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Please click here to download the nomination form. The Distinguished Service Award will be presented at the ALIC Annual Meeting in May only if a qualified nomination is received no later than December 31.

David Carmichael - 2016 Award Recipient 



Dave Carmichael was selected by the Board of Governors as the 2016 recipient of the Buist M Anderson Distinguished Service Award.

Dave has made significant contributions to the Association of Life Insurance Counsel.  He became a member of the Association in 1986, and served as its President in 2002-03.  Prior to his service as President, Dave served as a member of the Board of Governors and supported moving the Annual Meeting of the Association away from its longstanding home at The Greenbrier, as well as the change in the bylaws to permit outside counsel to become members of the Association.  Dave also contributed to the Association’s tradition of scholarship as co-author of an article on insurance mutual holding companies, and as a participant on a panel on that evolving subject at the Association’s Annual Meeting in 1997.


Dave also served as the Association’s Delegate to the American Bar Association for a two-year term.  In that role, Dave reviewed numerous resolutions for the ABA annual and mid-year meetings to offer input on matters of interest to life insurers.  He also attended the meetings, including committee and subcommittee meetings, giving the Association an important seat at the table and a voice for industry issues.  Dave routinely provided timely and topical reports on ABA developments to the Association Board and membership.


Dave’s significant contributions to the Association are matched by those he made to the life insurance industry, the life insurance bar and to colleagues he met along the way.  Dave joined the Law Department of Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company as Associate Counsel in 1977, and rose quickly to become Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Pacific Life Insurance Company in 1992, the position from which he retired in 2007.  While at Pacific Mutual, Dave was instrumental in seeking and achieving enactment of legislation in California authorizing mutual holding companies and led the company’s conversion to a mutual holding company structure a short while later.  Dave also spearheaded efforts to redomesticate Pacific Life from California to Nebraska in 2005. 


Dave also served as a member of the Board of Directors of College Savings Bank, Best Life Insurance Company and Sargasso Mutual Insurance Company, a captive D&O liability insurer which he also served as President and on whose Board he continues to serve.


Dave’s scholarship, leadership and willingness to serve extended to national and state trade associations.  He served as Chairman of the ACLI Legal Section in 2001, and as a member of the Legislative Committee, the Securities Investment Committee, the State Regulation of Investments Subcommittee and the Ad Hoc Affiliations Working Group.  When Dave’s CEO served as Chairman of the ACLI Board of Directors, Dave was instrumental in managing numerous complex issues to successful conclusions, and was a sound voice of reason for ACLI staff.  Dave also chaired the Executive Committee of the Association of California Life & Health Insurance Companies.  Dave has remained active in industry issues and activities since his retirement, and continues to share his considerable knowledge and expertise willingly with others.

Those who wrote in support of Dave’s nomination for the Anderson Award commented on his warmth, kindness, generosity, approachability and consistent outreach to new members to ensure their initial experience with the Association was positive and comfortable.  One person commented that Dave was an ambassador for the Association through his kindness and inclusiveness.  We agree.  Dave’s intelligence, leadership, collegiality and demonstrated excellence in service to our Association and our industry embody the qualities and values the Anderson Award was designed to honor. 




David Carmichael 2016
Larry Burkett 2015
Cynthia R. Shoss 2014
Wolcott Dunham, Jr. 2013
Joseph P. Rath 2012
Gary E. Hughes 2011
Thomas E. Workman 2010
Willliam A. Wilson** 2009
J. Michael Keefer 2008
Charles Bowman Strome, Jr. 2006
John J. Creedon, Jr. 2005
Jack D. Hunter 2002
Jack H. Blaine 2001
William R. Shands, Jr. 2000
Robert R. Googins 1999
A. Peter Quinn, Jr. 1998
Robert S. Seiler 1997
Hugh S. Campbell** 1995
Abram T. Collier 1994
Buist M. Anderson** 1993


The Buist M. Anderson Distinguished Service Award, named after its first recipient, is bestowed by the Board of Governors on long-standing members of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel who have provided outstanding service to the Association and to the bar of the life insurance and related financial services industry, to the life insurance industry or to colleagues in the industry.





