a more mature business – eventually being acquired by a private equity partner in 2012. Previously, he was an Attorney at Meckler, Bulger, Tilson, Marick & Pearson, LLP, as well as Cremer, Spina, Shaughnessy, Jansen & Siegert. Burd has a JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and a BA in finance from Miami University.

Bradley Burd's Insight

“I am honored to be recognized for my achievements as a General Counsel. I am very proud of my team’s accomplishments over the last thirteen years, and I am very fortunate to have worked with so many talented people that have taught me so much and contributed immeasurably to our company’s and our legal team’s success.”

 

6. Matthew Zimpfer
General Counsel, CNO Financial Group

Matt Zimpfer is the General Counsel of CNO Financial Group and serves as the President of CNO Bermuda Re, the organization’s Bermuda-based captive reinsurer. Since joining CNO in January 1998, Zimpfer has served the group and its financial services business, providing advice in diverse areas such as corporate governance, compliance, reinsurance, M&A, risk management, market conduct and regulatory affairs, labor and employment, and fraud prevention. 

In addition to these roles, Zimpfer also acts as an Executive Sponsor of CNO’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) program and is a founding Member of the company’s Executive Philanthropic Committee. Prior to becoming GC, he served as the company’s Interim General Counsel, as well as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel.

Before joining CNO, Zimpfer was a managing partner at Zimpfer, Klineman & Wright; in-house Counsel at Progressive Insurance Company; and a Law Clerk and Associate at White & Raub, all in Indianapolis. He earned a JD from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and a BA in history and political science from Butler University.

 

7. Amelia Larsen
Associate General Counsel, Westfield Insurance

Amelia Larsen is the Associate General Counsel of Westfield Insurance, a leading US-based P&C insurance company with over 2,500 employees and a vast network of independent insurance agents across the country. Founded in 1848 by a small group of hard-working farmers seeking a better way to protect their farmland and community's livelihood, the company has since stayed true to its founders' vision. 

Today, with Larsen’s support, Westfield provides personal insurance in 10 states, commercial insurance in 21 states, and surety products in all 50 states. Before her current role, Larsen was an associate attorney at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP. Before that, she was an Associate Attorney at McDonald Hopkins, LLC, and earlier in her career, she worked with Squire Sanders as a Litigation Legal Assistant. 

Larsen earned a JD in law from Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a BA in history from The Ohio State University.

 

8. Terry Burston
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Amalgamated Life Insurance Company

Terry Burston, Esq. serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Amalgamated Family of Companies, including Amalgamated Life Insurance Company. Founded in 1943, the company has since grown into a leading provider of comprehensive insurance solutions operating in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

As SVP and GC, Burston is responsible for legal counsel, regulatory compliance, and interactions with New York State and various insurance departments, as well as the oversight of all contracts. He brings to the role extensive legal and compliance experience serving with both public and private entities and applying a pragmatic approach to balancing legal, financial, and reputational risks against business interests.

Previously, Burston served as VP, Assistant GC, and Chief Compliance Officer with USI Insurance Services; VP and Assistant GC with Willis Towers Watson; Associate at King & Spalding, LLP; and Associate at Hunton & Williams, LLP. He earned his JD from Howard University School of Law, and his BA from the University of Georgia. 

Terry Burston's Insight

“An effective General Counsel is more ‘more than just a lawyer.’ I appreciate acting as a trusted legal and business advisor to the CEO and senior leadership team. I also believe it is imperative that General Counsel develop in-depth knowledge of the business and their company’s industry; allowing the General Counsel to provide legal advice in the context of the business issue.”

 

9. Suzanne Broadbent
General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, Capspecialty

Suzanne Broadbent is the General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer of CapSpecialty®, a leading provider of specialty insurance for small- to mid-sized businesses in the US. The company offers casualty, professional liability, surety, and fidelity products in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

First joining CapSpecialty in 2015 as an Associate GC and Assistant Corporate Secretary, Broadbent advanced to become the company’s first Chief Privacy Officer in 2021. The next year, Broadbent was promoted to General Counsel and now advises the CEO, Board, and Company on all issues pertinent to the legal, claims, and information security.

