James R. Woods

New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone+1 212 506 2390

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Practice Areas

  • Insurance
  • Transactions
  • Bermuda & Other Offshore Reinsurance
  • Complex Reinsurance Transactions
  • Insurance Linked Securities
  • Insurance Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Japan
  • Insurance Outsourcing & Information Technology
  • Insurance Regulatory & Compliance
  • Insurance Tax
  • Life Insurance & Reinsurance Transactions
  • Pension De-Risking & Longevity Solutions
  • Reinsurance Run-off and Insolvency
Contact InfoTelephone: +1 212 506 2390
Fax: +1 212 849 5618
University University of California, Berkeley, B.A., with honors, 1969
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Davis School of Law, J.D., 1972
Admitted1972, California; 1973, New York

James R. Woods is Co-leader of Mayer Brown's Global Insurance Industry Group and has represented numerous insurers and insurance-related entities for more than 35 years on a wide variety of issues across the US and globally. He is General Counsel to both The Surplus Line Association of California and to the Worldwide Broker Network, represented over 60 insurers in California's Proposition 103 hearings, represented the Dutch Association of Insurers in connection with the creation of the International Holocaust Commission, represented the California Insurance Industry in creating the California Earthquake Authority, co-founded the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, and volunteered and organized Hurricane Katrina insurance claims relief efforts at the Astrodome.

Additionally, he represents non-insurance industries, including the nation's largest trucking company in saving over $130 million related to its self-insurance workers' compensation program helping to preserve 33,000 jobs nationally. He represents private equity, hedge fund and venture capital companies in connection with various insurance investments. On a pro-bono basis, he represents the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation and he represented the Insurance Information Institute. He also represents many e-commerce companies involved with insurance-related and social media issues and co-founded an online insurance business. James holds a seat on the National Board of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation. He was the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Honoree at the Foundation's Sixteenth Annual Western Division Gala in May 2009 where he became the only law firm partner to join an impressive group of insurance industry leaders recognized for their commitment to charitable services.


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Enterprise Risk Reports Due Soon
Lawrence R. Hamilton,Hilary Kang,Vikram Sidhu,James R. Woods,Nicole Zayac, March 19, 2014
This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for filing enterprise risk reports is fast approaching in states that require them. While the due date varies by state, it is generally tied to the due date for the annual holding company registration statement, which is April 30 in most states...

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James R. Woods

1675 Broadway
New YorkNY 10019-5820


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