Claims Division

  • Erin Watts, JD Director of Claims/Litigation

    Erin joined Gallagher in October 2013. She is the Director of Claims/Litigation for the Healthcare Practice Group. Erin graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S.B.A. in Finance and a Minor in Entrepreneurship. She went on to graduate from Wake Forest University School of Law. Erin is licensed to practice law in Alabama.

    During her time at Gallagher, Erin has held various roles throughout the Claims Department. She works with our insureds to investigate claims, ascertain the extent of liability, and determine best course of resolution with outside counsel. As Director of Claims, Erin manages personnel and claim files, as well as informs insureds of industry specific changes and best practices.

    (205) 414-2659 |
  • Simone Klein Litigation Specialist

    Simone brings over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry to the Health Care Division of Gallagher Risk Management Services. She has served in various roles with State Farm Insurance and Cincinnati Insurance Company, as well as being a small business owner and producer of Insurance and Financial Services in the State of Alabama. She has managed claims personnel and files across the states of Alabama, Louisiana, and the entire United States following catastrophes. She specialized in litigation files and large losses. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1990 and has obtained the AIC and AIM designations .  She is currently obtaining her CPCU designation. She has secured Series 6, Series 63, Alabama  Life/Health and Property/Casualty insurance licenses and is a Notary Public for the state of Alabama.

    205-414-6191 |
  • Matt Dye, JD Litigation Specialist

    Matt is a Litigation Specialist in the Health Care Division of Gallagher Risk Management Services. Prior to joining Gallagher, Matt was in private practice as an attorney for 7 years.  During that time Matt gained extensive courtroom experience defending numerous insurance companies and their insureds against lawsuits, including trying 9 cases to a final judgment, and filed several appeals before the Alabama Supreme Court and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Matt brings this holistic approach to Gallagher to achieve the best possible outcome for our insureds.  Matt is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and the Cumberland School of Law and is currently licensed to practice law in Alabama.

    (205) 414-2712 |
  • Matt Tully, JD Litigation Specialist

    Matt is a Litigation Specialist in the Health Care Division of Gallagher Risk Management Services. He is experienced in negotiating conditional payment claims with Medicare and projecting Medicare Set-aside needs for a wide range of cases. He also reviewed and negotiated contracts for research and clinical trials with industry sponsors on behalf of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Matt received his B.A. Degree from Birmingham- Southern College, an M.A. in English from UAB and a J.D. from Cumberland School of Law.


    205-414-2649 |
  • Lakeetia Alexander Claims & Claims Accounting Coordinator

    Lakeetia Alexander is a Claims & Claims Accounting Coordinator in the Senior Living Risk Partners division of Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. She is responsible for the initial investigation and set-up of claims. She is also responsible for the processing of all claim payments and deductible receivables. She has attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham and obtained Certificates of Completion in various computer systems and software.

    (205) 414-2642 |
  • Tara Iona Claims Advocate

    Tara is a Claims Advocate with the Senior Living Practice Group. She joined Arthur J. Gallagher in March 2019 as a Commercial Claims Service Representative serving the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions. Tara obtained her Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and began her career as a recruiter with a search firm specializing in the adhesives and coatings industry.

    Prior to joining Arthur J. Gallagher, Tara served as the Assistant for Administration and Finance for a church in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She has volunteered for numerous schools and organizations including serving as the Director of Volunteers for the non-profit Marley's Mission and as a member of the Advisory Board for Penn State Scranton.


    205-414-2661 |