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Kara Baysinger co-heads Dentons' Insurance sector and Insurance Regulatory practice. She also serves as a key member of the Firm's leadership team and is actively involved in its Women’s Leadership and Growth Network. Kara is a sought-after to help insurers solve their most complex, mission-critical and/or sensitive business and regulatory issues based on her strong and successful career in private practice and her years spent in-house at insurance companies. Kara has extensive experience in market conduct and sales practices (including multistate examinations and investigations), licensing, regulatory approvals, electronic commerce, transactional matters (including acquisitions, mergers and divestitures of insurance and non-insurance entities), reinsurance, and product and market development issues. She represents national and international insurance and reinsurance companies, insurance-related service companies, other financial services entities, e-business enterprises and state governments.


Kara is admitted to practice in Illinois and California, and is a member of the Illinois and California Bar Associations.


Kara joined Dentons (then Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal) in 1998. She managed insurance company compliance, government relations and legal affairs from 1988-1997. Kara is a Member of the Board of Kala, Inc., a technology company, the Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society Foundation and the Leadership [Women's] Network at Children's Hospital Oakland.

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: advice to insurers

Within: Insurance: advice to insurers

Dentons’ ‘responsive, pro-active, creative and extremely knowledgeable’ department is commended for its ‘strong’ contentious practice and regularly handles class actions for high-profile insurer clients. Reid Ashinoff in New York defended Genworth Financial and its former CEO and CFO in a securities "stock drop" putative fraud class action alleging that it made materially false statements concerning the planned partial IPO of its Australian mortgage insurance subsidiary. Department co-head Keith Moskowitz in Chicago is representing XL Catlin in several disputes including cases involving claims for coverage related to landfills owned and operated by policyholder Republic Services. Matthew Gaul in New York and Kara Baysinger in San Francisco, who co-leads the firm’s global insurance sector practice, regularly advise AXA Equitable's public policy group on regulatory issues. MetLife, Travelers, Arrowood Indemnity, Zurich, Nationwide and AIG are also clients. Ronald Kent and Susan Walker in Los Angeles are recommended as is New York-based Sandra Hauser. In Atlanta, Stephen Berry and Randy Evans, who ‘can think outside the box and establishes a plan many moves down the road’ are noted, and department co-head Shari Klevens in Washington DC is ‘super-smart’ and ‘can handle difficult adversaries’. Michael Barr in New York is also noted. John Sarchio joined Crowell & Moring LLP in 2017.

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Insurance: non-contentious

Within: Leading lawyers

Kara Baysinger - Dentons

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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