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As chief counsel for CIGNA’s reinsurance division, Jack R. Scott, 52, was a frequent visitor at White & Williams’ Liberty Place offices in Philadelphia. Now, after a 25-year career as in-house counsel for insurance companies, Scott has made the jump from client to co-worker. “I was interested in the excitement of private practice,” Scott said. “After 25 years of anything, you get into a routine. This is exciting.” On Tuesday Scott joined the firm’s reinsurance practice group as counsel. He will focus his practice on domestic and international life, health and accident claims — a growing area in insurance litigation. “[Our practice] has been heavily property and casualty work,” said Thomas A. Allen, head of the firm’s reinsurance practice group. “But there is much more legal work today — and there will be more in the future — in the life, accident and health area.” The firm has expanded its reinsurance practice in recent years — with a half-dozen or more attorneys dedicating their time to both ceded and assumed reinsurance matters — and is optimistic about its continued growth, Allen said. “[Scott] is an outstanding lawyer with tremendous expertise in life, accident and health in both transactions, and the disputes that can arise,” he said. A Villanova Law School graduate with an L.L.M. in taxation from Temple University, Scott served as vice president and general counsel for Life Reassurance Corporation of America before joining CIGNA. At CIGNA, he advised the company on indemnity reinsurance agreements involved in the divestiture of its international property-casualty reinsurance and other divisions. During his days in-house, Scott represented clients in reinsurance disputes, divestitures and other transactions and regulatory issues. Although Scott is familiar with many local firms from his time in-house, White & Williams was the only one he considered when he decided to move out. “They have extensive insurance practice and a very good, specific reinsurance group. It was a very good fit for me,” Scott said. “I am enthusiastic about the change.” But the move won’t be too much of a change. “I have been practicing reinsurance law as a specialty for some period of time. On an actual day-to-day basis, the work will be very similar,” he said.

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