President’s Message

Meet the President

Sherilyn Pastor has taken the helm as the ninth president of the American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC). Sheri chairs the Insurance Recovery, Litigation & Counseling Group at McCarter & English, representing corporate policyholders.

Sheri, who assumed the presidency in our May 7 virtual meeting because of the COVID-19 crisis, said that although the pandemic has presented many dark sides, it also offers a chance to reflect on what we value and to build on that value. During her presidency, she looks forward to expanding the ACCC’s education programs for judges, arbitrators and mediators; increasing diversity among the membership; and, adjusting the ACCC’s offerings to adapt to the new realities of the pandemic.

“One of my important goals for this year is to offer complimentary training from the ACCC’s insurance experts,” said Sheri. “We can help judges, arbitrators and mediators with insurance law from a neutral perspective because we have both policyholder and insurance company defense perspectives; we can design programs suited to their needs, which will make them more effective in handling insurance-related coverage disputes and underlying litigation implicating coverage.”

Sheri was a recipient of the 2015 Thomas F. Segalla Service Award, which recognizes dedication and service to the College. The award is named after the first president of the College. Recipients demonstrate creativity, visibility, and persistence, three characteristics that embody Segalla’s approach to his practice, volunteerism, and leadership in the practice of law. As president-elect of the college, Sheri chaired the Strategic Planning Committee. As secretary-treasurer, she chaired the finance committee and was the liaison to the annual conference planning committee. In 2016-2017, she was a co-chair of the professional liability committee.

Sheri also wants to ensure that the ACCC offers a mix from our community: “The proverb that many different flowers make a more beautiful bouquet resonates.”  She wants to be sure that the ACCC benefits from a policyholder/insurer side balance, as well as gender and ethnic diversity as it moves forward.

Finally, Sheri wants to be sure that the ACCC’s events, including the annual Insurance Law Symposium  being planned for November with the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Bar Association’s Insurance Law Section, are available  in-person, as appropriate, with virtual offerings as well.

Named one of New Jersey's “Best 50 Women in Business” by NJBIZ, Sheri brings extensive leadership experience to the ACCC presidency, serving as a co-chair of the ABA’s Section of Litigation Trial Practice committee, and having served as co-chair of the 2019 ABA Section of Litigation Conference and 2015 Women of the Section of Litigation meeting; policyholder-side chair of the ABA’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC) for three years, and for more than a decade as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Professional Responsibility Rules Committee. Sheri also served on her firm’s Executive Committee for several years and on its Strategic Planning Committee. Sheri further volunteers extensively and in 2020, was named the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year.