As Commissioner of Insurance in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and Rita, I was faced with a difficult balancing act: protecting the interests of consumers - getting claims paid and protecting the insurance marketplace – laying the groundwork to ensure that insurance companies would still want to write new policies after all was said and done. My experience doing that continues to guide my work. I understand the interests of both insurers and insurance regulators, and I help them talk to one another.
J. Robert Wooley advises on insurance law and regulatory issues throughout the United States, including managing national strategy and issues for insurance companies. He has more than 20 years of government relations experience including work as the Director of Government Relations for a major gaming corporation as well as his service as Commissioner of Insurance for Louisiana, First Assistant Secretary of State, and Executive Counsel to the Louisiana Secretary of State. He recently devised a strategy to defend insurers facing actions by state regulators to collect unclaimed life insurance benefits. He formulated model legislation and regulations and directed multi-state lobbying efforts on behalf of insurance companies.
Robert brings to clients both a deep knowledge of insurance law and regulation as well as a nationwide professional network which includes current and former state insurance commissioners and regulators. He advises and consults on insurance law and regulatory issues across the U.S., including market conduct exams and other regulatory actions involving insurers and agents. He also handles licensing issues for insurers, brokers and agents.
Closely monitoring the deliberations of insurance professionals and legislative experts – at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the National Council of Insurance Legislators – Robert understands the continuously dynamic nature of the insurance industry. He advises clients regarding online marketing and sales of insurance products, the cybersecurity needs of insurers and related entities, and issues relating to writing and underwriting cyber insurance policies.
“ Technology is disrupting the insurance industry as much as any other industry. Cybersecurity and cyber insurance is a new frontier. Self-driving cars could end automobile insurance as we know it today. Online insurance sales are reshaping the entire industry. I keep my finger on the pulse of industry changes, so I'm ready to help clients as laws and regulations change to keep up with technology. ”
- Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University, J.D., 1977
- Northeast Louisiana University, B.B.A., 1974
Areas of Practice
- Best Lawyers® - Insurance Law
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- Wesley Foundation at Louisiana State University, Board Chair
- Louisiana Family Recovery Corps, Former Member