Profile
Lawrence O. Monin
Current Employment
  • Company:
    Self-employed (2000 - present)
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Mediator/Arbitrator

  • Address:
    170 Draeger Drive
    Moraga, CALIFORNIA 94556
  • Phone:
    925 268 7103
  • Cell:
    925 623 6088
  • Email:
Previous Employment
  • Company:
    Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley (1994-2000)
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Law Firm Partner. Practice Specialties: complex insurance coverage and bad faith, intellectual property, reinsurance, insurance-corporate and regulatory, and alternative dispute resolution

  • Company:
    Industrial Indemnity Co. (1985-1993)
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Member of Industrial Indemnity Group's Senior Management Team, and responsible for all claims and legal functions (more than half of the company's total personnel), corporate planning & government affairs. Claims/legal accomplishments included: building an in-house legal office that issued coverage opinions and managed extracontractual ("bad faith") litigation, led a comprehensive McKinsey & Company-assisted study of claims management operations, and quarterbacked the Company's California Supreme Court victory in the seminal "Bank of the West" insurance coverage case.

  • Company:
    Industrial Underwriters (1983-1985)
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Senior Vice President. Product Line (underwriting, business development and administrative) responsibility for Special Programs, including property & liability managing general agency programs, workers compensation captives, loss stabilization (finite insurance) programs for large insureds, and sale of unbundled clams services.

  • Company:
    Chubb Group of Insurance Companies (1976-1983)
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    President & CEO of the Pacific Indemnity Group and Chubb and Son Vice President and Western Zone manager. Profit center management responsibility for all of Chubb's West Coast business (supervising 10 field offices and all lines of business). Also responsible for Pacific Indemnity corporate activities, including Board of Directors and regulatory issues. Finally, for a period of time served as Chubb's Director of Corporate Planning.

  • Company:
    Insurance Financial Consultant (1975-1976)
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Directed on behalf of the American Insurance Association (AIA) a sophisticated study of insurer solvency indicators. This work contributed to the replacement of the National Association of Insurance Commissioner's (NAIC) "early warning system" with the NAIC's current "risk based capital" system. Also, provided strategic financial advice to insurance regulators and insureds re: financially distressed companies and company acquisitions.

  • Company:
    New York State Insurance Department (1971-1975)
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Deputy, First Deputy and Acting Superintendent of Insurance for the State of New York. Accomplishments included co-drafting New York's "no-fault" automobile insurance law, and developing the first regulatory methodology for measuring profitability (including investment income) by line of insurance. Primary operational responsibility for all financial condition (solvency) related functions (financial audits and examinations, regulatory financial interventions, and rehabilitation & liquidations).

  • Company:
    Assistant Counsel to New York Governor Rockefeller (1969-1971)
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Suggested and drafted Governor's program legislation; advised Governor on pending legislation; represented the Governor before the Legislature; resolved disputes between governmental agencies; and wrote some speeches for the Governor.

Credentials
  • Attorney:
    Yes
  • Education:
    Member of the Bar in both California and New York. Education: L.L.M., London School of Economics and Political Science, London England; L.L.B., Harvard Law School (Honors); B.S., State University of New York at Buffalo (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Other Information:
    Former Member: Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel; American Management Association's Insurance and Risk Management Council; and former officer of various insurance industry trade organizations, including the Association of California Insurance Companies, the California Workers Compensation Institute, and the California Workers Compensation Rating Bureau. An ARIAS Certified Umpire and an ARIAS Certified Neutral. Mediation: Mediated approximately 80 disputes including approximately 20 insurance disputes. Charter member of the San Francisco Mediation Society, and a Founding member of the Re/Insurance Mediation Institute. Formal mediation training from: American Arbitration Association's Center for Mediation, and First District Court of Appeals, CA (31 hrs/2001) & (14 hrs/2003).
Work Experience
  • Insurance Company: 18 years.
    Underwriting Department: 5 years. Industrial Underwriters - SVP Special Programs; Chubb - Served in various underwriting & field offices
    Legal Department: 5 years. Industrial Indemnity, SVP & General Counsel
    Executive Officer (CEO, COO, CFO, Chief Actuary): 4 years. Pacific Indemnity President; Chubb West Coast Manager
    Claim Department: 4 years. Industrial Indemnity, SVP - Senior Claims Executive
  • Law Firm (Insurance/Reinsurance Practice): 6 years.
    Partner: 6 years. Partner; specializing in insurance coverage & bad faith; regulatory
  • Insurance-related Firms: 5 years.
    Consultant: 1 year. Vice President; Insurance Financial Consultant
    4 years. Deputy, First Deputy & Acting Superintendent of Insurance , New York Insurance Department
  • Independent/Other Relevant Experience: 8 years.
    Independent/Unaffiliated Arbitrator, Umpire and/or Mediator: 8 years. Full time mediator/arbitrator since 2000.
Breakdown of Experience
  • Workers' Compensation
    5%
  • Construction Defects
    5%
  • Regulatory/Licensing
    5%
  • Product Liability
    5%
  • Product/Consumer Warranties
    5%
  • Personal Lines
    5%
  • MGA/MGU
    5%
  • Intellectual Property
    5%
  • Insolvencies
    5%
  • Finite
    5%
  • Financial Guarantee
    5%
  • Excess/Surplus Lines
    5%
  • Environmental/Pollution
    5%
  • Fidelity &, Surety
    5%
  • Commercial Property
    5%
  • Captives/Risk Retention Groups
    5%
  • Commercial Liability
    5%
  • Bad Faith/ECO
    5%
  • Asbestos
    5%
  • Libel/Slander/Media Liability
    2%
  • Alternative/Self-Insurance/Risk Management
    2%
  • Third Party Administrator
    1%
By Market
  • U.S. Market:
    100%

Insurance vs. Reinsurance: 90/10%
Treaty vs. Facultative Reinsurance: 50/50%

Mediation Experience
  • Number of Mediations
    As Mediator: 80+
ARIAS Experience

Workshops, as Faculty: 1; September 2007

Ethics Training, as Trainee: 1; June 2009

ARIAS Conference Faculty: 5; Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Spring 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2013

Arbitration Experience

Number of Arbitrations

As an Arbitrator: 68

As an Umpire: 56

As Employee Manager: 2

Arbitrator Experience
Number of Arbitrations
20
Appointed as an arbitrator.
12
Acted as an arbitrator through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage.
8
Acted as an arbitrator through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage and the resolution of significant pre-hearing motions.
1
Acted as an arbitrator through an evidentiary hearing of at least one full day and less than three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
1
Acted as an arbitrator through an evidentiary hearing of at least three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
10
Acted as an arbitrator through to final award after completion of an evidentiary hearing of at least one full day and less than three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
16
Acted as an arbitrator through to final award after completion of an evidentiary hearing of at least three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
Umpire Experience
Number of Arbitrations
2
Appointed as an umpire.
17
Acted as an umpire through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage.
17
Acted as an umpire through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage and the resolution of significant pre-hearing motions.
8
Acted as an umpire through to final award after completion of an evidentiary hearing of at least one full day and less than three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
12
Acted as an umpire through to final award after completion of an evidentiary hearing of at least three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
Employee Manager Experience
Number of Arbitrations
2
Employee Manager of arbitration through evidentiary hearing of at least three full day regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
Biography