Melissa S. Elwell Anderson has nearly 20 years of insurance experience. In Melissa’s role as the Head of Design Professional & Environmental Claims Group with AXIS Insurance she oversees a wide variety of complex pollution liability, design professional liability, and commercial general liability claims. Melissa began her career in insurance with XL Design Professional/DPIC Companies where she handled professional liability claims for architects, engineers, environmental consultants, lawyers and accountants. Melissa continued her insurance career with Markel Corporation where she handled positions both in claims and underwriting. In her claims roles Melissa handled complex environmental, professional and insurance coverage claims and obtained the CCP designation. As a professional liability underwriter, Melissa obtained the RPLU designation. While with Markel Corporation Melissa served as a mentor, product line champion and held positions of Claims Examiner, Senior Claims Examiner, and Senior Underwriter. Prior to her roles in insurance, Melissa practiced in New Jersey as an attorney representing private and public sector clients with a focus on environmental, land use, site remediation and CERCLA litigation matters.
Melissa received her JD from Vermont Law School and BA in Environmental Business from The University of Toledo. She is admitted to the New Jersey Bar. Melissa is also a licensed insurance adjuster in twenty states.