Philadelphia Insurance Companies Names New Senior Vice President of Claims

Attorney Jane North brings insurance carrier defense experience to PHLY

| Source: Philadelphia Insurance Companies

BALA CYNWYD, Pa., Aug. 11, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), a leading property and casualty and professional liability insurance company for niche markets, announces the hiring of Jane North as Senior Vice President of Claims. Ms. North has 23 years of legal experience defending and working on behalf of insurance carriers and corporations.

"Jane's extensive trial experience with property and casualty and product liability insurance matters makes her a valuable addition to PHLY's claims management team," commented PHLY's Executive Vice President and Chief Claims Officer Bill Benecke. "Her trial counsel experience and law firm leadership background will also be a great complement to the company."

Ms. North spent her legal career trying cases in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She also represented primary and excess carriers in bad faith litigation in several states. A frequent lecturer, Ms. North has presented programs on products liability and bad faith litigation, jury selection and damages evaluations.

Previously, Ms. North was a shareholder with defense firm Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North, Ltd. in Philadelphia, PA, where she served as managing partner for several years. She has received several distinguished honors including being named "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for Products Liability" by Philadelphia Magazine for the last five years. She was also inducted into the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel ("FDCC"), an international organization dedicated to furthering the principles of knowledge, justice and fellowship in connection with professionals involved with the defense of civil litigation. Ms. North is also part of the faculty for the FDCC's Litigation Management College and serves as a state chair for the organization. She received her B.A. from King's College magna cum laude and J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law.

Headshots are available upon request by e-mailing phlypr(at)phly(dot)com.

About Philadelphia Insurance

Philadelphia Insurance Companies designs, markets, and underwrites commercial property/casualty and professional liability insurance products incorporating value added coverages and services for select industries. In operation since 1962, the Company, whose commercial lines insurance subsidiaries are rated 'A++' (Superior) by A.M. Best Company and 'AA-' for counterparty credit and financial strength by Standard & Poor's, is nationally recognized as a member of Ward's Top 50, National Underwriter's Top 100, and one of the Top 150 Workplaces in America. Policies are underwritten by Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company. The organization has 49 offices strategically located across the United States to provide superior service. For more information, please visit

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