Robert W. Hogeboom

Bob Hogeboom is the senior insurance regulatory attorney of Barger & Wolen and deals exclusively with insurance regulatory, corporate, legislation/adoption of regulations and administrative matters before the California Department of Insurance (CDI).

He represents numerous insurer and producer clients in regulatory and administrative matters including market conduct claims and rating issues. He has handled more than 50 hearings involving CDI enforcement actions against insurers and producers including rate hearings, market conduct actions and disciplinary proceedings.

Bob serves as outside special counsel to several producer trade associations and serves as the firm’s liaison to the Association of California Insurance Companies and special counsel to the Pacific Association of Domestic Insurance Companies.

He is one of the original members of the Federation of Regulatory Counsel, a national group of prominent insurance regulatory counsel. He served as its President from June 2000 – June 2001. He is also an approved lecturer on insurance matters for continuing education programs. 

Bob has published numerous articles on insurance law matters including chapters on the topics “The California Insurance Holding Company Act,” “Regulation of Insurer Investments,” “Operation of Life and Disability Insurance Carriers,” “Operating Requirements of Agents and Brokers,” “Surplus Lines Brokers,” and “Disciplinary Actions Against Agents and Brokers” in the LexisNexis/Matthew Bender publication California Insurance Law & Practice.  He has also authored articles involving market conduct settlements, consumer complaint regulations, broker fees and the federal Liability Risk Retention Act. 

Bob has participated in numerous insurance seminars on various insurance regulatory topics and has been a featured speaker at insurance and education events, including the Association of California Insurance Companies, the Alliance of Insurance Agents and Brokers, the Federation of Regulatory Counsel and the Conference of Insurance Counsel.

California DOI Task Force

  • Prior Approval Rating Watchdog (1997)
  • Agents and Brokers Advisory Committee (2008 to 2011)


  • Certificate of Recognition – California Assembly Strickland Insurance Agents Advisory Committee (2007)
  • California Department of Insurance – Agent and Broker Advisory Committee (2007-2009)
  • WIAA Attorney of the Decade (2000 to 2010)


  • California Western School of Law, J.D., 1974
  • Stanford University, B.A., 1970

Articles & Publications

  • "California Insurance Holding Company Act," California Insurance Law and Practice, LexisNexis Matthew Bender, "Operating Requirements of Agents and Brokers," Cal. Ins. Law (see above)
  • FORC Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation: “Key Points to Gillespie’s 103 Decision” Vol. I, Ed. V; “Market Conduct Settlement in California Beware of Pitfalls” Vol. IX, Ed. II (1997); “Quackenbush Scandal Raises Legal Questions” Vol. XI, Ed. III (2000); “The New Standard for Review of Rate Application in California” Vol. 16, Ed. I (2005); “Distinction Between Insurance Agent and Broker in California” Vol. 17, Ed. II (2006); “California Statutory Changes to Protect Broker Fee Charges on Insurance Policies” Vol. 20, Ed. IV (2009)

Lectures and Seminars

  • Seminar: Preparation of Prior Approval Rate Applications and Conducting Rate Hearings (2014)
  • Current Trends on Financial Insurance Regulation, Casualty Actuarial Society (2013)
  • Insurance Roundtable Participant/Lecturer on “Insurance Agents Coping With Recession,” sponsored by WIAA Research & Education Foundation, Market Scout and Insurance Journal (2012).
  • SB 631 Restitution, Association of California Insurance Companies’ (ACIC) 22nd Annual General Counsel Seminar (July 28, 2011 | Las Vegas, NV)
  • California Insurance Law Update on Regulatory Issues and Emerging Issues Under New Administration” (2011)
  • Recent Trends in California Market Conduct Examinations (2010)
  • Seminar: Distinction Between Agent and Broker” (2008)
  • Insurance Roundtable featuring John Garamendi – Regulations and Market Conduct Exams (2002)

Notable Decisions and Reported Opinions

Professional Memberships

  • The State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • Conference of Insurance Counsel
  • Federation of Regulatory Counsel
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