Mary Jo Hudson is a former Insurance Commissioner for the State of Ohio with years of experience advising insurance and financial services clients.

Her work includes representing insurance companies and similar financial service enterprises nationally in regulatory matters involving transactional matters, regulatory examinations, operational and governance matters, product and rate filings, policy issues and solvency regulation issues. She also represents clients on matters before state insurance regulators and in related NAIC proceedings. Mary Jo serves as local counsel on matters before the Ohio Department of Insurance and as an expert witness regarding insurance products and regulation in state and federal courts.

Mary Jo’s wide-ranging regulatory experience includes representing clients in matters involving product development and business innovation, operational process improvement, insurance holding company regulation and solvency regulation. Mary Jo serves as a lead advisor and spokesperson regarding death master file and unclaimed funds issues for life insurance companies, defending numerous life insurance companies in dual market conduct/unclaimed property audits, dual settlements, document production and national trade association representation. Her legal experience also includes representation of multistate retailers in consumer law compliance matters, commercial lending and securitization financing.

As Ohio’s Insurance Commissioner from 2007 until 2011, Mary Jo served as the Chair of the Ohio Health Care Coverage and Quality Council, as Chair of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission and on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Mary Jo also has prior experience as General Counsel for the Office of the Ohio Insurance Liquidator and as a staff attorney for the Ohio Department of Insurance.

Mary Jo is a board member of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel, as well as a member of the Women Corporate Directors Association. She has served as a member of the American Academy of Actuaries Board of Trustees and as a Board member and Audit Committee member of AIG Property Casualty, Inc.

Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Columbus Board of Education, where she is chair of the Audit Committee and former chair of the Finance Committee. She previously served on Columbus City Council. Mary Jo was listed sixth in the 2010 compilation of Columbus’ 100 most powerful business and community leaders, published by Smart Business Columbus.

Mary Jo is a former member of the Board of Trustees for United Way of Central Ohio, the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, the Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

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  • University of Cincinnati, J.D., honors
  • Miami University, B.A.


  • Ohio

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