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Marian  Cope


J.D. from St. John’s University, School of Law

B.S., cum laude, Nursing, from Adelphi University


New York 



Marian Cope
Tel: (203) 303-7733
Fax: (203) 303-7703
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Marian Cope is an attorney with over 20 years of experience advising clients about risks. She is skilled at partnering with executives; identifying and assessing known and emerging risks; educating stakeholders about risk and risk responses; giving pragmatic advice about how to respond to risks; monitoring and reporting risk and performance; and developing innovative solutions or improvements that allow executives to pursue strategic objectives with more confidence.

CopeRisk LLC

2018-present    Founder and Owner

RIMS - The Risk Management Society

Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of RIMS
2019-present       Director

New York Chapter of RIMS
  Advisor | 2017-2018 President | 2015-2017 VP, Legislative Affairs |
2014-2018 Director

New York Life Insurance Company

Corporate Insurance Management
2005-2017  Vice President | 2003-2005  Corporate Vice President

Led team of six professionals and we:

  • Partnered with members of the C-suite and others to understand their strategic goals, risks and their risk appetite or risk tolerances
  • Identified and assessed risks for the enterprise 
  • Provided advice designed to enable business and corporate units to pursue their objectives (e.g., while on due diligence team for proposed mergers, acquisitions or reorganizations and during review process for over 250 vendor and real estate agreements annually)
  • Drafted, reviewed and revised agreements and policies and procedures
  • Designed, negotiated, and procured best-in-class insurance programs at competitive prices for: i) the global enterprise and its directors and officers; ii) the equity real estate business, including third party clients; and iii) the national independent agent force
  • Developed and implemented cost effective risk solutions 
  • Prepared and presented educational programs about risks, trends, legal developments, and risk responses to members of the C-suite and others
  • Monitored risks and the efficacy of risk responses
  • Continuously improved risk responses, as appropriate
  • Provided reports to, and met periodically with, members of the C-suite 

Office of the General Counsel
2001-2003 Assoc. Gen. Counsel | 1998-2001 Asst. Gen. Counsel

  • Provided legal advice concerning: i) commercial insurance coverage; ii) litigation; and iii) all legal and risk issues arising from the divestiture of the national physician practice management, managed care, and group indemnity businesses
  • Drafted, reviewed and revised agreements and policies and procedures
  • Managed litigation, outside counsel, and insurance coverage disputes and obtained cost-effective, high-quality legal work and excellent results

Avanti Corporate Systems, Inc.

1998-2001 Vice President & Counsel | 1995-1998 Vice President, Healthcare Legal Affairs & Dir., Risk Management

  • Created the healthcare legal and risk management departments
  • Identified and evaluated risks
  • Provided advice about risks and responses to the C-suite and others
  • Drafted, reviewed, and revised agreements and policies and procedures
  • Effectively managed outside counsel, professional liability claims and a large self-insured retention
  • Recommended or developed and implemented systems designed to respond to risks
  • Renegotiated the national professional liability policy, enhanced coverage, and saved $2 million annually

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center

1993-1995 General Counsel | 1992-1993 Asst. General Counsel & Dir., Risk Management

  • Expanded the legal department and created the risk management department
  • Provided legal and risk management advice to the C-suite, Board, and others
  • Drafted, reviewed and revised agreements and policies and procedures
  • Formed and let the Risk Management Committee
  • Successfully managed litigation, outside counsel, and the self-insurance program
  • Developed and implemented systems designed to control or share risks 
  • Established an early settlement program that substantially reduced litigation costs

New York City Law Department 

Asst. Corporation Counsel | 1990-1991 Appellate Division  | 1988-1990 Special Litigation and Medical Malpractice Division
  • Researched, wrote and argued briefs before the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, and the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First and Second Departments
  • Managed medical malpractice cases from inception through trial