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Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna LLP

New York

Orrie Levy wanted to be a lawyer from the age of 5, after earlier hoping to be a firefighter. He was motivated, in part, by his mother, an attorney. After graduating from law school, he became interested in public service and spent time as a prosecutor. He now represents policyholders in insurance litigation.

What’s the current state of your sector of the insurance market?

My sector is policyholder advocacy. The state of that sector is that it’s very active. There continues to be a disconnect in many cases between the coverage positions taken by insurers and the coverage that policyholders expected and thought that they had purchased.

How do you use, or think you’ll use, AI in your job?

We already work with vendors that use algorithms to categorize and help us navigate the review process. I expect that it’ll still be a little while away, but we’re inching toward a world in which AI becomes a big part of brief writing.

How do you apply risk management principles in your personal life?

By and large, I try not to jump to conclusions. I try to make evidence-based decisions as opposed to being swayed by my gut.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I ride a pistachio green Vespa to get to work in the morning.

Favorite family tradition?

Our yearly Passover Seder. It’s a big family, so it’s really a time (with) all my siblings and their kids, and my uncles and aunts. It’s a really nice time where the whole family gets together.

Which destination is at the top of your travel bucket list?

I have always wanted to see the northern lights. That has always been a dream of mine.