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Patrick H. Cantilo

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phcantilo@cb-firm.com

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Having received a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors from the University of Texas in 1977, and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1980, Patrick Cantilo was admitted to practice law in the State of Texas in November 1980.  He has since been admitted to practice in all Texas State Courts, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and the Fifth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. 

While most recently Mr. Cantilo's practice has been concentrated in insurance rehabilitation and liquidation, on the reorganization of health services corporations, and in the area of insurance corporate restructuring, merger and acquisition, his experience is far more diverse. 

As advisor to state regulators, he has become deeply involved in conversion, merger, acquisition, reorganization or initial public offering transactions for a number of insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. 

Much of Mr. Cantilo's law practice has been devoted to the area of civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including cases in the State and Federal Courts, both at the trial and appellate levels.  His litigation experience includes relatively straight-forward matters like the prosecution or defense of insurance claims and very complex matters such as major bankruptcy reorganizations and insurance rehabilitations.  Demonstrative of this experience are the roles played by Mr. Cantilo as lead counsel for Texas Insurance regulators in the Maxicare Bankruptcy (reported at In re Family Health Services, Inc., 101 B.R. 618 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 1989)) and in the bankruptcy proceeding involving an insurance holding company and its affiliates.  (See In re First Financial Enterprises, Inc., 99 B.R. 751 (Bankr. W.D. Tex. 1989)). 

He has served as lead counsel in cases involving professional negligence, RICO, fraud, reinsurance transactions, transnational conflicts, banking and letters of credit, state licensing, medical privileges, landlord tenant disputes, medical malpractice actions, construction negligence, wrongful lien, insurance fraud, regulatory jurisdiction, commercial lending, deceptive trade practices, defense of a variety of insurance claims, employment issues, liability of officers and directors, bankruptcy, insurance insolvency, and a host of other matters. 

Mr. Cantilo has also devoted a significant part of his legal career to complicated business and insurance transactions, including the reorganization or conversion of Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in several states, negotiation of acquisitions and complex reinsurance transactions, the development and implementation of complex insurance rehabilitation plans, the negotiation of purchase and sale agreements for a variety of businesses, goods and services, participation in corporate reorganizations, participation in complex real estate transactions, mergers, acquisitions, and similar matters. 

He has served as Counsel to the Receiver, as Special Deputy Receiver, Deputy Receiver, Deputy Liquidator, or in comparable capacities in literally dozens of insurance and managed care insolvencies throughout the country.  He has taken the lead in the rehabilitation and liquidation of a wide variety of entities ranging from a small trust company to multi-billion dollar life insurance companies and including a number of health maintenance organizations, life insurance companies, accident and health insurance companies, property and casualty insurance companies, title insurance companies, insurance agencies, premium finance companies and related entities.  He has negotiated the formation and commutation of reinsurance agreements, developed plans for the collection of agents' balances, collected reinsurance recoverables, negotiated agreements with guaranty funds and other regulators, negotiated with federal authorities on such matters as insurance claims disputes, tax claims and related matters, developed and implemented complex plans for the rehabilitation or liquidation of a large variety of insurers and insurance related entities, and has written and lectured numerous times on related topics.  This area of practice continues to occupy much of Mr. Cantilo's time, as he continues to play the lead role in the rehabilitation of two multi-billion dollar life insurers, the receivership of a household name-casualty insurer, the liquidation of a multi-state Workers' Compensation and Professional Liability insurer, and more limited roles in other insurance insolvencies.  At the same time, Mr. Cantilo continues to devote much of his attention to complex transactional work and a broad array of regulatory and civil litigation matters. 

Current Areas of Practice

Demutualization, conversion, merger, acquisition and other reorganization of insurers and managed care companies; regulation, rehabilitation and insolvency of insurers, including health maintenance organizations; reinsurance contracting, disputes and litigation; insurance litigation; regulation of third-party administrators; formation and development of emerging enterprises, merger, reorganization and acquisition of small and medium sized businesses, and representation of established companies; professional liability litigation; general civil litigation (state and Federal courts); Federal bankruptcy as related to insurance insolvency; professional malpractice defense; mediation; and general business law. 

