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|Business Partner Spotlight - USI Affinity, January 2014|
USI Affinity, Richard Creel, RPLU, ASLI, MLIS I Senior Vice President
How and why did you come to work with law firms? For nearly 60 years, the divisions of USI Affinity have developed, marketed and administered insurance and financial programs that offer law firms and their member’s unique advantages in coverage, price and service. Our focus and expertise includes exclusive endorsements as the insurance administrator for Bar associations since 1956. We serve over 15,000 law firms and more than 35,000 attorneys utilize our insurance solutions.
Why is your service/product important to law firms? USI Affinity has the experience and specified insurance knowledge that law firms utilize in order to mitigate risk and solve their insurance needs.
What makes your service/product unique? USI Affinity’s innovative approach goes beyond typical brokerage services. Our expertise and leverage allows our team to navigate the marketplace and design the most comprehensive and customized insurance and benefits packages available for law firms. Our “Core Service Agreement” provides a strategic game plan unique to each law practice.
Share how your company solves problems. We analyze and approach each
law firm differently, based on their practice complexities, attorney headcount, office locations, internal risk management history and formal intake procedures. We identify potential coverage gaps and quantify the risk - we offer cutting edge solutions.
Share a success story your company has experienced working with a law firm. A client contacted our service team and asked for assistance regarding a significant change in their areas of practice pertaining to an acquisition of an IP practice group. We arranged underwriter meetings including experienced IP risk managers in order to help the firm transition the new practice group into the firm’s existing culture. We benchmarked coverage limits and retentions in order to mitigate potential coverage gaps. The firm ultimately appreciated our hands on approach and the strategic outcome.
Share your "WOW" factor. USI Affinity’s “WOW” factor is our team approach and ability to leverage our overall insurance experience. We employ specialist with law, claims, underwriting, brokerage and managerial expertise and backgrounds that surpass the industry standard. More importantly, our “WOW” factor is the multiple ALA Chapters we sponsor throughout the country and the relationships we have developed!