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Virtual Meet & Greet Opportunity with Judith French, Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance

By NAIFA-Ohio on 4/12/21 5:12 PM

April 29th | 10 am-12 pm eastern


On February 8, 2021, Governor DeWine appointed Judi French as the Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. Please join us for a unique opportunity to meet with our new Director.

NAIFA-Ohio members have the opportunity to submit questions to Director French in advance. If you have questions, please be sure to include them with your registration or send via email to info@naifaohio.org.

NAIFA-Ohio is pleased to offer this program in collaboration with our lobbyist, Dan Dodd of ZHF Consulting.

Webinar seats are limited, register now to ensure your spot.

About Director Judi French


Judi French was appointed to serve as Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance on February 8, 2021 by Governor Mike DeWine. French serves as a member of Governor DeWine’s cabinet and is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the department. 

Prior to becoming Director, French served as a justice of the Ohio Supreme Court and was the tenth woman to serve in that role in Ohio’s history. During her eight years on the court, Justice French participated in thousands of decisions and authored more than 100 opinions. In addition, she successfully pursued reforms to improve Ohio’s judiciary and justice system, and was appointed by the U.S. Chief Justice to serve on the Federal Appellate Rules Committee.

For nearly three decades, Director French has served the people of Ohio. Before becoming a justice, she served the state as an appellate judge, chief legal counsel to the governor, an assistant attorney general, and a state government lawyer. As an attorney representing the State of Ohio, she made two arguments before the United States Supreme Court. 

Prior to joining the public sector, French worked as an attorney with the Columbus law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, specializing in environmental law. She also served as in-house counsel for a large manufacturing company.

Director French received three degrees from The Ohio State University: a B.A. in political science, an M.A. in history (with a concentration in military history and strategic studies), and a J.D., with honors. She is a member of the Moritz College of Law National Council, and in 2018 was awarded the college's Distinguished Jurist Award for her work on the bench.

French currently resides in Grandview Heights, near Columbus, with her husband. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Topics: State Advocacy
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NAIFA-Ohio Legislative Update - March 16, 2021

By Dan Dodd on 3/16/21 2:17 PM


Topics: Advocacy State Advocacy
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NAIFA-Ohio legislative update - week of february 22, 2021

By Dan Dodd on 3/1/21 10:55 AM

House Insurance Committee

Topics: Advocacy State Advocacy
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New Session and Familiar Faces for 134th General Assembly

By Dan Dodd on 2/18/21 10:03 AM

First, on behalf of the team at ZHF Consulting, thank you for the opportunity to represent NAIFA-Ohio before the General Assembly and the Ohio Department of Insurance. It is our honor to be tasked with promoting the work of NAIFA-Ohio members and make sure decision makers in state government know about the positive impact the men and women of NAIFA-Ohio make on their communities.

Topics: State Advocacy
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Ohio Finalizes Annuities Best Interest Rule Based on the NAIC Model

By NAIFA on 2/10/21 5:05 PM

The Ohio Department of Insurance has finalized a rule based on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ updated Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model that requires financial professionals to work in the best interests of consumers on annuity transactions. The new rule goes into effect in Ohio on Feb. 14.

Topics: Annuities Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy NAIC Model Regulation