John Abramson is General Counsel for Travelers’ operations in Europe. John heads a team of in-house lawyers as well as the compliance department, and also acts as Company Secretary for the European legal entities.
John started his legal career in London as an articled clerk at the law firm Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, where he qualified as a solicitor in the firm’s aerospace insurance department. After a number of years there, and after two stints in smaller firms, he eventually moved to the London office of the US law firm LeBoeuf, Lamb Greene & MacRae (latterly known as Dewey & LeBoeuf) where he specialised in aviation litigation, as well as large scale international insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution.
In September 2002, John moved to an in-house position at AIG as Regional Counsel for AIG’s Central European and CIS general insurance operations. Following a restructure of AIG’s general insurance operations, John was appointed Deputy General Counsel for the Greater Europe region, comprising 26 countries
John joined Travelers in May 2012 in his current role.
John was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and studied English literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and law at the London School of Economics.
John is delighted to be part of the judging panel for the third year.