W. R. Berkley Corporation
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Joseph G. Shores


Joseph G Shores

Joe Shores started Berkley Select in May of 2007. Prior to joining W. R. Berkley Corporation, Joe was responsible for regional specialty lines underwriting operations at another leading national property and casualty insurer, including the executive management of a $300M Professional Liability operation concentrated in Lawyers Professional Liability products and programs. He has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry with significant specialty, professional liability and excess lines experience.


Joseph G. Shores


Joseph N. Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Ernest J. Fahien

Executive Vice President

Alan B. Gossard

Vice President

Todd D. Hampton

Senior Vice President

Jeremy J. Schokora

Vice President

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Berkley Select

Berkley Select is a creative team of insurance professionals with specific expertise in large, complex professional liability risks.

Our Mission

Berkley Selectís mission is to provide innovative and flexible insurance solutions to our customers, utilizing a consistent underwriting approach and delivering unparalleled service. Our goal is to be the preferred capacity provider for each of our distributors.

Company Description

Berkley Select was formed in May, 2007 to deliver professional liability insurance products to large professional services firms and healthcare facilities. Staffed by a team of experts with significant insurance industry experience, Berkley Select employs integrated underwriting, loss control and claims expertise to serve its sophisticated client base. Clients have access to a creative team of underwriters and claim professionals, as well as the resources of W. R. Berkley Corporation, a Fortune 500 Company. This winning combination, along with a small, exclusive distribution force, enables Berkley Select to provide innovative and timely solutions to the complex needs of its customers.

How Berkley Select is Different

Berkley Select is highly specialized and selective. We are not just an underwriting manager; but an insurance solution provider where innovative thinking, comprehensive products and superior customer service are the end result. Our experienced staff has the autonomy and accountability to make the appropriate decisions to meet or exceed client expectations.

Our Products

We offer errors and omissions products tailored to meet the needs of the following classifications:

  • Law Firms
  • Accounting Firms
  • Miscellaneous Professional Services Firms
  • Medical Facilities
  • Community Hospitals

Coverage is available on a primary and excess basis. We also structure quota share participations to build capacity for large accounts.

Stand-alone General Liability and Excess Umbrella products are available for our Healthcare Clients.

About W. R. Berkley Corporation

W. R. Berkley Corporation, founded in 1967, is one of the nation's premier commercial lines property casualty insurance providers. Each of the operating units in the Berkley group participates in a niche market requiring specialized knowledge about a territory or product. Our competitive advantage lies in our long-term strategy of decentralized operations, allowing each of our units to identify and respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and local customer needs. This decentralized structure provides financial accountability and incentives to local management and enables us to attract and retain the highest caliber professionals. We have the expertise and resources to utilize our strengths in the present environment, and the flexibility to anticipate, innovate and respond to whatever opportunities and challenges the future may hold.

Contact Information

Berkley Select
250 South Wacker Drive, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Tel: 312-881-1330
Fax: 312-881-1338

Financial Highlights

Berkley Select underwrites on behalf of Nautilus Insurance Company, a W. R. Berkley Corporation member company.

A.M. Best Financial Strength Rating
A+ (Superior)

Financial Size Category

Standard & Poor's Financial Strength Rating
A+ (Strong)