Cyber insurance community mourns, celebrates ‘Cyber Jedi’ Toby Merrill

By Chad Hemenway on September 14, 2016

In June 2015 Toby Merrill walked up to the podium to receive the Advisen Cyber Risk Award for Cyber Risk Industry Person of the Year in the US. As soon as his name was called, Toby’s peers honored him with a standing ovation.
“I love it,” Toby said of the cyber-risk insurance community as he accepted the award. “I love what we do. I love this group. I think we’re all blessed to be a part of this part of the industry.”

The moment was not one the industry will soon forget. We knew Toby had cancer. But we also knew, more importantly, that the award was well-deserved. Toby more than earned it.

“If you asked me who the top three most well-known underwriters in the world were, I’d probably say Toby first and I don’t think that’s going out on a limb,” said John Mullen, managing partner in the Philadelphia office of Lewis Brisbois and chair of the Data Privacy & Network Security Practice. “He was at the top of the heap. He was so good at what he did. He was a Cyber Jedi.”


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Chad Hemenway is Managing Editor of Advisen News. He has more than 15 years of journalist experience at a variety of online, daily, and weekly publications. He has covered P&C insurance news since 2007, and he has experience writing about all P&C lines as well as regulation and litigation. Chad won a Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Single Article in 2014 for his coverage of the insurance implications of traumatic brain injuries and Best News Coverage in 2013 for coverage of Superstorm Sandy. Contact Chad at 212.897.4824 or