Our leadership team has exceptional design professional industry expertise.
Together they use their vast knowledge and experience to lead our team of dedicated professionals to deliver innovative Architects and Engineers Professional Liability Insurance coverage, leading edge risk management services and expert claims management.
Steve is one of the founding members of Berkley Design Professional. He has more than 25 years of professional liability insurance experience. Prior to joining Berkley Alliance Managers in 2013, he started and managed several successful professional liability businesses for three different insurance carriers. Throughout his career, Steve has succeeded in hiring and cultivating teams of specialist professional liability underwriters and claims people to build innovative insurance solutions in specialty markets.
Steve earned a BS degree in economics and industrial relations from Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in finance from Northeastern University. Steve is based in Albany, New York.
Larry is one of the founders of Berkley Design Professional. He oversees the company’s underwriting, marketing, distribution, product development and risk management initiatives. He has worked in the professional liability insurance field for more than 25 years.
In 2002 Larry founded and was division president of a national insurance program management firm that wrote professional liability insurance for design firms. Prior to 2002 he was senior vice president and chief insurance officer for one of the leading writers of professional liability for design firms.
Larry earned his BS degree in management science and marketing from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Larry is based in Carmel-By-the-Sea, California.
Laila has been a claims professional dedicated to the design industry for more than twenty years. Prior to joining Berkley DP, she was the Director of Design & Construction Professional Claims for a leading insurance carrier for design professionals and design-build contractors. Laila created, grew and led that claims department for that carrier. Prior to that, she was VP, Executive Claims Counsel & Regional Claims Manager for a leading A&E insurance carrier.
Before entering the insurance industry, Laila practiced law with Booth, Mitchell & Strange, LLP in Orange, CA. She is graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate and Pepperdine University/Seaver College with a B.A. Degree in Communications and Business. She is a licensed attorney and a member of ACEC’s Risk Management Committee, ACEC’s Legal Counsel Forum, IRMI and the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). She is based in Irvine, CA.
In his more than 20 years in the professional liability insurance industry, Bob has served in a number of roles including underwriter, regional vice president, retail broker, wholesale broker and business development manager. Prior to joining the insurance industry, Bob practiced law. His varied experience provides Bob with a unique perspective that will assist him in his primary roles of distribution management, communication, brand promotion and new product development. Bob graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. Degree (with honors) in Economics Management and from St. John’s University School of Law with a J.D. Bob is based in Oklahoma City, OK.
Andy joined Berkley DP in July 2013 after a 35 year career as a licensed architect and firm principal with a diverse background of practice, project, financial, operations and risk management experience particularly in the large A/E firm environment. He has held corporate leadership positions as CFO, Contracting Officer and Director of Education at OWP/P and most recently served as Director of Practice Management for Cannon Design. He has advanced the development and publishing of industry standard contracts through leadership of and engagement with AIA Documents Committee and the Large Firm Round Table (LFRT) Legal Committee.
Andy directs Berkley DP’s value-added initiatives in providing leading-edge risk management resources, tools and training with a focus on key practice, business, project management and project delivery issues affecting architects, engineers and other design professionals. Andy attained a B.S. degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois and business management certification from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University. Andy is based in Chicago, IL