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Matthew J. Byrne
Current Employment
  • Company:
    XL Reinsurance America Inc. (2005-Present)
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Matthew Byrne is Vice President, Unit Manager and Claims Counsel at XL Reinsurance America Inc. He has over 20 years of experience in reinsurance claims across all property and casualty line of business. At XL Re America, Matt acts as claims counsel to the full claims group on large, complex and disputed claims (including those in arbitration). He also manages the group’s legacy business primarily involving asbestos and pollution claims (both assumed and ceded). In addition, he leads a team that reports to and makes recommendations to senior management on commutations.

  • Address:
    70 Seaview Avenue
    Stamford, CONNECTICUT 06902
  • Phone:
    203 964- 5283
  • Cell:
    203 517-7112
  • Email:
Previous Employment
  • Company:
    Private Practice (1992-2005)
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Prior to joining XL in 2005, Matt practiced law as a Partner in a law firm, where he specialized in reinsurance arbitration and litgation.

Credentials
  • Attorney:
    Yes
  • Education:
    State University of New York at Albany;

    Brooklyn Law School
  • Degrees:
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, 1988;

    Juris Doctor, 1992.
  • Designations:
    Registered Professional Liability Underwriter, 2008.
  • Other Information:
    Member of the New York State Bar;

    Authorized House Counsel in Connecticut
Work Experience
  • Reinsurance Company: 9 years.
    Claim Department: 9 years. AVP, VP, Unit Manager & Claims Counsel
  • Law Firm (Insurance/Reinsurance Practice): 13 years.
    Partner: 4 years. Junior Partner, Partner
    Associate: 9 years. Associate Attorney
Breakdown of Experience
  • Directors &, Officers
    15%
  • Asbestos
    15%
  • Commutations
    10%
  • Product Liability
    10%
  • Environmental/Pollution
    10%
  • Catastrophes (Property)
    10%
  • Catastrophes (Casualty)
    10%
  • Bad Faith/ECO
    10%
  • Healthcare
    5%
  • Professional Liability/Errors &, Omissions
    5%
By Market
  • U.S. Market:
    65%
  • U.K. Market:
    25%
  • Bermuda/Off-shore Market:
    10%

Insurance vs. Reinsurance: 10/90%
Treaty vs. Facultative Reinsurance: 80/20%
Current Insurance or Reinsurance Company Officer

Mediation Experience
  • Number of Mediations
    As Counsel: 3
ARIAS Experience

ARIAS Conference Faculty: 1; Spring 2017

Arbitration Experience

Number of Arbitrations

As Outside Counsel: 4

As Employee Manager: 2

As Corporate Representative: 8

Lead Counsel Experience
Number of Arbitrations
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.
1
Acted as Lead Counsel 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
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
8
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.
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