(BATON ROUGE, La.)Adams and Reese is pleased to announce that Clarissa A. Preston, former head of the Office of Consumer Advocacy for the Louisiana Department of Insurance and the department’s first Deputy Commissioner, has joined the law firm’s Baton Rouge office as a lobbyist and member of the Governmental Relations team.

In her 15 years of insurance experience, Preston worked as a regulator, as an insurance company producer and as a consumer advocate. She has both regulatory and industry-recognized insurance designations and is a licensed multi-line insurance producer.

“Clarissa presents a great opportunity to expand our insurance regulatory practice throughout Louisiana, the southern region, the United States and internationally,” said Tom Clark, Partner in Charge of the Adams and Reese Baton Rouge office. “Her trusted relationships and years of insurance experience will be a very valuable asset to our firm and our clients.”

Preston holds both a property and casualty and life and health insurance license with the state of Louisiana, and is also an American Bar Association-approved certified paralegal and commissioned civil law notary public. She also holds Associate Professional in Insurance Regulation (APIR) designation through the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) Designation with The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research.     

Following 15 years in the insurance industry, Preston ventured into her own business, owning and managing Montage Enterprises, LLC, a company that provides professional services in consulting, planning, marketing, training and staging.  

Preston is a graduate of Louisiana State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1994. In August 2012, she earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix, Baton Rouge Campus. 

In the community, Preston is the immediate past Lieutenant Governor of Division 8B of the Kiwanis International Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District and is the 2011-2015 Division 8B Coordinator for the Kiwanis Worldwide ELIMINATE project. She is president of the board of directors for Pathways to Learning Community Outreach and Tutorial Program, a member of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board hearing committee and Reading Friend for Volunteers in Public Schools. She holds membership in several other community service and professional organizations.

Please note that as a Governmental Affairs Advisor, Clarissa A. Preston is not licensed to practice law.

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