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Maryland

Kathleen A. Birrane

Commissioner

Chair, Northeast Zone

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Kathleen A. Birrane was appointed Maryland Insurance Commissioner by Governor Larry Hogan in May 2020.

Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Birrane was a partner in the Insurance Sector and Litigation and Regulatory Practice Group at the global law firm of DLA Piper LLP (US), where her practice focused on insurance and reinsurance transactions, regulatory compliance and related litigation. She represented clients with respect to business-conduct and financial investigations and internal audits; acquisition and asset diligence; corporate reorganizations and restructurings; corporate governance and compliance program design; and the analysis of issues related to the use of technology, predictive modeling/big data, and artificial intelligence in the insurance sector. Commissioner Birrane also represented departments of insurance and receivers in connection with delinquency proceedings.

From 2002 until 2007, Commissioner Birrane served in the Maryland Office of the Attorney General in the statutory position of Principal Counsel to the Maryland Insurance Administration. In that role, she managed all of the legal work of the agency, both in its capacity as regulator and as a unit of state government. During her tenure as Principal Counsel, she served on numerous work groups and task forces of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. After leaving the OAG, and before joining DLA Piper, Commissioner Birrane was a Senior Vice President and General Counsel of portfolio companies owned by major hedge funds that specialized in asset consulting, acquisition, diligence, and the servicing of insurance-linked investments.

In 2019, Governor Hogan appointed Commissioner Birrane to the University of Maryland Medical System Board of Directors, where she served as chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee before resigning upon her appointment as Commissioner. She is a member of numerous community and nonprofit organizations, including the Baltimore Bar Foundation, Baltimore Area Women in Action, Catholic Charities of Baltimore, and the United Way of Central Maryland where she serves on the Executive Committee of Women United.

Commissioner Birrane was named to the Top 100 Women of Maryland by the Daily Record in 2002 and 2019.

She is a graduate of Maryvale Preparatory School, Notre Dame of Maryland University and The University of Maryland School of Law.

Office Information
Main

Maryland Insurance Administration
200 Saint Paul Place
Suite 2700
Baltimore, MD 21202-2272
United States

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  • Department

    Category

    Contact

    Phone

    Email

  • Maryland

    Accident & Health Insurance

    Karen Lam
    Chief of Health Insurance and Managed Care

    (410) 468-2212

  • Maryland

    Administrative Issues

    Tammy Longan
    Acting Deputy Commissioner

    (410) 468-2002

    tammy.longan@maryland.gov

  • Maryland

    Annual Statements

    Phil Ermer
    Director, Company Licensing

    (410) 468-2153

  • Maryland

    Antifraud Program

    Joe Smith
    Acting Associate Commissioner, Insurance Fraud and Producer Enforcement Division

    (410) 468-2475

  • Maryland

    Company Licensing

    Phil Ermer
    Director, Company Licensing

    (410) 468-2153

  • Maryland

    Consumer Advocate

    Joy Hatchette
    Associate Commissioner, CEAU

    (410) 468-2029

  • Maryland

    Consumer Complaints - Life & Health

    VACANT
    Chief, Life and Health Complaints

  • Maryland

    Consumer Complaints - Property & Casualty

    Danilsa Marciniak
    Director, Property and Casualty Complaints

    (410) 468-2119

  • Maryland

    Data Protection

    Paula Kaiser Keen
    Director, Management Information Systems

    (410) 468-2059

  • Maryland

    Department Counsel

    J. Van Lear Dorsey
    Principal Counsel and Assistant Attorney General

    (410) 468-2023

  • Maryland

    Deposits/Escrow Accounts

    Gorina Moody
    Fiscal Assistant

    (410) 468-2106

  • Maryland

    Examinations - Agent, Life & Health

    Jeff Gross
    Chief Enforcement Officer

    (410) 468-2256

  • Maryland

    Examinations - Agent, Property & Casualty

    Jeff Gross
    Chief Enforcement Officer

    (410) 468-2256

  • Maryland

    Examinations - Financial

    Dimitriy Valekha
    Chief Insurance Examiner

    (410) 468-2149

  • Maryland

    Examinations - Market Analysis

    Vacant
    Chief

  • Maryland

    Examinations - Market Conduct, Life & Health

    Theresa Morfe
    Chief

    (410) 468-2237

  • Maryland

    Examinations - Market Conduct, Property & Casualty

    Kyle Lanasa
    Acting Chief

    (410) 468-2330

  • Maryland

    Examinations - Title

    David Zitterbart
    Chief of Title Enforcement

    (410) 468-2144

  • Maryland

    Fees

    Phil Ermer
    Director, Company Licensing

    (410) 468-2153

  • Maryland

    Financial Analysis

    Lynn Beckner
    Associate Commissioner, Financial Regulation Division

    (410) 468-2126

  • Maryland

    Government Relations

    Andrew Tress
    Director, Government Relations

    (410) 468-2465

  • Maryland

    Guaranty Fund Questions - Life Insurance

    David Cooney
    Associate Commissioner, Life and Health Division

    (410) 468-2215

  • Maryland

    Guaranty Fund Questions - Property & Casualty

    Robert Baron
    Associate Commissioner, Property and Casualty Division

    (410) 468-2353

    robert.baron@maryland.gov

  • Maryland

    Health Benefit Plan Rate Filing - Life & Health

    Brad Boban
    Chief Actuary

    (410) 468-2065

  • Maryland

    Health Insurance Marketplace

    Jamie Sexton
    Director, Health Insurance Regulatory Affairs and National Partnerships

    (410) 468-2408

  • Maryland

    InsurTech

    Kory Boone
    Special Deputy Commissioner of Insurance Regulation and Innovation

    (410) 468-2004

  • Maryland

    Life Insurance

    Nour Benchaaboun
    Director, Life, Annuity, and Credit

    (410) 468-2222

  • Maryland

    Market Regulation

    Mary Kwei
    Associate Commissioner, Market Regulation and Professional Licensing Division

    (410) 468-2113

  • Maryland

    Media Relations/Public Affairs

    Craig Ey
    Director of Communications

    (410) 468-2488

  • Maryland

    NAIC Liaison

    Alexander Borkowski
    Chief of Staff

    (410) 468-2287

  • Maryland

    Policy and Form Filing - Life & Health

    Karen Lam
    Chief of Health Insurance and Managed Care

    (410) 468-2212

  • Maryland

    Policy and Form Filing - Property & Casualty

    Ronald Coleman
    Director, Property and Casualty Rates and Forms

    (413) 468-2310

  • Maryland

    Premium Tax Collection

    Phil Ermer
    Director, Company Licensing

    (410) 468-2153

  • Maryland

    Producer Licensing

    Shelley Taylor-Barnes
    Director, Producer Licensing

    (410) 468-2347

  • Maryland

    Property & Casualty - Commercial Lines

    Ronald Coleman
    Director, Property and Casualty Rates and Forms

    (413) 468-2310

  • Maryland

    Property & Casualty - Personal Lines

    Ronald Coleman
    Director, Property and Casualty Rates and Forms

    (413) 468-2310

  • Maryland

    Regulations

    Erica Bailey
    Associate Commissioner, Hearings

    (410) 468-2113

    erica.bailey@maryland.gov

  • Maryland

    Regulations

    Lisa Larson
    Director of Hearings & Regulations

    (410) 468-2007

  • Maryland

    Statistical Reporting - Property & Casualty

    Linas Glemza
    Actuary

    (410) 468-2044

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