The LexisNexis Insurance Law Center Advisory Board released finalists for the LexisNexis Insurance Law Center Person of the Year awards for 2008. The Board invites commentary from visitors to their site through March 18, 2009. The list is as follows:
Policyholder Attorney of the Year – the attorney who did the most in 2008 to effectively advance policyholder positions and improve insurance law from the perspective of policyholders.
Ray Cotkin, Cotkin & Collins, Los Angeles.
Mark DeBofsky, Daley DeBofsky and Bryant, Chicago
Robert Horkovich, Anderson Kill, New York
Ernest Martin, Jr., Haynes and Boone, Dallas
William F. Merlin, Jr., Merlin Law Group, Tampa
Kirk Pasich, Dickstein Shapiro, Washington D.C.
Brian S. Sheldon, Phillabaum, Ledlin, Matthews & Sheldon, Spokane, Washington
Roger Simpson, Cotkin & Collins, Los Angeles
Richard C. Trahant, Law Offices of Richard C. Trahant, Metairie, Louisiana
Ray Zuppa , The Zuppa Firm, Brooklyn, New York
Insurer Attorney of the Year — the attorney who did the most in 2008 to effectively advance insurer positions and improve insurance law from the perspective of insurers.
William S. Berk – Berk, Merchant & Sims, PLC
Stuart Cotton – Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass, New York
Gary M. Eldin – Grippo & Elden LLC, Chicago
Lawrence Greengrass — Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass, New York
Lloyd A. Gura — Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass, New York
Rick L. Hammond – Johnson & Bell, Chicago
Laura J. Hanson, Meagher & Geer, Minneapolis
Bradley M. Jones Meagher & Geer, Minneapolis
Leo J. Jordan – Shannon Gracey Ratliff & Miller, Dallas
Peter H. Klee — Luce Forward, San Diego
Randy Maniloff – White and Williams, Philadelphia
Barry R. Ostrager — Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York
Mark D. Plevin – Crowell & Moring, Washington, D.C.
Francine Semaya — Nelson Levine de Luca and Horst, LLC
Philip Silverberg — Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass, New York
Chuck Spevacek, Meagher & Geer, Minneapolis
James Veach — Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass, New York
Insurance Regulator of the Year – the international, federal, state, or local regulator who had most impact during 2008.
Eric Dinallo – Superintendent of the New York State Insurance Department
Kevin M. McCarty – Commissioner of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation
Insurance Jurist of the Year — the judge or justice whose rulings had the largest impact on insurance law during 2008.
The Honorable Chet C. Taylor – Louisiana Supreme Court, New Orleans
The Texas Supreme Court – Austin, Texas
There are a number of very fine attorneys.
Kevin McCarty is getting my vote for the Regulator of the Year. He finally made Allstate produce the McKinsey & Company Documents so everyone can view them on-line.