Hall and Company is an insurance brokerage firm that specializes in the placement of A/E professional liability insurance. We currently are the brokers for more than 4,000 architects, engineers, environmental consultants and land surveyors located throughout the United States.
We are an independent brokerage firm and place insurance with a wide variety of carriers. There are about 50 different professional liability insurance carriers that we use in serving our customers. An even broader selection is accessed for clients with hard-to-place practices. We have several unique programs with Lloyds of London that are exclusive to Hall & Company; including the “triple play” policy that features professional liability, with directors and officers and employment practices liability insurance.
In addition to professional liability insurance we also provide all the property and casualty coverages that our clients need, including business package policies, general liability, property, auto, workman’s comp, and inland marine. Travelers Insurance Company has designated Hall & Company as the wholesale agent for its Property & Casualty insurance coverage. As such, Hall & Company provides quotes for the Travelers program for any and all agencies that do not have a direct appointment with their company.
We are located in Poulsbo, Washington, a suburb west of Seattle located on the Kitsap Peninsula. From downtown Seattle our office is located a 35-minute ferry ride and a short drive the length of Bainbridge Island and across the Agate Pass Bridge into our small Norwegian-themed town of 8,000. Michael Hall is the President of the firm. Mike has an engineering degree and worked as a surveyor for the USGS and as an engineer for CH2M Hill, each for a couple of years. After completing an MBA at Harvard, he started as a management consultant before founding his own consulting practice in 1985. The initial focus of the practice was on ownership transfer planning and strategic planning services to engineers and architects.
During the hard insurance market in 1992, one of Mike’s clients asked if there was anything he could do to help with their insurance rates. The client said, “We are paying more for insurance than we are making in profits!” Within six months Hall & Company was licensed and began providing professional liability insurance for design firms. Some good fortune in the early days lead to two very large accounts and introductions to a number of key relationships with Lloyds and Lloyds brokers that are even stronger today.
During the early days of establishing our insurance practice in the 1990s we had seven employees serving about 35 insurance customers, five of which were fairly large accounts for a still fledgling brokerage firm. Focusing on our specialized expertise in design firm professional liability our national presence in the industry has grown and our firm now employs nearly 50 people. There are currently 19 shareholders of Hall & Company, each of them longstanding employees.
Over the years we have outgrown our office space seven times and now occupy two of our own office buildings and own an adjacent site for our future expansion. We moved into our new office building (featured on the Contact Us page) in May 2008.
We take our staff’s professional development very seriously and every customer service representative and, of course, broker is required to obtain an insurance licensure. We maintain licenses in all 50 states. Our senior staff have such designations as Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Certified Risk Manager (CRM) and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and hold Excess and Surplus lines licenses.