Stanton Strickland, Deputy Commissioner of Texas Department of Insurance Legal Division to Join Mitchell Williams Insurance Regulatory Group


December 06, 2016

AUSTIN, TX. (Dec. 5, 2016) – This February, Stanton Strickland, Deputy Commissioner of the Legal Division at the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), will join the Mitchell Williams Insurance Regulatory Practice Group in its Austin office.  Strickland's departure from TDI caps 21 years of public service with the agency.       

“Stan is highly regarded in the industry and brings a tremendous amount of experience from his work as a regulator at the Texas Department of Insurance,” said Rick Beard, Managing Director at Mitchell Williams. “I am confident that by adding Stan to our team we will continue to enhance our capabilities to serve clients in the insurance industry.”

Strickland joined the Texas Department of Insurance in 1996 as a member of the Financial Counsel Section and was named Section Chief in 1999 to lead the team in providing legal counsel to the TDI Financial Regulatory Division.  He also served as the first Deputy Commissioner of the TDI-Division of Workers Compensation Legal Services Division.  There, he and his staff provided legal support to TDI-DWC in its efforts to implement the 2005 legislative overhaul of the Texas Workers Compensation System.     

In his current position of Deputy Commissioner over the Legal Division, Strickland manages a staff of 45 lawyers and other professionals.  He and his staff advise and support all areas of TDI on a wide range of regulatory matters including licensure, examinations, holding company transactions, receiverships, policy form and rate filings, rulemaking, agency contracts, and public information requests. 

Strickland also represents TDI at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and other insurance regulatory meetings.  He has served on a team of multinational regulators evaluating observance of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors insurance core principles and the Technical Subcommittee focused on information sharing among international regulators as part of the EU/US Dialogue Project.  Within the NAIC Stan has served on various task forces and groups charged with working on issues including lender placed insurance, principle based reserving, and surplus lines.  He currently sits as a member of the Cybersecurity (EX) Task Force and the International Insurance Regulatory Cooperation (G) Working Group.

Stan earned a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in Houston.  As a long time Austin resident, he places high value on community service and has made time to serve as president of the Organization of Central East Austin Neighborhoods and the Robertson Hill Neighborhood Association and was recently appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Austin Independent School District to serve on its Bond Oversight Committee. 

“We are looking forward to adding Stan to our 21 lawyer Insurance Regulatory Practice Group.  His depth of experience and expertise in insurance regulation will broaden and deepen our already extraordinary team.” said Derrick Smith, Chair of the firm’s Insurance Regulatory Practice Group. 


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Regarded as one of the preeminent insurance regulatory law practices in the United States for the past 30 years, the firm handles insurance regulatory issues for insurance industry clients in all 50 states and Washington, D.C..The firm’s experienced team includes former state insurance regulators, and former in-house counsel and legal professionals with experience at every level. For more information, visit