Meet members of the Insurance Coverage Section Executive Committee with the Take Ten Q&A Series!
Meet: Ann McCready, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Where do you currently practice and for how long have you practiced?
I am currently an associate at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, and I have been practicing for five years now.
What is your background as a coverage attorney?
I spent my first four years practicing at a firm in Chicago that focuses on insurance coverage matters. While there, I represented insurance companies in all manner of insurance coverage disputes, ranging from commercial general liability claims to property insurance matters. I have now “switched sides” and my coverage practice is focused on representing insureds in cost recovery matters, primarily in the context of environmental claims.
What are you most excited about for the Insurance Coverage Section?
I have found that insurance coverage tends to be relevant to more areas of the law than people typically expect, so I look forward to having increased opportunities for our section to team up with other sections. In addition, having practiced on both sides, I appreciate that the section is emphasizing a mixture of perspectives within the group.
What has been the most surprising thing you’ve learned in your years as an attorney?
It’s hard to pinpoint just one thing about the practice of law that surprises me, because every day is different and every issue is unique. In fact, the most surprising thing might just be the fact that every case (or client or issue) is so different from the last that you are constantly learning new things.
What has been your proudest moment as an attorney?
The big victories – winning the big motion or appeal – are always great moments, but I have found that some of my proudest moments tend to be the much quieter ones – answering a concerned client’s question with confidence, or providing guidance to a younger attorney.
What is your favorite piece of advice or quote from your years as an attorney?
I can never come up with a good quote on the spot – I am just not someone who memorizes quotes. However, I think some good advice I’ve gotten from a few different sources is to never argue with a judge who is about to rule in your favor (or, in a broader sense, know when to simply keep your mouth shut!) That can be easier said than done!
What type of community service or philanthropy do you engage in?
When I was in Chicago, I was very involved with an organization called Women Employed, which advocates for educational opportunities and workplace fairness for women. Since relocating to Indy, I have been focused on getting more involved with bar associations at the local, statewide, and national levels. I had the opportunity to participate in the State Bar’s Leadership Development Academy this past year (similar to the Indy Bar Leader Series), and it was an incredibly enriching experience. We are still working on our class project, which is focused on education surrounding the legal system.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
People are sometimes surprised to learn that I worked in public relations/strategic communications in Washington, DC prior to law school – it was a great experience, and I even got to do fun things like work with the WWE on their voter outreach program, aptly named “Smackdown Your Vote!” (sadly, I never met The Rock, but I did get to meet Stone Cold Steve Austin).
Tell us about your favorite restaurant(s) in Indy.
As a relative newcomer to Indy, I am still working my way down the long list of fantastic Indy restaurants. However, I have had some truly great meals (and even better wine) at Tinker Street.
Which experiences in Indy are on your bucket or to-do list this year?
My bucket/to-do list for Indy experiences is currently overflowing, since I have only been back in Indiana for about a year. I am hoping to get more involved with the community over the coming year, and (as mentioned above) there are still way too many restaurants I have not yet had an opportunity to try!
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