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Michael Olsan Named Chair of Commercial Litigation Department

January 23, 2014

Philadelphia –White and Williams LLP has named Michael Olsan as Chair of the Commercial Litigation Department. Mr. Olsan, currently Chair of the Reinsurance Group, takes on this new role succeeding Patricia Santelle, who became the firm’s Managing Partner last month.

“Michael is a natural leader and is a solid choice for this position,” said Patricia Santelle, Managing Partner and Chair of the Executive Committee.  “We are confident that the transition will be seamless and the department will continue to be successful under Michael’s leadership,” she continued.

Mr. Olsan’s appointment comes as a result of  the sudden passing of former Chairman Guy Cellucci and  Ms. Santelle’s elevation from Chair of the Commercial Litigation Department to Managing Partner. “I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve my department and the firm in this capacity,” said Olsan. “The department prospered under Patti’s leadership, and I look forward to building on those successes.”

Mr. Olsan started as an associate at White and Williams in 1993 after working for a firm in Roseland, New Jersey.  He was elected to the partnership in 1998 and became Chair of the Reinsurance Group in 2009.  Mr. Olsan chaired the firm’s Marketing Committee and was a member of the firm’s Operations Committee.  Prior to engaging in the reinsurance practice, Mr. Olsan represented major property and casualty insurers in environmental, asbestos and long term exposure coverage disputes.  He currently concentrates his practice in the representation of insurance and reinsurance companies in arbitrating and litigating reinsurance disputes around the nation and in counseling clients in dispute avoidance and contract drafting.

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