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ARAG Group Establishes Inaugural Internet Advisory Board

Issued by: ARAG Group

Date: Aug. 7, 2000

Executive Committee to Provide Internet Strategic Direction for the Legal Insurance Company

DES MOINES, Iowa – August 7, 2000 – ARAG Group, the nation’s leading professional advisory plan administrator, announces the formation of its first strategic Internet advisory board. The group, comprised of industry experts and in-house executives, will assist the management of the company with the development of ARAG Group’s future Internet strategic direction. Specifically, the advisory board will provide insights on trends and other issues affecting the legal services industry, helping to drive the overall Internet direction of the company.

“With the legal services industry forever evolving, and with technology continuing to be infused into the legal process, we felt it was crucial to the future success of the company to stay abreast of developments that could impact our company and industry,” said Jim Brennan, president of ARAG Group. “The advisory board will provide us a corporate directional sounding board.”

In addition to Brennan, initial advisory board members include ARAG Group executives David Baker, general counsel; Ann Dieleman, assistant vice president of interactive marketing; Mike Retherford, chief operating officer/chief financial officer; Jim Snyder, senior vice president of business development and Joan Trout, associate general counsel. Outside experts Richard Granat, Peter Krakaur and Charles Robertson also join the advisory board.

As a lawyer, author, teacher and legal systems consultant, Granat has established himself as an authority in law firm management, legal services delivery and new media/information technology. His training is in law and organizational development and information technology. Granat is the director of the Center for Law Practice Technology, Inc., an organization engaged in research and development into new ways to deliver legal services using information technology.

Krakaur operates his own Internet consulting company, Internet Legal Services, offering legal professionals a wide range of Internet-related services. He also has published and maintains several Web sites, including the award-winning Krakaur also is a knowledge manager for the Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison law firm in San Francisco. He was previously vice president and director of Internet activities for Glasser LegalWorks, a legal publisher. He also served as director of strategic alliances at FindLaw, Inc., negotiating Internet content, distribution deals and designing several FindLaw properties.

Robertson is managing partner of Robertson & Walker, Attorneys, L.L.C., based in Georgia. He also is owner of two Internet-based businesses: and is an Internet mortgage document processing company, while is an Internet real estate closing company. Robertson has written two books and has penned several articles on technology and insurance issues, and also owns more than 40 nationally recognized Internet domain names.

Founded in 1973, ARAG Group ( administers more professional legal advisory plans than any other company, and maintains its domestic headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. The company currently has more than 200 corporate plan sponsors in the United States, including industry leaders such as DaimlerChrysler, First Union Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Genentech, Inc., Kraft Foods, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Nokia, Oracle Corporation and The Proctor & Gamble Company. ARAG Group has U.S. offices in Iowa, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C. The parent company, Allgemeine Rechtsschutz Versicherungs Aktien Gesellschaft (ARAG), is headquartered in Germany with locations in 12 countries in addition to the United States. It maintains 12 million plan members and insureds worldwide.
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