When were you an attorney at Tressler?
2010 – 2015.
Tell us about the current work you do at QBE.
I am responsible for supporting the policy drafting needs of QBE’s Healthcare (medical professional liability) and Inland Marine lines of business. I also manage the product development team members who support the Accident & Health, Trade Credit and Surety lines of business.
How did your experiences at Tressler prepare you for your current role at QBE?
While practicing at Tressler, I had the opportunity to work with several different partners, a range of clients (from individuals to private companies to global insurance companies) and on a vast array of cases. Each experience provided me with new skills and level of insight into what I could be doing to become more proficient in various areas of law. The diverse experiences made me better prepared to enter into a completely new professional environment.
What advice would you give to current associates moving up the ranks at Tressler?
Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself on a regular basis. Offer to get involved in cases outside of your “area” and to work with other partners that may need extra assistance. Not everything is glamorous, but the exposure is invaluable.
What are the biggest differences between law firm life and in-house life?
Tuesdays are a whole lot better! I loved practicing, but I was thrilled to leave the billing behind.
What was your most memorable experience at Tressler?
My most memorable experience at Tressler (and truly my most memorable professional experience anywhere) was the pure elation I felt when an appellate court agreed with our long fought position that a plaintiff was committing egregious insurance fraud against our client.
Are you involved in any pro-bono or volunteer activities?
I participate in QBE’s company-sponsored activities, which are exceptional causes (e.g., Wounded Warriors, Dress for Success, Feeding America, American Cancer Society). Although I’ve not taken advantage yet, QBE also has a Volunteer Day Policy where an employee can volunteer for a charity of their choosing.
Tell us about the personal and professional satisfaction that you get from your work.
Leaving behind a fast-moving, enthralling practice was challenging and there are days I still miss it. That said, I have traded clients in cases for “clients” at my company. I work with an exceptional group of underwriters and they have taught me so much about the ins-and-outs of their lines of business that I never could have learned being on the outside looking in. My job is very collaborative, and I truly enjoy helping the business units to offer the best possible coverage to their insureds.
Any exciting professional and/or personal life updates you would like to share?
Since leaving Tressler, my family moved to Oak Park (where I was born and raised) – it’s wonderful to be back “home”. The little bitty babies I had at Tressler are now 5 ½ years old, in kindergarten and doing amazingly well. They keep us joyfully busy.