Prior to CapSpecialty, she was a Litigation Attorney in private practice before becoming a Claims Manager for Lloyd’s, London Syndicate. There, she also was an in-house coverage resource for all lines and managed direct actions against the Syndicate, including those involving coverage and bad faith.

Suzanne Broadbent's Insight

"In my role as General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, I work with our business partners on all facets of our business. I am grateful for the opportunity to surround myself with an amazing group of people where I have the opportunity to collaborate on creative solutions to business challenges and deliver comprehensive insurance products and services, which is a win-win for all parties involved."

 

10. Michael  McTigue
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Crum & Forster

Michael McTigue is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Crum & Forster (C&F), a leading national property and casualty insurance company with a large, diversified specialty platform. 

Since joining the team in 2015, McTigue has worked in various areas handling legal, contractual, transactional, and regulatory matters. In his current role, he supports C&F in protecting businesses and organizations from the unpredictable nature of risk, giving them the confidence to take on new challenges and flourish in today’s increasingly complex and uncertain world.

McTigue has 30 years of experience and was previously an Associate General Counsel at American International Group; and an Associate at Landman Corsi Ballaine & Ford P.C. Earlier in his career, he worked with Liberty Mutual Insurance as a Senior Accountant. McTigue earned his JD from Seton Hall University School of Law and a BS in Accounting from Fairfield University. 

 

11. Allie Lin
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Brighthouse Financial

Allie Lin is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Brighthouse Financial — a company on a mission to help people achieve financial security. As one of the largest providers of annuities and life insurance in the US, Brighthouse Financial specializes in products designed to help people protect their earnings and ensure their longevity.

As EVP and GC, Lin is responsible for legal, compliance, and corporate governance. Prior to her current role, she served as the company’s Head of Litigation and Employment Law and was responsible for litigation, employment law, legal operations, and customer relations.

Before joining Brighthouse in 2018, Lin served as a Senior Director and Counsel at AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company. She is a member of the board of directors for Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and the chair of its DE&I Committee. She holds a JD from New York University School of Law and a BS in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

12. Sebastian Alia
Deputy General Counsel, Hudson Insurance Group

Sebastian Alia is the Deputy General Counsel of Hudson Insurance Group, a market-leading specialty insurer that offers a wide range of property and casualty insurance products to corporations, professional firms, and individuals through retailers, wholesalers, and program administrators. In his role as Deputy GC, Alia provides diverse legal support for Hudson Pro and the broader Hudson Insurance Group organization. In collaboration with underwriting leaders, he engages in high-level underwriting decision-making, deal structuring, and determining risk appetite. 

Prior to joining Hudson, Alia was a Commercial Litigator for a number of years before serving the insurance industry as Chief Counsel at Validus Specialty, Underwriting Counsel at XL Catlin, and Assistant Vice President at Liberty International Underwriters. Earlier in his career, he worked with Lysaght, Lysaght & Kramer, and Cronin & Byczek as a Civil Litigation Associate. 

Alia earned a JD from The George Washington University Law School and a BA in philosophy from Hofstra University.

Sebastian Alia's Insight

"Crafting innovative solutions to complex problems is what I enjoy most about my role. It has allowed us to create opportunity and grow our business profitably. By integrating legal expertise and an entrepreneurial mindset with strategic vision, we empower our customers and partners to thrive in an ever-evolving business environment."

 

13. Isabelle Smith
Senior Vice President, Partner and General Counsel, Woodruff Sawyer

Isabelle Smith is the Senior Vice President, Partner and General Counsel of Woodruff Sawyer, one of the largest insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the US, protecting the people and assets of more than 4,000 companies. Smith supports the firm’s overarching mission to provide expert counsel and fierce advocacy to protect clients against their most critical risks in P&C, management liability, cyber liability, employee benefits, and personal wealth management.

Smith has over 25 years of experience, beginning her career in 1997. Before joining Woodruff Sawyer, she was the CEO and Founder of her own law firm, and an Attorney with Montage Legal Group, LLC. Earlier in her career, she was a Partner at Howrey LLP and an associate with Fenwick & West LLP.

Smith graduated from the University of California, College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings) with a JD and from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in law and society.

