Sha’Ron James

Partner, Berger Singerman, LLP

Sha`Ron James is a partner with Berger Singerman, LLP on its Government and Regulatory Team. Sha`Ron has nearly two decades of experience providing strategic and regulatory advice to clients on a number of business, economic development and public policy matters. Sha’Ron most recently served as the Insurance Consumer Advocate for the state of Florida, where she represented the general public and insurance consumers before the Department of Financial Services, the Office of Insurance Regulation, the Agency for Healthcare Administration, and the Division of Administrative Hearings. As a policyholder advocate, Sha`Ron championed key healthcare legislation that led to reforms in unfair consumer billing practices, intervened
in triple digit long-term care insurance rate filing requests and in the proposed merger and acquisition of two of the largest health insurance carriers in the country.

Sha’Ron was appointed to this role by State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater after her tenure as Division Director of the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Rehabilitation and Liquidation, where she directed the operation of over 48 highly complex receivership estates with entrusted assets totaling over $1.4 billion dollars. Sha’Ron has extensive experience as a lobbyist and legislative advocate, having championed key legislation and public policy reforms that have been modeled in states around the country. As a result of her legislative advocacy, Sha’Ron has been cited in national publications such as the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Brookings Institution, and Consumers Union. She has also been invited to present to the National Governors’ Association, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.

Sha’Ron is a national thought leader and diversity & inclusion advocate. She currently serves as the Charter President of the National African American Insurance Association of Florida and co-founder of the HBCU IMPACT Initiative, a national program whose mission is to diversify the insurance industry through empowerment, exposure, and mentorship of students at Historically Black Colleges & Universities. Sha’Ron’s work to improve racial and gender equality in the insurance industry has been featured nationally by Insurance Business America magazine, the Insurance Business America Women in Diversity Conference, the American Property & Casualty Insurance Association, the National African American Insurance Association, Zurich North America and several national insurance and D&I podcasts.

Through her public service and civic engagement, Sha`Ron has earned an outstanding reputation across the state for her leadership and commitment to civic, charitable and professional organizations, garnering her the trust and respect of some of Florida’s most influential decision makers. Sha’Ron is a member of Leadership Florida Class 37, Chair of the Leadership Tallahassee Board of Governors, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Sha`Ron received her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Florida A & M University, a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and an Advanced Project Management certification from Stanford University