Profile
Charles G. Ehrlich
Current Employment
  • Company:
    Self-employed
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    I bring a focused perspective to arbitrator service rooted in almost two decades as a senior level insurance executive, preceded by many years as a practicing trial lawyer.

    Arbitration is not an end in itself.

    Arbitration is a tool to solve business problems. The tool is most effective when arbitrators focus on the critical issues, identify the critical facts, and reach a fair, principled disposition – all while avoiding delay, detours, and dead-ends.

    My career as chief claims officer, general counsel, and member of senior management gave me the experience to understand not only the formal aspects of insurance/reinsurance transactions but also the business purposes of relationships, as well as the technical issues raised by underlying claims.

    I managed a broad and diverse portfolio that included mass torts, products liability, professional negligence, directors and officers liability, financial guarantees, workers’ compensation carve-out, and much else. I also played a key role in designing and implementing corporate transactions, and formulating regulatory and legislative strategies.

    Previously, as a partner in a major national law firm, I handled a wide variety of litigation, and served in a series of management positions.

  • Address:
    1888 Camino A Los Cerros
    Menlo Park, CALIFORNIA 94025 United States
  • Phone:
    603-387-3051
  • Cell:
    603-387-3051
  • Email:
Offering Services as Expert Witness in:
Asbestos Claims, Directors Officers Liability Claims, Errors and Omissions Claims, Health Hazard Claims, Homeowners Claims, Insurance Claims, Liability Claims, Pollution Claims, Professional Liability Claims, Property Claims, Reinsurance Claims, Toxic Tort Claims, Coverage / Contract Interpretation
Previous Employment
  • Company:
    Self-employed
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Serving as arbitrator in reinsurance matters, an expert consultant/witness in litigation, and Judge Pro Tem in California Superior Court

  • Company:
    RiverStone Resources, LLC
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Senior Vice President Claims, General Counsel, Worldwide Special Counsel, Corporate Secretary (See biography for additional details.)

  • Company:
    International Insurance Co., Chicago, Illinois
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Senior Vice President, Claims (see biography for additional details.)

  • Company:
    Pettit and Martin, San Francisco, California
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Partner (see biography for additional details)

  • Company:
    Lawler, Felix, and Hall, Los Angeles, California
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Attorney

Credentials
  • Attorney:
    Yes
  • Education:
    Attorney at Law , licensed in California
  • Degrees:
    AB, JD
  • Other Information:
    Certified as arbitrator for California courts. Serve as Judge Pro Tem in Superior Court of California
Work Experience
  • Insurance Company: 17 years.
    Legal Department: 2 years. Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
    Executive Officer (CEO, COO, CFO, Chief Actuary): 15 years. Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Senior Vice President Claims, Senior Vice President/Worldwide Special Counsel
  • Law Firm (Insurance/Reinsurance Practice): 21 years.
    Partner: 15 years.
    Associate: 6 years.
  • Independent/Other Relevant Experience: 8 years.
    Independent/Unaffiliated Arbitrator, Umpire and/or Mediator: 8 years.
By Market
  • U.S. Market:
    75%
  • U.K. Market:
    20%
  • European Market:
    5%

Insurance vs. Reinsurance: 80/20%
Treaty vs. Facultative Reinsurance: 40/60%
Former Insurance or Reinsurance Company Officer
Former Insurance or Reinsurance Company Director

Mediation Experience
  • Number of Mediations
    As Mediator: 10
    As Counsel: Countless
ARIAS Experience

Workshops, as Faculty: 1; November 2008 Educational Seminar

Ethics Training, as Trainee: 1; April 2010

ARIAS Conference Faculty: 4; Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2010

Arbitration Experience

Number of Arbitrations

As an Arbitrator: 20

As an Umpire: 12

As Employee Manager: 12

Arbitrator Experience
Number of Arbitrations
10
Appointed as an arbitrator.
1
Acted as an arbitrator through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage.
4
Acted as an arbitrator through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage and the resolution of significant pre-hearing motions.
2
Acted as an arbitrator through an evidentiary hearing of at least three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
1
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.
2
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
1
Appointed as an umpire.
2
Acted as an umpire through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage.
4
Acted as an umpire through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage and the resolution of significant pre-hearing motions.
2
Acted as an umpire through an evidentiary hearing of at least three full days regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
1
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.
2
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
12
Employee Manager of arbitration through evidentiary hearing of at least three full day regarding the substantive merits of the parties' dispute.
Biography

I bring a focused perspective to arbitrator service rooted in almost two decades as a senior level insurance executive, preceded by many years as a practicing trial lawyer.

Arbitration is not an end in itself. Arbitration is a tool to solve business problems. The tool is most effective when arbitrators focus on the critical issues, identify the critical facts, and reach a fair, principled disposition – all while avoiding delay, detours, and dead-ends.

My career as chief claims officer, general counsel, and member of senior management gave me the experience to understand not only the formal aspects of insurance/reinsurance transactions but also the business purposes of relationships, as well as the technical issues raised by underlying claims.

I managed a broad and diverse portfolio that included mass torts, products liability, professional negligence, directors and officers liability, financial guarantees, workers’ compensation carve-out, and much else. I also played a key role in designing and implementing corporate transactions, and formulating regulatory and legislative strategies.

Previously, as a partner in a major national law firm, I handled a wide variety of litigation, and served in a series of management positions.