W. R. Berkley Corporation
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Berkley Asset Protection Underwriters

Joseph Dowd


Joseph Dowd

Joseph Dowd joined W. R. Berkley Corporation in 2008 as President of Berkley Asset Protection. He has more than 20 years experience in the insurance industry, all of which has been focused on asset protection. He previously served in senior positions with other major insurers.


Joseph Dowd


Greg Smith

Executive Vice President

Nicholas Reynolds

Vice President

Sean Missal

Vice President

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Berkley Asset Protection Underwriting

Berkley Asset Protection Underwriting Managers is a premier underwriter of insurance products designed to protect a broad spectrum of commercial and personal assets. Our products include coverage for fine arts, fidelity & crime, kidnap, ransom and extortion, jewelers block, and other related lines.

Our Mission

At Berkley Asset Protection we combine underwriting, claims and loss control expertise with personalized service to develop and provide creative solutions for customers with unique and specialized needs. We have created a professional working environment that is focused on providing a stable market.

Company Description

Created in April 2008, Berkley Asset Protection offers niche coverages to businesses and individuals with high value assets. We have the ability to write business both domestically and internationally.

Specific products include:

  • Fine Art coverage for museums, galleries, dealers, corporate collections, private collections and exhibitions
  • Jewelers Block coverage for wholesalers, retailers and manufacturers
  • Fidelity and Crime coverage for commercial businesses, financial institutions and public entities
  • Kidnap, Ransom and Extortion coverage for personal and corporate clients
  • Additional coverages are provided for cash-in-transit, check cashers, and pawnbrokers

Berkley Asset Protection was established with a strong foundation of specific market knowledge and specialized expertise in underwriting, loss control and claims in each of these product lines. This foundation uniquely positions us to provide added value to our brokers and insureds alike.

Our management team brings long-standing industry relationships with clients, as well as with brokers who understand our products. We are committed to developing long-term relationships that are in the best interests of the insured, the broker and our company.

How Berkley Asset Protection is Different

To serve this small and highly specialized area of the market, Berkley Asset Protection assembled a team of the industry’s leading professionals. Our staff stays close to the industry by attending events, shows, seminars and conventions. Our highly experienced underwriting team leverages very specific product knowledge in each of our coverage areas. Our depth of knowledge across product lines allows us to provide loss control expertise not just from the perspective of the company, but that of the insured as well. Our claims philosophy is based upon exceptional product knowledge, respect for our customers, and access to the best experts in the field. This enables us to deliver the best claims service and most experienced perspective in the market.

We are able to round out our niche products by offering the supporting package coverages that include property, general liability, umbrella and workers compensation.

Our broad range of products and support, coupled with the financial strength of our issuing carriers, enables us to provide a unique approach to the marketplace.

About W. R. Berkley Corporation

W. R. Berkley Corporation, founded in 1967, is one of the nation's premier commercial lines property casualty insurance providers. Each of the operating units in the Berkley group participates in a niche market requiring specialized knowledge about a territory or product. Our competitive advantage lies in our long-term strategy of decentralized operations, allowing each of our units to identify and respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and local customer needs. This decentralized structure provides financial accountability and incentives to local management and enables us to attract and retain the highest caliber professionals. We have the expertise and resources to utilize our strengths in the present environment, and the flexibility to anticipate, innovate and respond to whatever opportunities and challenges the future may hold.

Contact Information

Berkley Asset Protection Underwriting Managers
317 Madison Avenue
Suite 1104
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 922-0659
Fax: (212) 922-9362

4820 Lake Brook Drive
Suite 300
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Tel: (804) 237-5253
Fax: (866) 735-9705

29 South Main Streer
Suite 308
Wes Hartford, CT 06107
Tel: (860) 521-3609
Fax: (866) 735-9077