Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Mike Rothman the new Commissioner of Commerce. The Department of Commerce and Revenue regulates the business of insurance in the state.
Rothman was most recently an attorney with the firm of Winthrop & Weinstine in Minneapolis, where he was co-chair of the Insurance & Financial Services practice group. He brings a unique blend of government and litigation expertise. His litigation experience began when he worked on the insurance insolvencies of Mission Insurance Companies and Executive Life, two of the largest in U.S. history. He has represented clients at the trial and appellate levels in both federal and state courts, as well as in mediations and arbitrations. Rothman has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School in Insurance Law and Regulation. He is a founding board member of the Minnesota Urban Debate League, and sits on several other community advisory boards and organizations.
“Governor Dayton’s appointment of Mike Rothman as the next commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce demonstrates his commitment to continuing a common sense approach of insurance oversight and regulation,” said Steve Schneider, vice president, Midwest Region of the American Insurance Association. “Mr. Rothman has a reputation as a tough negotiator and as a talented lawyer dedicated to protecting and serving his clients while in the practice of law. We expect that Commissioner-designate Rothman will take this same determined, but fair, approach in his new role.”