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Burns & Wilcox Expands Professional Liability Practice Group Amid Growth, Nationwide Infrastructure Push

Farmington Hills, Mich. (March 8, 2022) – Burns & Wilcox, a globally recognized leader in wholesale insurance brokerage and underwriting, announced today three new associates added to its Professional Liability Practice Group. The new team members specialize in Architects and Engineers Insurance and Management Liability. The experts joining Burns & Wilcox teams across the United States include Tameka Livatino, Erin Pritchett and Maria Small.

Businesses and professionals with work connected to the construction industry, such as designers, engineers and contractors, are experiencing significant growth as the U.S. activates infrastructure investments across the nation. It is estimated that Commercial Real Estate values will rise in 2022, especially for sought-after industrial and multifamily assets, further showcasing industry demand and need for comprehensive insurance programs and solutions.

“The Burns & Wilcox Professional Liability Practice Group is proudly adding top talent to our offices throughout the United States,” said David Derigiotis, Corporate Senior Vice President, National Professional Liability Practice Leader, Burns & Wilcox, Detroit/Farmington Hills, Michigan. “Amid economic recovery, businesses are facing new and elevated risks and an increased regulatory environment, while retail insurance brokers continue to navigate greater shifts in underwriting practices than ever before. Our specialized team is built to address these conditions and provide brokers with the expertise, counsel, and tailored solutions they need to drive their clients’ businesses forward.”

The Burns & Wilcox Professional Liability Practice Group has exceeded results from both 2020 and the pre-pandemic conditions of 2019, with a record-setting performance in 2021. Compared to 2020, earned income and new business earned income growth exceeded 40 percent. This success is a result of organic growth, investing in technology and talent, and responding to market conditions with products that deliver solutions to emerging trends and exposures.

  • Livatino joins as Underwriting Director of Architects and Engineers, based in Chicago, with nearly 25 years of Professional Liability underwriting experience. She also specializes in Miscellaneous Professional Liability, Employment Practices Liability, and Allied Healthcare and Tenant Discrimination. In her new role, Livatino leads the strategic direction for the company’s exclusive ProConstruct Program, including its underwriting risk analysis and marketing. She is well-known throughout the Chicago regionspending the last three years of her career at Hiscox.
  • Pritchett joins as a Professional Liability Broker based out of the Detroit/Farmington Hills Corporate Headquarters in Michigan. With 15 years of industry experience, she specializes in Architects and Engineers and Miscellaneous Professional Insurance – specifically Real Estate and Insurance Agents and Brokers. She most recently worked at PL Risk Advisors where she specialized in Directors and Officers Insurance.
  • Small joins as a Professional Liability Broker based in San Francisco. With 15 years of industry experience, she is well-versed in Directors and Officers, Employment Practices Liability Insurance and Fiduciary Insurance. Small’s technology, cyber and media expertise will be key given the rise of digital currencies and blockchain capabilities. She most recently worked at Sequoia Consulting Group.

“It is an honor to join the Burns & Wilcox Professional Liability Practice Group, given its innovation and strong reputation among insurance carriers,” said Livatino. “I look forward to leveraging my carrier and Managing General Agent background to lead strategy for the ProConstruct Program while uncovering new ways to expand our Architects & Engineers portfolio and counsel clients through market changes and impacts.”

The company plans to continue expanding its broker teams this year. To learn more about careers at Burns & Wilcox, visit

About Burns & Wilcox:
Burns & Wilcox is the insurance industry’s leading wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager internationally recognized for its expertise in commercial and professional liability, property, environmental, marine and personal insurance.

Burns & Wilcox is a member of H.W. Kaufman Group, which has over 60 offices across the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America and employs more than 2,000 professionals. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Metro Detroit, Michigan, H.W. Kaufman Group also includes: Burns & Wilcox Brokerage, Burns & Wilcox Canada, Atain Insurance Companies, Afirm, Global Excess Partners, RB Jones, Stonemark, and Minuteman Adjusters. H.W. Kaufman Group International includes: H.W. Kaufman Group Europe, Chesterfield Group, Chesterfield LatAm, Lochain Patrick, Burns & Wilcox United Kingdom, Node International and Cranbrook Underwriting. More information can be found at or