DLA, LLC Announces Hiring of Paul Higgins Partner, Head of Insurance Practice & Chicago Office Leader

Fairfield, New Jersey

August 22, 2023 

DLA Welcomes Paul Higgins as Partner, Head of Insurance Practice & Chicago Office Leader: Elevating Internal Audit’s Expertise and Industry Reach

DLA is thrilled to announce the appointment of Paul Higgins as Partner, Head of Insurance Practice & Chicago Office Leader. With an esteemed career spanning over twenty-seven years, Paul brings a wealth of leadership and expertise to enhance DLA’s internal audit offerings, including a specialized focus in insurance, as well as general financial services internal audit work. His arrival not only strengthens DLA’s capabilities within the insurance sector but also enriches the firm’s capacity to serve clients across the broader financial services industry.

Paul Higgins is a distinguished professional renowned for his remarkable achievements in leadership and risk management across the insurance sector, as well as in general financial services. His collaborative style, unwavering ethical standards, and transformative insights have solidified his reputation as a leader who drives change and consistently exceeds expectations. With a proven track record of nurturing local and multinational insurance clients, Paul’s role will be pivotal in not only leading the Insurance Practice but also in shaping the future of DLA’s Internal Audit group.

In his new leadership role as Partner, Head of Insurance Practice & Chicago Office Leader, Paul will spearhead DLA’s strategic initiatives within insurance while simultaneously expanding the scope of the Internal Audit group’s offerings across a broader range of financial services. His profound grasp of corporate governance, risk management, and regulatory compliance complexities uniquely position him to guide clients through the evolving landscape of both insurance and general financial services industries, backed by DLA’s comprehensive audit expertise.

Paul’s distinguished career includes roles as Principal and Senior Manager at Ernst & Young (EY), where he was responsible for the development and growth of financial services accounts in banking, insurance, and wealth and asset management. He managed multiple engagements, co-sourced and outsourced internal audit functions, and served as the engagement Lead for Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and Model Audit Rule program support. Paul’s accomplishments also extend to his role at Chubb Insurance, where he led a team of global professionals supporting ACE Limited’s SOX management team, and his tenure at PWC where he conducted external audits for diverse financial organizations.

DLA’s excitement about Paul’s appointment is palpable. Founder & CEO David Landau notes, “We are embarking on an exciting new chapter with Paul Higgins leading our Insurance Practice and the opening of a Chicago office. His proven leadership effectiveness and wealth of experience make him an invaluable asset to our clients and our firm. Paul’s arrival underscores DLA’s commitment to expansion, innovation, and excellence, particularly within our Internal Audit capabilities.”

Paul’s expertise couldn’t come at a more opportune time as DLA extends its reach into the Chicago area. The firm’s expansion into this vibrant city underscores DLA’s commitment to providing exceptional internal audit and advisory services while tapping into new avenues of growth and industry expertise. The addition of the Insurance Practice reflects DLA’s dedication to staying ahead of industry trends and addressing the evolving needs of clients in both specialized insurance and general financial services internal audit work, all while enhancing the Internal Audit group’s service offerings.

DLA’s partnership with Paul Higgins marks the beginning of an exciting journey that bridges DLA’s growth aspirations with Paul’s extensive experience in insurance and financial services. With a new leadership role within the Internal Audit group, Paul will undoubtedly catalyze innovation, elevate service standards, and foster collaborative excellence, thereby enriching DLA’s value proposition for clients.

About DLA, LLC

Founded in 2001, DLA provides internal audit and accounting advisory services to hundreds of clients. DLA’s leadership team averages 30+ years of experience and is led by Big Four veterans with deep industry expertise. DLA specializes in internal audit, accounting advisory, forensic accounting, valuation and litigation support, tax, risk management, and IT advisory services. The company is headquartered in Fairfield, New Jersey.

For further information about DLA, LLC, please visit us at www.dlallc.com.

Contact: Danielle Dietrich 973.575.1565