Kathleen A. Birrane was appointed Maryland Insurance Commissioner by Governor Larry Hogan in May 2020. Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Birrane was a partner in the Insurance Sector and Litigation
and Regulatory Practice Group at the global law firm of DLA Piper LLP (US), where her practice focused on insurance and reinsurance transactions, regulatory compliance and related litigation. Earlier in her career, Commissioner Birrane served in the Maryland Office of the Attorney General in the statutory position of Principal Counsel to the Maryland Insurance Administration. In that role, she managed all of the legal work of the agency, both in its capacity as regulator and as a unit of state government. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and Chair of its Innovation, Cybersecurity, and Technology (H) Committee.
Commissioner Birrane is also Vice Chair of the NAIC’s Northeast Zone and Co-Vice Chair of the Climate and Resiliency Task Force. Commissioner Birrane is a member of the steering committee of the EU-U.S. Insurance Dialogue Project and is Chair of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission. Commissioner Birrane is co-chair of the Health Insurance Workstream of the NAIC's Special Committee on Race and Insurance.
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