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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 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.