Licensed in three jurisdictions (TX, WI, DC), I have worked in the public and private sector for 25+ years.
Chief Legal Counsel
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
As a gubernatorial appointee, served as senior legal advisor to the Secretary. Supervised the Departmental Office of Legal counsel, comprised of attorneys, paralegal, and administrative staff. Worked with state and federal agencies to implement state health policies. Supervised the investigation and resolution of alleged HIPAA violations for Medicaid recipients and other Health Services clientele. Negotiated major state contracts for the delivery of state-wide health programs related to services, real estate and labor.
Director of State Affairs
Council for Affordable Health Insurance
for non-profit organization which promotes the interests of small group and individual insurers across the US. Testified before state legislative bodies, conferred with state legislators and elected officials, drafted legislation, and coordinated state lobbying efforts of member companies.
Officer in privately
Mary E. Spear, Esq
Dallas, TX. - 2001 - 2011
Performed pro bono work in family law, estate planning, contracts, health insurance disputes and claims. Officer in privately-held corporations, including Optim, Inc. and PayDay Advance, Inc. Established two 501(c)(3) corporations.
Secretary and public member of Board of Directors
Texas Health Reinsurance System
Austin, TX - 2001 - 2011
Appointed by the Texas Insurance Commissioner, served as Secretary and public member of Board of Directors. Authored analytical thesis of PPACA for Governor's Office and Board.
Spear 1 Productions, Inc
for incentive marketing company. Ensured compliance with advertising and patent/intellectual laws and regulations.
Dallas Mediation Services
January 1998 - December 2001
I served as a volunteer mediator for this United Way agency. I mediated contract disputes, landlord/tenant disagreements, property valuations, and a variety of other types of cases.
Vice President Governmental Relations
Pioneer Life Insurance Company
for small group health insurer. Testified before state and federal legislative and regulatory bodies, drafted legislation, and coordinated state lobbying efforts of the company. Corporate representative to, and active in, numerous industry associations.
Vice President of Governmental Affairs
PFL Life Insurance Company, No
(state and federal), promoting corporate interests at state and federal levels through written and oral testimony, personal meetings with high-level legislative and regulatory decision makers and media appearances.
industry representative on Board of Directors
Wyoming Reinsurance System
Cheyenne, WY - 1992 - 1996
Appointed by the Wyoming Commissioner of Insurance, served as industry representative on Board of Directors.
Assistant General Counsel/Vice President/Secretary
Western Fidelity Insurance Company
Supervised Compliance Department, including paralegal and administrative staff. Oversaw corporate state and federal lobbying efforts.
Transport Insurance Company
in Litigation Unit, handling product liability and casualty claims in state and federal courts across the country.
Qualifications & Certifications
South Texas College of Law
BA - American Studies/Political Science
Illinois Wesleyan University