Max Koonce

Sedgwick Institute visiting fellow Max Koonce wrote the second paper in a series produced by the Sedgwick Institute on the concept of presumptions in workers’ compensation. This paper will review the impact of presumptions in general for the workers’ compensation systems.

Expanded Use of Presumption and the Implications for the “Grand Bargain”
Executive Summary

About Max Koonce

Max Koonce joined Sedgwick as chief claims officer for the casualty division in May 2019.

Koonce is responsible for product development and innovation, industry analysis and thought leadership, best practices and compliance standards, legislative and regulatory relationships, and continued involvement in client programs for Sedgwick’s U.S. workers’ compensation and liability lines of business. His efforts ensure that Sedgwick’s casualty solutions and related service delivery remain at the forefront of the industry and address the evolving needs of consumers and current and prospective clients. Koonce also works with subject matter experts across Sedgwick’s various casualty business lines in further improving the company’s compliance standards and claim-handling best practices.

Koonce is regarded as one of America’s foremost experts on workers’ compensation and risk management. Prior to joining Sedgwick in 2015, he served as senior director of risk management for Walmart Stores, Inc., the nation’s largest private-sector employer and as president of its wholly-owned third party administrator. An attorney by trade, Koonce was previously an administrative law judge for the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission and an appellate court justice for the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

Koonce has been an active player in our industry throughout his career, serving on various state self-insured association boards, along with the National Council of Self-Insurers (NCSI) and Strategic Services on Unemployment & Workers’ Compensation (UWC). He continues to serve as a board member for several non-profits and industry risk management advisory committees. Koonce holds a bachelor’s degree from Harding University and a JD from University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is a member of both the Arkansas and American Bar Associations.