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John represents his clients in internal investigations and regulatory enforcement actions, including matters such as broker compensation practices, finite risk reinsurance, rating practices and insurance sales and marketing practices. He is a recognized thought leader in insurance regulation and actively monitors emerging issues in U.S. domestic and international regulation of insurance.
As co-head of the Eversheds Sutherland Global Insurance group, John also leads the US team that covers property/casualty issues at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).
Awards and Rankings
Named to Who's Who Legal in the area of insurance and reinsurance (2018)
Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of insurance: transactional and regulatory (2017-2018)
Recognized as a Top Author as part of JD Supra’s Readers’ Choice Awards for thought leadership in the insurance industry (2016)
Recipient of the Client Choice Award in the category of Insurance for New York (2017)
Recognized by Expert Guides in the area of insurance and reinsurance (2016)
“While Dodd-Frank paved the way for an increased federal role in the regulation of insurance, to date, there has been only a modest level of federal activity.”
Legal Alert: NAIC Report - 2018 Summer National Meeting (August 15, 2018)
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its 2018 Summer National Meeting from August 4 through 7 in Boston, Massachusetts. Baseball and weather were pervasive topics, with the ...
Legal Alert: Rhode Island statute on voluntary restructuring of solvent insurers amended to provide increased options and greater flexibility (July 23, 2018)
Earlier this month Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law changes to the state’s runoff statute that are intended to make it a more attractive channel for insurers and reinsurers seeking ...
Legal Alert: NAIC exposes proposed changes to credit for reinsurance model law and regulation to address the US-EU Covered Agreement (July 2, 2018)
On June 21, 2018, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Reinsurance (E) Task Force exposed proposed revisions to the Credit for Reinsurance Model Law and the Credit for ...
Legal Alert: US-EU Covered Agreement-An Overview (July 2, 2018)
On January 13, 2017, the then-US Secretary of the Treasury and the then-US Trade Representative (USTR) notified Congress that they had negotiated a covered agreement with the European Union (EU). ...
Legal Alert: Dodd-Frank reform legislation requires federal and state coordination on international insurance capital standards (May 30, 2018)
On May 24, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (the Act). While news headlines have focused on relaxation of various rules for ...
Legal Alert: NAIC Report-2018 Spring National Meeting (April 2, 2018)
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its 2018 Spring National Meeting from March 24 through 27 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The winds off Lake Michigan were chilly, but the ...
Legal Alert: NAIC considers changes to Credit for Reinsurance Model Law and Regulation to address the US-EU Covered Agreement (February 26, 2018)
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held a public hearing in New York on February 20, 2018, to receive comments on the steps it should take to address the reinsurance ...
Legal Alert: Insurance Topics We Will Be Watching in 2018 (January 16, 2018)
On its current course, this year could be both the best and the worst of times for insurance. The US economy continues to enjoy steady growth, stock indices continue to reach new highs and tax reform ...
Legal Alert: NAIC Report: 2017 Fall National Meeting (December 22, 2017)
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its 2017 Fall National Meeting from December 2 through December 4 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Despite the exotic locale, the Fall National ...
Legal Alert: A Note on Investment Security: Reinsurance Investment Security Subgroup’s Recent Decision (September 27, 2017)
New Subgroup Charge and DecisionThe National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Reinsurance Investment Security Subgroup (the Subgroup) was formed earlier this year with ...
Disrupting Insurance Is Hard: How to Make It Easier (or at Least Less Hard) (October 15, 2018)
New York Law Journal
Insurance is a mature business that developed over the centuries to serve important social needs. Insurance policies can be long-term contracts involving promises lasting several decades, and ...
US-EU Covered Agreement - An Overview (September 24, 2018)
On January 13, 2017, the then-US secretary of the treasury and the then-US trade representative (USTR) notified Congress that they had negotiated a covered agreement with the European Union. After a ...
