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Meet the Team

Steve Cockrell

Steve Cockrell

Principal

Steve has been involved with more accidents than anyone ought to be. But that’s only because it’s his job. When accidents happen in the workplace — and, unfortunately…

Steve has been involved with more accidents than anyone ought to be. But that’s only because it’s his job. When accidents happen in the workplace — and, unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, it can happen — Steve is there to help his client mitigate the loss and plan for greater workplace safety in the future.

Steve has 35 years of experience in claims cost containment and claims management with more than 21 of those years at SilverStone Group.

He specializes in workers’ compensation claims, monitoring claims reserves and assisting in settling outstanding or disputed claims. His extensive knowledge of the claims process is highly beneficial to his clients, which include both insureds and carriers. He has also established and managed a Third-Party Administration Program.

Having an accident is never a good thing. Having Steve’s expertise when dealing with the aftermath of an accident is just good business.

Contact Information
e-mail: scockrell@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5584  |  fax: 402.963.4094

Professional Certifications

  • Senior Claims Law Associate (SCLA)

Education
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
University of Nebraska-Omaha  |  Omaha, NE

Joe Freeman

Joe Freeman

Safety Engineering Manager

Joe has more than five years of experience in the areas of OSHA compliance audits, manufacturing safety, loss control and training program development…

Joe has nearly 10 years of experience in the areas of OSHA compliance audits, manufacturing safety, loss control and training program development. He has the ability to review safety programs and identify gaps in their construction. His expertise enables him to design training programs specifically for each client’s individual needs.

Joe is passionate about creating a safe, comfortable work environment and he enjoys working with a wide variety of clients and industries. He looks forward to assisting clients with the continual improvement of their current risk program. He particularly enjoys touring client facilities and jobsites because he sees some of the brilliantly designed, state-of-the-art machinery and processes used to create, move or deliver products and services. Joe’s main goal is to leave a client’s facility or jobsite in a safer condition than it was when he arrived.

Joe is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. He is a member of the National  Safety Council Nebraska Chapter, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the National Fire Protection Association and has completed Forklift and Fall Protection Competent Person training. When Joe isn’t helping a client with safety concerns, he heads out fishing every chance he gets.

Contact Information
e-mail: jfreeman@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5583  |  fax: 402.963.4094

Professional Certifications

  • Associate in Risk Management (ARM)
  • Associate Safety Professional (ASP)
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
  • Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist I (CEAS I)

Education
Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration & Marketing
University of Nebraska-Omaha |  Omaha, NE

Mike Reilly

Mike Reilly

Client Advocate & Sr. Consultant

Have a question about a personal injury or coverage issues? Mike has the answer! With over 24 years of experience in private practice law specializing in…

Have a question about a personal injury or coverage issues? Mike has the answer! With over 24 years of experience in private practice law specializing in civil litigation involving personal injury, property damage and insurance contract and coverage issues. He has tried over 75 jury trials in Iowa and Nebraska state and federal courts.

Because of his legal background and experience in litigation, Mike is able to provide expert assistance to his clients with the claims process. Whether they are pursuing a claim or defending a claim, Mike will guide his clients through all facets of claims and claim handling. In addition, he is knowledgeable on and can assist with insurance contract and coverage issues.

Mike enjoys working in a friendly environment and it shows. He is happy to share his knowledge of the claims process which is evident by his numerous continuing legal education presentations throughout Iowa. He is a former member of several professional associations including the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Iowa and Nebraska Trial Lawyers Associations and is a past president of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association.

Contact Information
e-mail: mreilly@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5585  |  fax: 402.963.4094

Education
Juris Doctorate
Creighton UniversityOmaha, NE

Bachelor of Science  |  Business Administration
Creighton UniversityOmaha, NE

Mark McLaughlin

Mark McLaughlin

Client Advocate & Claims Adjuster

Mark has never been one to turn down a challenge. As a Claims Adjuster, Mark specializes in processing complex medical, legal and insurance issues…

Mark has never been one to turn down a challenge. As a Claims Adjuster, Mark specializes in processing complex medical, legal and insurance issues which he finds interesting and challenging at the same time. He is constantly advocating for his clients, helping them contain costs by working with adjusters, reviewing claim losses with insureds and discussing the best ways to prevent future claims in their workplaces. He utilizes his well-established relationships with adjusters to either lower reserves or apply his recommendations on how to achieve the best possible outcome on a claim.

On the Third Party Administrator (TPA ) side, Mark’s clients trust him to handle their workers’ compensation claims to attain the best result. His effective communication skills provide his clients with an accurate and timely turnaround for any event that arises.

In his free time, Mark’s competitive nature remains evident. He enjoys golfing, Husker football and a spirited game of bag toss. Mark equally looks forward to spending time with his wife and kids.

Contact Information
e-mail: mmclaughlin@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5586  |  fax: 402.963.4094

Professional Titles

  • Associate in Claims (AIC)

Education
Bachelor of Science  |  Business
University of Nebraska-Omaha |  Omaha, NE

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