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Duke Elevated to Senior Vice President of Policy and General Counsel

Wednesday, December 5, 2018  

December 5, 2018, Washington, D.C. – The Surety & Fidelity Association of America President Lee Covington elevated Robert J. Duke to Senior Vice President of Policy and General Counsel from his previous role as General Counsel. Mr. Duke will be responsible for the promotion and advocacy for the contract surety, commercial surety and fidelity lines of business, as well as the legal and risk management issues affecting the association.

“Rob’s knowledge and experience in our industry and with our members are key to achieving our mission,” says SFAA President Lee Covington. “He is a true subject matter expert, and his passion for both the industry and our members is evident in his work. Rob will play an integral role in advancing our goals for the surety and fidelity industry and the businesses, government agencies and consumers we serve.”

“I am looking forward to serving SFAA and the industry by advancing the policy objectives in the contract surety, commercial surety and fidelity lines of business,” says Robert Duke.

Mr. Duke has been with SFAA for 18 years, beginning as Director of Underwriting. He has held multiple positions with the organization including Assistant Counsel and Director of Underwriting, Counsel and Director of Underwriting before becoming General Counsel. He has authored several articles on the subjects of surety and fidelity bonds, and has been a guest lecturer and panelist for numerous organizations. Mr. Duke has also been asked to testify at state legislatures on the value of surety and fidelity bonds.

Mr. Duke graduated with a juris doctorate summa cum laude and first in class from Columbus School of Law, Catholic University in 2005. He graduated summa cum laude from Loyola College of Maryland in 1988 with a bachelor of business administration and obtained a master of business administration from Loyola College in 1992. Mr. Duke resides in Maryland with his wife and three daughters.


The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) is a trade association of more than 425 insurance companies that write over 97 percent of surety and fidelity bonds in the U.S. SFAA is licensed as a rating or advisory organization in all states and it has been designated by state insurance departments as a statistical agent for the reporting of fidelity and surety experience.

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