Full-Time Faculty


The full-time faculty members of the Insurance Law Center combine real-world experience in insurance, banking, securities, derivatives and hedge fund law with a unique interdisciplinary approach. Fully one fifth of our full-time law school faculty members teach insurance or financial regulatory courses, a ratio unmatched by any other law school. We are honored to have leading professors of insurance law from France and Italy on our faculty, as well.

Jill Anderson
Associate Professor of Law

Before joining the Law School faculty in 2008, Professor Anderson was on the faculty of Western New England College School of Law. Professor Anderson analyzes the language of insurance contracts using linguistics, growing out of her graduate work at Stanford University and the University of Copenhagen.  Before entering academe, Professor Anderson was a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney at Western Massachusetts Legal Services.  She teaches principles of insurance and is the author of “Just Semantics: The Lost Readings of the American with Disabilities Act," 117 Yale L.J. 992 (2008).

John Aloysius Cogan, Jr.
Associate Professor of Law and Roger S. Baldwin Scholar

Health insurance expert John Cogan joined UConn Law’s team of insurance law and financial regulation scholars in 2013. The holder of an M.A. in government from the University of Texas and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, Professor Cogan focuses his research and teaching on health care organizations and finance, health law and policy, federal health programs, health care fraud and abuse, and health insurance law. He is the co-author of a treatise on Medicare and Medicaid bankruptcy issues, as well as the author of numerous scholarly articles on a range of health insurance topics, including the Affordable Care Act and HIPAA. Professor Cogan, who will teach Health Law and a course on health care insurance and financing, has taught previously at Roger Williams School of Law, Penn State University’s Department of Health Policy and Administration, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, and Duquesne University School of Law.

Prior to beginning his career in the academy, Professor Cogan practiced for nearly 20 years, including six years as assistant regional counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he represented the department in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, and five years as executive counsel for the Rhode Island Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner. He also worked as an associate with Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP in Providence and Day, Berry & Howard in Boston. In addition, Professor Cogan has provided pro bono legal services to veterans appearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Mark Weston Janis
William F. Starr Professor of Law and Director of International Programs

He served as a U.S. naval officer and practiced corporate and financial law with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Paris. He is a member of the Faculty of Law of the University of Oxford where he was Reader in Law, Fellow of Exeter College, and Director of Graduate Legal Study, and is now Visiting Fellow.  The author of numerous books and more than 60 articles on public and private international law, Professor Janis has taught European human rights law and international aspects of insurance law in the insurance law program.

Peter Kochenburger
Executive Director, Insurance Law Center, Director of Graduate Programs, Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Before joining the faculty, Professor Kochenburger was Counsel at Travelers Property Casualty for eleven years. He also spent four and a half years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of Iowa's Department of Justice. From 1986-88 he served as Special Assistant to the Dean of Harvard Law School. He teaches principles of insurance, liability insurance, comparative insurance regulation, and consumer law.

Alexandra D. Lahav
Professor of Law

Alexandra D. Lahav is an expert on civil procedure and complex litigation.  She has published articles on class actions, mass torts and the political economy of civil litigation. She also serves as an editor on the MASS TORT LITIGATION BLOG. Before entering legal academia in 2004, she litigated civil rights cases with a boutique law firm in New York City and clerked for Justice Alan Handler of the New Jersey Supreme Court.  Her courses include complex litigation, civil procedure, legal profession, and legal ethics.

Brendan Maher
Professor of Law and Director of the Insurance Law Center

Brendan S. Maher is a Professor of Law and the Director of the University of Connecticut’s independently-endowed Insurance Law Center.  A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, Professor Maher is the faculty advisor for the peer-reviewed Connecticut Insurance Law Journal and a nationally recognized expert in the regulation of insurance, pensions, and health care.   He is a leading authority on the meaning of both ERISA and the Affordable Care Act.  Professor Maher also teaches and studies the procedural and evidentiary aspects of civil litigation in federal courts.  

Professor Maher is an appointed member of the Connecticut Retirement Security Board, a board created by the state legislature to develop a comprehensive proposal for the implementation of a public retirement plan.  Professor Maher is also the co-moderator of Connecticut's Forum on Healthcare Innovation, a forum for scholars, investors, providers, scientists, and regulators to share ideas on optimizing health outcomes.  He was the chairman of the law school’s “The Affordable Care Act Turns Five” conference, where former United States Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius was the keynote speaker.

Professor Maher regularly appears before the United States Supreme Court to litigate cases involving employee benefits, preemption, and procedure.  One of his cases, LaRue v. DeWolff, Boberg & Associates, was described by The New York Times as “one of the most important rulings in years on the meaning of the federal pension law known as ERISA.”  He also studies and is routinely consulted by states, medical providers, and employee organizations as to the applicability of federal law to their activities. 

Professor Maher is licensed to practice in several state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jeremy McClane
Associate Professor of Law and Cornelius J. Scanlon Research Scholar

Before joining academe, Professor McClane had a distinguished practice career at the law firm of Allen & Overy in London and Paris, and Goldman Sachs International in London, where he conducted negotiations for a variety of international financial transactions primarily involving securities and derivatives.  His current research focuses on systems of business negotiations and financial transactions, as well as dispute settlement.  Professor McClane graduated from Harvard Law School and Michigan State University.  Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Thomas Penfield Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and the Honorable Richard J. Cardamone of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Sachin S. Pandya
Associate Professor of Law

Before law teaching, he clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and served with distinction as an appellate and civil rights lawyer for the New York Attorney General.  He writes on the history of American insurance law and teaches torts and advanced topics in torts and insurance law.

Susan Schmeiser
Professor of Law

Professor Schmeiser began her law-teaching career as a visitor at the Law School and left briefly for American University’s Washington College of Law before returning to join the Law School’s permanent faculty in 2005. Following law school, she clerked for the Federal District Court in Washington, D.C., and worked as an associate for the law firm of Shea & Gardner. She teaches in the areas of health law, mental health law, family law, sexuality, gender and the law, and criminal law. 

Peter Siegelman
Roger Sherman Professor of Law

Peter Siegelman is an economist whose research and teaching focus on discrimination, insurance, and contracts. His article, “Adverse Selection in Insurance Markets: An Exaggerated Threat,” appeared in the Yale Law Journal.  Professor Siegelman’s insurance-related courses include law and economics, corporate finance, contracts, and economics of insurance.

Stephen Utz
Professor of Law

He clerked for Judge Joseph T. Sneed of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1979-1980) and practiced law as an associate attorney at Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered, in Washington, D.C. (1980-1983). He has taught at the Law School since 1983. 

A leading authority on tax law and tax policy, Professor Utz writes on tax and philosophical topics.  He has taught surety law and a broad array of tax law courses.

Carol Ann Weisbrod
Professor Emerita

Worked for the American Jewish Congress, the New Haven Redevelopment Agency, and the Yale Law School before entering law teaching. 

Professor Weisbrod is the author of The Boundaries of Utopia (1980); Butterfly, the Bride (1999); Emblems of Pluralism (2002); Grounding Security: Family, Insurance and the State (2006), as well as a family law casebook and many law journal articles in such areas as political theory, legal history and family law.

She has taught contracts, commercial law, family law and church and state and also taught U.S. Law for foreign students and a seminar on Religion, Risk and Responsibility, developed in connection with the Insurance Law Center.