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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.


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

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.