Attorney Profiles

NoreenNoreen J. Parrett concentrates her practice in corporate and regulatory insurance law and guaranty fund law. Noreen has assisted Wisconsin’s domestic insurance industry in corporate transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, demutualizations, recapitalizations and formations.

Her practice also includes representing domestic and foreign insurers before the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance on the holding company act and other corporate issues and on enforcement actions, and working with Wisconsin guaranty fund and the national associations for guaranty funds on various corporate and regulatory issues. In addition, Noreen provides assistance to state and national insurance trade associations.

Noreen is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Federation of Regulatory Counsel and is a former instructor of insurance law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She was named the Best Lawyers®Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Madison in 2014.

Noreen graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1988, after experience working in the insurance industry. Her law school career includes membership in Order of the Coif and the Board of Editors of the Wisconsin Law Review. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.

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ConnieConnie L. O’Connell
concentrates her practice in corporate and regulatory insurance law. As former Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner, Connie offers the firm's clients unique insight into the regulation of insurance and practical preventive guidance. In addition, Connie serves as the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Life Insurers, providing the trade association with organization management as well as regulatory and legislative advocacy.  She has represented Wisconsin’s life insurers on multiple OCI advisory committees. Before joining the firm, Connie served as the State Insurance Commissioner for Governors Thompson and McCallum. During her four-year tenure with the Insurance Department, Connie initiated efforts to further strengthen Wisconsin’s insurance regulatory framework and played a key role in national efforts to streamline and modernize state insurance regulation.

Connie has 20 years experience in Wisconsin legislative and executive branches of government. Prior to serving as Insurance Commissioner, she was Governor Thompson’s policy director and chief advisor on state and national insurance issues.

Connie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, graduating magna cum laude. In 2000, the University recognized her as their Recent Outstanding Alumna. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1996 and has been named the Best Lawyers® Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Madison for the years 2012, 2015, and 2019. Connie often speaks before insurers and insurance trade associations and has taught "Insurance and Public Policy" at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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