“From a legal perspective, I get to be a lawyer and I get to be a business person as well, and it’s a fun place to be when you can impact the business,” she said. “Not just by providing good legal advice, but by being part of the team that is deciding the direction we take and how we’re going to get there.”
For example, she said, her team has been in the process of introducing a new homeowners product. “We’re on year three of what might be a five-year rollout,” she said. “We come up with pricing, we draft all the words, then we do the filings, get approvals from all the states’ departments of insurance, and then we can use the product.”
Currently general counsel for Travelers Cos. Inc.’s personal lines group, she has worked in a range of commercial lines and personal lines legal roles in her 23 years at the insurer, where she started her career.
“Since my family did not have political connections, I started looking at different opportunities, and this came up. It was very much by accident,” she said. “And now, I’ve been very fortunate to have had a terrific 23-year career.”
“Her solution-oriented approach to problem solving sets her apart from other lawyers I’ve worked with,” he said. “Lisa works as a business partner and provides great legal advice, but in the context of finding a way to support the business and allow you as a business leader to reach your objectives — but in the right way.”
Among the charities she is involved with, Ms. Melillo has taken an active leadership role for the Travelers Championship, a PGA golf tournament that raises millions of dollars for charity, and works closely with the Travelers Foundation.