New Tools for the Legacy Business Toolbox (September 2018)
A handful of US states now offer tools for the permanent transfer of blocks of insurance business that free insurers from the long term interdependence typically associated with portfolio ...
Ready to Sign on the Dotted Line? (November 2017)
Increasingly, regulators, courts, rating agencies and investors recognize that cybersecurity is a leadership challenge, not just an IT problem. Attacks are becoming more sophisticated, more prevalent ...
Going Global (September 2017)
Evolving concepts of effective corporate governance have created new challenges for insurance groups, especially those that have gone global. Insurers face different challenges than other businesses ...
How Boards Can Prepare for New York’s Cybersecurity Regulation (June 2017)
Corporate Secretary - Special Edition: Governance and Boardroom
The New York State Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) much-anticipated cybersecurity regulation went into effect on March 1, 2017, introducing new requirements in a sensitive area that boards ...
Big Data and Cybersecurity: The Federal Insurance Office Explores New Frontiers for Consumer Protection (Spring 2017)
In their article for the Spring 2017 edition of Partnering Perspectives, Eversheds Sutherland (US) attorneys John Pruitt, Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik and Tony Ficarrotta discuss the Federal Insurance ...
What Industry Thinks of the Cybersecurity Bill of Rights (November 10, 2015)
The Cybersecurity Task Force of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners recently approved a Cybersecurity Bill of Rights for insurance consumers that will now go before the NAIC’s ...
Crunching the Numbers in NYDFS’ Cybersecurity Report (March 4, 2015)
On February 9, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) was the first insurance regulator to address cybersecurity when it issued its Report on Cyber Security in the Insurance Sector that ...
Best's Review New Rules for the New Year (January 2014)
Managing regulatory change continues to be a top concern in the financial sector. In “New Rules for the New Year,” Sutherland attorneys John Pruitt, Cynthia Shoss, Thomas Glassic, Justin Kitchens, ...
Partnering Perspectives: Insights from Inside and Outside the Corporate Law Department (Spring 2017)
We are pleased to present the Spring 2017 edition of Partnering Perspectives, which provides insight into a number of developing legal issues with important multinational implications. Articles ...
Insurance and Reinsurance Global Guide (2013-2017)
Thomson Reuters Practical Law
Insurance Regulation Answer Book (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Practising Law Institute)
Edited by Sutherland Partners Cynthia R. Shoss and John S. Pruitt and Associate Justin K. Kitchens, the Insurance Regulation Answer Book 2013 published by Practising Law Institute (PLI) is a ...
“Looking ahead, it remains to be seen whether the Federal Insurance Office can gain some traction in meeting its mandate under Dodd-Frank, and stake its claim as a player in the insurance marketplace both domestically and abroad.”
Webcast-New York State DFS Cybersecurity Regulation: Are you ready for the next round of requirements? (May 17, 2018)
On May 17, 2018, Eversheds Sutherland (US) attorneys Michael Bahar, John S. Pruitt, Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik and Alexander F.L. Sand hosted a webcast on the New York State Department of Financial ...
Webcast: New York State DFS Cybersecurity Regulation: Separating Myth from Reality (July 26, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) attorneys Michael Bahar, John S. Pruitt, Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik and Alexander F. L. Sand present New York State DFS Cybersecurity Regulation: Separating Myth from Reality ...
Webcast - New York Department of Financial Services’ Cybersecurity Rules: Are You Ready? (January 12, 2017)
Sutherland attorneys Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik, Mark Thibodeaux and John Pruitt present New York Department of Financial Services’ Cybersecurity Rules: Are You Ready? on January 12, 2017. Topics ...
Outlook for Insurance Industry 2013 (February 21, 2013)
Reactions Business Club
United States Perspective on Transparency, Conflicts of Interest and Broker Remuneration, British Insurance Law Association (October 2012)
“Due Diligence in Broker M&A, ” SNL Insurance Brokerage Summit (November 2010)
In the News
NAIC Proposed Insurance Data Security Model Law Explained (October 19, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland’s legal alert, NAIC Takes Major Step Toward Final Approval of Insurance Data Security Model Law, was featured in this article for Captive.com.