Transactions

Corporate transactions include:  demutualization of Trigon Insurance Company; conversion to for profit of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri; litigation arising from the mutualization of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Inc.; sponsored demutualization of  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Inc.; Affiliation between Mountain States Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Highmark; proposed conversion of CareFirst of Maryland, Inc. and acquisition by WellPoint Health Networks, Inc.; conversion and sale of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado,  conversion to non-profit mutual of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Dakota, proposed conversion of Premera Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Washington, and acquisition of Safeco Insurance Company and its affiliates by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.  Receivership or conservation proceedings include:  Baldwin-United Companies, Builders Insurance Company, Inc., Commodore County Mutual Insurance Company, Colonial Title Insurance Company, Cotton Belt Insurance Company, East Texas Health Plans, Executive Life Insurance Company, Fidelity Bankers Life Insurance Company, First United Trust Company, Foundation Health Plan of New Jersey, General Protective Life Insurance Company, Group Health of El Paso, Home Owners Warranty Corporation, Kenilworth Insurance Company, Knickerbocker Life Insurance Company, Maxicare Health Plans, MedCenters of North Dakota, MetroCare, Mission Insurance Company, Mobile County Mutual Insurance Company, Nevada Contractors Insurance Company, Inc., Penn Treaty Network America Insurance Company, Reciprocal of America, Shenandoah Life Insurance Company, Southern Title Insurance Company, Superior Lloyds Insurance Company, Texas Prepaid Health Plans, Transit Casualty Company, United Bankers Life Insurance Company, United Capital Life Insurance Company, Universal Health Care of Nevada, and Universal Health Services, Inc.

Representative Cases 

1.        Great American Insurance Co., v. Alfred Gross, Civil Action No. 3:05CV159,  UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA, RICHMOND DIVISION, Current. 

2.         Great American Insurance Co. v. Alfred W. Gross, No. 05-2069, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT , 2006. 

3.         Alfred W. Gross v. Robert I. Weingarten, Civil Action No. 3:92cv808, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA, RICHMOND DIVISION, 1998. 

4.         Alfred W. Gross v. Robert Weingarten, No. 98-2000, No. 98-2393, No. 98-2405, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT, 2000. 

5.         Robert Weingarten v. Alfred W. Gross, No. 012702, SUPREME COURT OF VIRGINIA, 2002. 

6.         In re: Reciprocal of America (ROA) Sales Practices Litigation, MDL No. 1551, JUDICIAL PANEL ON MULTIDISTRICT LITIGATION, Current. 

7.         National Home Insurance Company v. State Corporation Commission of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Civil Action No. 93-1006-A, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA, ALEXANDRIA DIVISION , 1993. 

8.         Taylor Hawes v. Colorado Division of Insurance, Court of Appeals No. 00CA1144, COURT OF APPEALS OF COLORADO, DIVISION FOUR, 2001. 

9.         IN THE MATTER OF THE LIQUIDATION OF INTEGRATED RESOURCES LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, STEVEN T. FOSTER, Deputy Receiver of Fidelity Bankers Life Insurance Company and Trustee of the Fidelity Bankers Life Insurance Company Trust, Appellant.  No. 381 / 95-1785, SUPREME COURT OF IOWA, 1997. 

10.       BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF MISSOURI  v. JAY ANGOFF, in his official Capacity as the Director of the Missouri Department, and of Insurance, and the MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE, Respondent-Appellant, JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, in his official capacity as the Attorney General of the State of Missouri, Respondent, WD 53798, (Consolidated with WD 53799, WD 53800, WD 53851) COURT OF APPEALS OF MISSOURI, WESTERN DISTRICT, 1998. 

11.       SWISS RE LIFE COMPANY AMERICA v. Alfred W. GROSS, Record No. 961078,      SUPREME COURT OF VIRGINIA, 1997. 

12.       BANK OF NEW YORK v. FREMONT GENERAL CORP., No. CV03-9238 CAS (PJWx),  UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, C.D. CALIFORNIA, 2005. [Expert witness] 

13.      In re FIRST FINANCIAL ENTERPRISES, INC., Debtor. Bankruptcy No. 88-30993,       UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT, W.D. TEXAS, EL PASO DIVISION, 1989.

