Risk Services - JRS Team

John O. McDonald

Executive Vice President

John has been an insurance professional for over 30 years. John began his North American career in 1977 with J.H. Minet in Montreal working specifically on their large Accountants and Law Firm facilities. In 1981, he joined Marsh & McLennan’s Toronto office where he was responsible for the servicing, placement and development of the Canadian Law Society Professional Liability business.

In 1986 he joined Marsh’s FinPro Division in New York where he was responsible for leading Marsh’s Professional Liability Team. As a Managing Director, John was also responsible for coordinating and providing technical support on Professional Liability issues to Marsh’s U.S. office network.

In 1989, John left Marsh to join Jamison. Over the last twenty plus years, John has undertaken a number of roles within Jamison’s Professional Liability Division and currently manages Jamison’s brokerage operations and oversees the firm’s overall day-to-day operations.

John is a Director of Grosvenor Brokers, a Lloyd’s broker, a former Director of the CIAB, a former Director and active member of Risk ProNet International and the International Brokers Association (UNIBA).


Charles J. Caruso, CIC, CPIA

Executive Vice President

Charles has been with the Jamison organization for over 18 years and currently manages the day-to-day operations of the unit.  He also is responsible for maintaining all carrier relationships within the Brokerage Division.  He is a graduate of Monmouth College in West Long Branch, NJ and has earned a B.S. in Business Management as well as an A.A.S. in Business Administration.

Charles has concentrated his work entirely in the Professional Liability area since joining the firm.  In the past, Charles was responsible for maintaining client relationships for many different programs including Lawyers, Accountants, Dentists and Judges Programs.  The main focus of Charles’ work continues to be in the Lawyers Professional Liability field.

Charles is the current President of the Professional Insurance Agents of NJ (PIANJ), a member of the Board of Directors on their Executive and Finance Committees.  In addition to being the current President of the Organization, Charles has recently been appointed to serve on the Glenmont National Alliance Committee (GNAC) and in the past has served as Chair of the Education and Conference Committee as well as serving on the Legislative and Regulatory Committees.  Charles is a Past President of the NJYIP’s (New Jersey Young Insurance Professionals) as well as Past Chairman of the Association’s Nominations Committee and member of Executive Committee. 

In January of 2005, Charles was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Insurance Marketing and Sales Society.  In June of 2005, Charles was awarded NJYIP Director of the Year and in June of 2007 he was awarded New Jersey Young Insurance Professional of the Year. 

Charles holds a CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) Designation as well as the Designation of CPIA (Certified Professional Insurance Agent).  He is a member of PLUS (Professional Liability Underwriting Society), a member of the New York City AIFA (Alliance of Insurance and Financial Advisors), and is a member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Challenge Advisory Committee.  Charles is currently pursuing Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU) designation.

A.J. Haugen

Executive Vice President

Since joining Herbert L. Jamison & Co, L.L.C. in 2005, A.J. has spent the majority of his time developing relationships with medium and large size law firms throughout the U.S. His responsibilities include working directly with clients and insurance companies to develop customized insurance programs designed to fit each firm’s unique needs. In addition, A.J. manages the new business team for Jamison Risk Services (JRS). JRS focuses on the insurance and risk management needs of medium and large law firms throughout the country.

A.J. has played a key role in helping Jamison to expand its partnerships with the Association of Legal Administrators, the American Association for Justice, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society and is currently working on his RPLU designation.

A.J. is a 2000 graduate of Johns Hopkins University and current member of Johns Hopkins’ New York Alumni Chapter Committee. He was a three-time All American Lacrosse player, and went on to play for the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse, and Team USA in the 2006 World Games.

Michelle R. Coleman

Senior Vice President

Michelle has over 25 years of experience in the professional liability insurance field with a high concentration on law firm’s needs and has been part of the Jamison organization since July 2000. Michelle is responsible for the servicing and marketing for numerous professional firms in the brokerage division.

Prior to joining Jamison, Michelle was an Assistant Vice President at Minet/Aon in Montreal working with the team responsible for servicing the largest law firms in the U.S. and was part of a select few asked to relocate to New York City. Michelle also worked for a New York City wholesale and retail brokerage firm as a Vice President servicing a wide spectrum of law firms. Michelle has taken numerous insurance courses in Canada and the U.S. and is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. Michelle is a licensed property and casualty insurance broker in both New York and New Jersey.

Dennis Duff

Senior Vice President

Dennis has over 15 years of experience in the insurance industry. In the past 10 years, Dennis has had extensive experience developing and placing Accountant and Lawyers Professional Liability insurance with emphasis on Medium to Large firms. Prior to joining Jamison Insurance Group, Dennis was a Regional Sales Director at Bertholon-Rowland Corp. overseeing the day-to-day operation as well as developing new business opportunities. Prior to joining Bertholon-Rowland Corp., Dennis was an Account Executive at Marsh & McLennan. Dennis was part of a team that started a Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance program. Dennis was overseeing the daily operations as well as new business growth. Dennis received a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Maryland. Dennis is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society.

Deena M. Johnson

Vice President

Deena M. Johnson began her career at Jamison in 1989 as a Word Processor. Over her tenure she has been responsible for the servicing and marketing of various professional liability coverage lines, including but not limited to lawyers professional liability. 

Having recently join the Brokerage team, Deena is responsible for working with our large law firm clients on a day-to-day basis. Deena handles firms located on the east coast and works with General Practice firms as well as Intellectual Property firms.

Deena has an Associate Degree from Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ. Prior to joining the Jamison Organization, Deena worked in the Engineering Department of Travelers Insurance Company in Whippany, NJ assisting the Engineers with insurance inspection of Boiler and Machinery. Deena is licensed in Property, Casualty, Health and Surplus Lines in New Jersey.

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