Hello, We Are CM&F!

Bringing peace of mind to professionals for over 100 years, we believe in great products, better technology and the best service.

CM&F Group, a division of Specialty Program Group, LLC., is a niche provider of medical malpractice insurance for Allied Healthcare Providers. CM&F Group has been insuring professionals since 1919 and as the pace of healthcare has changed, so have we. CM&F now insures over 100,000 healthcare providers across the country by partnering with only the strongest and most committed insurance companies. CM&F has taken innovative pathways to providing easy access to products by committing to enhanced technology, education, strategic partnerships, expert service, and hiring talented individuals from both within and outside the insurance industry to combine varying, pioneering perspectives.

Great Technology,
Better Service

We believe in investing in technology without sacrificing service. Most of our products are available online and are fully automated, allowing our clients to purchase coverage in minutes and access all their information online because we don’t believe in making people wait. However, like so many companies these days, we don’t think technology solves everything. That is why we have a fully staffed call center as well as options for chat and email support. We hope everything goes smoothly, but we are here when you need us if it doesn’t.

Specialized, Not

We’ve specialized in Professional Liability for Healthcare Professionals and Groups for over 50 years and continue to provide innovative products to that rapidly changing market. However, we have been a full service insurance brokerage since our founding in 1919. Whether you are a small physical therapy group or a self-employed professional seeking business owner’s coverages or a large medical center with complicated insurance needs, we have solutions for you. Contact us today to get started!

National Reach

We were founded in 1919 and have remained privately owned for almost 100 years. Although our roots are in downtown New York City, we have developed national programs, which allow us to write in all 50 states and Washington D.C. Our insurance carrier markets include some of the most prestigious financial institutions in the world giving you access to the most innovative and comprehensive insurance solutions, no matter your business needs.

Our History

Check out some of our milestones below.

  • The Early Years

    Cotterell, Mitchell is founded in 1919 in lower Manhattan by Wesley Cotterell and Charles Mitchell. In 1922 they are appointed as Agents by Aetna to sell life, property, casualty and personal lines insurance.

  • Innovation & Specialization

    In 1947, in partnership with the American Nurse’s Association, the firm develops the nation’s first liability program especially for nurses with The St Paul Companies. Charles Mitchell retires from the firm.

  • Cotterell, Mitchell & Fifer, Inc.

    Calvin Fifer joins the firm in 1957 after honorable WWII naval service in the Pacific theater. In 1964 his success is rewarded and he becomes president of newly renamed “Cotterell, Mitchell & Fifer, Inc.”

  • New Horizons

    In 1965, founder Wesley Cotterell dies, leaving Calvin Fifer as the firm’s sole owner. In 1976, the nurses liability program was moved to American International Group, Inc.

  • Program Expansion

    In response the medical malpractice crisis of the mid 80’s, the firm develops the first liability program
    for advance practice nurses. This was soon followed by programs for all healthcare professionals.

  • CM& Group, Inc.

    Fifer’s son-in-law, Richard J. J. Sullivan, Jr. resigns his commission in the U.S. Foreign Service and joins the firm. In 1997 Fifer steps down; Sullivan renames the firm CM&F Group, Inc.

  • New Partnerships

    Following the attacks of 9/11, another malpractice crisis strikes. This time physician assistants are the targets, so in partnership with the AAPA, CM&F responds with an endorsed program expressly for PAs.

  • New Location and Severing Old Ties

    In 2002, CM&F moves to Tribeca. Four years later, Chairman Emeritus, Calvin Fifer dies. With the financial crisis of 2008, CM&F transfers its PA & NP programs to the venerable Medical Protective Company.

  • Carrying on The Tradition

    Richard J.J. Sullivan, III (Jay) and Calvin E. F. Sullivan, Sr. joined the firm in 2005. By 2012, their mission of better serving clients in the digital age came to fruition with all products being available for purchase online 24/7 – in real time.

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