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Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna LLP

New York

After graduating from law school, Jillian Raines worked in insurance recovery for several years before she took an opportunity to join Apple Inc., where she worked on insurance-related issues and supported business units. When her former colleagues set up their own shop, she moved back to private practice at Cohen Ziffer in 2021.


What’s your advice on navigating the current insurance market?

In response to COVID, the market had a strong reaction in terms of making sure that there’s clarity around how things may or may not be covered. I see that happening again with respect to what’s going on in Ukraine. What needs to be navigated a little bit more carefully is this almost real-time reaction by the market to some of these significant exposures. It requires careful attention to the actual terms of the insurance policies.


What should the industry do to attract more young people to work in it?

There’s always been a divide in law schools around the academic curriculum, for example, taking a class on insurance law versus taking a project-based course where you are interning or being seconded. Having those dedicated project-based learning opportunities earlier on would be great. And I’ve had dreams of teaching an insurance recovery course, because it’s just not something that is part of the core curriculum at law schools.


What is something about you that would surprise people?

I dabble in a lot of art, so I oil paint in my spare time. I’ve never been classically trained, but it’s a meditative joy.


Favorite hobby or pastime?

I love distance running. I would not say I’m competitive, but I’ve run a series of half marathons and two full-length marathons. My dream is to do an ultramarathon.


What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a child, I wanted nothing more than to be an astronomer.