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BOSTON, March 30, 1998 - Lexington Insurance Company has entered into an agreement in which the Boston-based law firm of Burns & Levinson, LLP, will provide claims investigation and management services on behalf of Lexington's architects, engineers, environmental and construction management professional insureds.

Under the agreement, Burns & Levinson will advise and recommend strategies to Lexington's design professional insureds and their counsel relative to the defense and resolution of claims. These efforts will be managed by Burns & Levinson's David J. Hatem, Esq., a nationally recognized expert on design professional litigation. Lexington will continue to retain local counsel when appropriate.

Additionally, Lexington's risk management, contract review and pre-claims assistance services, which are available to design professional insureds at no cost, will continue to be handled by Burns & Levinson. Lexington's claims and risk management services are tailored to the needs of mid-sized to large design professional firms.

“Design professional firms are increasingly challenged by new exposures and the potential of claims litigation,” said David Vermeulen, Vice President and Manager, Construction Risk Services, Lexington Insurance Company. “By making the expertise of Burns & Levinson available, our insureds can secure top-flight resources to help them mitigate claims and costly litigation.”

For more information on Lexington's risk management services for design professionals, contact David Vermeulen, Lexington Insurance Company, 200 State Street, Boston, MA 02109, phone 617/330-8555.

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Lexington Insurance Company, based in Boston, is the leading U.S.-based excess and surplus lines carrier. Lexington Insurance Company is rated A++ (Superior), Class XI, by A.M. Best Company and AAA by Standard & Poor's.

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