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Welcome to the official page for Sterling Insurance Group’s upcoming event:

Don’t Get Left in the Smoke: Marijuana in the Michigan Workplace, Pt. II


Presented in-part with Amerisure Insurance. Be there for our “joint” event.



Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the last two months, you’ve already heard: Marijuana is legal in the state of Michigan as of December 6th, 2018. To be clear, recreational marijuana has been legalized for personal use. As a business owner or HR professional, you’re likely wondering:


What does this mean for my team?


Join Sterling & Amerisure as we tackle all of your tough questions related to insurance and the recent legalization of Marijuana in Michigan. What does this mean for your workplace? Find out!



Wednesday, January 9th, 2019
8:30 – 10 AM
Automation Alley: 2675 Bellingham Dr, Troy, MI 48083
Questions? Contact Joan Giffels: 586.685.0137 |


Attend in person or stream the event via Facebook Live: Tune in HERE from 8:30-10 AM on 1/9 to watch!



Paul Richards – Vice President of Legal Operations @ Amerisure

As VP of Legal Operations, Paul manages a Staff Counsel Operations department of 8 attorneys and 4 support staff. He also performs general legal work and supervision of complex litigation, representing Company before various state insurance departments, and drafting coverage opinions for Claims Department. Paul presents numerous training sessions for internal Amerisure employees, independent insurance agencies, and policyholders on Risk Transfer and the CGL policy. Paul joined Amerisure in 1987 as Assistant Counsel in the Corporate Legal Department and moved into subsequent roles as Associate Counsel and full Counsel by 1991. As Corporate Claims AVP until 1997, Paul managed the Asbestos and Environmental Claims Unit, and created and managed the Coverage Claims Unit. As VP/Claim Legal until 1999, Paul managed a team of Corporate Claims Consultants and the Special Investigation Unit (SIU).

Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from the University of Detroit, and was active in the school’s Political Science and History academic societies. Paul received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Detroit College of Law, A member of the Michigan State Bar Association and American Bar Association, Paul is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, and all Michigan State Courts. Paul’s legal experience began at Barlow & Lange [Detroit, MI] as an Associate Attorney, where he represented management interests in labor arbitration and litigated employment and labor law cases in state and Federal courts, and before local, state, and Federal labor relations agencies until joining Amerisure in 1987.