Matthew Fischer


  • Oversight, management and client advocacy of all insurable claims. Works with the firm’s brokerage & consulting teams to understand client risks/exposures and is involved in creation and implementation of various risk management procedures and all facets of contractual risk transfer, including review, markup, negotiations and compliance.
  • Credentials – BA, Political Science & Economics, Philosophy minor (Loyola University Maryland); JD, WTO Dispute Resolution Certificate (Georgetown University Law Center); LLM, National Security Law (Georgetown University Law Center); pursuing MBA (Loyola University Maryland)
  • Represented the Fortune 500 clients of an AMLaw 100 law firm in all facets of domestic and international trademark, copyright and related advertising matters.  Advised large global and domestic clients on internet, technology and social media law and policy. Former Managing Attorney for District of Columbia real estate litigation practice. Currently serves on the Advisory Board of an Edutech startup, advising on issues of intellectual property law and technology.

Melanie Thomas


  • Devises our organizational learning strategy, designs and delivers the program, oversees its implementation and assesses its outcomes. Identifies learning and developmental needs for new and existing employees and drives suitable initiatives that align with and support company strategies
  • Credentials — BS in Elementary Education (East Carolina University)
  • Extensive experience with a major national carrier as an underwriter of all commercial lines for middle market-sized businesses across the country in various industries including real estate, special trade contractors, private education, business services, architects/engineers, manufacturing, metalworkers, technology & life sciences businesses
  • Senior Learning Consultant — involved in the design, development, and facilitation of new hire onboarding and continuous learning for all middle market underwriters

Karen Nelson


  • Consulting and compliance services for lenders, construction managers, and owner representatives; Conducts insurance reviews for commercial real estate loans including meticulous documentation review to ensure coverage meets all necessary requirements and are appropriate for the collateral; Reviews loan agreements; Manages and assists with lease and tenant coverage compliance analysis
  • Credentials — BS Marketing, Minor Legal Environment of Business (Penn State); Paralegal Certificate (George Mason University); Licensed California Resident Insurance Producer: Property and Casualty Broker-Agent
  • Paralegal for large DC General Contractor – Reviewed and analyzed contracts; Reviewed litigation and corporate history for subcontractor risk mitigation; Researched laws, articles, and past judicial decisions relevant to construction and corporate matters; Worked side-by-side with in-house risk management department for claims or disputes; Assisted with corporate education for legal and risk management departments