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Paul Nowak

Principal, National Management & Professional Liability Practice Leader
Phone: 206.816.6721
Email: [email protected]


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Products offered include General Liability, Professional Liability, and Business Owner’s Policy (BOP) for a wide range of professional services.

Brown & Riding specializes in all aspects of Management & Professional Liability coverages. We help our clients develop world class solutions to difficult challenges to come out on top in competitive situations.

Helping you successfully navigate the complex, dynamic, and challenging risks of Management and Professional Liability is our top priority. We monitor litigation trends, collaborate on coverage issues, and work with carriers to facilitate the evolution of products.

Directors & Officers (D&O)

Our expertise in the placement of D&O coverage helps expedite the marketing process and allows you to compliment your internal resources. We work with every viable D&O insurance carrier and have developed a solid industry reputation and market relationships. After we analyze the multitude of coverage issues in each policy form, our market clout enables us to enhance a policy by negotiating manuscript endorsements, to help you find superior coverage solutions for your various clients’ needs.

Target Risks:
  • Public companies
  • Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)
  • Non-profits
  • Private companies
  • Public officials
  • Healthcare
  • Educators Legal
Errors & Omissions (E&O)

This is a complex coverage that requires specialized knowledge. Just as no two policy forms are identical, no two risks are the same. Our expertise in identifying the risks and exposures facing each individual insured is well-recognized by the underwriting community and can help you expedite the marketing process. We can help you entertain any risk that charges a fee for their services, as well as exposures needing coverage where a monetary fee may not be initially apparent. Segments include (but are not limited to):

Target Risks:
  • Accountants
  • Architects and engineers
  • Construction managers
  • Design / build consultants
  • Environmental consultants
  • Event planners
  • Financial institutions
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Insurance agents / brokers
  • Lawyers Professional
  • Media Liability
  • Miscellaneous Professional
  • Mortgage brokers
  • Real estate-related professional
  • Technology
Employment Practices Liability (EPL)

Employment Practices Liability has become a standard coverage for commercial clients. Policy language varies from one carrier to another, and our team has the experience to help you identify the differences for your insureds. We have detailed knowledge on how the market views, assesses, and provides coverage for the various classes, and will negotiate enhancements to help you offer the most comprehensive coverage available to your clients and to meet constantly-changing litigation trends.

Target Risks:
  • Public companies
  • Private companies
  • Non-profits, including 501c3 to 501c6
  • Financial institutions
  • Public officials
  • Healthcare
Crime / Fidelity

We have an array of market options that excel in all types of Crime / Fidelity coverage placements (with first and third party coverage available), and our market access and strong relationships with those markets give you the advantage with your clients. Our knowledge of carriers and coverage on given Crime and Fidelity placements expedites the marketing process and ultimately strengthens your credibility with your clients.

Coverage Placements Available for:
  • Blanket employee dishonesty
  • Forgery or alteration
  • Loss inside / outside
  • Computer fraud
  • Money order
  • Counterfeit paper
  • Funds transfer fraud
  • Loss of client’s property due to employee dishonesty
Cyber / Security and Privacy Liability

All sizes of business and all industries are at risk for a security event. Any company that stores, handles, and/or processes confidential information, including digital information and physical documents, is at risk. A Cyber Liability policy can help mitigate costs associated with a breach, protect information assets, and recover from breach incidents. First- and Third-Party coverages and Excess limits available.

Coverage Placements Available for:
  • Privacy Liability (identity theft, breach of privacy, failure to protect confidential data)
  • Network Liability / security failure (failure to mitigate unauthorized access, transmission of spyware, viruses, malicious code)
  • Media Liability
  • Notification and credit monitoring costs
  • Data restoration
  • Forensic costs
  • Public relations / crisis management costs
  • Business interruption and expenses due to network event / security failure
  • Regulatory fines, penalties, and defense costs
  • Cyber extortion
  • Cybercrime (funds transfer) coverage
Fiduciary

Just as the structure of a business organization may influence which type of Directors’ & Officers’ Liability policy they purchase, the type of fiduciary plans offered and/or provided by an entity can dictate their need for a specific fiduciary policy. Our knowledgeable and capable staff can help you decide which policy best suits the coverage needs of your insured. And we won’t stop there – we have the ability to adapt policies even further to help you provide the most comprehensive coverage available for your insured’s unique needs.

