- Corporate and Business Organizations
- Government Relations
- Health Care
- Capital University Law School, J.D., 1998, cum laude
- The University of Akron, B.S., 1993
Bar & Court Admissions
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
- The Honorable David W. Fais, Franklin County, Ohio Common Pleas Court, 1998-1999
Anthony is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the corporate practice group, focusing his practice in the area of insurance law. He handles regulatory and transactional matters for all types of insurance companies and entities regulated by the Ohio Department of Insurance, including captive insurance companies, insurance agencies (including managing general agencies), multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs), fraternal benefit associations and health insuring corporations. Anthony also regularly works with other state insurance regulators resolving that state's required filings and specific insurance law requirements.
Before joining Vorys, Anthony was an in-house attorney and acting assistant director of life and health with the Ohio Department of Insurance.
His notable experience includes:
- Negotiating and drafting reinsurance agreements and reinsurance trust agreements
- Handling Form A, Form B, Form D and redomestication transactions
- Handling both the creation and purchase of all types of insurance companies in Ohio
- Creation and licensing of insurance agencies in Ohio, as well as in other U.S. jurisdictions
- Sale of insurance block of business in connection with mutual insurance company wind-up
- Drafting reinsurance trust agreements
- Handling numerous Department of Insurance investigations in both the financial regulation and market conduct areas
- Assisting both insurance companies and insurance agencies including managing general agencies, with agency contracts and the required state insurance law provisions and prohibitions
Anthony is a member of the Federation of Regulatory Counsel, a nation-wide association of attorneys focused on insurance regulatory law. He is also a member of the American and Ohio Bar Associations.
Anthony received his J.D. cum laude from Capital University Law School and his B.S. from The University of Akron.
Anthony clerked for the Honorable David W. Fais of the Franklin County, Ohio Common Pleas Court.
Professional and Community Activities
- Ohio State Bar Association, Insurance Law Committee, Chair, July 2012 - July 2014
- Federation of Regulatory Counsel, Member
Honors & Awards
- Columbus CEO, Top Lawyers in Columbus, 2015-2016
- 1/29/2021Vorys Advises Worthington Industries, Inc. with Acquisition of Business Segment from General Tools & Instruments Company LLCVorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP recently advised Worthington Industries, Inc. in connection with the acquisition by its Pressure Cylinders segment of General Tools & Instruments Company LLC (General Tools), a provider of feature-rich, specialized tools in various categories including environmental health & safety, precision measurement & layout, home repair & remodel, lawn & garden and specific purpose tools.
- 1/2/2020Vorys is pleased to announce that Cory Catignani, Brent Craft, Blake Finney, Liam Gruzs, Rex Miller II, Sachiyo Peterson and Anthony Spina became partners on January 1, 2020.
- 2/10/2012Vorys attorney Anthony Spina participated in the Ohio Township Association Winter Conference on February 10.
- 3/11/2021On Wednesday, March 10th, the House passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the third major federal COVID-19 relief act following the CARES Act and the December 2020 Consolidated Appropriations Act. President Biden is expected to sign it into law Friday.
- 12/27/2020Late on December 27, the President signed a $900 billion relief package that will provide aid to individuals and businesses still struggling with the economic impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Both the House and the Senate passed the proposal last week.
- 4/17/2020Ohio Department of Insurance Guidance Regarding Extension of Financial Filing Deadlines and Procedural Requirements as a Result Of COVID-19The Superintendent of the Ohio Department of Insurance has determined that, in some cases, compliance with certain financial filing deadlines and procedural insurance requirements may not be possible.
- 4/16/2020Ohio Department of Insurance Guidance Regarding Issuing Temporary Resident Agent Licenses During State Of EmergencyThe Ohio Department of Insurance issued Bulletin 2020-08 which states that the Superintendent of the Department has determined that it is in the public interest to issue temporary resident agent licenses, due to the Stay at Home Orders issued by the Director of the Ohio Department of Health.
- 4/13/2020Ohio Department of Insurance Issues Product Filing Guidance for Property and Casualty Insurers Introducing Premium Relief Initiatives During COVID‐19 EmergencyA number of property and casualty insurers contacted the Ohio Department of Insurance seeking premium relief for their policyholders.
- 4/1/2020A provision in Ohio House Bill 197 provides relief to persons holding licenses issued by Ohio agencies that are set to expire during the COVID-19 emergency.
- 3/31/2020Ohio Department of Insurance Issues FAQs Regarding Bulletin 2020-03 Health Insurance Coverage Flexibility for Ohio EmployeesBased upon questions the Ohio Superintendent of Insurance received regarding Bulletin 2020-03, the Superintendent has issued a set of FAQs.
