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Jorge Aviles doesn’t expect to be doing anything other than insurance recovery litigation for the rest of his career, which he happily discovered out of law school while working for five years at Anderson Kill P.C. “I don’t see myself switching. I really like coverage litigation and policyholder recovery work,” he said. After moving to his current role at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in 2020, he has continued his work helping corporate policyholders in complex recovery disputes.
What’s a lasting effect of the pandemic on the way you work?
People have proven that they’re a lot more resilient in the way they do their work, allocate tasks and manage projects. The workforce has proven itself capable of still functioning, and, for lawyers, delivering a good work product, paying attention to detail and serving clients well even though we are not in the office all the time.
What’s your advice on navigating the current insurance market?
As we have seen, risks that arise are unpredictable. We didn’t know we were going to be in a pandemic, and now COVID-19 litigation is a hot topic. It’s a matter of being flexible and keeping ahead of trends and emerging risks as they arise.
What’s a problem that needs fixing in your sector?
People don’t realize insurance is as interesting as it is. For the economy to be able to function, you need insurance. And it’s a very dynamic and interesting field that covers every sector.
What is something about you that would surprise people?
I went to a military school my entire life. I went to the same school from pre-K through my senior year in high school.
Favorite hobby or pastime?
I recently bought a house and started gardening. It’s not my favorite hobby or pastime, it’s a new hobby or pastime.