Each Your House Counsel® National Leader has decades of experience in the practice of insurance and corporate liability defense. And each has helped to build Your House Counsel® into a premier resource for Claims Professionals.

YHC President and Founder
Howard S. Shafer
Partner, Shafer Glazer, LLP

Howard Shafer has over 23 years of experience in the Insurance and Corporate Liability Defense field. In 2005, he formed Shafer Glazer with David Glazer. Howard is the incoming Chair of the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association. He founded Your House Counsel in 2010, and serves as its President.

YHC Group Chair
Joseph F. Nicholas, Jr.
President & Managing Partner,
Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A.

Joe Nicholas focuses his practice on the defense of professional liability matters. He has defended professionals including lawyers, accountants, doctors, dentists, architects and insurance agents and brokers throughout his career. His practice also includes litigation of first and third party claims with regard to personal lines, various general liability matters and construction defects.

Member Engagement Chair
Alan J. Yacoubian
Partner, Johnson Yacoubian and
Paysee, PLC

Alan Yacoubian, a founding partner of Johnson Yacoubian and Paysee, PLC, serves as General Counsel to Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, Inc. and the Louisiana Restaurant Association. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Sections on General Practice, Litigation, and Torts and Insurance Practice), and many others. He serves as Guest Lecturer in Insurance Law at Tulane Law School.

Industry Event Chair
Timothy D. Crawley
Partner, Anderson Crawley and
Burke, pllc

Tim Crawley has been a faculty member for many seminars, recently presenting on “The Drones: They Are Coming!” to the XChanging Claims group in London and at the ACE Annual Conference. He is a member of the American Bar Association; Mississippi Bar Association; Madison County Bar Association; Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit; and Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association.

Client Engagement Chair
Kevin W. Doherty
Partner, Doherty and Progar LLC

Kevin Doherty’s practice encompasses a broad range of civil litigation. He has been published in the field of Illinois Civil Procedure, lectured on complex litigation and trial practice and has attained a Martindale Hubbell® AV rating from his peers for each of the past 20 years. He was recently named an Illinois Super Lawyer.

NextGen Engagement Chair
Marcus “Marc” L. Tolliver
Partner, Touchstone Bernays

Marc is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on insurance defense litigation, personal injury, products liability, premises liability, wrongful death and construction defects. He has a diverse practice that serves manufacturers, athletic facilities, schools, restaurants, retailers, construction companies and individuals. He has experience handling cases from intake to evaluation and discovery, including expert and fact witness depositions, and eventually all the way through resolution.

Special Projects Chair
Debbie S. Champion
Partner, Rynearson, Suess,
Schnurbusch & Champion, LLC

Debbie Champion has argued before the Missouri Supreme Court, Eastern, Western and Southern District Missouri Courts of Appeals, Illinois Court of Appeals, the federal court of the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, and the Eighth Circuit and the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Education Chair
Randall J. Poelma
Partner, Doyen Sebesta & Poelma

Randy Poelma’s main areas of practice include complex commercial litigation, subrogation, real estate, professional liability, product liability, construction, maritime/admiralty issues involving both property damage and personal injuries, oil and gas exploration and production both on land and offshore, as well as contractual interpretation and indemnity issues. His practice includes litigation in both federal and state courts.

Chairs are neither Officers nor Directors of Counsel Holdings, Inc.