U.S. Umbrella & Excess

Based in StarStone’s dedicated underwriting hubs across the U.S., our Umbrella and Excess team is headed by Linc Trimble, who has over 30 years’ experience in insurance having held several senior management positions, overseeing an array of products for both the U.S. domestic market and internationally.

Our experienced team of underwriters offer creative and flexible solutions and understand the need for fast, accurate response to all enquiries.

“We deliver a quick resolution, because we know that’s what wholesalers want. We respond to every submission, only ask relevant questions and promptly turn around competitive quotes. We want StarStone to be brokers’ only call.”

Linc Trimble, CEO StarStone U.S.


With minimal clearance issues or volume commitments, StarStone offers a range of umbrella, excess and retained limit products with up to $15 million capacity offered across a range of market segments including:

  • E&S Lead & Excess: placements for lighter E&S classes
  • Program: useful capacity solutions for MGA clients
  • Small: lower minimums/million and exceptional service
  • Mid-market: for insureds with up to $300 million in annual revenues

Core Underwriting
  • $15 million capacity
  • Insured revenue size up to $500 million
  • Admitted and non-admitted paper in 50 states
  • Field-based, experienced underwriting staff
  • Low, medium and light E&S classes
  • Wholesale-only distribution
Escape Platform
  • Launched in 2010
  • $10 million capacity
  • Insured revenue size up to $15 million
  • Two-time Celent Model Insurer award-winning technology
  • Clear to policy issuance in under five minutes
  • Live Chat-enabled dedicate Escape Underwriters
  • Average referral respond time under 20 minutes
  • Low and medium classes
  • Wholesale-only distribution


Linc Trimble
CEO, StarStone U.S.
+1 (201) 743 7751
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Todd Dixon
Head of U.S. Casualty
+1 (551) 208 4537
Email Todd

Midwest / West Regions

Barb Habel
AVP, Midwest/West Regional Manager
+1 (312) 873 7071
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Adam Beans
+1 (312) 873 7104
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Matt Young
+1 (312) 873 7124
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Doris Pacelli
+1 (312) 873 7076
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North East Regions

Denise Capone
VP, Casualty
+1 201 743 7742
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Kathy Basirico
Senior Underwriter
+1 (201) 743 7757
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Kamaldai Bello
Senior Underwriter
+1 (201) 743 7787
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South East Region

Nicole Kessler
Southern Regional Manager – U.S. Excess Casualty
+1 (404) 859 0730
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Nina Lim
Senior Underwriter
+1 (201) 743 7778
Email Nina

Hazel Stokes-Hunter
+1 (404) 821 0167
Email Hazel