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GT Expands Insurance Regulatory & Transactions Practice in California; Adds John A. Sebastinelli

SAN FRANCISCO – August 22, 2017 – Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has added insurance regulatory attorney John A. Sebastinelli as shareholder to its Government Law & Policy and Insurance Regulatory & Transactions practices in the firm’s San Francisco office. Sebastinelli is a strategic addition to the firm’s growing insurance practice and follows the firm’s hire late last year, in Sacramento, of Bill Gausewitz, a shareholder who also focuses on insurance regulatory work. Sebastinelli and Gausewitz previously worked together at Michelman & Robinson. In addition to Gausewitz, Thomas Holden, who focuses on insurance coverage and bad faith claims, also recently joined the San Francisco office.

“We are excited by the continued growth in GT’s San Francisco office,” said G. Michelle Ferreira, Managing Shareholder for the firm’s San Francisco office. “John’s addition to the office strengthens our insurance regulatory practice nationally and he adds an important practice necessary for San Francisco’s strategic plan.”

“I am excited to join Greenberg Traurig,” Sebastinelli said. “The firm’s extensive network and national reach will enable me to better serve my clients’ needs, and I am also excited to work with my prior colleague Bill once again.”

“I’ve represented clients in the insurance industry for many years, and have known John for quite some time. He’s someone for whom I have great respect,” said Gene Livingston, shareholder within the firm’s Insurance Regulatory & Transactions and Government Law & Policy practices in Sacramento. “I am thrilled to expand our California insurance practice with a team player that has such a deep understanding of the issues our clients face.”

Sebastinelli’s practice focuses primarily on California insurance regulatory law matters, handling matters in almost every aspect of the insurance sector. He represents over 100 property and casualty and life and health insurers and other insurance-related organizations in a vast array of regulatory, transactional, and compliance issues including licensing, mergers and acquisitions, policy filings, retail and surplus line brokerages, and insurance company and reinsurance transactions.

“It has been a continued focus of mine, since joining Greenberg Traurig, to expand the firm’s already stellar team of insurance regulatory and transactional attorneys at the firm,” said Fred Karlinsky, co-chair of the firm’s Insurance Regulatory & Transaction Practice. “We want to be able to offer the best service to our clients in California and nationwide, and I know this addition to the team will be a value-add for both his existing clients as well as GT’s clients!”

Sebastinelli holds a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, as well as a B.S. and M.B.A from the University of San Francisco.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Insurance Regulatory & Transactions Practice

Greenberg Traurig’s Insurance Regulatory & Transactions group brings together lawyers from its national and international offices with experience in a broad variety of complementary disciplines – including insurance regulatory, tax, corporate finance and securities, securitization and structured finance, litigation, health care, and governmental affairs – to support clients from all segments of the insurance industry. The group provides tailored legal services designed to meet the varied needs of our clients in the areas of insurance regulation, legislative and public policy advocacy, life and health insurance, property and casualty insurance, premium finance, securitization and derivatives, and insurance litigation.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Government Law & Policy Practice

Greenberg Traurig’s Government Law & Policy Practice combines the capabilities of its Federal Practice in Washington D.C. with its state and local practices across the country. The firm’s national team of governmental affairs professionals and attorneys spans major political and commercial capitals throughout the United States, including: Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Tallahassee, Washington, D.C. Most recently, Greenberg Traurig was named “Law Firm of the Year” for Government Relations by the U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2014 edition of "Best Law Firms." The practice also received the most first-tier Government Relations rankings in the U.S.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. GTLaw has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.