On October 13, 2020, Anna Gressel and Avi Gesser from Debevoise’s Data Strategy and Security Group, along with their special guest, Jon Godfread, North Dakota Commissioner of Insurance and Chair of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Artificial Intelligence Working Group, had an insightful conversation concerning the NAIC AI Working Group’s Principles on Artificial Intelligence, including:

  • Implementing systematic risk management for AI,
  • Governance mechanisms for compliance with existing and future regulations,
  • Avoiding “proxies” in underwriting that could negatively affect protected classes,
  • Diligence on third-party AI vendors, and
  • Transparency challenges in AI-driven underwriting.

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Avi Gesser is a Debevoise cybersecurity and litigation partner. He is a member of the Debevoise Data Strategy & Security Group, as well as the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group. Avi has extensive experience advising on a wide range of cybersecurity matters, incident response issues, data strategy concerns and artificial intelligence risks. He can be reached at agesser@debevoise.com.


Anna R. Gressel is a senior commercial litigation associate at Debevoise and a member of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications and Data Strategy & Security groups. She actively advises clients on the legal and regulatory implications of artificial intelligence (“AI”) and other emerging technologies. Her practice includes not only representing companies in regulatory inquiries concerning AI, but also assisting companies in developing AI principles and governance mechanisms. She can be reached at argressel@debevoise.com.