Insurance vs. Reinsurance: 30/70%
Treaty vs. Facultative Reinsurance: 75/25%
Former Insurance or Reinsurance Company Officer
Workshops, as Trainee: 1; September 2004
ARIAS Conference Faculty: 5; Fall 2005; Spring 2007; December 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2017
Other Approved Training: Faculty: Educational Seminar - February 2011; March 2012
Faculty: Educational Seminar - February 2011; March 2012
Number of Arbitrations
As an Arbitrator: 169
As an Umpire: 3
As Outside Counsel: 150
As Employee Manager: 250
As Corporate Representative: 25
Howard Denbin is an ARIAS-U.S. Certified Arbitrator and an attorney with over 30 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry. As outside counsel, in-house counsel and arbitrator, Mr. Denbin has addressed a wide variety of legal issues and resolved hundreds of reinsurance disputes from ceded and assumed positions.
Until April 2014, Mr. Denbin was Associate General Counsel – Reinsurance of Legion Insurance Company (In Liquidation). In that position, Mr. Denbin directly arbitrated, litigated and mediated reinsurance disputes as lead and sole counsel of record, as part of an "expedited" in-house program Mr. Denbin created. Mr. Denbin designed this program as a holistic approach to expediting reinsurance recoveries by systematically identifying matters for arbitration early on and conducting the resulting arbitrations in-house cost effectively, while simultaneously working with the business operations in "parallel tracks" to facilitate collections and commutations. Mr. Denbin also headed the Legion Reinsurance Legal Team, which was responsible for all reinsurance matters, including managing arbitrations, litigation and mediations; advising on recoveries, assumed claims, commutations and audits; addressing cut-through claims and other liquidation issues. Prior to joining Legion Mr. Denbin served as in-house reinsurance litigation counsel at Resolute Management, Mid-Atlantic Division, as well as predecessor operations of the ACE and CIGNA Groups of companies. At ACE, Mr. Denbin had responsibility for reinsurance contract wordings and supporting business operations in negotiating and placing reinsurance. He first developed and implemented an expedited in-house arbitration program at CIGNA.
Mr. Denbin began his reinsurance career in 1985 at the boutique law firm of Lanzone & Kramer in New York, where he found his niche in reinsurance disputes. Prior to that, he was a trial lawyer at Tell, Cheser & Breitbart prosecuting and defending property damage insurance defense and subrogation cases. He successfully tried cases to judges and juries.
Mr. Denbin is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New York, as well as the federal district courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He taught a CLE course entitled "Reinsurance Arbitrations" for the Insurance Society of Philadelphia.
Mr. Denbin holds a B.A. from Union College and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve Law School. At Case Western, he served as Executive Editor of the Journal of International Law and Canada-United States Law Journal, and Team Advisor to the Niagara International Moot Court Team.