Fidelity & Surety
Claims investigation and risk assessment/management in the field – those are Julie’s responsibilities, and she doesn’t take them lightly. A meticulous technician, Julie believes in educating clients about how to protect themselves in the future. It’s an approach that gives her clients confidence and gets them actively involved in the decision-making process.
To educate her clients, Julie first must master the information or issue herself. That’s why she insists on doing her own research.
“I couldn’t develop a deep understanding of my clients’ policies or the risks they face without doing the work and the research myself,” Julie said. “Getting it right is of paramount importance to me.”
Conducting years of front-line investigations, claims handling and defense strategies has its advantages. When clients call, Julie has insights, and can readily pose defensive and offensive strategies, into dealing with the myriad of problems that confront fidelity and surety clients. Her responsiveness and depth of knowledge are invaluable to time-crunched insurance companies.
Julie began her Levy Craig career in 1996 and quickly became a partner. She is a fidelity, surety and construction law expert with more than 35 years of experience. Her clients include Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., CUMIS Insurance Society and Ohio Casualty Insurance.
Prior to Levy Craig, Julie served for five years as regional senior counsel in the Professional Liability Section of the Resolution Trust Corporation. Before that, Julie was a partner at Hartigan & Yanda, P.C., for 10 years.
In a matter involving what was then one of the largest minority subcontractors in the country, resolved competing claims from banks, owners/obligees, federal and state regulatory authorities, and payment bond claimants, and oversaw the surety client’s finance through completion of numerous federal and state projects located throughout the United States.
Claims and completion costs totaled in excess of $350 million.
Managed a surety client’s completion of more than $150 million in road construction projects throughout Illinois.
Handled fidelity and surety claims and litigation in 48 states.
Member, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, since 1979
Member, American Bar Association, since 1980
Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, since 1980
Volunteer, Operation Breakthrough, since 1979
Published Works/ Presentations
Presentation to The Fidelity Law Association, The Insured’s Duties Following Discovery of Loss, at the FLA Annual Conference in November 2013; published in XIX Fid. L.J. 147 (2013).
“The Most Important Question a Surety Can Ask About Performance Bonds,” American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, 1997
“Employee Dishonesty Claims,” Handling Fidelity, Surety and Financial Risk Claims, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1990
“Practical Construction Law in Missouri,” Cambridge Institute, 1988
“The Surety’s Liability for Bad Faith/Punitive Damage Claims – An Update,” American Bar Association, New York, 1987
“The Surety’s Liability for Defective Workmanship – An Update,” American Bar Association, New York, 1987
“Design Professionals’ Special Statutes of Limitations,” Litigating Architect-Engineer Malpractice Claims, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1987
“Fidelity and Surety Law Survey, 1983,” LI Insurance Counsel Journal, 58, January 1984
J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, MO, 1979
The Chief Justice, UMKC Superior Court
Chandler S. Rogers Legal Writing Award, 1978-79
Managing Editor, UMKC Law Review
B.A., Sociology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1977
– Honors: Summa cum laude
Legal Leader, The Daily Record, 2008
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