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James “Jim” Stephens joined Nelson Taplin Goldwater in 2018 as Senior Associate. Mr. Stephens serves as a consultant to various clients in the Mid-West and throughout the US, in the areas of rate and form filings, compliance, market analysis, licensing, and information technology.

Previous to Mr. Stephens work as a consultant, he was the CEO and Special Deputy Receiver for the Illinois Insurance Department where he oversaw a staff of approximately 243 employees and an overall operating budget in excess of $53MM. Mr. Stephens rejoined the department in 2012 after spending 14 years in the private sector where he served in various capacities including regulatory compliance, pricing, audit and product development.

Mr. Stephens holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business from Illinois College, as well as an MBA from the University of Illinois – Springfield. Mr. Stephens also attended the Ken Smith Financial Insurance Program at Drake University.