Publications

1.     "Texas Health Maintenance Organizations:  Lessons from Insolvency", Texas Health Law          Reporter, Vol. 1, Nos. 4 and 5, October and December 1984;

 

2.      "Insurer Insolvency:  A Primer for Malpractice Insureds", Texas Health Law Reporter, Vol. 2, No. 5, December 1985;

 

3.      "What To Do If You Believe Your Malpractice Carrier Is Insolvent", Texas Medicine, Vol. 83, No. 3, March 1987;

 

4.      "New Legislation Affects Fees, Taxes for Texas Third-Party Administrators", Houston Insurance News, December 1, 1987;

 

5.      "Health, HMO and Related Entity Insolvencies", American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Law and Practice of Life Insurance Company Insolvency, June 1993, 1996; and

 

6.      "Rehabilitation of Managed Care Organizations:  A Thumbnail Sketch of Certain Key Considerations", The Insurance Receiver, International Association of Insurance Receivers, Winter 1999; 

 

7.      "The Perfect Receiver," Receivership Plan, The Insurance Receiver, A Publication by the International Association of Insurance Receivers, Spring 2010, Volume 19, Number 1;

 

8.      "The Perfect Receiver," Reinsurance Reporting, The Insurance Receiver, A Publication by the International Association of Insurance Receivers, Summer 2010, Volume 19, Number 2;

 

9.      "The Perfect Receiver," Credentials, The Insurance Receiver, A Publication by the International Association of Insurance Receivers, Summer 2011, Volume 20, Number 2;

 

10.  "The Perfect Receiver," Dodd Frank, The Insurance Receiver, A Publication by the International Association of Insurance Receivers, Fall/Winter 2011, Volume 20, Number 3;

 

11.  "The Perfect Receiver," Staff Retention, The Insurance Receiver, A Publication by the International Association of Insurance Receivers, Winter 2011, Volume 20, Number 1;

 

12.  "The Perfect Receiver," Rehabilitation, The Insurance Receiver, A Publication by the International Association of Insurance Receivers, Fall/Winter 2012, Volume 21, Number 2;

 

13.  "The Perfect Receiver," The Numbers, The Insurance Receiver, A Publication by the International Association of Insurance Receivers, Spring 2013, Volume 22, Number 1;

 

14.  "The Perfect Receiver," How Not To Play Chess, The Insurance Receiver, A Publication by the International Association of Insurance Receivers, Summer 2012, Volume 1, Number 1;

 

15.  "The Perfect Receiver," Experts, The Insurance Receiver, A Publication by the International Association of Insurance Receivers, Summer 2013, Volume 22, Number 2;

 

16.  "The Perfect Receiver," Five Stages of Receivership, The Insurance Receiver, A Publication by the International Association of Insurance Receivers, Fall/Winter 2013, Volume 22, Number 3;

 

17.  "The Perfect Receiver," Negotiating, The Insurance Receiver, A Publication by the International Association of Insurance Receivers, February 2014, (in publication); and

 

18.  "The Perfect Receiver," Becoming A Receiver, The Insurance Receiver, A Publication by the International Association of Insurance Receivers, Summer 2014, Volume 23, Number 2.

Presentations and Lectures 

1.      "HMO Issues:  A Seminar for State Regulators," (Bureau of HMOs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) 1982, 1983, 1984, and 1986; 

 

2.      "How to Examine HMO Financial Viability," seminars (NAHMOR and OHMO-DHHS) 1981;  

 

3.      "HMOs:  What Do We Know?" seminar (NCHSR, Texas Departments of Health and Insurance and Texas Senate) 1981; 

 

4.      Seminar on Agent's Liability, Texas Association of Life Underwriters Convention, 1985;  

 

5.      Group Health Institute (Group Health Association of America, Inc., and NAHMOR) 1986;

 

6.      "The Regulator's Response to the New Competitive Environment" (American Medical Care and Review Association and NAHMOR) 1986;  

 

7.      "Current HMO Issues:  A Seminar for Regulators" (NAIC and NAHMOR) 1986; 

 

8.      "HMO Issues 1987:  A Seminar for State Regulators" (NAHMOR and OPHC) 1987;

 

9.      "HMO Issues 1988:  A Seminar for State Regulators" (NAHMOR and OPHC) 1988;

 

10.  "HMO Issues 1989:  A Seminar for State Regulators" (NAHMOR and OPHC) 1989; 

 

