Quick Results
Professional Photo
Professionals

George Rankin Dale*

Senior Public Policy Advisor
Jackson
T: 601.973.3639
F: 601.714.9939

George Dale concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance regulatory, governmental and legislative matters.

Featured Experience

Assisted a state insurance department in achieving full accreditation by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).

Directed the efforts of MID through eight hurricanes resulting in billions of dollars in claims payments and preventing the collapse of the Mississippi insurance market.
Oversaw the efforts of the investigatory team that first discovered the massive insurance fraud perpetrated by Martin Frankel, including multi-jurisdictional asset recovery efforts and the successful prosecution of Frankel and others.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Dale served for 32 years as Insurance Commissioner for the State of Mississippi. Elected to that position in 1975 at the age of 35, Mr. Dale was the youngest insurance commissioner in Mississippi history and became the longest serving, elected insurance commissioner in United States' history.

As chief executive officer of the Mississippi Insurance Department (MID), Mr. Dale was responsible for all aspects of MID operations including licensing, regulatory approval of transactions, litigation, financial and market conduct investigations, and legislative initiatives.

During his tenure, the MID was granted financial accreditation status by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) – an accomplishment that the MID still holds today. Mr. Dale was actively involved at the NAIC and served multiple times on numerous committees and work groups.

Mississippi endured eight hurricanes, including Hurricane Katrina, while Mr. Dale held office. As a result of his leadership, Mississippi successfully navigated the aftermath of those eight hurricanes without a collapse or mass exodus of the Mississippi market by insurance carriers. Mr. Dale worked to form substantive coalitions involving local, state and federal government agencies, as well as stakeholders from the private sector, to bolster the state's economic recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

As Insurance Commissioner, Mr. Dale also served as the State Fire Marshall. Recognizing the impact that a well-trained and well-equipped fire department can have on public safety, Mr. Dale oversaw the enactment and implementation of the Rural Fire Truck Acquisition Act, resulting in 502 new fire trucks for Mississippi communities, which resulted in lower fire insurance rates for many Mississippians.

Mr. Dale's knowledge of the insurance industry, coupled with his professional and personal credibility, his relationships with state regulators and insurance executives across the country, and his ability to problem-solve and think "outside the box," enable him to take a results-oriented approach to the most complex regulatory issues.

Representative Matters
  • Assisted a state insurance department in achieving full accreditation by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).

  • Directed the efforts of MID through eight hurricanes resulting in billions of dollars in claims payments and preventing the collapse of the Mississippi insurance market.
  • Oversaw the efforts of the investigatory team that first discovered the massive insurance fraud perpetrated by Martin Frankel, including multi-jurisdictional asset recovery efforts and the successful prosecution of Frankel and others.
  • Secured a federal grant of $50 million to help stabilize the Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association, thereby decreasing the need for immediate rate increases which would have crippled recovery efforts along the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Katrina.
  • Secured additional funding for fire protection resulting in an increase from 400 fire stations in 1985 to 1,140 fire stations in Mississippi.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Distinguished Service Award from the Risk Management and Insurance Society, University of Mississippi (2009)
  • Current President of Passé Club, organization consisting of all former Insurance Commissioners/Directors in the United States
  • Former member of the Board of Trustees for Mississippi College
  • Honorary Doctorate of Law from Mississippi College
  • Mississippi State University Insurance Hall of Fame
  • Recipient of "JH Johnston Award" by Mississippi Independent Agents Association

Disclaimer

*

Baker Donelson professional not admitted to the practice of law.

Email Disclaimer

NOTICE: The mailing of this email is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Anything that you send to anyone at our Firm will not be confidential or privileged unless we have agreed to represent you. If you send this email, you confirm that you have read and understand this notice.
Cancel Accept