Fred Bodner is the Chair of the Firm’s Health Insurance and Life Insurance Departments. Mr. Bodner’s practice is focused on insurance regulatory and corporate law, including life insurance law, health insurance law, administrative law and Governmental Relations. He provides various services to the insurance industry including design, filing and obtaining approval of insurance products; representation before insurance regulators; opinions on the legality of insurance company practices; interpretation of law and regulation; obtaining required licenses; and provision of advice and assistance with regard to advertising and marketing issues, examination issues, market conduct issues, enforcement actions, policy replacement issues, premium rate and compensation issues, and related insurance matters.

Mr. Bodner has been very involved in a number of important changes regarding the regulation of life insurance and health insurance products in New York, including the New York Department of Financial Services prior approval with certification process and the development of the Department’s Product Outlines. Mr. Bodner was the Chair of the Life Committee of the Department’s Insurance Filings Modernization Initiative, convened by Superintendent Wrynn, to examine the mechanisms through which regulated entities submit rate, policy form, licensing and other insurance filings to the Department and through which the Department processes those filings.

Mr. Bodner has regularly been recognized by his peers in The Best Lawyers in America for his high caliber of work in the practice area of Insurance Law.

Prior to joining Hinman Straub, Mr. Bodner worked for the New York State Insurance Department for 23 years in various positions including Chief of the Life and Health Bureau, Chief of the Health Bureau, Assistant Deputy Superintendent and Special Deputy Superintendent.

Mr. Bodner is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Insurance Regulatory Examiner’s Society (IRES) and is a member and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for Disability Services in Albany.

Practice Areas


  • B. A., State University of New York at Albany 1971
  • J.D., Albany Law School of Union University 1975

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Federal Bar for the Northern District of New York