Damon Vocke is a seasoned trial lawyer and business counselor and Managing Partner, Vocke Law Group, a group of highly experienced attorneys specializing in complex (re)insurance coverage and litigation matters. Until recently, he was the President of General Re Corporation with executive responsibilities for a $6 billion business across 30 countries. He was also Chairman of a Lloyd's Syndicate, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of a German affiliate, and Chairman of United States Aviation Underwriters in New York City. He has served on Audit, Risk and Complex Transaction Committees.
Damon also served as the Group General Counsel of General Re Corporation with responsibility for Legal, Regulatory, Governance, Compliance, and Claims. He represented the Company in regulatory and criminal investigations from 2004 to 2010, including before insurance regulators in the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Australia and Germany, as well as before the New York Attorney General, the U.S. SEC, and the U.S. Department of Justice. He has first-hand experience with challenges posed by OFAC, FCPA, whistleblower complaints, conflict-of-interest allegations, and crisis/media management.
Before his tenure at Gen Re, Damon was lead counsel through trial and appeal in complex litigation across various industry sectors for a wide variety of financial services and (re)insurance clients. The matters included class actions, business torts, contract disputes, RICO and fraud disputes, high-limit coverage and bad faith litigation, antitrust, and receiverships. He also conducted internal investigations.
While a litigation partner at a major law firm, he obtained winning verdicts in arbitrations and trials, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He won summary judgments on behalf of corporate defendants in various "pro-plaintiff" jurisdictions which include Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, and Oklahoma, and successfully mediated seemingly intractable claims and judgments.
Damon has chaired the RAA Law Committee and has served on the Board of ARIAS. He has frequently presented at the Federal Bar Council on issues relating to international investigations, corporate governance, and the scope of U.S. law. He has also presented at conferences of the ABA Criminal Justice Section, Mealey's, the New York State Judicial Institute, the Directors' Roundtable, NOHLGA, and the NAIC. Further, he has written articles for the National Law Journal on arbitration.
Damon attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate (with High Distinction) and law degrees. He is a Director of the World Affairs Forum, and past Director of the Stamford Symphony and the Chicago Chapter of the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.