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Brett J. Barratt

Deputy Insurance Commissioner, State of Utah Department of Insurance
2003 | Salt Lake City, UT
Westminister College | International Business
“MSU Law has great professors and a strong curriculum, a world-renowned name, and unique opportunities to gain real-world experience. These strengths set MSU apart from most other law schools.”

What are your current work responsibilities?
Oversee and regulate all aspects of the $12 billion insurance industry in the State of Utah. Regulation includes, but is not limited to, financial solvency, licensing, criminal and administrative prosecution, legislation and rules as well as government agency management. Pursuant to the McCarran-Ferguson Act, regulation of the insurance industry is the exclusive jurisdiction of the states.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?
The opportunity to make a difference and serve the public. Holding insurers accountable to their contracts, providing reliable and unbiased information and testimony to the Legislature to promote enactment of good law that protects consumers and promotes a competitive insurance marketplace gives me great satisfaction. I also enjoy the quality-of-life aspect of generous benefits and paid time off.

Were there certain experiences at MSU Law that helped you prepare for or obtain your current position?
Dr. Johnson's Contracts classes, Dean Lawrence's Constitutional Law classes, Professor Kault's Administrative Law class and Judge McKeague's Federal Law class provided an exceptional foundation for success in my legal career. My participation with the Jessup Moot Court Team, Journal of International Law (now International Law Review) and Canadian Summer Law Placement are also highlights.

What would you consider to be the strengths of the Law College?
MSU Law provides virtually limitless opportunities to become involved, participate, and learn about any aspect of law. I am convinced that MSU Law provided opportunities I could not get at other law schools.

Is there any additional insight you would like to share?
Immerse yourself to the greatest extent possible in all that MSU Law offers, both academically and socially. Watch your debt and keep an open mind because there are infinite opportunities for attorneys outside of law firm, billable hour centric, legal careers. Make life-long friendships.

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