Samuel Sorich has been a respected representative of the California insurance industry for more than 25 years. He focuses his practice on expanding the firm’s presence and relationships in the capital, particularly with the Department of Insurance and other state agencies.
Mr. Sorich became of counsel to Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in October 2014 as a result of the merger of Hinshaw and the Los Angeles-based firm of Barger & Wolen LLP. He resides in the firm's Sacramento office and is licensed to practice in Hawaii and Illinois, but is not licensed to practice in California. Prior to his tenure with Barger, Mr. Sorich served from 2002 to 2010 as President of the Association of California Insurance Companies (ACIC), California’s longest established property/casualty insurance trade association. As president of the ACIC, Mr. Sorich directed the association’s legislative, regulatory and litigation activities. Under his leadership, the ACIC played a key role in the:
- crafting and regulatory implementation of the 2003-2004 workers compensation reforms;
- development of regulations that implement Proposition 103's provisions on auto insurance rating and underwriting;
- litigation that determines the scope of the insurance commissioner's authority over homeowners insurance underwriting; and
- legislation that provides consumers with effective disclosures regarding insurance coverages.
Prior to joining the ACIC, Mr. Sorich served for more than seven years as Regional Vice President of one of the predecessor associations of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). In that position, Mr. Sorich took an active role in addressing the significant California property/casualty insurance issues, including:
- workers compensation reforms;
- the creation of the California Earthquake Authority;
- homeowners insurers' responses to numerous wildfires;
- the adoption of fair claims settlement practices; and
- the ongoing regulatory and judicial implementation of Proposition 103.
While leading the ACIC, Mr. Sorich continued to direct PCI’s efforts in Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, Hawaii and other western states. For nearly a decade, Sorich represented the insurers before the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and took the advocacy lead on several important issues including market conduct exams, producer licensing, and insurers' use of credit information for underwriting and rating.
Prior to his legal career in insurance, Mr. Sorich served as a Peace Corps volunteer and as an assistant attorney general in the office of the Illinois Attorney General.
- Appointed for a term by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury to the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, (2011–2014)
Mr. Sorich has been a guest on the A.M. BestTV podcast. His publications include:
- "Impact of Recent California Legislation," A.M. Best podcast, September 17, 2012.
- "Iran Investment Bill Well-Intentioned, But Unconstitutional," Insurance Journal, July 2012.
- California Property/Casualty Insurance Laws Enacted in 2015
- California Supreme Court Rules that Insurer May Recover Fees from Insureds’ Independent Counsel
- New Law Makes Significant Changes to the Regulation and Taxation of Surplus Line Insurance
- California Insurance-Related Bills Signed into Law
- California Insurers Asked to Submit Diversity Information About Boards of Directors Robert W. Hogeboom, Samuel J. Sorich
- Which Insurance-Related Bills Met the California Deadline for Passage?
- Permits to Test Driverless Vehicles Pass DMV Regulatory Speed Bumps
- California Insurance Laws Enacted in 2013
- No Settlement Offer, No Bad Faith Liability for Insurer Larry M. Golub, Samuel J. Sorich
- New Insurance Laws and Pending Legislation in California
- California Legislators to Consider Insurance Bills During Final Weeks of Session
- Proposed Regulations List 20 Standards to Determine if Insurer is Operating in Hazardous Financial Conditions Robert W. Hogeboom, Samuel J. Sorich
- California Insurance-Related Bills Meet Deadline for Passage in 2013
- California Supreme Court Hears Argument on Whether Insurance Code Limits UCL Lawsuits Against Insurers Larry M. Golub, Samuel J. Sorich
- Court of Appeal Applies Howell Rule to Future Medical Expenses and Noneconomic Damages
- California Legislative Committees Considering Insurance Bills
- Howell Rule Applies When Medical Services Were Paid by Medicare, Court of Appeal Concludes
- Two California Appellate Court Decisions Vacate Forfeiture of Bail Bonds
- California Department of Insurance Adopts Amendments to Auto Repair Regulations
- Courts Take Divergent Positions on "Disparagement" Under Advertising Injury Coverage