BALTIMORE – The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) welcomes new Commissioner Kathleen A. Birrane, who joined the Administration on May 18.
Commissioner Birrane comes to MIA from global law firm DLA Piper LLC, where she was a partner in the Insurance Sector and Litigation and Regulatory Practice Group. From 2002 to 2007, she served in the Office of the Attorney General as Principal Counsel for the MIA.
“Kathleen has the unique advantage of being able to step into this role with virtually no learning curve, and will be vital in helping the Maryland Insurance Administration navigate legal matters amidst this challenging economic climate,” said Governor Larry Hogan, in his May 1 announcement of Commissioner Birrane’s appointment.
Commissioner Birrane replaces Al Redmer Jr., who served as Insurance Commissioner from 2003 to 2005 and again from 2015 to 2020. Redmer is now executive director of the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund.
“The Maryland Insurance Administration has a well-deserved reputation for fair, rational and transparent regulation,” Commissioner Birrane said. “On a daily basis, the staff of the Administration does a remarkable job of protecting Maryland insurance consumers both with respect to individual concerns and with respect to the health and solvency of companies and the industry as a whole within our state. I am thrilled at the opportunity to work beside them.”
Redmer said Commissioner Birrane was an excellent appointment for moving the agency forward in a challenging time for the state and the country.
“I have known Kathleen for years, and she is a true professional,” Redmer said. “I congratulate her, and I know the Maryland Insurance Administration is in great hands.”