Isabelle Smith's Insight

“As General Counsel of a small legal department for one of the largest and oldest independent brokerage and consulting firms, I embrace the role of player-coach. I balance managing and developing a team, creating and overseeing infrastructure, advancing strategic goals, fostering a culture of compliance and ethics, identifying and mitigating risk, operating as a trusted advisor, and reporting to the Board, with the daily responsibilities of producing work product, completing tangible deliverables, and responding immediately to challenges. My experience as a business litigation partner at a large firm has been invaluable in enabling me to move swiftly between areas of law, to recognize risk in different facets of the business, and to find creative solutions to align business interests with legal compliance.”

 

14. Rachel Jrade-Rice
General Counsel, NEXT Insurance

Rachel Jrade-Rice is the General Counsel of NEXT Insurance, a company that is transforming small business insurance with simple, digital, and affordable coverage tailored to the self-employed. Trusted by over 500,000 business owners, NEXT offers policies that are easy to buy and provide 24/7 access to Certificates of Insurance, additional insured, and more, with no extra fees. Founded in 2016, the company has since received a total of $1.1 billion in venture capital funding.

As GC, Rice is dedicated to supporting NEXT’s commitment to ensuring transparency, fairness, and efficiency in all aspects of its legal operations, ultimately benefiting customers and helping entrepreneurs thrive. Previously, she got her start in 2009 as a Law Clerk at the Tennessee Attorney General's Office. From there, she went on to Davidson County Circuit Court, before eventually rising to Assistant Commissioner at the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, her most recent position before joining Next Insurance. 

Rice graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School with a JD, and from Princeton University with a BA in public and international policy.

Rachel Jrade-Rice's Insight

“Receiving recognition as one of the Top 25 General Counsels in Insurance for 2024 is a testament to the collective dedication and innovative spirit of our team at NEXT Insurance. I am privileged to work with a team driving positive change in small business insurance. At NEXT, we are committed to ensuring transparency, fairness, and efficiency in all aspects of our legal operations, ultimately benefiting our customers and supporting the company's vision of helping entrepreneurs thrive."

 

15. Jessica McGrath
Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, CRDN General And Specialty Contents Restoration

Jessica McGrath is the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for CRDN, the industry leader in content restoration services for insured casualties. As a franchise network, CRDN serves as part of the emergency response team, working with policyholders, insurance representatives, and contractors to restore peace of mind after a disaster. Today, it has over 150 franchised locations throughout the US, Canada, and the UK.

In her 14 years with CRDN and its legal affiliates, McGrath has navigated the organization through multiple sales and acquisitions, as well as the expansion of CRDN’s footprint and service offerings. Her legal areas of expertise span the insurance industry and franchise law, but her core strength is serving as both the legal counsel and strategic business advisor for the organization. 

In addition to her role, McGrath also oversees all HR functions and serves as Chair of the CRDN Women’s Forum, which provides resources and a platform to support, advance, engage, and empower all women of the CRDN network. McGrath earned her JD, MBA, and her BS from the University of Detroit Mercy.

 

16. Leslie Shaunty
General Counsel, Skyward Specialty Insurance

Leslie Shaunty is the General Counsel of Skyward Specialty Insurance, a rapidly growing and innovative specialty insurance company, delivering commercial P&C products and solutions on a non-admitted and admitted basis. The company operates through eight underwriting divisions – Accident & Health, Captives, Global Property & Agriculture, Industry Solutions, Professional Lines, Programs, Surety, and Transactional E&S.

As GC, Shaunty is responsible for all of Skyward’s legal, compliance, and regulatory obligations. Beyond the legal aspects of her job, the role inspires her with the opportunity to work closely with internal clients to help them achieve their business objectives. Joining the team in 2013, she came with 25+ years of legal experience in a variety of industries, including retail and manufacturing, in addition to 10+ years of insurance industry experience. 

Previously, Shaunty was a Corporate Attorney at Shaunty Law Firm and before that, VP of Legal at Skyward Specialty Insurance. Earlier in her career, she worked with HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. as an AVP legal. She earned a JD from the University of Virginia and a BA in government from the University of Texas - Austin.

