The History of Britton Gallagher

Britton Gallagher has grown into the risk management and employee benefits leader it is today because our team has a passion for taking on difficult and unique challenges and we are fiercely committed to providing exceptional client service. 

Currently led by Bruce Ball, Eric Treend and PJ Insana, the firm continues its 70-year tradition of providing risk management services for commercial and private clients while continually seeking out new opportunities to provide unique solutions for difficult cases. 

Where We Began

Started in 1942, Britton Gallagher began as a real estate and insurance agency in Solon, Ohio.Fred Britton offered insurance solutions to homeowners and in the early 1950s his son, Don Britton, joined the firm to develop the commercial side of the business. He took in a partner, Jim Gallagher, who focused on life insurance and establishing the firm as it is known today as Britton Gallagher.

Building for Tomorrow: Specialty Program Development

Joining the firm in 1986, Bruce Ball developed the firm’s Life Sciences practice and has grown it and the Global Property and Casualty division into key business divisions for Britton Gallagher. He is the producer council member for major Life Sciences underwriters and is an expert at creating solutions for clients with difficult coverage situations. Bruce also leads the Executive Solutions division, a group focused on providing management liability solutions including errors and omissions, employment practices liability along with kidnap and ransom insurance.

In the 1990’s Eric Treend joined Britton Gallagher to develop the Pyrotechnics division which opened the door to other non-conventional industries that face challenging exposures, regulatory demands and unusual supply chains. The division has grown from a single account to well over 100 throughout  the United States and Canada. Clients range from local retailers to the largest display companies in the world.

In 2004, PJ Insana came on board to lead the Employee Benefits division and serves as a trusted adviser to entrepreneurs and businesses across the country. He is well versed on the latest health care regulations and ensures Britton Gallagher provides unique solutions so clients can operate effectively, even in today’s challenging regulatory environment. PJ is a strategic business development partner, identifying and evaluating new market expansion opportunities for the firm.  His 18 years of experience in the insurance industry includes roles in acquisitions, employee recruitment and training. 

In late 2013, Dennis Laughlin became the CEO and President of Britton Gallagher, having previously been involved in banking, consulting and manufacturing.  His background has allowed him to be active in many diverse industries while consulting on capital formation, growth strategies, and new product development. 

Dennis has worked in high tech electronics and manufacturing environments, developed distribution/channel management and assisted the recapitalization of numerous businesses throughout the nation. His entrepreneurial background fits the culture of Britton Gallagher perfectly.

Britton Gallagher has since outgrown its original Solon office and moved downtown to the top floor of One Cleveland Center, in the heart of downtown Cleveland.

Our new headquarters reflects the commitment of the fast-paced, progressive firm we are today with the staying power for years to come.