Who We Are

Professionals with a passion for the construction industry and expertise in contractors professional and pollution liability insurance

About Us

Creative, Experienced Professionals

Our senior leadership averages nearly 30 years of construction professional liability experience. Each of our underwriters are experienced consultants for our brokers and policyholders who deliver innovative and creative professional and pollution liability solutions for contractors and project owners. We have the autonomy and authority to quickly provide solutions that serve our clients’ needs.


Our dedicated in-house claims team have decades of experience handling construction professional and pollution liability claims. Each professional handles 125 matters or less, well below the industry average for professional liability claims adjusters. Having a low file count enables us to deliver excellent and dedicated customer support service.


We offer practical risk management guidance and resources to help contractors and owners reduce their exposure to situations that could result in a claim.

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Our Senior Leadership

Steve Porcelli, President

Steve Porcelli

Edward L. Sheiffele, Jr. Executive Vice President

Edward L. Sheiffele, Jr.

Executive Vice President



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Laila Santana Executive Vice President, Chief Claims Officer

Laila Santana

Executive Vice President, Chief Claims Officer



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Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA

Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA

Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Management and CX Officer



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Robert J. Connor, JD, CIC

Robert J. Connor, JD, CIC

Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer



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Dennis Baez Senior Vice President

Dennis Baez

Senior Vice President



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Peter Brooks Senior Vice President

Peter Brooks

Senior Vice President



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Chris McQueen Senior Vice President

Chris McQueen, CPCU, ARM, CIC

Senior Vice President



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David Pacifici Senior Vice President

David Pacifici, CIC, CRM, RPLU

Senior Vice President, CA License #0H05115



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Recognized as a Great Place to Work

Berkley Construction Professional has been Certified by Great Place to Work® for our culture of innovation, collaboration and saying no to the status quo. This prestigious award is based entirely on what our current employees say about their experience working here. 


In 2022:


  • 90% of employees said the company is a great place to work, 33 percentage points higher than the average U.S. company
  • 95% of employees tell others they are proud to work here
  • 97% of employees think we are honest and ethical in business practices

We will continue to create a strong workplace culture with a customer-first approach. View our page on the Great Place to Work® website to learn more!

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The Power of Berkley

Berkley Construction Professional is one of the 55+ (re)insurance businesses worldwide that comprise the Berkley brand. Berkley is one of America’s largest commercial lines property casualty insurance providers, operating worldwide within two segments of the P&C insurance business: Insurance and Reinsurance & Monoline Excess. Each business offers expertise within an industry, product, or region.


Berkley Construction Professional is a member of W. R. Berkley Corporation, a Fortune 500 company that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is part of the S&P 500. W. R. Berkley Corporation’s insurance company subsidiaries are rated A+ (Superior), Financial Size Category XV by A.M. Best Company and A+ (Strong) by Standard & Poor’s.


Berkley’s competitive advantage lies in its long-term strategy of decentralized operations. This structure provides each Berkley business the agility of a small business—the ability to identify and respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and local customer needs. It provides our Berkley businesses with the strength and resources of a Fortune 500 organization as well as the financial accountability and incentives to attract and retain the highest-caliber professionals.

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Join Our Team

At Berkley Construction Professional a division of Berkley Alliance Managers, we believe in hiring entrepreneurial people who can work within our culture of teamwork and accountability.


Through an ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and innovation, Berkley Construction Professional attracts and retains employees with a unique blend of construction professional liability expertise and a passion for excellence.