Insurance Department General Counsel Retires after 43 Years
Mike Seals - November 5, 2020 9:56 pm
Mulready Recognizes Extraordinary Career of Insurance Department General Counsel
OKLAHOMA CITY – Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready announced today the retirement of the Oklahoma Insurance Department’s General Counsel, Gordon Amini. His retirement from the agency is effective on December 31, 2020.
During his 43-year career as corporate legal and regulatory counsel, Amini was a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and admitted to practice before the bar of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Amini served twice as OID General Counsel, first in 1980 for Commissioner Gerald Grimes, and most recently for the last six years under Commissioner John Doak and Commissioner Glen Mulready. Beyond state service, Amini served as General Counsel at First Life Assurance Company in Oklahoma City and later was promoted to the chief legal officer at First Life until he accepted a position as senior vice president, secretary and general counsel at C.L. Frates and Company in 1986. During his tenure at Frates, Amini provided legal services to several “insurance companies” owned by various associations such as the Oklahoma Medical Association, Oklahoma Hospital Association and the community bankers’ associations of 17 states.
“Gordon Amini is a name known throughout this industry, and upon entering this office, I knew that I wanted him by my side,” said Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready. “His expertise and tenacity to protect consumers, hold insurers accountable, and work with new businesses that want to domicile in Oklahoma are second to none. We will miss his presence moving forward, but I wish him and his family the very best in their next chapter.”
In 2005 Amini resigned his position at Frates to accept employment at Physicians Liability Insurance Company (“PLICO”). He served as senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary until he retired in May of 2014. After two months of “leisure,” Amini rejoined the Oklahoma Insurance Department as senior counsel in 2014.
“At the end of my career, I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to apply some of the knowledge that my initial service at OID made possible,” said Amini. “Thank you to the Commissioner and all my colleagues, who are working every day to assist and protect insurance consumers.”
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.