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Roger L. McNitt was born in Pasadena, California in 1942. He graduated from Stanford University and its law school. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1968; to the U.S. District Court Bar, Southern District of California, in 1971; and the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1978.
Mr. McNitt began his practice with the law firm of Poindexter, Lynch & Buchanan, with an emphasis on bad faith litigation. In 1971, he became counsel to an insurance group in San Diego which included insurers and a production agency. In 1973, he moved to the law firm of Fredman, Silverberg & Lewis, where his practice emphasized real estate, insurance coverage and general litigation. He took the position of Chief Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the State of California in 1975, where he had primary responsibility for two-thirds of all Insurance Department activities, including administration, unfair claims practices and consumer complaints, financial and market-conduct examinations, licensing and investigation of agents and brokers, legislation, and title insurance. In 1979, Mr. McNitt returned to the law firm of Fredman, Silverberg & Lewis. He moved to the law firm of Barger & Wolen in 1980, where his practice emphasized insurance administrative law. From 1986 to 1990, Mr. McNitt also was one of five directors of New TC Holding Company, a public company, the then largest title insurance group in the country and the parent of the numerous Ticor Title Insurance entities. Prior to joining Blanchard, Krasner & French in 2004, he founded his own firm, McNitt, Schraner & Loeb, in 1990 and later practiced with Chapin Shea McNitt & Carter.
Mr. McNitt has given many lectures on various insurance matters, including the American bar Association Seminar on Solvency of Foreign Insurers and Reinsurers. He represented California on numerous National Association of Insurance Commissioners committees and task forces and drafted and implemented the legislation creating the Fraud Bureau in the Department of Insurance to help combat insurance fraud.
Mr. McNitt served as chair for the Health Systems Agency for San Diego and Imperial Counties Review Committee (1979 to 1981), was director of the Stanford Alumni Association (1981 to 1984), and was the founding Chair of the California State Commission on Senior Citizen’s Health Insurance (HICAP) (1985 to 1987). He also served as a director of the Braille Institute.
Mr. McNitt is a member of the San Diego and American Bar Associations and the State Bar of California. He is a past member of the Insurance Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California and served as chair of its Regulation of Insurance Subcommittee in 1997.
Mr. McNitt co-authored the chapter “The Regulation of Insurer Investments” in Matthew Bender’s book California Insurance Law & Practice. He has testified as an expert witness on various insurance related matters. His legal practice emphasizes administrative and insurance law, including producer, insurer and reinsurer contracting and disputes.