Larry Goanos’ New Book ‘Professional Lines Insurance: An Oral History’ Accounts the Real-World Workings of the Professional Lines Insurance Market

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San Diego, CA (February 23, 2021) – Insurance Journal’s Academy of Insurance today announced the release of “Professional Lines Insurance: An Oral History: The People and Companies that Built a Niche,” by Larry Goanos, a book about the real-world workings of the professional lines insurance market.

There are many people whose livelihoods depend upon insurance – and not just people in this industry. Most people are oblivious to the fact that commercial insurance is at work behind the scenes to grease the wheels of commerce. “Professional lines insurance coverages are essential to investment advisors, public officials, bankers, stockbrokers, corporate directors, officers, consultants and scores of others who need the protection of insurance to do their work and advance the goals of society,” writes Larry Goanos.

In “Professional Lines Insurance: An Oral History,” Larry Goanos and about 400 of his peers, friends, and rivals share their personal and professional stories, giving the reader a feel for the ups and downs of the lives lived in the professional lines arena, even if they have never worked in the industry.

“To me, professional lines insurance is very much a people-driven, relationship business,” Larry writes. “While conducting my research, I found many signs of the basic goodness – and integrity – of the people in this industry. Along with plenty of hard facts, this book includes my personal views on our industry and my take on some of the more significant people, companies, and events in professional lines.”

In this book, you will meet the people who made this niche what it is today, including Maurice Greenberg, who wrote the book’s introduction. Read the stories of these professionals as they lived and worked through the days and months following September 11, 2001. Learn the history of the companies that determined professional lines insurance was an underserved market segment, how they decided to cover it, and how successful each has been so far.

“Larry writes in a conversational style that will welcome you into his world,” says Patrick Wraight, the Director of Insurance Journal’s Academy of Insurance. “He’ll introduce you to the people and companies that built this niche in the US, Great Britain, and Bermuda. By the time you’re finished, you’ll feel like you know these people and companies, almost like you’re family.”

“Professional Lines Insurance: An Oral History” can be purchased online in paperback or eBook through the Academy of Insurance or Amazon.

Larry’s previous book, “D&O 101 Understanding Directors & Officers Liability Insurance,” also published by the Academy of Insurance, is currently #3 in Amazon’s General Insurance bestselling book category.

About the Author

Larry Goanos has worked in professional lines insurance since 1989. He is the founder of Andros Risk Services, LLC, an independent commercial insurance consulting firm that provides a variety of services to insurance carriers, insurance brokers and policyholders. Larry is a graduate of Villanova University and Boston College Law School.

About the Academy of Insurance

Insurance Journal’s Academy of Insurance ( is an online learning center for P/C insurance professionals, which cultivates and provides the best insurance-related instruction-based content, including hundreds of on-demand and live courses, as well as multiple books. Academy of Insurance is a product of Wells Media Group, which serves the property/casualty insurance industry. Sister sites include: the P/C insurance industry’s leading website & magazine,; Carrier Management website and magazine for insurance company leaders; a website,, for P/C claims professionals; an online database of available P/C markets,; and a media site featuring insurance industry videos and podcasts, InsuranceJournal.TV

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