Ann L. Field
Ann Field is an Attorney and Vice President of Zurich in North America, the fourth largest property and casualty company in North America. She is the Director of the Reinsurance Claims and Legal Department which is dedicated to the handling of all reinsurance claims and all disputed reinsurance recoveries for Zurich within North America. Accordingly, she oversees all reinsurance arbitrations and litigation of the in-house and external attorneys for Zurich in North America. Ms. Field directs and manages a staff of attorneys and reinsurance claim specialists who are responsible for the largest and most complex claims of the company, as well as the reinsurance issues related to those claims. She also directs and manages attorneys and reinsurance claim specialists who are responsible for the reinsurance issues and disputes surrounding “non-complex” claims.
Additionally, Ms. Field’s department acts as a resource and legal advisor for the Claims, Reinsurance Accounting, Ceded Reinsurance, Business Units, and Corporate Law departments for issues pertaining to reinsurance cessions, allocation, treaty and facultative contract interpretation, reinsurance claim audits, commutations, and liquidations. She also oversees the management and distribution of the reinsurance responses to inquiries and reinsurance notices for the Environmental Claims, Construction Defects, and Specialties departments. All of the above-described responsibilities assist with the management of reinsurance assets in excess of $8-billion per year.
Since entering the insurance industry in 1995, Ms. Field has had a broad range of experience with reinsurance claims including mass litigation, asbestos, silica, mold, pollution, construction defects, medical devices, bad faith, pharmaceutical, property, terrorism, property and casualty catastrophes (including extensive clash experience), professional liability, product liability, excess, D&O and captives. Ms. Field has a J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana and a B.A. degree from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota. She has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since 1991. She resides in Barrington, Illinois with her law-professor husband, three children, two cats, and a chocolate labrador retriever.