ATLANTA, July 2, 2018 – Builders today announced the appointment of J. Stephen Berry to assume the role of Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary from Craig Edwards who will retire in July. In this position, Mr. Berry will be the primary legal advisor for the Company. His responsibilities will include ensuring compliance regarding business ethics, information security, privacy policies, human resources policies, insurance department regulation and playing an integral role in the strategic direction of the Company.
“Stephen brings 21 years of leadership and legal expertise to our Company, and we are very pleased to welcome him to our team,” said Patrick Mitchell, President and Chief Executive Office for Builders. “His extensive experience in insurance law and litigation from coverage dispute resolution to contract negotiations makes him an important asset as we strengthen our ability to provide outstanding products and services to our agents and policyholders.
“We also express deep gratitude to Craig Edwards for serving Builders for almost 15 years. We wish him the best in his retirement,” added Mr. Mitchell.
Prior to joining Builders, Mr. Berry was a Partner at Dentons US, where he led the insurance team of the Atlanta office for the world’s largest law firm. He has litigated coverage and bad faith disputes throughout the nation; was named to Best Lawyers in America and Georgia Superlawyers; and authored Georgia Property and Liability Insurance Law (West, 2012). Mr. Berry holds a BA from the University of Richmond and received a Masters of Arts in European History and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia.
More than 20,000 policyholders in residential and light commercial construction as well as a variety of non-construction fields rely on Builders to protect their most important assets – their people and property. Founded in 1992, the company has evolved into a dynamic, financially secure and dedicated partner with a philosophy of providing outstanding products, backed by exceptional customer service and easy-to-use technology solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta, the company delivers innovative Workers’ Compensation, General Liability, Property, Umbrella and Builders Risk insurance through independent agents. Builders and all of its member companies are rated “A” (Excellent) IX by A.M. Best Company. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.bldrs.com.
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