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 Partners, LLP

Howard Shafer has over 30 years of experience in the Insurance and Corporate Liability Defense field. He is the Managing Partner of Shafer Partners, LLP in the Downstate New York and New Jersey area. Howard is a Past Chair of the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association and a Past New York State Chair of CLM. He founded Your House Counsel in 2010, and serves as its President.

YHC Group Chair
Joseph F. Nicholas, Jr.
President and 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.