Depending on risk-specific needs, placements can include:
  • Broad wrongful acts definition that includes allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and errors and omissions
  • No deductible applies in many cases
  • HIPAA Coverage
  • Defense Outside options for some classes
  • Broad definition of insured, including the company, its benefit plans, and its fiduciaries
Other Coverages

Every risk is unique, and policy forms and coverages must match the needs of the insured. Our years of experience and access to 350+ markets company-wide allow us the breadth to scour the insurance marketplace for the solution you need. The expertise of our industry verticals and coverage-specific teams put us in a position to provide a solution you can trust. We can help you assess the risk profile and provide terms for insureds with needs beyond the traditional insurance realm, including (but not limited to):

  • Kidnap, Ransom, Extortion
  • Foodborne illness
  • Personal Directorship Liability
  • Representations & Warranty coverage (mergers and acquisitions)
  • Other transactional coverages

Wholesale Insights

What are your risks for sexual abuse claims?

October 2, 2022- A standalone SAM policy offers the benefits of crisis communication, victim support, forensic investigation, and legal advice. In addition, speaking with your broker before an incident occurs keeps your organization protected.

The Construction Insurance Market Faces Rising Uncertainty

October 16, 2020- In an article by PropertyCasualty360, B&R Chairman and Construction Practice Leader, Chris Brown, provides insight on the challenges facing the construction market and how the industry is projected to respond.

Architects and Engineers Professional Liability Insurance

June 29, 2020- B&R E&O expert, Shannon Beric, was recently interviewed to weigh in on the current A&E market, including trends, emerging challenges, critical cyber exposures, the impacts of COVID-19, and more.

Wholesale E&S Market Report 2019

September 16, 2019- Insurance Business America has released its 2019 Wholesale E&S Market Report, which offers an inside perspective of the market by region. B&R Senior Vice President and Broker, Chris Bading, was approached for his expert opinion on the West and offer many insights.

Wholesale E&S Market Report 2018

September 19, 2018- Insurance Business America’s Wholesale E&S Market Report for 2018 has been released, providing an inside perspective of the market by region. B&R Senior Vice President and Broker, George Sella, was asked for his expert opinion on the South and offers many insights.

Brokers Bucking Disruption: How Wholesalers Hang On Through Change

September 4, 2017- Despite trends in commercial lines of more carriers going direct to customers and insurtech also looking to compete, today’s wholesale brokerages still expect to keep growing. B&R President and CEO, Jeff Rodriguez, weighs in on the future of the industry in this article by Insurance Journal.

Wholesale Consolidation Creates Opportunities for Independents

May 6, 2016- Jeff Rodriguez, B&R President and CEO, discusses how recent consolidation of the largest wholesale brokers has raised concerns with retailers and created opportunities for the next tier of intermediaries as retailers look for alternatives to promote healthy competition and accountability.

