Managing Director Community Association Products & Risk Management
Phone: (440) 333-6300 x2240
Joel W. Meskin, Esq., is the Managing Director Community Association Products & Risk Management at McGowan Program Administrators, one of The McGowan Companies. Prior to becoming Managing Director, he was Vice President of Community Association Insurance and Risk Management beginning in January, 2005. McGowan Program Administrators is a nationwide provider of Community Association and Community Association Manager Insurance Products and Risk Management services. From 2001 through 2004, he was Senior Vice President of Ian H. Graham Insurance, an Aon Company. He first became a licensed insurance professional in 1981. He is an attorney who spent 15 years as an attorney specializing in insurance coverage and related insurance and business litigation.
He obtained the designation of a Community Insurance & Risk Management Specialist (“CIRMS”) conferred by the Community Associations Institute and is a member of the CAI’s Insurance Networking committee. He was admitted as a Fellow of the College of Community Association Lawyers (“CCAL”). Since being established in 1993, less than 150 attorneys nationwide have been admitted into the College. He is a founding Member of the Foundation for Community Association Research Think Tank. He is also currently on the National Community Association Institute Business Partners Council holding the Insurance Professional position for his third two year term 2017/18 and has been elected as the Chair Elect. As Chair Elect, he will begin a two year term as a member of the National Community Association Institute Board of Trustees. He has obtained the Community Association Institute Educated Business Partner Distinction. Mr. Meskin is currently a National Corporate member of all chapters of the Community Association Institute nationwide.
Meskin has been intimately involved with the community association industry for many years, insuring over 75,000 community associations nationwide, involved in producing insurance policy products and is engaged in risk management. He lectures to organizations and associations nationwide. Some of these groups include: the National Community Association Institute, The National Community Association Law Conference, The National CIRMS Master Insurance Program, local CAI chapters, the California Association of Community Managers, Property management Companies and community associations and their boards. These lectures include various community association insurance topics, directors and officers liability insurance, community association fraud, community association claims, community and property manager claims, association risk management and cyber liability/data breach. He also teaches Community Association Manager Continuing Education in Nevada, Florida and Colorado, and is and has been a Continuing Education Provider for insurance professionals in a number of states including Ohio, Connecticut, Texas, Florida, California, North Carolina and Illinois. Finally, he is also a provider of continuing legal education in Florida.
He is the author of the numerous articles and papers published in various periodicals including Rough Notes, New York Times, New England Condominium magazine, Condo Management Magazine, Florida Community Association magazine, Condo Media Magazine, Quorum, Community Association Living, The Communicator, Community Contacts, Common Interest, Facets, The New York, Massachusetts, Florida and New Jersey Cooperator journal, and numerous local CAI Chapter periodicals and newsletters.
He hosts two LinkedIn Discussion groups. The first is entitled “Community Association Directors & Officers Liability – Are You Properly Covered?” This discussion group currently has over 1,200 members. The newer discussion group is entitled “Community Association Management Company Liability – Protecting Your Risk.” This group currently has 300 members.
Meskin obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law where he was the Managing Editor of the Southwestern University Law Review. He is a licensed attorney in the State of California and admitted to various Federal District Courts in the State of California. He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and PLUS (Professional Liability Underwriting Society). He is also a licensed insurance professional in the State of Ohio and recently obtained the Management Liability Insurance Specialist Designation from the International Risk Management Institute, Inc. (“MLIS”).