James J. Wrynn Named NYSIF Executive Director

New York, NY (CompNewsNetwork) - The New York State Insurance Fund Board of Commissioners has announced the appointment of James J. Wrynn as NYSIF Executive Director.

A partner in the law firm of MacKay, Wrynn & Brady, LLP, with offices in Douglaston, Queens, New York and Hoboken, New Jersey, Mr. Wrynn's appointment was approved unanimously by the board at its monthly meeting on April 22, 2009, and became effective the same day.

Mr. Wrynn is admitted to the federal and state courts in New York and New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. His law firm specializes in the areas of civil litigation and appellate practice with an emphasis on insurance law. He has designations as both an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Associate in Captive Insurance (ACI).

Mr. Wrynn has an extensive legal background in insurance, counseling agents, brokers, risk retention groups and insurance companies in most lines of insurance and excess insurance, reinsurance, self-insurance and captive insurance. His experience includes knowledge of insurance, accounting and tax issues affecting entities doing business both on and offshore. 

"I look forward to serving the New York State Insurance Fund," Mr. Wrynn said. "I want to thank Governor David Paterson and the Board of Commissioners for the confidence they have placed in me to guide such an important organization and an experienced staff, for the opportunity to further the mission of being the leading provider of workers' compensation and disability benefits insurance in New York State."

Mr. Wrynn began his legal career in 1982 in the Manhattan office of McCormick, Dunne & Foley. He has litigated hundreds of cases as a trial attorney in the areas of life insurance, accident and health, property and casualty, general liability, insurance coverage disputes, professional malpractice and product liability. 

Among his professional affiliations, Mr. Wrynn serves on the Board of Managers and the Grievance Committee of the Queens County Bar Association, and is a member of the New York and New Jersey State Bar Associations, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the Network of Bar Leaders. He is a past-president of the Brehon Law Society and serves as a board member of both the St. John's University School of Law Alumni Association and the Catholic Lawyers Guild – Queens County.

He also served as a board member of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the New York City Business Relocation Assistance Corporation.

Active in his community, Mr. Wrynn served on Community Board 13, as vice president of the Floral Park Community Council and on the Board of Directors of the Community Advocacy Center – Preventive Law for the Elderly.

A life-long resident of Queens, Mr. Wrynn is a graduate of Holy Cross High School, St. John's University College of Business Administration and St. John's University School of Law.

Mr. Wrynn resides in Douglaston with his wife, Maura, an elementary school teacher.  They have three children: Katie, a graduate student at the International Business School at Brandeis University, Massachusetts; James, a senior at the University at Albany; and Kevin, a junior at St. Francis Prep High School.

Mr. Wrynn would like to thank Governor David A. Paterson and the New York State Insurance Fund Board of Commissioners for the confidence and trust they have placed in him to serve as executive director and would also like to specifically recognize the work of Deputy Executive Directors Thomas Gleason and Shirley Stark, who have diligently performed the duties of executive director following the resignation of the Fund's prior executive director.

NYSIF is a non-profit agency of the State of New York that was created as part of the Workers' Compensation Law of 1914.  NYSIF is a competitive insurance carrier that sells workers' compensation and disability benefits insurance to any employer doing business in New York State.

Approximately 185,000 employers hold NYSIF workers' compensation policies (approximately 37 percent of the market), while more than 61,000 have active disability benefits policies. 

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