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2017 Break Out Awards, Northeast: JillAllison Opell

2017 Break Out Awards, Northeast: JillAllison Opell



Michelman & Robinson L.L.P.

New York

Age: 42

JillAllison Opell is the chair of Michelman & Robinson L.L.P.’s insurance industry group. She joined the law firm in May 2016. She started her career doing energy regulatory work and went to the insurance side 13 years ago when the executive director at a firm where she was working said, “I need your personality in the insurance department.”

Best advice you’ve been given

Probably to treat everybody the same. Don’t look at someone’s position, don’t look at anything about them, just treat the person the way you want to be treated. You never know who you’re talking to and more importantly, it’s really important to treat everyone with respect.

Top industry concern

Everybody seems to have the same concern about data security. It seems to be the hot topic right now. But even broader than that, it’s insurance companies keeping up with the times and keeping up with the appropriate technology. We’re not typically known as an industry with very young talent. It’s very interesting to see how to intersect technology and insurance and I think that’s really where we have to go.

Next big thing in insurance

I think that there are going to be more tech startups. We need to figure out how to underwrite certain tech products, and we’re going to use tech in order to be able to do so. We need to come up with a way to actually underwrite cyber. I just don’t think it’s been around long enough. I don’t think it’s exactly where people would like it to be. There’s got to be some way to anticipate and some technology they can create to be able to really understand and underwrite the actual cyber risk.

Hobbies and interests

I make jewelry and I love watching football and all sports.


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