Stanton Strickland is a former Deputy Commissioner of the Legal Division at the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI). He joined Insurance Regulatory Practice Group of Mitchell Williams in Austin after serving at TDI for 21 years. While at TDI, Mr. Strickland advised the agency 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. He also represented TDI at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) and other regulatory meetings on issues including cybersecurity, surplus lines, principle based reserving and international regulatory standards.
- Served as a member of the executive management staff of the Texas Department of Insurance (Department).
- Advised the Commissioner and other executive staff members regarding the implementation of legislation, regulatory policy development, legislative recommendations, rulemaking, and strategic planning of the agency.
- Led and supervised the Legal Division staff to provide legal support to the Commissioner and to all areas of the Department regarding all insurance regulatory, purchasing, and employment law matters.
- Coordinated and engaged with other states’ regulators and stakeholders on efforts to address emerging issues such as principle based reserving, credit for reinsurance, and air ambulance billing.
- Participated in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) meetings.
- Represented the Department on the NAIC Cyber-security (EX) Task Force in efforts to draft the Insurance Data Security Model Law.
- Spearheaded efforts to strengthen the Department’s cyber-security.
- Presided over delegated public rulemaking hearings.
Directed and provided legal support services to all areas of the Department, including the Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Workers Compensation, regarding a broad range of policy and regulatory matters to achieve the agency mission and goals.
- Established the strategic plan, goals, objectives, and priorities of the Legal Section to make staffing, resource, and budget decisions and recommendations.
- Lead the development of a new agency-wide open records process and procedure to establish more internal efficiency and control over the information production and to decrease the potential cost and confusion to the public requestors.
- Developed and implemented a new project management-based process to increase agency rulemaking efficiency and supervised the related agency-wide training.
- Spearheaded the Department’s efforts to analyze the Dodd-Frank Act and draft Biennial Report recommendations to the Texas Legislature for statutory revisions necessary to make.
- Assisted the Office of the Attorney General in District Court cases involving receivership and financial regulatory related litigation.
- Advised the Department’s Financial Program staff in rulemaking and administrative hearings, including the homeowner insurance rate review hearings statutorily mandated by SB 14 in the 78th Legislature.