Travis Black - October 2018

OCTOBER 2018

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MY JOURNEY FROM POLICE OFFICER TO INSURANCE INVESTIGATOR TO ATTORNEY

B efore I became a lawyer, I was a to retire, but when I did, I had no idea what I wanted to do. The first thought that came to mind was to go into law school. I already had a bachelor’s in liberal arts and criminal science, which benefited me as a police officer, but I didn’t know what I could do with it outside of law enforcement. When I decided to go to law school, I did it with the idea that I’d become a district attorney because, with my police career, I knew criminal law and it felt like I could move right into that subject with no trouble. While I was in law school, I went to work for Allstate Insurance Company as a claims adjuster for a short period of time. I left there and worked for Mercury Insurance Company as part of their fraud special investigation unit (SIU). Progressive Insurance wanted to start their own SIU in California and hired me to help get it up and running. I ended up being in charge of six states: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and Hawaii. I enjoyed my work there. My team and I were fighting fraud and catching a lot of bad guys. This line of work was an area insurance companies knew little about. My unit members were pioneers in fraud prevention and investigation. What I was able to achieve with my team was groundbreaking. My unit was the best- police officer in Southern California. I was hurt on duty and was forced

performing unit in the company. We did so well that we ended up putting on training for the rest of the company throughout the United States. All great things must come to an end, though. At one point, the company reorganized, and suddenly I found myself in charge of North California and Oregon. There wasn’t any challenge anymore. That was when I decided to pursue my goal of being a district attorney. That decision was changed quickly, though, because of an 85-year-old woman in my church!

“When I decided to go to law school, I did it with the idea that I’d become a district attorney because I knew criminal law and it felt like I could move right into that subject with no trouble.”

This woman had been seriously injured in an automobile accident, and our minister

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