About

About Us

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A Member Of W. R. Berkley Corporation

Berkley Asset Protection was established in 2008 to deliver the industry’s most complete and high quality portfolio of specialized insurance products and services designed to protect fine art, jewelry and other high-value, personal and commercial assets. We support the market through close partnerships with an established distribution network of retail and wholesale insurance professionals. Our brokers and agents cater to a global base of clients in a variety of environments, including private and corporate art collections, museums, galleries, and exhibitions, jewelry wholesalers, retailers, and manufacturers, along with those who work with collectibles, currencies, securities, and other high-value assets. Our claims and loss control operation is the undisputed gold standard for the entire fine art and jewelry insurance industry.

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Our Team

 

Our Team of Professionals

JOSEPH DOWD
PRESIDENT
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Phone: 212-497-3701
Fax: 866-790-2298

GREGORY J. SMITH
EVP | CLAIMS
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Phone: 212-497-3702
Fax: 866-790-2298

NICHOLAS REYNOLDS
SENIOR VP | UNDERWRITING
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Phone: 804-237-5253
Fax: 866-735-9705

MELISSA BECKER, CIC
CPCU
VP | SALES & MARKETING LEADER
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Phone: 440-630-9378
Fax: 1-866-337-1805

ANDREW CHIPMAN
VP | UNDERWRITING
JEWELERS BLOCK +
PERSONAL JEWELRY
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Phone: 920-830-4944
Fax: 855-999-0767

JOSEPH B. LAROCCA, CPCU
AVP | BUSINESS INSURANCE
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Phone: 212-497-3717
Fax: 877-303-3294

STEPHEN WOOD
AVP | UNDERWRITING
FINE ART + COLLECTIBLES
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Phone: 860-380-1185
Fax: 866 333 6548

AMEE YUNN
AVP | UNDERWRITING
FINE ART + COLLECTIBLES
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Phone: 212-497-3719

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In the News

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Is your business still closed? Or, perhaps it’s open limited days during this coronavirus era? Jump at this opportunity to conduct a complete physical inventory of your store’s merchandise for sale if you haven’t already done one this year.
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Guidance for Re-opening Jewelry Businesses in a COVID-19 Era
As retail jewelers consider re-opening their businesses, it’s important for them to acknowledge the new norm in this COVID-19 age. While everyone hopes the worst is behind us, the virus is still around. Berkley Asset Protection, a leader in insuring jewelry and jewelry businesses, offered guidance for retail jewelry stores planning to re-open.
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Our Iconic Shield

Our visual identity represents the fine art we insure, the cuts of the gems we protect, and the depth and complexity of our underwriting process. The iconic shield symbolizes the strength of our claims expertise and the protection we provide to our customers. Our agents and brokers can feel safe and smart knowing they’ve chosen to partner with Berkley Asset Protection.

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About W. R. Berkley Corporation

W. R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE:WRB), founded in 1967, is one of the nation’s premier commercial lines property casualty insurance providers. Each of the more than 50 Berkley operating units participates in a niche market, requiring specialized expertise in a territory or product. Our competitive advantage lies in our long-term strategy of decentralized operations, allowing each of our units to identify and respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and local customer needs. This decentralized structure provides financial accountability and incentives to local management and enables us to attract and retain the highest-caliber professionals.