Woodruff Sawyer and Company. Insurance Services, Risk Management, Employee Benefits

Priya Cherian Huskin, Esq.Priya Cherian Huskins, Esq., Sr. Vice President

Priya is a recognized expert in D&O liability risk and its mitigation. In addition to consulting on D&O insurance, she counsels clients on corporate governance matters, including ways to reduce their exposure to shareholder lawsuits and regulatory investigations. Priya is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on D&O issues and a regular guest lecturer at Stanford's Annual Directors’ College, among others. She has authored articles for publications as diverse as Directors & Boards, Stanford Law Review, and Insurance Journal.

Priya is on the board of directors of Realty Income Corporation, The Monthly Dividend Company®, (NYSE: O), where she serves on the Strategic Planning Committee and is chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. She is also on the advisory board of the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance as well as the board of directors of the Silicon Valley Directors' Exchange (SVDX.)

Priya began her career as a corporate and securities attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR), one of Silicon Valley’s leading law firms. At WSGR, Priya worked with public and private companies through all stages of their development, including IPOs, ongoing public reporting and M&A transactions. Priya served as judge for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in Northern California from 2009-2011.

A member of the California Bar, Priya earned her undergraduate degree with high honors from Harvard University. She was awarded her juris doctorate with honors from the Law School at the University of Chicago, where she was managing editor of the University’s Legal Forum publication. Following law school, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Frank Magill of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Selected Awards:

  • "Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business," San Francisco Business Times (2012)
  • "Top 100 Women of Influence in the Silicon Valley," San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal (2009)
  • One of the Insurance Industry's "Women to Watch," Business Insurance Magazine (2007)

Selected Podcasts:   

  • WS&Co. Executive Summary Series
  • WS&Co. D&O Liability Series

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Selected Speaking Events:

  • Stanford Directors College (June 2012)
  • University of Chicago, Dartmouth and Stanford Directors’ Consortium (March 2012)
  • E&Y Strategic Growth Forum (November 2011)

To contact Priya Cherian Huskins, please email phuskins@wsandco.com or call 415.402.6527