Leslie Shaunty's Insight

"As General Counsel, I am lucky to have a job that is different, engaging and challenging on a daily basis. Being a generalist attorney has allowed me to have a rich career in a variety of industries and expand my knowledge of the law and business, all without being stuck in a box. Beyond just the legal aspects of my job, my role affords me the opportunity to work closely with my internal clients to help them achieve their business objectives. Ultimately, when I look back at my career, I hope my legacy shows that I said ‘yes’ more than I said ‘no.’"

 

17. Brendan Witherell
General Counsel, Polly

Brendan Witherell is the General Counsel of Polly, where delivering unexpected value by embedding insurance into life's biggest purchases is the goal. As the leading embedded automotive insurance marketplace, Polly integrates coverage options from 40+ insurance carriers into the buying experience at thousands of dealerships nationwide. With more than $11 billion in coverage placed, shoppers trust Polly for instant quotes, immediate coverage, and expert live agents.  

In his role as GC, Witherell supports Polly’s advanced/personalized customer acquisition models, AI and automation, and counsels the business on the unstoppable rise of embedded insurance that is empowering incumbent carriers to grow and new entrants to thrive.

With 17 years of experience, he previously served as Senior Counsel of Contracts and Technology at Travelers. Before that, he was Senior Corporate Counsel at Fiserv and a Law Clerk at the Connecticut Appellate Court. Witherell graduated from Western New England University School of Law with a JD and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BA in management and economics.

Brendan Witherell's Insight

“Our industry is in the midst of exponential change that will continue, and even accelerate, over the next decade. Things like advanced/personalized underwriting models, AI and automation, blockchain, and the unstoppable rise of embedded insurance present opportunities for incumbents to grow and new entrants to thrive. Today’s general counsel must be a thought leader that brings creative solutions and novel ideas that empower our organizations to capitalize on these opportunities.”

 

18. Michael  Tiliakos
General Counsel, Argo Group

Michael Tiliakos is the GC of Argo Group, a US-focused underwriter of specialty insurance products in the P&C market. Since 1957, the group has maintained a firm commitment to working together with independent agents, wholesale brokers, and retail brokerage partners to deliver innovative products for niche markets. Today, they offer a full line of products and services designed to meet the unique coverage and claims filing needs of businesses. 

Tiliakos joined Argo in April 2020 as the Assistant General Counsel, Employment and Corporate Matters before advancing to his current role. Previously, he was AGC for Goodman Networks, and prior to that, a Partner in Duane Morris, LLP’s Employment, Labor, Benefits, and Immigration group. In his more than two decades of practicing law, he has worked in the government sector, co-founded a boutique management-side labor and employment firm, and worked in two global law firms. 

Tiliakos serves as chair of the board for A Call to Men. He received his JD degree from New York Law School and his undergraduate degree from Penn State University.

 

19. Chad Helin
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Zenith Insurance Company

Chad Helin is the EVP and GC of Zenith Insurance Company, a premier specialist in workers’ compensation nationally, and a leader in property and casualty insurance for the California agriculture industry. 

With Helin’s counsel, Zenith combines a depth of expertise with a forward-thinking approach to achieve the highest level of service and outcomes for their clients. With a belief that insurance is a long-term investment in the employees and the success of business, the company helps great businesses become even better when they invest in the best and maximize the return on insurance.

Previously, Helin was a General Counsel of Global Accident and Health at Chubb, and before that a Counsel at O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Earlier in his career, he worked with Shook, Hardy & Bacon as an Associate. Helin earned a JD from New York Law School and a BA in journalism from Kansas State University.

 

20. Tyler Petersen
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Pekin Insurance

Tyler Petersen is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Pekin Insurance. Pekin started out in a donated room at the Tazewell County Courthouse, but today they have established a designated claims center in Pekin, along with seven service offices in six different states. They now do business in 21 states, offering an array of insurance products including personal, commercial, funeral pre-planning, and credit insurance.

With close to a million policies, Pekin is founded on the strong belief that the independent agency system serves them well. For his part, Petersen has 20 years of experience, and vefore his current role, Petersen was a partner at Quinn Johnston Henderson Pretorius & Cerulo. Earlier in his career he worked with Husch, Blackwell, Sanders, LLP as a partner. 

