BIRMINGHAM, AL—The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) has announced that Michael J. Velezis, vice president and general counsel of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, based in Birmingham, has accepted an invitation to join the IADC, the preeminent invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests.
Mr. Velezis oversees the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Legal Division, consisting of the legal, network integrity and subrogation departments. He focuses on all aspects of health care and insurance law and business issues, including complex litigation, enterprise risk avoidance and management, and strategic planning. He also champions corporate performance without compromising corporate ethics and legal compliance.
Mr. Velezis received his J.D. (cum laude) from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University (Birmingham), where he was named the Dean Parham Williams Scholar and served as comment editor of the Cumberland Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Science in finance from Bentley University (Boston).