James C. (Jim) Owen was named President and CEO of Missouri Employers Mutual in December 2011. Owen is responsible for the vision, direction, and strategic development of the company, as well as overall management and business implementation.
Owen joined MEM as a member of the Board of Directors in June 2010, later serving as the Chair of the Board and then Interim President and CEO from July to December of 2011. Prior to MEM, he was a partner in the law firm McCarthy, Leonard, & Kaemmerer and spent more than 30 years representing various national insurance companies in the areas of insurance coverage, reinsurance, insurance insolvency, state and local taxation litigation, public pension, commercial and business law, and class actions. He was also his firm’s lead personal injury litigator.
In 1997, Owen helped represent MEM in a Missouri Supreme Court victory over the insurance market’s challenge of the company’s enabling statute (Casualty Reciprocal Exchange v. Missouri Employers Mutual). He also successfully prosecuted a statewide class action against the Missouri residual market insurance carriers and NCCI to recover millions in overcharges for small business policyholders (Atlas Reserve Temporaries v. Vanliner Ins. Co.).
Owen acted as General Counsel to Transit Casualty Company in Receivership and was the lead litigator for Transit on claims coverage and reinsurance collection actions. He also has handled claims and reinsurance matters as outside counsel to the Home Insurance Company in Liquidation, Midland Insurance Company in Liquidation, and several other insurance insolvencies
through the New York Liquidation Bureau. Owen has participated on creditors’ committees for insolvencies in England and Bermuda, served as expert witness in insurance solvency litigation, and spoken at seminars on insurance and reinsurance regionally and around the country.
Owen earned a bachelor’s in Psychology with Honors and a law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He completed 30 of 32 hours towards a master’s degree in Counseling before starting law school. Owen is on various insurance boards, not-for-profit boards and associations, including the Missouri Supreme Court’s Appellate Practice Committee. He remains a member of the Missouri Bar.