James D. Scrimgeour
Current Employment
  • Company:
    Travelers Companies Inc.
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Executive Counsel

  • Address:
    1 Tower Square
    Hartford, CONNECTICUT 06103
  • Phone:
    8602771724
  • Email:
Credentials
  • Attorney:
    Yes
  • Education:
    University Of Connecticut School of Law
    Amherst College
    University of Edinburgh
    University of Connecticut Business School
  • Degrees:
    J.D. with honors, University of Connecticut School of Law 1999
    B.A., Amherst College 1991
Work Experience
  • Insurance Company: 12 years.
    Legal Department: 12 years. Associate Counsel, Counsel, Senior Counsel, Executive Counsel
  • Law Firm (Insurance/Reinsurance Practice): 4 years.
    Associate: 4 years.
  • Independent/Other Relevant Experience: 1 year.
    Other : 1 year. Law Clerk to Hon. Richard N. Palmer
Breakdown of Experience
  • Asbestos
    25%
  • Workers' Compensation
    10%
  • Environmental/Pollution
    10%
  • Insolvencies
    8%
  • Toxic Tort
    5%
  • Captives/Risk Retention Groups
    5%
  • Catastrophes (Casualty)
    5%
  • Energy
    5%
  • Contract Wording
    3%
  • Automobile Liability/Property
    3%
  • Professional Liability/Errors &, Omissions
    2%
  • Product Liability
    2%
  • Excess/Surplus Lines
    2%
  • Directors &, Officers
    2%
  • Fidelity &, Surety
    2%
  • Construction Defects
    2%
  • Catastrophes (Property)
    2%
  • Bad Faith/ECO
    2%
  • Ocean Marine
    1%
  • Aviation
    1%
  • Finite
    1%
  • Financial Guarantee
    1%
  • Commercial Property
    1%
By Market
  • U.S. Market:
    95%
  • U.K. Market:
    2%
  • Bermuda/Off-shore Market:
    2%
  • Global Market:
    1%

Insurance vs. Reinsurance: 5/95%
Treaty vs. Facultative Reinsurance: 50/50%
Current Insurance or Reinsurance Company Officer

Mediation Experience
  • Number of Mediations
    As Mediator: 3
    As Counsel: 14
Arbitration Experience

Number of Arbitrations

As an Arbitrator: 9

As an Umpire: 1

As Outside Counsel: 12

As Employee Manager: 112

As Corporate Representative: 112

Arbitrator Experience
Number of Arbitrations
5
Appointed as an arbitrator.
3
Acted as an arbitrator through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage.
1
Acted as an arbitrator through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage and the resolution of significant pre-hearing motions.
Umpire Experience
Number of Arbitrations
1
Acted as an umpire through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage and the resolution of significant pre-hearing motions.
Lead Counsel Experience
Number of Arbitrations
9
Retained and Acted as Lead Counsel, up to, but not including, the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage.
3
Acted as Lead Counsel through the organizational meeting or the arbitration has only reached this stage and the resolution of significant pre-hearing motions.
Employee Manager Experience
Number of Arbitrations
112
Not available or unwilling to provide. ARIAS recognizes that in an effort to protect the respective company(ies) that you work(ed) for, you may not be able to divulge the status of the arbitrations that you participated in. Indicate such arbitrations here.
Company Representative Experience
Number of Arbitrations
112
Not available or unwilling to provide. ARIAS recognizes that in an effort to protect the respective company(ies) that you work(ed) for, you may not be able to divulge the status of the arbitrations that you participated in. Indicate such arbitrations here.
Biography

James (Jamie) Scrimgeour is Executive Counsel in the Reinsurance Legal Group of The Travelers Companies, Inc., where he manages insurance and reinsurance disputes and analyzes various complex legal matters directly affecting the reinsurance operations of the Company and its subsidiaries. He also specializes in general business counseling to the group's placement, captive and runoff client base and is chair of the Company’s Internal Resolution Committee, which facilitates resolution of internal disputes through mediation and, in certain cases, streamlined arbitration. Mr. Scrimgeour moved into his current role from a position as Senior Counsel in the Company’s Special Liability Group (responsible for managing asbestos and environmental liabilities) and continues to provide special project support on individual matters.

Prior to joining Travelers in 2003, he clerked for the Hon. Richard N. Palmer of the Connecticut Supreme Court and specialized in reinsurance and insurance coverage litigation as well as general corporate law for several years at the Hartford-based law firm of Day Pitney, LLP where he also was a member of the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court.

Mr. Scrimgeour has presented or facilitated at numerous industry conferences and seminars, including Mealeys. AIRROC, and ARIAS-U.S. He is a member of the ARIAS –U.S. Law Committee and a founding member of the Mediation Task Force of the Re/Insurance Mediation Institute. In 2013, He became an ARIAS-U.S. certified insurance and reinsurance arbitrator and began taking on a small number of appointments in 2015. He has participated in 20 arbitrations as an arbitrator.

Throughout his career, Mr. Scrimgeour has managed or participated in more than 100 arbitrations resulting in more than 60 hearing days involving live testimony. Mr. Scrimgeour received his degrees from Amherst College and The University of Connecticut School of Law with honors.