Rollie handles numerous reinsurance disputes and advises on reinsurance contracting issues and reinsurance program strategies. He has represented ceding insurers in the contracting and placement of more than $6 billion in reinsurance for hurricane and other storm risks, including the largest catastrophe bond ever issued ($1.5 billion), and the initial reinsurance and catastrophe bond for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), covering risks for the National Flood Insurance Program.
A prolific writer and lecturer on issues relating to reinsurance, arbitration, class actions and electronic discovery, Rollie’s audiences are largely legal, compliance and government affairs professionals. He is a contributing member of the Editorial Board of the Insurance Litigation Reporter.
- Lead role in representing a major life insurance company in the preparation and trial of a major insurance market conduct class action lawsuit
- Represented a major life insurance company in a 37-state collaborative market conduct examination of its deferred annuity business
- Obtained partial summary judgment of approximately $65 million for issuer of jumbo life insurance policies that had lapsed (2017)
- Prevailed in a combination jury/bench trial of an annuity suitability case in Illinois State Court (2011-16)
- Mooney v. Allianz Life Insurance Co. — trial of major insurance sales practice class action
- Represented two state-owned catastrophe insurers in the placement of more than $6 billion of reinsurance for hurricane and other storm risks (2007-17)
- Represented FEMA as ceding insurer from the National Flood Insurance Program in the initial all-flood catastrophe bond — FloodSmart (2018)
- Represented FEMA in the placement of reinsurance for the National Flood Insurance Program of more than $1 billion per year for the first two years of that reinsurance program (2016-17)
- Everglades Re catastrophe bonds — three issues totaling in excess of $2.5 billion, representing the ceding insurer (2012-17)
- Multistate market conduct examination representing large life insurance and annuity company
- John Hancock Life Insurance Co. v. American Reliable Insurance Co. — arbitration of personal accident risk reinsurance dispute
- First Allmerica Insurance v. Minnesota Life Insurance Co. — AAA arbitration of dispute over the price for a block of defined benefit plan contracts purchased by one insurance company from another
- Snell v. Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (U.S. District Court, District Minnesota) — assisted in negotiation and responsible for administration of nationwide class settlement of "vanishing premium" life insurance case,one of several class settlements
- Negotiation and documentation of reinsurance for various ceding insurers
- Conner Bond Litigation (U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina) — consolidation of approximately 28 cases resulting from the bankruptcy of a vertically integrated mobile home company that resulted in approximately $180 million of collateralized bonds being of questionable value, with two document depositories, several millions of pages of documents produced and over 320 days of deposition testimony
- Adelstein v. Unicare Life & Health Insurance Company (U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida) — defeated class certification and prevailed on summary judgment in medical recovery subrogation case, with both rulings affirmed on appeal
- Personal Accident reinsurance market — counseling and strategic planning with respect to disputes regarding reinsurance of personal accident and occupational accident risks through the London Market, which resulted in both arbitrations and litigation
- In re Pine Top Insurance Company (State of Illinois special liquidator) — recovery of substantial claim for insurance company in insolvency proceeding of another insurance company
- White v. CUNA Mutual (Florida state court, Palm Beach County) — insurance coverage - secured pre-emptive denial of class certification in disability claim/policy interpretation case
- Larson v. Union Security Life Insurance Company (Minnesota state court, Minneapolis) — insurance sales practices (non-class action), secured summary judgment for insurance company in case alleging that the company charged a premium in excess of the amount allowed by Minnesota law
- James Oliver and Linda Wells v. American Bankers Insurance Company (Circuit Court for Jefferson County, Mississippi) — jury trial of insurance sales practice dispute in a rural Mississippi state court, resulting in verdict for plaintiff in an amount of less than 1 percent of the amount sought, which was reversed entirely to become a defense verdict by the Mississippi Supreme Court
Rollie and his wife, Beth, a Presbyterian pastor, support many nonprofit organizations, enjoy gardening in their large yard and greenhouse and listen to classical music.