LAU handles general aviation risks, airport premises liability, and non-owned aircraft liability to individuals and companies throughout the United States. We began as a company embracing the challenges of writing risks in the rugged environment of Alaska and still maintains that spirit as it has grown throughout the years.
LAU was founded in 1980 by Michael E. Charlesworth as a surplus lines wholesale agency. It was created to write aviation risks in the Pacific Northwest, primarily in Alaska. Dale Bennett and his team managed the day-to-day operations while Michael remained at his syndicate at Lloyd's of London, providing capacity to the program.
In 1983, LAU began underwriting on an admitted basis. Over the next several years the company expanded its operation, writing risks in all states, excluding New York, through select Producers.