Bernd G. Heinze, Esquire has been the executive director of the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA) and its non-profit University since 2001. He speaks, testifies, lectures and teaches before insurance professionals, rating agencies, congressional and state legislators and regulators, industry organizations, colleges and universities in the US, Germany and the United Kingdom on a regular basis. He is also the executive editor of the quarterly trade publication Wholesale Insurance News, “WIN Magazine.”
Mr. Heinze has served as:
- Vice-President and Chief Litigation Counsel for a Fortune 500 Insurance Company, where he was responsible for the management of all property and casualty litigation, claims and coverage wordings nationwide
- an equity litigation partner with an international law firm on insurance defense and coverage cases
- legislative assistant to Congressman Jack Kemp in the Washington, DC and Buffalo, NY offices
- executive assistant and deputy press secretary to Erie County (NY) Executive Edward J. Rutkowski and
- weekend anchor for WAVA NewsRadio in Washington, DC
Mr. Heinze graduated with a BA in International Relations and Economics from the Canisius (pronounced “Kan-EE-shus”) College (1978) in Buffalo, NY, was selected to and attended the Foreign Policy School at American University in Washington, DC and obtained his Juris Doctor degree with honors from the Temple University School of Law (1983) in Philadelphia. He is licensed to practice before the United States and Pennsylvania Supreme Courts, and the federal courts of Pennsylvania. He is also certified by all state insurance departments to present continuing education courses pertaining to insurance and legal related matters. He holds the highest possible peer review “AV Rating” for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards from Lexis Nexis/Martindale Hubbell, and has been named annually as one of the “Top 100 Insurance Professionals in North America” by the Insurance Distribution Letter since 2001. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Risk and Insurance Management at the St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.
He is Chair of the Montgomery Township, PA Industrial Development Authority, and serves pro bono as General Counsel for the “Whydah Expedition,” which is the project to recover and conserve the remains of the only documented pirate ship to sink in 1717 off the coast of the US.
He and his wife live in suburban Philadelphia and have two daughters. Mr. Heinze is also the founder, president and an active firefighter with the Fire Department of Montgomery Township, PA.