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Maureen Henderson


Office: 515 242-2428

Mobile: 860-205-2388

Fax: 515-323-8528



I recently became counsel with BrownWinick after over 25 years of being in-house attorney and chief compliance officer with three major insurance companies: The Hartford, Aviva USA and Global Atlantic Financial Group.  During my tenure with these insurance companies, I designed, built and implemented new compliance organizations based on managing risk with the business strategy.  I have substantial experience in all aspects of life insurance compliance and risk management including sales and distribution oversight, operations, product and program development, third party administration due diligence, oversight and supervision. 

My Approach

Throughout my career, I have been a trusted advisor to my clients and business partners.  Consistent with the BrownWinick strategy, I have deep knowledge of the life insurance business and have a practical approach problem solving balancing risk and reward.  Building relationships with both life industry leaders and state regulators has been a key ingredient in my successful career.

More about me

I was born and raised in Michigan and ventured to the east coast after graduating from Eastern Michigan University.  I self-funded my education, attending George Mason Law School and ultimately finished law school at Franklin Pierce Law School, which is now part of the University of New Hampshire.

I have long time involvement with the life industry serving on a number of committees of the American Council of Life Insurers, (“ACLI”) and am a founding board member of the Compliance and Ethics Forum for Life Insurers, (“CEFLI”). 

I have been a long-time Tocqueville Society member of the United Way and in my spare time I play tennis and enjoy the outdoors. 

  • Compliance Program Development & Implementation
  • Risk Assesments & Compliance with Federal Sentencing Guidelines
  • Sales, Marketing

2020 NAIC Fall Meeting Summary

December 22, 2020 The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its final 2020 meeting virtually over four days: 12/2-4 and 12/7-9.  Following the activist agenda from the Read…

Wire Transfer Scams - What to Know

December 18, 2020   Many people in professional settings regularly utilize wire transfers in transactions with their clients and are likely aware of some of the more well-known Read…

Center for Economic Justice Pleads Its Case for Overhauling the Life Insurance and Annuity Illustrations

November 18, 2020   At the November 10th, 2020 Life Insurance and Annuities “A” Committee meeting, Center for Economic Justice’s (CEJ) Executive Director Birny Birnbaum got another 20 Read…

Oklahoma District Court Approves First U.S. Insurance Business Transfer – A New Era for the Insurance Industry

October 27, 2020   On October 16, 2020, the District Court of Oklahoma County approved Providence Washington Insurance Company (PWIC) to complete its Insurance Business Transfer (IBT) Plan, Read…

Market Conduct Analysis Statement Blanks (D) Working Group – Impacting Market Conduct surveillance – Accelerated Underwriting—putting the cart before the horse.

October 26, 2020   One of the working groups under the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC’s) Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs (D) Committee, the Market Conduct Annual Read…

2020 NAIC Summit Recap

October 7, 2020   The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) hosted their 2020 Virtual Insurance Summit in a new two-week format during September 8-10 & 15-17, 2020. Read…

Department of Justice Guidance on Corporate Compliance Programs

September 14, 2020   Earlier this summer, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division updated its guidance on the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs Read…

The DOL Fiduciary Rule and NAIC Showdown:  Fiduciary or Not? 

August 11, 2020   Despite the apparent harmonization between the SEC Regulation BI (Section 240.151-1, eff. 6/5/19) and the NAIC’s Revised Model on Suitability, the Department Read…

Iowa and Arizona Adopt Best-Interest Standard for Annuity Sales Effective January 1, 2021

July 24, 2020   Iowa (Iowa Code section 507B.4A) and Arizona (Arizona Code SB 1557) passed the revised Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation effective January 1, 2021.  Read…

BrownWinick Adds Insurance Regulatory and Compliance Practice

July 9, 2020   BrownWinick is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Maureen Henderson to our Des Moines, Iowa, office. Maureen has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. She most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of Traditional Life at Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited. At BrownWinick, Maureen’s Read…


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Eastern Michigan University

B.A., Political Science


University of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce School of Law

J.D., 1988


Iowa, 2014; North Carolina, 1995; Connecticut, 1991; New Hampshire, 1989

Memberships & Associations

Compliance & Ethics Forum for Life Insurers (CEFLI); Board Member

National Association of Insurance Commissioners, (NAIC)

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), multiple roles

Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society (IRES)