Petersen graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law with a JD and from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a BA in finance.

 

21. John Littzi
General Counsel, Coalition

John Littzi is the GC of Coalition, the world's first Active Insurance provider designed to help prevent digital risk before it strikes. The company provides automated cyber alerts, expert guidance and advice, and third-party risk management to businesses worldwide through its holistic cyber risk management platform, Coalition Control. Their research and innovation center, Coalition Security Labs, provides cybersecurity education and insights designed to help their policyholders and the broader security community face the evolving cyber threat landscape.

As Coalition’s GC, Littzi is responsible for the firm's global legal affairs and serves as principal counsel to the company’s Founder and CEO, as well as its senior management team and board of directors. Before joining the team, he served as Deputy General Counsel of W. R. Berkley Corporation, and as an Associate in the M&A and Financial Institutions groups at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom, LLP in New York. 

Littzi graduated from Boston University School of Law with a JD and from Bucknell University with a BS in biology.

 

22. Kevin  Kinross
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Copperpoint Insurance Companies

Kevin Kinross is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of Copperpoint Insurance Companies. Founded in 1925, CopperPoint is a leading provider of workers’ compensation and commercial property and casualty insurance solutions. 

With Kinsross’ support as General Counsel, as well as an expanded line of insurance products and a growing 26-state footprint, CopperPoint is in a strong position to meet the evolving needs of its agents, brokers, and customers.

Previously, Kinross was a partner at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with Bricker & Eckler, LLP as a partner. He earned a JD from Capital University Law School and a BS in finance from Indiana University - Kelley School of Business.

 

23. Arun Kottha
General Counsel, Unison Risk Advisors

Arun Kottha is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Unison Risk Advisors, recently established in 2020 through the strategic merging of Oswald Companies and RCM&D. In June 2023, NSI became the third partner company. 

Unison Risk Advisors represents one of the nation’s largest privately held and employee-owned, insurance brokerage and risk management firms. In his role, Kottha oversees legal operations for RCM&D in Baltimore. Prior to his current role, Kottha was Senior Legal Counsel for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and also was previously an Attorney at Cleveland’s Tucker & Ellis, LLP law firm.

Kottha earned his BS from Case Western Reserve University and his JD from The Ohio State University, during which he completed the international ADR law curriculum at the University of Oxford in England. Kottha has been a member of the Board of Appeals in Shaker Heights for nearly 14 years.

 

24. William Schreiner
General Counsel, Pronto Insurance

William Schreiner is the General Counsel of Pronto Insurance, a rapidly growing general agency in South Texas — and now a proud member of Gallagher, a global expert in risk management solutions. Pronto boasts over 160 captive locations in Texas and has recently expanded into the California and Florida markets. With a vision to become an industry leader, the company has made a significant impact on the insurance market through its network of captive agencies, independent agents, and franchise locations.

Prior to Pronto, Schreine first got his start in 1999 as an Associate at Phelps Dunbar. From there, he went on to Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, before eventually rising to EVP & General Counsel at Assure Holding Corporation, his most recent position before joining Pronto Insurance

Schreine graduated from New York University School of Law with a JD and from State University of New York at Oswego with a BA in communications.

 

25. Ranga Nutakki
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Noridian Mutual Insurance

Ranga Nutakki is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Noridian Mutual Insurance, a branch of Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian) which develops solutions for federal, state, and commercial healthcare programs. Their full suite includes innovative offerings, such as claims processing, medical review, and contact center and provider administrative services. 

Leveraging a collective of decades of experience, the Noridian team designs and implements customizable, high-quality solutions to eliminate common healthcare barriers, enabling access to care. As SVP and GC, Nutakki is responsible for the strategic leadership of the company’s legal function. 

Previously, he was a Senior Associate General Counsel at UnitedHealth Group, and before that an Attorney at Maslon, Edelman, Borman & Brand, LLP. Earlier in his career, he worked with Briggs and Morgan, P.A. as an Attorney. Nutakki earned a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School and a BA in accounting from the University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management.