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CHRISTOPHER PIZZO Partner and chair, insurance practice group

Fox Rothschild LLP

Morristown, New Jersey

Christopher Pizzo learned the insurance business on the job. While attending the University of Miami School of Law he interned at a small insurance services company. Upon his graduation, the company asked him to join the business as associate general counsel. That was in 2009. Later he started his own law firm, was a partner in the corporate practice of a national law firm, and then joined Fox Rothschild in 2019.

What’s your top tip for working remotely?

Keep your kids on another floor of the house. I have three little kids and they are the best thing in my life, but having a Zoom call where we’re discussing the intricacies of insurance regulation when the 3-year-old runs into the room half-dressed covered with paint is not exactly a professional look.

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

Innovation and flexibility are as important to success in the insurance business as they are to any other business. Success in this industry in the coming years will rest with those who accept that rather than those who push back against it.

How will your work change going forward?

We’ve all learned that our geographic location is not necessarily directly related to productivity. That stands in contrast to our industry’s 50-state regulatory scheme, which is by its nature defined by geographic boundaries. Navigating that tension in the future will be a challenge for our business, and I suspect we will all have to continue the process of broadening the horizon of our practice.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

One of my favorite hobbies and interests is power sports — wave runners in the summer, snowmobiles in the winter.

All-time favorite movie?

“Goodfellas.” I’ve been a (Martin) Scorsese fan my entire life.