Michigan gets new banking director

Anita Fox began her tenure as the director of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services on Monday.

Fox was appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Dec. 27, 2018. She brings more than 30 years of experience in the legal field to the role, having specialized in counseling clients on and litigating a wide range of business and insurance issues.

“I’m ready to hit the ground running,” Fox said.  “I look forward to discussing key issues that impact the insurance and financial services sectors with Department staff and stakeholders and ensuring that the Department remains committed to protecting consumers and growing industries that are so important to Michigan’s economy.”

Fox is a recognized authority in insurance coverage and has managed complex litigation in federal and state courts in Michigan and nationwide.

She has lectured for Mealy’s Insurance in the U.S. and abroad, in addition to teaching Insurance Law at Michigan State University College of Law.  She was inducted into the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.

She has also served in a staff advisory role on several U.S. Presidential campaigns and was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve as board member and legal counsel for several charitable foundations.

Fox has a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College and a law degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also holds a State of Michigan Secondary Teaching Certificate.