Lee Harrell has been named chairman of the Baker Donelson’s Insurance Regulatory Group. This role was previously held by Alan Moore, who will maintain his practice focused on industries subject to government oversight and regulation, special service public law and regulatory bodies.
Harrell, a shareholder in the firm’s Jackson office, focuses his practice in the area of insurance with an emphasis on insurance regulatory matters, and he is familiar with all lines of insurance including property and casualty, life and annuities, and health and producer licensing. He has handled every aspect of approximately 30 receiverships, and has an extensive public sector background in all types of regulatory matters, including formation and expansions for insurers, reinsurance, financial examinations, market regulation, extraordinary natural disasters, fraud and asset recovery, legislative assistance and consulting, and traditional change of control filings and proceedings. He has also represented insurance departments on matters ranging from the Affordable Care Act to reorganizations and restructuring of insurers.
Before joining Baker Donelson, Harrell worked with the Mississippi Insurance Department for 16 years, first as Special Assistant Attorney and General Counsel, then as Deputy Insurance Commissioner and Special Counsel. In these capacities he managed activities in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and was part of the investigatory team that first discovered the massive insurance fraud perpetrated by Martin Frankel. A frequent speaker on insurance topics at industry, government and education conferences, Harrell is a graduate of Mississippi College School of Law and is a member of the International Association of Insurance Receivers and the Mississippi Bar Association.