Mar 01 2019

WILMINGTON, DEL.—Womble Bond Dickinson has added a trio of the captive insurance sector’s leading attorneys to the firm’s Wilmington office. Jeff Simpson leads the team, which also includes Andrew Rennick and Paul (Tres) Ostien. The team has decades of combined experience guiding captive insurance companies in corporate formation, insurance regulatory and day-to-day governance issues.

“We are pleased to be joining ‘The Transatlantic Law Firm Close to Home’ and feel that our clients will appreciate Womble Bond Dickinson’s geographic footprint, expanded resources and focus on client service,” Simpson said.

Womble Bond Dickinson Wilmington Office Managing Partner Matthew Ward said, “Jeff, Andy and Tres bring an entirely new practice to the firm and our office. We are always seeking to expand our services to clients, particularly when we can recruit top talent like Jeff, Andy and Tres to provide those services.”

Simpson is a founder and director of the Delaware Captive Insurance Association and serves on its legislative and regulatory liaison committees, working closely with regulators. He is a director of the Self-Insurance Institute of America and chairs its Enterprise Risk Captive Advocacy Working Group, which focuses on government advocacy for the captive insurance industry.

Rennick has experience in general corporate law, including governance and entity formation, in addition to his captive insurance experience. He is a frequent author on captive insurance topics. In the community, he represents abused and neglected children through Delaware’s Guardian Ad Litem program.

Ostien served as a principal drafter of Delaware’s Revised Captive Insurance Company Act and helped form the Delaware Captive Insurance Association. In addition to his private practice experience, he practiced in-house with Alstom Power and Doncasters Group Ltd. He also served for three years in the US Army and for seven years in the US Army Reserves.

“The captive insurance industry has its own set of regulatory and operational challenges, and we focus on helping our clients meet those challenges,” Rennick said. “Womble Bond Dickinson will provide us with the support to help captive insurance clients succeed.”

Ostien said, “Jeff, Andy and I have worked together for some time, and we are looking forward to bringing our team approach to Womble Bond Dickinson. We wouldn’t have made this move if we weren’t certain it would benefit our clients.”

Simpson, Rennick and Ostien previously practiced together at Gordon, Fournaris & Mammarella, P.A. in Wilmington.

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