Peter Gallanis became President of the National Organization of Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Associations (NOLHGA) in April 1999. NOLHGA was formed in 1983 to coordinate the activities of its member state guaranty associations and their member companies (essentially the entire U.S. life and health insurance industry) in connection with insolvencies of multi-state life and health insurers. Mr. Gallanis is generally responsible for all of the financial, legal, strategic, educational, communications, and administrative services that NOLHGA provides to its membership. He is an active member of the insolvency response working groups for a number of major insolvencies.
Prior to joining NOLHGA in 1999, Mr. Gallanis was the Special Deputy Receiver for the State of Illinois, where he was responsible for the receiverships of approximately 80 insolvent domestic insurers of all types. He had been Illinois Special Deputy Receiver since 1995 and General Counsel of the Office of the Special Deputy Receiver since 1992. Before that, Mr. Gallanis was a Partner in a large law firm in Chicago, where he was in private practice from 1978 through 1991.
Mr. Gallanis also served as Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law at the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago from 1992 through 1999. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago in 1975 and a law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1978. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois.
Mr. Gallanis has frequently participated in trial and appellate court proceedings, both on behalf of parties and as amicus curiae. He has lectured and published often on insurance topics in the United States and in England, Switzerland, Canada, Bermuda, and Taiwan. In addition, he has testified on insurance legislative proposals before state legislatures and the Congress of the United States.
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