11.  HMO REGULATIONS:  THE LATEST TRENDS IN STATE ISSUES - "Bankruptcy:  A Federal or State Problem?" Group Health Institute 1989, June 15, 1989, Atlanta Georgia; 

 

12.  "A Guide to Insurer Insolvency," State Bar of Texas Professional Development Program entitled DEALING WITH THE FAILED INSURER, October 1989, Austin and Dallas, Texas; 

 

13.  "HMO Insolvency:  State or Federal Jurisdiction?" National Conference of Insurance Legislators, Austin, Texas, November 1989; 

 

14.  "1988 HMO Law Update," National Health Lawyers Association Meeting, Chicago, December 1989; 

 

15.  "NAHMOR Education Foundation Advanced Seminar," San Diego, California, April 27, 1990; 

 

16.  "NAIC/NAHMOR Committee and Industry Advisory Group," Arlington, Virginia, October 2, 1990;

 

17.  "HMO Issues 1991:  Defining Managed Care," NAHMOR Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 6, 1991; 

 

18.  LOMA Group Insurance Administration Committee, Guest Speaker, Austin, Texas, March 3, 1992; 

 

19.  "Legal Issues Involved in the Liquidation of Insolvent Insurers," Texas Department of Insurance, Guest Speaker, Austin, Texas, August 15, 1992; 

 

20.  "Receivership Appeal Procedures," National Association of Insurance Commissioners/Society of Insurance Receivers, Guest Speaker, Orlando, Florida, February 18-19, 1993;

 

21.  "Health, HMO and Related Entity Insolvencies," American Bar Association National Institute on Life Insurer Insolvency, Guest Speaker, Chicago, Illinois, June 19-20, 1993; 

 

22.  "Mock Takeover," Society of Insurance Receivers, Guest Speaker, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 3, 1994; 

 

23.  "Legal Issues in Managed Care Regulation," National Association of Managed Care Regulators, Guest Speaker, San Antonio, Texas, May 1, 1995; 

 

24.  (EX) Special Committee on Blue Cross Plans, 1995 NAIC Winter National Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, December 4, 1995; 

 

25.  "HMOs, Warranty Insurers, and Other "Special" Receiverships," National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the Society of Insurance Receivers Insolvency Workshop, Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 25, 1996; 

 

26.  "Risk Retention Groups," National Association of Insurance Commissioners Federal Preemption of State Insurance Laws, Detroit, Michigan, March 23, 1996; 

 

27.  Interim Meeting of the Special Committee on Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans, Dallas, Texas, April 26, 1996; 

 

28.  "Health, HMO, and Related Entity Insolvencies," American Bar Association National Program, Insurance Regulation of Health Care Arrangements, New York, New York, June 2, 1996;

 

29.  "Insolvency Issues, Historical Perspective" (HCFA), Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on PSO Solvency Standards, Arlington, Virginia, October 22, 1997; 

 

30.  "Insurer Restructuring:  A Framework for Regulatory Analysis" (NAAG), National Training Conference for Regulators - Health Care Conversions and Acquisitions, Boston, Massachusetts, July 19, 1998; 

 

31.  "Blue Cross Blue Shield Conversions" (NAMCR), 1998 Fall Conference, Managed Care's Future, Washington Perspective, Washington, D.C., October 26, 1998;  

 

32.  "Troubled Managed Care Organizations:  A Return to Bad Old Times?" (NAMCR), HMO Insolvency Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, February 18-20, 1999;

 

33.  "Troubled Managed Care Organizations:  Back to the Future!" (NAMCR), HMO Insolvency Seminar, Charleston, South Carolina, November 3-4, 1999;

 

34.  "Managed Care:  A Different Millennium Bug," IAIR/NAIC Insolvency Workshop; Tucson, Arizona, January 20-21, 2000; 

 

35.  "HMO Insolvencies and Their Impact:  Provider, Patient, Legal, and Financial Issues," Mealey's Insurance Insolvency & Reinsurance Roundtable, Scottsdale, Arizona, April 13-15, 2000;

 

36.  "Collaboration:  The Future of Healthcare," National Association of Managed Care Regulators, Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 17, 2000; 

 

37.  "Managed Care Insolvencies:  Just When You Thought it Was Safe to Go Back in the Water," Society of Financial Examiners 2000 Career Development Seminar, Unchartered Waters:  Fathoming the Depths of Fraud, San Diego, California, July 23-26, 2000;

