Chief Claims Officer
Traci McGuire is Chief Claims Officer at AmeriTrust Group. Ms. McGuire manages AmeriTrust’s Claim Department and is focused on litigation management and supervision of claims professionals. The Claim Department resolves all claims for both the Admitted and Non-Admitted operations nationwide. Ms. McGuire joined the company in 2012 as a Claims Attorney managing a book of professional liability claims. Thereafter, she served in various roles of claims management, including oversight of the Specialty, Complex and Coverage groups, as well as the Vice President of Casualty Litigation.
Prior to joining AmeriTrust, Ms. McGuire was a litigation partner at an Ohio law firm for 13 years and specialized in business litigation and medical malpractice defense. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Speech Communications from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Thereafter, she received her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law. She was a Managing Editor for the OHIO STATE LAW JOURNAL and was awarded the Alumni Special Recognition Award for outstanding achievement in scholarship and leadership. In 2005, she was recognized as a recipient of Business First’s Forty Under 40 Award in Columbus, Ohio. She was recognized as an Ohio Rising Star in 2009, 2011 and 2012. She is Certified in Mediation by the Institute for Conflict Management. Ms. McGuire also served as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Communication at Otterbein University and taught Business, Interpersonal and Organizational Communication courses.
Ms. McGuire has served as an author, speaker or panelist for industry events. Her activity includes State of the Industry – Trends and Challenges (panelist, FDCC Insurance Industry Institute, 2020); Let’s Talk About Sex: The History of Women In The Workplace, Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going? (panelist, USLAW, June 2019); Insurance Industry Operations, Challenges and Solutions (panelist, FDCC Insurance Industry Institute, 2019); Don’t Be The One To Pay The Price: Avoiding Bad Faith (panelist, Eagle International Associates, 2019); Selecting The Right Expert For Your Case (panelist, Magna Legal Services, 2018); Liability Limitations in Contract (presentation, DRI Construction Law Seminar, 2018); Risky Business – Dealing with Difficult Professionals As Insureds/Clients (panelist, CLM 2017); Defense Counsel Challenges in Complying With Carrier Guidelines (presentation, CLM 2015); How To Negotiate and Drive Early, Favorable Settlements (presentation, 2015); Women Lawyers: Defeating Public Speaking Fears (Article, Woman Advocate, ABA Journal, 2009).
Ms. McGuire is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.