Bill Gausewitz

Bill Gausewitz

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Bill Gausewitz represents clients with legislative, administrative, and regulatory issues. He has more than 20 years of experience drafting and backing California state legislation and serving in a number of prominent positions within the Legislature, including within the U.S. House of Representatives, the California State Assembly, and the California State Senate. He has specific experience drafting legislation concerning the insurance and title insurance industries. Bill has deep experience regarding insurance legislation and regulation in both the California state government and in private practice. Bill’s firsthand knowledge of the law and regulatory processes, gained from participating in the rewriting of the California regulations on title insurance and drafting multiple insurance regulations, gives him keen insight, which he puts to use to help clients seek necessary approvals from the Department of Insurance in all aspects of title insurance regulation. Bill also brings to bear his experience as the prior Director of the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL), which supervises the implementation of the California Administrative Procedures Act.

Concentrations

  • Department of Insurance approvals
  • Establishment of title companies
  • Expansion of title companies
  • Insurance agent licensure
  • Insurance trade regulatory actions
  • Market conduct examinations
  • Administrative law
  • Appellate law
  • Sale or transfer of title companies
  • California Administrative Procedure Act (APA)
  • Recycling
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Kompetencje

Doświadczenie

  • Represented licensees in obtaining necessary regulatory approval to conduct their business, including licensing issues, insurance rate change applications, name changes and approval of changes of ownership.°
  • Prepared and pursued multiple applications to establish underwritten title companies.°
  • Obtained approval for underwritten title companies seeking to expand the scope of their licenses.°
  • Successfully represented insurance agents facing potential or actual license revocation.°
  • Represented California insurance trade associations as amicus curiae before the California Supreme Court. Drafted petition of Office of Administrative Law, convincing the Office to declare that Department of Insurance regulations regarding certain insurer investments are invalid.°
  • Represented a national insurance company in obtaining waiver of California Department of Insurance name approval regulations in order to allow the company to proceed with a major rebranding effort.°
  • Successfully represented numerous insurance companies in resolving issues arising from California Department of Insurance market conduct examinations.°
  • Represented title companies in obtaining California Department of Insurance approval in matters involving sale and transfer of ownership.°
  • Advised title insurance underwriters regarding compliance with the California Insurance Code.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Gausewitz prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Staff Director, California State Senate, 1998-2000
  • Counsel to the Insurance Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Regulation, California Department of Insurance, 2007-2009
  • Legislative Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives, 1981-1982
  • Director, California Office of Administrative Law, 2004-2007
  • Assistant Vice President, State Affairs, American Insurance Association, 2000-2004
  • Assistant Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Farmers Insurance Group, 1990-1998
  • Legislative Assistant, California Medical Association, 1983
  • Senior Consultant and Deputy Staff Director, California State Assembly Republican Caucus, 1984-1990

Sukcesy i wyróżnienia

  • Team Member, Best Lawyers in America®, "Top Listed – Government Relations," 2018
  • Vice-Chair, California State Bar, Regulation
  • Member, California Land Title Association

Kwalifikacje

Wykształcenie
  • M.A., Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1981
    • Recipient, John M.Olin Fellowship in Graduate Economics
  • J.D., University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law, 1979
  • B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, 1976
Posiadane uprawnienia
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
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