 

38.  "Delegation Agreements - The Legal Issues," Downstream Contracting and Delegation Summit; National Association of Managed Care Regulators, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 13-15, 2000;

 

39.  "Solvency vs. Quality - Striking a Balance," National Association of Managed Care Regulators, Long Beach, California, May 22, 2001;

 

40.  "Lessons and Implications of Various Blue Cross Blue Shield Conversions," New York, New York, June 21, 2003;

 

41.  "The Day after Tomorrow," 2005 International Association of Insurance Receivers Insolvency Workshop, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, February 3-4, 2005;

 

42.  "Receiver's Perspective," NCIGF 2005 Legal Seminar, National Conference of Insurance Guaranty Funds, New York, New York, July 21, 2005;

 

43.  "Top Ten Ways to Be a Good Lawyer," Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 4, 2005;

 

44.  "Top Ten Ways to Ensure Your Receivership is Perfect," Co-Chair, 2006 International Association of Insurance Receivers Insolvency Workshop, Cosmic Tour of Receivership Issues, San Diego, California, February 1-3, 2006;

 

45.  International Association of Insurance Receivers 2007 Insolvency Workshop, Moderator, Tucson, Arizona, January 31 - February 2, 2007;

 

46.  "Regulatory and Solvency Issues," Illinois CPA Society 2007 Insurance Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 16, 2007;

 

47.  "Bridging the Gap Between the Capital Markets and Troubled Insurers," Organizer Planning Committee, International Association of Insurance Receivers, Emerging Investment Opportunities, New York, New York, October 24, 2007;

 

48.  "Insurance and the Globalization of Financial Services: Challenges for Worldwide Regulations and Supervision," 15th International Association of Insurance Supervisors Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary, October 14-17, 2008;

 

49.  "Receivership Feud," International Association of Insurance Receivers 2009 Post Inaugural Insolvency Conference, Tampa, Florida, January 21-23, 2009;

 

50.  "Status of the Insurance Industry, What is a Receivership, Insurance Agent's Responsibilities," RiskProNet International, Construction Practice Group, Chicago, Illinois, February 16-17, 2009;

 

51.  "Insolvencies Regulations and Safety Net in Insurance International Perspective, Transborder Failures in Insurance: U.S. Experience," 25th PROGRES International Seminar, Geneva Association, Montreux, Switzerland, April 6-7, 2009;

 

52.  "Solvency and Receiverships in Insurance," Illinois CPA Society 2009 Insurance Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 23, 2009;

 

53.  "Global Regulatory and Supervisory Repair: Aligning National Interests and International Necessities," 26th PROGRES International Seminar, Geneva Association, Glion sur Montreux, Switzerland, April 15, 2010;

 

54.  "DERIVATIVES Financial Innovation and Financial Stability; Launch Conference of the Financial Stability Review 14;" Paris, France, July 8, 2010;

 

55.  "Receivership Feud," International Association of Insurance Receivers 2010 Insolvency Workshop, Miami Beach, Florida, April 21-23, 2010;

 

56.  International Association of Insurance Receivers State Training Program, Chair, Madison, Wisconsin, August 31, 2010;

 

57.  "Records Retention and Imaging Records," Chair, International Association of Insurance Receivers State Training Program, Austin, Texas, September 20, 2010;

 

58.  "The Help Screen," Chair, Technical Development Series, International Association of Insurance Receivers Asset Management and Recovery, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 5-6, 2010;

 

59.  "Defining Rehabilitation," Chair, International Association of Insurance Receivers 2011 Insolvency Workshop Peering Into IAIR’s Crystal Ball, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 19-21, 2011;

 

60.  "News Update - US Developments and Current Issues," INSOL Singapore - Insurance Insolvency Ancillary Meeting, March 13, 2011;

 

61.  International Association of Insurance Receivers Issues Forum, Presenter, Austin, Texas March 26, 2010;

 

62.  "Technical Development Series 2," Chair, International Association of Insurance Receivers 2011 Reinsurance, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 10-11, 2011;

 

63.  "Statutory and Regulatory Update, Dodd-Frank, The Non-Admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act, and the Federal Insurance Office," Harris Martin Publishing, Reinsurance Summit:  Fresh Perspectives on the Insurance Front, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 22-23, 2011;

