Citizens Insurance counsel awarded for advancement of women in law


Amy Mass, Citizens Insurance Company of America’s Vice President and Counsel, was awarded the Mary Massaron Award for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession at DRI’s Women in Law Seminar on Feb. 1. Mass works in Citizens’ office in Howell, Michigan, and has worked for the company for 15 years. DRI, formerly known as the Defense Research Institute, is a leading organization of civil defense attorneys and in-house counsel.

“It’s an honor to receive the Mary Massaron Award, and I appreciate the leaders at Citizens Insurance and DRI who believed in me and invested in the success of this important issue,” Mass said. “It is encouraging to see the number of women employed in the legal profession grow, however it is critical to ensure that growth reaches the senior leadership levels of law firms and corporate legal departments. I am proud to play a role in helping more women find success at all levels of the legal profession.”

The award’s namesake, Mary Massaron, served as president of DRI in 2012 and 2013, becoming just the second woman to hold the post.

“Amy is well-deserving of the award. She worked to promote and support the advancement of women through her involvement in the Women in the Law Committee, her work on DRI’s Board of Directors, her leadership within DRI, and also within the State of Michigan on issues such as the American Law Institute’s work on a Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance, problems with the No-Fault Act, and aspects of the autonomous vehicles that will be coming soon,” said Mary Massaron, senior shareholder at Plunkett Cooney and past president of DRI. “Amy has worked tirelessly to help achieve gender equality, justice and understanding in the legal profession for women and attorneys from all walks of life.”

The award is presented to a DRI member who has advocated for the inclusion and promotion of women in the legal profession, actively fought against gender discrimination and is committed to mentoring women in the legal profession.

“We are pleased to see Amy recognized for her many contributions to the legal profession,” said Paul J. Mueller, President of Citizens Insurance. “Amy is a talented and committed attorney who brings great energy, leadership and passion to her work at Citizens and serves as a positive role model for so many.”

Mass oversees Citizens’ government affairs and provides legal support for the company. She has also served on DRI’s board of directors, chaired the Corporate Counsel Committee and served on the steering committee of the Women in the Law Committee.