Next Insurance taps first general counsel

Veteran legal officer joins after stints in public and private sector

Next Insurance taps first general counsel


By Ryan Smith

Small business-focused insurtech Next Insurance has announced the appointment of Jennifer Lawrence as the company’s first general counsel.

Lawrence joins Next after four years as chief legal officer and general counsel at Noblr, a personal auto insurtech recently acquired by USAA. In that role, Lawrence oversaw the company’s legal, regulatory and government affairs teams. Lawrence has also served as general counsel for the PURE Group of Insurance Companies and OneBeacon Insurance Group.

Lawrence has also worked in the public sector. She previously served as an assistant cabinet secretary to the governor of Massachusetts. In that role, she oversaw agencies including the Division of Insurance, the Division of Banks and the Office of International Trade and Investment.

“Jennifer is passionate about creating a stronger relationship between the customer and their insurance company in order to help entrepreneurs thrive,” said Guy Goldstein, co-founder and CEO of Next. “Her deep expertise in insurance and government policy makes her a uniquely qualified leader to help Next scale our business and continue our goal of becoming the number-one small business insurance provider in the US.”

Lawrence is a founding member of the Boston chapter of Chief, an organization focused on connecting and supporting women in executive leadership positions. At Noblr, she was the founder and executive sponsor of the Women in Leadership Group, which aimed to create equal representation for women across all levels of the company. 

“I am so excited to join Next’s diverse leadership team,” Lawrence said. “Its incredible growth shows that small businesses have been underserved by traditional insurance carriers, and there is real opportunity for companies to better understand the complexities of their businesses and provide better affordable solutions. My real passion is for the policyholder. Next is committed to changing the narrative around insurance and making the experience smarter and easier for small businesses, and I’m thrilled to be part of the team making that vision into reality.”

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