Bickmore Acquires Nelson and Bernstein; Adds Real Estate and Retail Expertise to Full House of Risk Management Experts

Bickmore, a leading independent risk management and actuarial consulting firm has acquired Oakland and San Francisco-based Nelson & Bernstein, adding a powerhouse of expertise in real estate and retail risk management to an already impressive roster of service offerings.

“2013 will present unique challenges as the country rebuilds and businesses look toward growth while protecting their assets. We’re ready to address the challenges of risk in real estate management, construction, healthcare, energy, and other private sectors as well as at all levels of government,” said Gregory L. Trout, Chief Executive Officer at Bickmore. “The expertise from Nelson & Bernstein combined with our broad expertise in risk management uniquely positions us to help clients reduce their costs of risks.”

Nelson & Bernstein has provided independent insurance and risk management advice for over 20 years. The firm employs professionals with more than 100 combined years of experience serving a diverse set of clients. “We’ve helped clients in commercial and residential real estate, technology, and other sectors proactively manage their risks and save on insurance costs. Bickmore’s tradition of excellence and independence is unmatched in this industry and we are very happy to be on board,” said Max Bernstein, Principal at Nelson & Bernstein.

Nelson & Bernstein’s professionals currently include experienced industry veterans Bob Nelson, Max Bernstein, Joan Spiegel, Leila Shockley, Julie Waldman, and Elsa Diaz.

Together, Bickmore and the team from Nelson & Bernstein will provide clients with objective advice from seasoned professionals. “We can provide clients with cost-saving ideas and assurance of the best coverage and risk financial plan designed to fit the unique needs of their business,” said Trout. Nelson & Bernstein clients will now have access to Bickmore’s broad array of services as complementary offerings, including Bickmore’s industry-leading construction risk management practice. Public entities, transportation, airports, and real estate developers will benefit from these combined services. Bickmore’s existing clients now have direct access to real estate risk consultants.

About Bickmore
Bickmore is the nation’s largest independent, employee-owned risk management and actuarial consulting firm. The firm manages Joints Powers Authorities and association group programs and consults with public and private entities in over 30 states. With over 100 employees, Bickmore’s professional staff includes credentialed insurance and safety professionals, experienced pool managers, certified public accountants, attorneys, credentialed actuaries, and certified workers’ compensation specialists.  Bickmore’s main office is in Sacramento, California, with satellite offices in Orange, Dana Point, and El Dorado Hills, California; in Ashland and Portland, Oregon; and in Providence, Rhode Island. Visit for more information.

About Nelson & Bernstein
Nelson & Bernstein has provided independent insurance and risk management consulting for more than 20 years. The firm’s goal is for clients to be confident in understanding their exposures, that their insurance program provides the coverage they need at a fair price, and that their risk management issues will be addressed quickly and competently. Nelson & Bernstein has offices in San Francisco and Oakland, California.

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