- 3/26/2020The first, in what will undoubtedly be many coverage cases, was filed on March 16th in New Orleans, Louisiana civil district court.
- 3/25/2020Ohio Department of Insurance Issues Bulletin 2020-03 Health Insurance Coverage Flexibility for Ohio EmployeesThe Ohio Superintendent of Insurance issued Bulletin 2020-03 and ordered and directed all health plan issuers, and other entities transacting the business of insurance in the State of Ohio, or that are subject to the jurisdiction of the Superintendent, to comply with new requirements during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
- 3/25/2020Ohio Department of Insurance Issues Bulletin 2020-05 COVID-19 Testing and Treatment: Out-of-Network CoverageThe Ohio Superintendent of Insurance issued Bulletin 2020-05 and ordered and directed all health plan issuers, and other entities transacting the business of insurance in the State of Ohio, or that are subject to the jurisdiction of the Superintendent, to comply with new requirements during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
- 3/25/2020Ohio Department of Insurance Issues Bulletin 2020-06 Coverage for Individuals with Expired Driver LicensesThe Ohio Superintendent of Insurance issued Bulletin 2020-06 and ordered all insurers providing automobile insurance policies in the State of Ohio to temporarily suspend certain actions that they would otherwise be permitted to take due to the expiration of the driver license of a named insured or other covered family member.
- 3/25/2020Ohio Department of Insurance Issues Bulletin 2020-04 Temporary Suspension of Pharmacy Audits During Declared State of EmergencyThe Ohio Superintendent of Insurance issued Bulletin 2020-04 and ordered all third party administrators, including pharmacy benefit managers, health insurance companies, and other entities licensed pursuant to the laws of Ohio relating to insurance to suspend pharmacy audits during this state of emergency.
- 2/18/2019Client Alert: Ohio’s New Cybersecurity Requirements on Insurers and Other Licensees Set to Take Effect in MarchOhio recently added comprehensive cybersecurity requirements to its insurance laws through Substitute Senate Bill 273, which take effect on or about March 19, 2019.
- 12/22/2017Tom Szykowny and Anthony Spina, partners in the Vorys Columbus office, co-authored an article for the FORC Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation(Vol. 28 Edition 3 - Winter 2017) titled “Insurance Agents Held To Be Employees for ERISA Purposes.”
- 11/18/2016On November 1, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-66. The Notice designates certain so-called “micro-captive” insurance company transactions as “transactions of interest” for purposes of Treas. Reg. Sec. 1.6011-4(b)(6), Code Sec. 6111, and Code Sec. 6112.
- 9/17/2014Now that Ohio’s Captive Insurance Legislation is effective, companies are likely thinking: “What are my next steps?” Each Captive is unique and its creation and operation will depend on a number of factors, including the business purpose behind forming the Captive. A company considering the use of a Captive will need to weigh the positives and negatives associated with forming and operating a Captive.
- Summer 2014With developments over the recent years that include a number of high profile data breaches (e.g., Snowden and Target), the National Institute of Standards and Technology release of its recommendations titled the "Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity," and the enhanced regulatory exam focus on identifying an institution’s preparation and protections related to cyber risks, institutions and boards that fail to focus and create plans to deal with cyber risks do so at their own peril.
- Summer 2014Life as a mutual thrift is a good news/bad news proposition. The "good news" is that you’re not constantly facing shareholder pressures for performance and returns because you don’t have shareholders to worry about. The "bad news" is that your only current direct option for raising capital, when needed or desired, is severely restricted to the long-term mechanism of accumulating retained earnings.
- Summer 2014On February 24, 2014, the Federal Reserve provided better insight into issues that may delay or prevent its approval of applications and notices relating to transactions, including mergers and branch or line of business expansions. The Federal Reserve’s supervisory letter also announced that it would begin publishing a semi-annual report in the second half of 2014 to enhance transparency in the bank applications and notice process.
- 7/1/2014Substitute House Bill Number 117 (Ohio’s Captive Legislation) will become effective mid-September 2014. Ohio’s Captive Legislation creates a regulatory scheme that permits the formation in Ohio of pure captives (a captive that insures only the risks of its parent and affiliates), protected cell captives (a captive that is made up of separate segregated cells that each contain their own assets and liabilities) and a special purpose financial captive. This alert will focus only on pure captives, but we are available to answer any questions you may have regarding protected cell captives and special purpose financial captives.