Outstanding service to the Association can be evidenced in one or more of the following ways:


·         Presenting papers

·         Participating on panels

·         Promoting the collegiality of the Association

·         Serving as chair of a section

·         Serving on special committees

·         Serving as an elected officer

·         Serving on the Board of Governors


Outstanding service to the bar of the life insurance and related financial services industry can be evidenced in one or more of the following ways:


·         Participating in insurance-related activities of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association

·         Participating in insurance-related activities of a state or local bar association

·         Serving as an educator in insurance law

·         Contributing to legal scholarship through publication of learned articles or books on subjects of importance to the life insurance bar


Outstanding service to the life insurance industry can be evidenced in one or more of the following ways:


·         Serving on committees of the American Council of Life Insurers

·         Presenting papers to or serving as an elected officer in the Legal Section of the American Council of Life Insurers

·         Participating in the activities of other international, national or state trade associations concerned with legal and regulatory matters involving life insurance companies

·         Representing the life insurance industry before international, federal or state legislative or regulatory bodies

·         Participating in NAIC activities including membership on advisory committees

·         Holding a staff or leadership position in a life insurance trade association

Outstanding service to colleagues can be evidenced in the following way:


·         Giving willingly both time and effort to assist other lawyers in providing sound counsel and advice to their life insurance clients


These lists of ways in which outstanding service to the Association, to the life insurance bar, to the life insurance industry and to colleagues can be evidenced are not intended to be exhaustive.  Consideration may be given to other, equally laudable, service provided by a nominee.





1.    While the Anderson Award is intended to honor the recipient’s entire body of work, a recipient may still be actively engaged in, or fully retired from, their professional legal career, and may be either an active or emeritus member of the Association.  The recipient must, however, hold or have held active and substantial membership in the Association. 


2.    An individual may receive an Anderson Award only once.


3.    Governors and elected officers of the Association are not eligible to receive an Anderson Award during their tenure in office.


4.    An Anderson Award will not be made posthumously.



Nomination Process and Standards


1.    Nominations for the Anderson Award can only be made by current members of the Association.


2.    Members of the Distinguished Service Award Committee may nominate one or more individuals for the Anderson Award.


3.    Nominations must be submitted on the Buist M. Anderson Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form, which is available on the Association website.   


4.    The Nomination Form must be accompanied by letters from at least two other current or retired members of the Association seconding the nomination and attesting to the accuracy of the service that forms the basis for the nomination.


5.    The Nomination Form and seconding letters must be submitted to the Chairman of the Distinguished Service Award Committee, the President of the Association, the Secretary-Treasurer of the Association or to the Association’s Executive Director.


6.    All nominations and seconding letters must be submitted by December 31, preceding the Association’s Annual Meeting at which the Award, if any, will be presented.


7.    Individuals nominated, but not selected, for the Anderson Award will be automatically reconsidered for the Award in future years.  Nominees will be eliminated from consideration, however, in the event they are not selected within five years after they are first nominated.  Nominees eliminated from consideration after five years may be re-nominated.    


8.    The Distinguished Service Award Committee will review all nominations received by December 31, for compliance with the foregoing qualifications, criteria and standards.  The Committee will make its recommendation, if any, to the Board of Governors prior to the January meeting of the Board at which the recommendation will be considered.


9.    An affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the entire Board is required to authorize the presentation of an Anderson Award.  Any Governor not present at the meeting at which the recommendation is considered may communicate his or her vote in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Association.


10.  If the Board of Governors fails to authorize presentation of an Anderson Award to a nominee recommended by the Distinguished Service Award Committee, the nomination may, at the discretion of the Board of Governors, be referred back to the Committee for future consideration.



Click HERE for a nomination form.

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