Report Spells Out Risks for Insurers in Protecting Data (February 13, 2017)
The Wall Street Journal's Morning Risk Report
Eversheds Sutherland (US) Partner John Pruitt is quoted in this article by The Wall Street Journal regarding the recently issued report by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Federal Insurance Office, ...
Law360 Insurance Editorial Advisory Board (March 10, 2016)
Partner John Pruitt is mentioned in this Law360 article for being named to its 2016 insurance editorial advisory board.
House Panel, NAIC Looking at Cybersecurity (March 27, 2015)
Insurance News Net
Sutherland’s legal alert, NAIC Amps Up Cybersecurity Oversight, is mentioned in Insurance News Net.
Law360 Insurance Editorial Advisory Board (March 10, 2015 )
Partner John Pruitt is mentioned in this Law360 article for being named to its 2015 insurance editorial advisory board.
Insurance Industry Eyes European Regulation: Report (July 25, 2012)
Law360A recent article in Law360 reviews a new report released last week by Sutherland attorneys. The Sutherland Insurance Regulatory Mid-Year Review, edited by Partner John S. Pruitt and Associate ...
Eversheds Sutherland Publishes United States Overview Section of Thomson Reuters' Insurance and Reinsurance Global Guide (May 25, 2018)
NEW YORK-Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce that Thomson Reuters published the 2018 edition of the United States Insurance and Reinsurance Global Guide, authored by John S. Pruitt, ...
19 Eversheds Sutherland Practice Areas, 59 Attorneys Named Among Nation’s Best in 2018 Chambers USA (May 3, 2018)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce that 19 practices and 59 attorneys have earned recognition in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Chambers ...
Eversheds Sutherland Partner Named JD Supra Top Author for Thought Leadership (March 19, 2018)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce that Partner John S. Pruitt has been recognized as a Top Author as part of JD Supra’s Readers’ Choice Awards for his thought leadership covering a ...
Five Eversheds Sutherland Colleagues Recognized Among Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Attorneys in the World (December 18, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that five colleagues have been recognized among the best legal practitioners in the world in the Who’s Who Legal Insurance and Reinsurance list for 2018. ...
16 Eversheds Sutherland Partners Named Among the Best in the World by Expert Guides (September 8, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that 16 partners have been selected by Expert Guides as among the best legal practitioners in the world in their respective practice areas. Published by ...
Eversheds Sutherland Attorneys Publish Updated Insurance Regulation Answer Book with Practising Law Institute (August 31, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce the publication of the 2017-2018 edition of the Insurance Regulation Answer Book, a high-level overview of the legal and regulatory framework governing the ...
20 Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP Practice Areas, 56 Attorneys Named Among Nation’s Best in 2017 Chambers USA (May 26, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce that 20 practices and 56 attorneys at the firm earned recognition in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. ...
Six Eversheds Sutherland Colleagues Honored with 2017 Client Choice Award (February 9, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that six colleagues have been recognized with the 2017 Client Choice Award. Each lawyer was the sole recipient in their respective category and ...
13 Sutherland Partners Named Among the Best in the World by Expert Guides (September 8, 2016)
ATLANTA and WASHINGTON-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that 13 partners have been selected by Expert Guides as among the best legal practitioners in the world in their ...
Sutherland Attorneys Publish Updated Insurance Regulation Answer Book with Practising Law Institute (August 31, 2016)
NEW YORK-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce the publication of the 2017 edition of the Insurance Regulation Answer Book, a high-level overview of the legal and regulatory ...
Chair, Regulatory Risk in Uncertain Times 2018 Conference, St. John's University
Special Advisor, Regulatory Issues and Principles of International Reinsurance Law (PRICL), International Institute for the Unification of Private Law
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