Robert H. Muriel began serving as the Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI) on March 11, 2019. As part of his duties as Director, Muriel is active in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), where he currently serves as Chair of the Accelerated Underwriting in Life Insurance Working Group. He is also Treasurer of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission, which serves insurance regulators, providers, and consumers by improving efficiency in the insurance marketplace.
Muriel practiced as a civil and commercial lawyer for more than 20 years representing small businesses and professionals in trials, appeals and arbitrations in state and federal courts. His core practice was civil and commercial litigation, including insurance coverage and bad faith claims, financial fraud claims, legal malpractice cases and consumer class action cases, including actions brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Muriel was formerly President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and President of the Alumni Board of Governors for Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He also has served on numerous civic boards, including serving on the Board of Directors for the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, Almost Home Kids and the Executive Committee for the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening. He received his Juris Doctor from the Loyola University School of Law and bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
I am pleased to welcome you to the Illinois Department of Insurance.
Our mission is to:
"To protect consumers by providing assistance and information, by efficiently regulating the insurance industry's market behavior and financial solvency, and by fostering a competitive insurance marketplace."
Our vision is to:
"Embrace efficiency and innovation to educate and protect Illinois insurance consumers and to encourage a vital and robust Illinois insurance market"
The Department carries out this mission through effective administration and enforcement of the Illinois Insurance Code (215 ILCS 5/1 et seq.), the Illinois Pension Code (40 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq.), and related laws and regulations, including Title 50 of the Illinois Administrative Code. The Director is also responsible for the operations of the Office of the Special Deputy Receiver (OSD), which handles the affairs of insurance companies placed in rehabilitation, conservation or liquidation.