General Counsel/Chief Risk Officer

Jerry Cavaluzzi

3 Years at KJ
32 Years in Industry

As Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer, Jerry is responsible for providing legal services, risk management and leadership in the areas of Human Resources, Health & Safety and Business Support Services.

Jerry is actively involved with all aspects of enterprise risk management, insurance, loss prevention and the resolution of professional liability and insurance coverage issues for our public and private sector projects. Jerry is also an expert in the areas of drafting and negotiating client and construction contract documents, construction claims analysis and dispute resolution. During his career, he has had extensive experience handling compliance/professional ethics, licensing, and environmental issues. He also serves as a mediator in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and as an arbitrator for the New York State Unified Court System.

What does Service, Trust, and Purpose mean to you?

All three values are integral parts of what makes me tick.  My parents raised me to always focus on what I could do to help others, and by my actions each day to make a difference.  Throughout my life and professional career, my efforts have been directed toward providing exemplary service in whatever role I perform.

I believe that the ability to trust and be trusted is essential for enduring relationships, both professional and personal.

Finally, if you begin with the end in mind, you truly understand the WHY and you have a clear purpose that serves as the guidepost for your actions; you can create a positive impact every day.

Keys to your success?

I question the question because I am unsure that I have been successful.  I can only speak to the qualities that I try to display daily… Success lives in striving to achieve goals. For me, that means hard work, perseverance and patience coupled with compassion and a sense of humor… I try to take my work seriously but not myself. You can’t get anything of consequence done by yourself. I view my job as helping others become successful in what they do and to have fun in the process.

What are you passionate about?

My family and my work, including my seasonal beach lifeguard duties.

Affiliations

Co-Chair New York State Bar Association, Environmental Insurance Committee

Board of Directors (Treasurer) Association of Corporate Counsel: Westchester/Southern Connecticut Chapter

Chair, Ethics/Compliance Roundtable, American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law

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