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Ms. Pierce

Linda Pierce

Advocacy Leader, Gallagher Regional Claims

Linda Pierce leads Gallagher's Northwest/Southwest Region's team of claim advocates and collaborates with her counterparts in other regions across the United States with the shared goal of delivering the highest quality of claim services to clients.

Since Ms. Pierce joined Gallagher in 2007, she has utilized her experience in working on complex and disputed claims involving Employment Practices Liability, Directors & Officers, Professional Liability, Commercial Crime, Commercial General Liability, Property, as well as Cyber and Fraud. Additionally, Ms. Pierce consults with clients to develop strategic risk management programs.

Prior to joining Gallagher, Ms. Pierce worked in private practice as a litigation attorney and managed civil cases through trial and appeal. Ms. Pierce is a frequent speaker to professional organizations throughout the country, and spoke at conferences for the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), the American Bar Association and others. In addition, she is on the Board of the local chapter of The Claims Litigation Management Alliance, a nonpartisan alliance of insurance companies, corporations, service providers and law firms. She has also authored several articles that has appeared in a variety of risk management publications, including CLM Magazine, Insurance Journal, and Smart Business Magazine. She has also written thought leadership pieces for Arthur J. Gallagher regarding topics like California Wage Laws and Sexual Harassment.

Ms. Pierce obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Northridge and a Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. She is a member of the California State Bar Association and is a licensed insurance broker in California.


Please visit http://www.ajg.com for more information.

Ms. Pierce can be contacted at 630-773-3800 or linda_pierce@ajg.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.