Florida-based North American Risk Services (NARS) has appointed Jon Palmquist to the newly created role of general counsel and director of Field Operation.

Previously, Palmquist was executive vice president, general counsel, secretary and chief claims officer with Star & Shield Insurance with over 25years experience in the insurance and claims industry.

At Star & Shield he was responsible for the claims, legal, regulatory, and legislative matters, and developed the claims policies/procedures with third party administrators for the handling of daily and catastrophe claims.

He was also vice president and assistant general counsel with Nationwide Mutual Insurance, where he oversaw legal, regulatory, legislative matters and claims litigation for the company’s Eastern US Direct Agency Group.

Prior to that, he spent six years as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Tower Hill Insurance Group where he was responsible for all legal, regulatory, compliance and claims legal matters for 28 foreign and domestic companies.