Find a Specialist

Contact Information Location Practice Areas
Tiffany  Toguchi
Tiffany Toguchi
Associate Broker
Phone: 206.816.6746
Washington
Management & Professional Liability
Bridgette  Swearngin
Bridgette Swearngin
Account Executive
Phone: 213.593.3419
California
Management & Professional Liability
Bobbie  Sundstrom
Bobbie Sundstrom
Associate Broker
Phone: 206.816.6718
Arizona
Management & Professional Liability
Bill  Stratico
Bill Stratico
Principal, Broker
Phone: 213.593.3440
California
Management & Professional Liability
Kelly  Sorensen
Kelly Sorensen
Assistant Vice President, Broker
Phone: 312.279.3690
Illinois
Management & Professional Liability
Sheri  Shapiro
Sheri Shapiro
Vice President, Broker
Phone: 818.536.7241
California
Casualty, Management & Professional Liability
Zac  Schuck
Zac Schuck
Account Executive
Phone: 727.342.6727
Florida
Management & Professional Liability
CJ  Rosenblum
CJ Rosenblum
Associate Broker
Phone: 206.816.6731
Washington
Management & Professional Liability
Judy  Rosas
Judy Rosas
Associate Broker
Phone: 213.587.7882
California
Management & Professional Liability
Kim  Roman
Kim Roman
Associate Broker
Phone: 727.674.0223
Florida
Management & Professional Liability
Lisa  Rodriguez
Lisa Rodriguez
Principal, Non-Profits: Human Services Practice Leader
Phone: 206.816.6725
Washington
Management & Professional Liability, Non-Profits: Human Services
Sarah  Roberts
Sarah Roberts
Account Executive
Phone: 206.816.6704
Washington
Management & Professional Liability
Courtney  Reading
Courtney Reading
Associate Broker
Phone: 206.816.6720
Washington
Management & Professional Liability
Jack  O'Donnell
Jack O'Donnell
Principal, Broker
Phone: 415.464.2980
California
Management & Professional Liability
Paul  Nowak
Paul Nowak
Principal, National Management & Professional Liability Practice Leader
Phone: 206.816.6721
Washington
Management & Professional Liability, Franchise Industry
Collin  Nichols
Collin Nichols
Account Executive
Phone: 678.225.1390
Georgia
Management & Professional Liability
Will  Muecke
Will Muecke
Associate Broker
Phone: 678.225.1388
Georgia
Management & Professional Liability
Patrick  Makohin
Patrick Makohin
Assistant Vice President, Broker
Phone: 727.342.6730
Florida
Management & Professional Liability
Laura  Lusk
Laura Lusk
Account Executive
Phone: 312.279.3703
Illinois
Management & Professional Liability
Anne  Lund
Anne Lund
Principal, Financial Institutions Practice Leader
Phone: 206.816.6726
Washington
Management & Professional Liability, Financial Institutions
Robbi  Lakos
Robbi Lakos
Assistant Vice President, Account Executive
Phone: 707.658.7161
California
Management & Professional Liability
Chris  Laeng
Chris Laeng
Assistant Vice President, Broker
Phone: 707.658.7163
California
Management & Professional Liability
Shana  Ladwig
Shana Ladwig
Associate Broker
Phone: 678.225.1379
Georgia
Management & Professional Liability
Jeffrey  Jarboe
Jeffrey Jarboe
Principal, Healthcare Practice Leader
Phone: 678.225.1381
Georgia
Management & Professional Liability, Healthcare
Shereeza  Housain
Shereeza Housain
Assistant Vice President, Account Executive
Phone: 415.490.9418
California
Management & Professional Liability
Ben  Hickey
Ben Hickey
Account Executive
Phone: 816.915.3827
Missouri
Management & Professional Liability
Sam  Gressett
Sam Gressett
Associate Broker
Phone: 503.517.0505
Oregon
Management & Professional Liability
Ginger  Glasco
Ginger Glasco
Associate Broker
Phone: 707.658.7162
California
Management & Professional Liability
Matt  Gervin
Matt Gervin
Principal, Broker
Phone: 480.281.3850
Arizona
Management & Professional Liability
Ashley  Ganne
Ashley Ganne
Assistant Vice President, Broker
Phone: 972.402.6668
Texas
Management & Professional Liability
Dennis  Fox
Dennis Fox
Principal, Broker
Phone: 213.320.3021
California
Management & Professional Liability, Healthcare
Amanda  Floyd
Amanda Floyd
Associate Broker
Phone: 206.816.6709
Washington
Management & Professional Liability
Doug  Flake
Doug Flake
Principal, Broker
Phone: 415.490.9414
California
Management & Professional Liability
Doug  Day
Doug Day
Principal, Technology Practice Leader
Phone: 312.279.3650
Colorado
Management & Professional Liability, Technology
Sean  Connelly
Sean Connelly
Broker
Phone: 727.342.6710
Florida
Management & Professional Liability
Amanda  Clausen
Amanda Clausen
Associate Broker
Phone: 206.816.6703
Washington
Management & Professional Liability
Emily  Chrismer
Emily Chrismer
Assistant Vice President, Account Executive
Phone: 678.225.1383
Georgia
Management & Professional Liability
Tina  Charles
Tina Charles
Assistant Vice President, Broker
Phone: 206.816.6732
Washington
Management & Professional Liability
Regina  Cannon
Regina Cannon
Associate Broker
Phone: 415.490.9403
California
Management & Professional Liability
Carole  Brown
Carole Brown
Vice President, Broker
Phone: 415.490.9410
California
Management & Professional Liability
Jake  Brannan
Jake Brannan
Assistant Vice President, Broker
Phone: 662.371.6008
Washington
Management & Professional Liability, Financial Institutions
Madeline  Bettis
Madeline Bettis
Associate Broker
Phone: 208.816.6706
Washington
Management & Professional Liability
Shannon  Beric
Shannon Beric
Principal, Broker
Phone: 206.816.6710
Washington
Management & Professional Liability
Nick  Asfaw
Nick Asfaw
Associate Broker
Phone: 213.281.5362
Arizona
Management & Professional Liability