W. R. Berkley Corporation Forms New Division

W. R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE: BER) today announced that Berkley Specialty Underwriting Managers LLC has formed a new division that will offer specialty insurance products for environmental contractors, consultants and site specific facility risks.

Robert J. Patterson, 48, has been named vice president of the new division, which will operate out of Berkley Specialty's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Patterson has over 25 years of environmental underwriting experience.

In making the announcement, William R. Berkley, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of W. R. Berkley Corporation, commented, "Since Berkley Specialty's inception in 2004, we have been building its expertise to create lasting value for our shareholders. We are pleased to have Bob Patterson join our group and bring his expertise and intellectual capital to our enterprise."

For further information about the new division's products and services, please contact Bob Patterson at (404) 443-2117 or bpatterson@berkleysum.com.

Founded in 1967, W. R. Berkley Corporation is an insurance holding company that is among the largest commercial lines writers in the United States and operates in five segments of the property casualty insurance business: specialty insurance, regional property casualty insurance, alternative markets, reinsurance, and international.

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