Cathy Neifeld, JD

Cathy Neifeld, JD, is Partner and General Counsel with AgencyONE.  She began her career in the life insurance industry in 2004 as the Director of Business Development and General Counsel for the Potomac Partners Group in Bethesda, Maryland. Potomac Partners Group was one of the nation’s premier insurance platforms offering premium financing solutions to insurance companies, investment banks and wealthy individuals. In this role, Cathy evaluated all premium finance programs and specialty products and worked closely with international lending institutions, program developers/promoters, insurance agents and their clients, and advisors on all aspects of these transactions (from development to implementation). She was instrumental in helping to place over $5 Billion of life insurance death benefits with $300M of target premium over 5 years.  In December 2009, Potomac Partners Group merged with AgencyONE to form an even more powerful wholesale life insurance brokerage arm. Cathy is a Partner at AgencyONE, serves as General Counsel, is instrumental in Business Development and Advanced Markets, and oversees all the combined retail and institutional financing relationships.

Cathy is a member of the Forum 400, Finseca, and the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the New Jersey Bar. She currently serves on the 2023-24 Finseca Women’s Advisory Board, is the Past President Liaison to the Forum 400 Board of Directors and serves on the Forum Max and Sponsorship Committees. Cathy served as Chairwoman of the Board of the Forum 400 in 2020 and President in 2019 – an organization that is limited to the top 400 life insurance professionals in the United States. Prior to serving as President, Cathy was the Vice President of the Forum 400, functioned as Chair for the 2018 Annual Meeting, served on the Finance Committee, the Study Group Committee and Co-Chaired the Membership Committee.

From 1996 through 2003 Cathy worked for Mega Systems, Inc., which was an international large format film projection system company. Her final position with the company was as President.  Besides overseeing worldwide sales and marketing, Cathy was also an Executive Producer of the first ever large format film on the Olympic Winter Games titled “Olympic Glory” which featured the competition that took place in Nagano, Japan. Cathy was  also a  litigation attorney for 10 years and is admitted to both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars. Cathy received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law and   her   Bachelor of   Arts   degree   from   Brandeis   University   in   Waltham, Massachusetts

When not working and traveling between her home in Philadelphia and our office in Rockville, MD, Cathy is an avid theater and movie fan, frequently making treks to NYC to take in the latest on, off, or off-off Broadway productions.  As a fitness enthusiast, she runs and cycles regularly and in 2013, Cathy climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro along with Ed Leisher.