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Maria Sheffield ('00)

November 19, 2009

Burr & Forman LLP Counsel Georgia State University School of Law Alumni Maria Sheffield Selected For Business Insurance Magazine's 2009 "Women To Watch"



ATLANTA, November 18, 2009 - Burr & Forman LLP is pleased to announce that Maria Sheffield has been selected for Business Insurance Magazine’s 2009 “Women to Watch.” The fourth annual "Women to Watch" report will be in the December 7, 2009 issue of the magazine honoring outstanding women working in insurance, risk management and employee benefits worldwide.


Every year, 25 honorees are selected from hundreds of nominations. The publication selects the leaders for the “Women to Watch” list using criteria that takes a look at recent professional achievements, influence on the marketplace and contributions to the advancement of women.


“It is a honor to be listed among the tremendous and influential women that are being recognized from across the globe. It is a personal and professional accomplishment to have my work and career be featured by such a prestigious publication such as Business Insurance,” stated Sheffield.


“Burr & Forman is extremely proud to have national leaders like Maria on its team. It comes as no surprise that she is being recognized and honored for her hard work and dedication not only to her clients in the insurance industry, but in every aspect of her life,” stated Insurance Practice Group Leader Kevin Doherty.


About Maria Sheffield


Sheffield practices in the firm’s Insurance Group where she concentrates her practice on regulatory and corporate insurance law, public policy, government relations and coverage matters. Her practice encompasses all facets of insurance regulation. She has extensive experience representing traditional property and casualty carriers, life and health carriers, Medicare providers, HMOs, agencies, agents, TPAs, MGAs and other insurance related businesses. A substantial part of her practice is also focused on alternative risk financing entities such as captives, self-insurance funds, purchasing groups, risk retention groups and their service providers. Other clients include major corporations, financial institutions and trade associations. Additionally, she regularly represents the interests of clients affected by state legislative and regulatory developments.


Sheffield is an active participant in the activities of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) as well as other insurance professional associations including the Georgia Captive Association (GCA), the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA), the Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA), the American Society for Health Risk Management (ASHRM), American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals (AICP) and the Federation of Regulatory Counsel (FORC). Maria is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association and the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers. Sheffield received her B.A. from Georgia College, her M.B.A. from Georgia State University, her M.P.A. from Georgia College & State University and she received her J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law.


About Burr & Forman LLP

For over a century, Burr & Forman LLP's experienced legal team has served clients with local, national and international interests in several industry and practice areas including admiralty & maritime, antitrust & trade regulation, appellate, automotive, business, commercial banking & finance, class actions, commercial litigation, condominium law, construction, creditors' rights workouts & insolvencies, economic development, employee benefits, entertainment, environmental & land use, financial services, healthcare, insurance, intellectual property & technology, labor & employment, manufacturing, mergers & acquisitions, product liability, real estate development, securities, tax law, telecommunications & media, torts, transportation and trusts & estates. A Southeast regional firm with nearly 250 attorneys in offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee, Burr & Forman draws from a diverse range of resources to help clients achieve their goals.  For more information, visit the firm's Web site at

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