Profile
Thomas Forsyth
Current Employment
  • Company:
    Self-employed
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Certified arbitrator, also available to consult with insurance and reinsurance companies

  • Address:
    P.O. 795
    Sunapee, NEW HAMPSHIRE 03782 United States
  • Phone:
    203-570-0291
  • Email:
Previous Employment
  • Company:
    PartnerRe of the U.S.
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary responsible for all legal and regulatory issues in the United States, Canada and Latin America for the accident and health, life and property casualty businesses of the PartnerRe Group

  • Company:
    One Beacon Insurance Company
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary responsible for all legal and regulatory issues of the One Beacon Insurance Companies

  • Company:
    Swiss Re America
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    General Counsel and Head of Claims and Liability Management responsible for legal, claims and regulatory issues for Swiss Re’s property casualty business in the United States

  • Company:
    Travelers Insurance Companies
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Deputy General Counsel, Counsel responsible for all asbestos and environmental insurance coverage litigation and coverage issues related to asbestos property damage and environmental claims

  • Company:
    Barger and Wolen
  • Position(s) and Responsibilities:

    Associate

Credentials
  • Attorney:
    Yes
  • Education:
    Occidental College, University of Southern California
  • Degrees:
    A.B., J.D.
  • Other Information:
    Former Chair and President of ARIAS-U.S. Board of Directors and member of Long Range Planning Committee; Former Chair of Law Committee of Reinsurance Association of America; Admitted to the practice of law in California and Connecticut
Work Experience
  • Insurance Company: 15 years.
    Legal Department: 15 years.
  • Reinsurance Company: 23 years.
    Legal Department: 23 years.
  • Law Firm (Insurance/Reinsurance Practice): 2 years.
    Associate: 2 years.
Breakdown of Experience
  • Environmental/Pollution
    12%
  • Regulatory/Licensing
    12%
  • Contract Wording
    12%
  • Catastrophes (Property)
    10%
  • Asbestos
    10%
  • Finite
    7%
  • Accident & Health
    5%
  • Life
    5%
  • Commercial Property
    5%
  • Commercial Liability
    5%
  • Commutations
    3%
  • Insolvencies
    3%
  • Aviation
    2%
  • Agricultural
    2%
By Market
  • U.S. Market:
    80%
  • Bermuda/Off-shore Market:
    15%
  • Global Market:
    5%

Insurance vs. Reinsurance: 40/60%
Treaty vs. Facultative Reinsurance: 75/25%

Arbitration Experience

Number of Arbitrations

As Employee Manager: 15

Employee Manager Experience
Number of Arbitrations
15
Employee Manager of arbitration.
Biography

Tom Forsyth is an attorney with forty years experience representing insurance and reinsurance companies. He has held General Counsel and claims and contracts management roles at both insurers and reinsurers. Tom’s experience and expertise includes claims and contract matters related to accident and health, adverse development covers, allocation, asbestos, the COVID pandemic, environmental property damage and cumulative injury, financial products, life recapture and mortgage guaranty issues.

Mr. Forsyth’s prior executive positions include General Counsel of Partner Reinsurance Company of the U.S. and Secretary of PartnerRe Life Reinsurance Company of America; General Counsel of One Beacon Insurance Company; General Counsel of Swiss Re America and Head of Claims and Liability Management of the Americas division of Swiss Re; and Deputy General Counsel of the Travelers Insurance Companies. In addition to his role as an attorney, Tom also had management responsibility for claims and reinsurance contract drafting units.

Tom is a former President and Chair of the Board of Directors of ARIAS, a member of its Long Range Planning Committee and a former chair of the Law Committee of the Reinsurance Association of America. Prior to going Travelers, Tom was an attorney in private practice in Los Angeles.

Phone: 203-570-0291
Email: thomaslforsyth@gmail.com