 

64.  Technical Development Series 3, The Central Government, Program Chair, International Association of Insurance Receivers, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 22-23, 2012;

 

65.  "Life Insurer’s Assets –“Traps and Pitfalls in the Quest for Yields”," International Association Insolvency Workshop, Spotlight on Current Issues, Savannah, Georgia, January 29-31, 2013;

 

66.  "The Importance of Ethics, " Risk Management Insurance and Financial Planning, Mississippi State University, 26th Anniversary Insurance Day 2013, Starkville, Mississippi, April 2, 2013; and

 

67.  "Examining the Impact of the Model Insurance Holding Company Act (Amended HCA):  Tracking the Effects and Preparing for What’s Ahead," 8th National Forum on Insurance Regulation, American Conference Institute, New York, New York, February 27-28, 2014. 

 

68. "The Latest on Credit for Reinsurance and Reinsurance Capital and Collateral  Requirements: Reduced Collateral, Revised Credit, New Implementation Issues,   Consequences and Market Implications of the NAIC’s Recognizing Various Foreign Reinsurers as Qualified Jurisdictions, and More," American Conference Institute’s National Forum on Reinsurance Regulation, New York, New York, July 29 – 30, 2014;

 

69. "Receivership Roundup – The Liquidators Speak," AIRROC Chicago Regional Education Day, Chicago, Illinois, September 24, 2015;

 

70. "Examining the Implications of Recent Health Insurance Consolidation, and the Latest Issues Related to the Seeming Demise of Health Insurance CO-Ops," 11th National Forum on Insurance Regulation, American Conference Institute, New York, New York, February 29 – March 1, 2016;

71."Insurance Insolvency Course," University of Connecticut School of Law, Mansfield, Connecticut, April 14, 2016; and

 

72 "Antitrust Risks for Managed Care Organizations, Antitrust and other Regulatory and Litigation Issues Raised by the Mega-Mergers", 7th Annual Advanced Forum on Managed Care Disputes and Litigation, American Conference Institute, Chicago, Illinois, May 2-3, 2016.

 

Public Service

Counsel for Texas Judicial Insurance Receiver, 1980-1983.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Liquidators Task Force 1982-1983.

National Association of Health Maintenance Organization Regulators (now National Association of Managed Care Regulators) Associate Member since 1986.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners/National Association of Health Maintenance Organization Regulators Joint Committee, Advisory Committee 1986.

Chairman, Financial Subcommittee, H.M.O. Advisory Committee established by the State Board of Insurance, 1986.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Liquidators Task Force Advisory Committee, 1986.

NAIC/N.A.H.M.O.R. Continuation of Benefits Working Group, Contracts and Services Committee, 1989.

N.A.H.M.O.R. Advisory Committee, 1991.

NAIC Receiver's Handbook Committee, 1991.

International Association for Asset Recovery, Member, 2010.

Community Service

Austin Theater Alliance: Board Member, Finance Committee Member, Development Committee, Search Committee, Advisory Council, Century Club Member.

KUT Austin (Public Radio NPR Affiliate):  Past Advisory Board, Leadership Circle.

Austin Lyric Opera: Director's Circle.

The University of Texas at Austin: Keeton Fellow, President's Council, Chancellor's Council, Longhorn Foundation.

Texas Appleseed Foundation, Board Member.

Professional Associations

Travis County Bar Association (Litigation Section); American Bar (Litigation Section and Tort Trial & Insurance Section); State Bar of Texas (Litigation Section); International Association of Insurance Receivers (principal charter member Past President, past Director); International Association for Asset Recovery;

Designations

Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, 1992 to present

Selected as one of Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers by American Lawyer Media;

Selected as one of the Top Rated Lawyers in Mergers and Acquisitions by American Lawyer Media;

Selected as on the Best Lawyers in America Insurance Law Specialty by Best Lawyer's 22nd and 23rd Edition;

Selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law Specialty by Best Lawyers 2013 and 2014; and

Certified Insurance Receiver - Multiple Lines, International Association of Insurance Receivers. 

Languages 

French and Spanish.

Personal

Born in Santiago, Chile; raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Miami, Florida.

Married to the former Judy Elliott, and father of three sons, a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, a Physicist and a Marketing Executive, step-father to two college students, and two younger daughters.

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