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Bruce Baty

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Insurance Regulatory


Bruce Baty is co-head of Dentons' Insurance Regulatory practice and a member of the firm's Insurance sector. With more than 30 years of experience, Bruce's practice focuses exclusively on representing property & casualty, life, accident and health insurance and reinsurance companies in regulatory, transactional and litigation matters.


Bruce joined Dentons (then Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal) as partner in 2008. Prior to joining Dentons, Bruce was a partner at Stinson Morrison Hecker. Also, he currently is the Special Deputy Liquidator of National States Insurance Company, a Missouri-domiciled life and health insurance company.


AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS•U.S.)


University of Notre Dame, 1982, JD University of Notre Dame, 1979, BA

United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: health insurers

Within: Healthcare: health insurers

Dentons’ department covers the full gamut of work for health insurers including transactions, regulatory mandates and insurance litigation. In a recent highlight, Bruce Baty and Jodi Adolf in Kansas City advised the Medical Protective Company on the design and implementation of reinsurance programs for healthcare facilities; the pair also acted for Luxottica and EyeMed Vision Care on its vision plans and various compliance issues. Matthew Gaul in New York is a key name for regulatory advice; he recently assisted Berkshire Hathaway with its attempts to bring one of its subsidiaries out of runoff and reactivate its licenses in New York as well as applying for other licenses nationally. Baty and Kara Baysinger in San Francisco jointly lead the group; Baysinger’s expertise includes market conduct and sales practices, licensing matters, reinsurance and transactional work. Other key names include San Francisco-based Michael Barnes and Bruce Merlin Fried in Washington DC.

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Insurance: non-contentious

Within: Insurance: non-contentious

Dentons is a ‘fantastic choice for regulatory matters’ and houses a nationwide spread of expertise for insurance regulatory mandates. It advises Luxottica on its insurance operations, including advising its managed vision care company EyeMed Vision Care on a range of regulatory and compliance matters, and assists AXA Equitable’s public policy group with a variety of regulatory issues. The team also advises multiple insurers on market conduct examinations and investigations. Prudential, Swiss Re, Chubb and Cigna are also clients. Kara Baysinger, who is based across the Chicago and San Francisco offices, co-heads the team with Bruce Baty in Kansas City. Matt Gaul in New York, Los Angeles-based Stephanie Duchene and recently promoted counsel Kate Morgan in San Francisco are also key contacts. Dan Brown joined Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in 2017.

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