Our History

1899 - DeWitt H. Stern Co., Inc. is founded with offices at 66 Pine Street in New York City.

1904 - 1905 - Appointed agents for Fireman's Fund and Chubb & Son and has maintained these relationships ever since. Establishes reputation for insuring high-net-worth individuals, their assets and businesses.

1921 - Reports claims for an "injured" Cadillac that required replacement of a mud-guard for $56.

1941 - Albert Einstein thanks DeWitt Stern for its care in insuring his violin.

1956 - Pioneers insurance on numismatic and antiquarian book collections, becoming one of the largest brokers of collectibles.

1969 - Places the largest (at that time) life insurance policy in the U.S.

1960s to present - Establishes entertainment practice insuring Broadway theaters and productions such as Hair, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Amadeus, Rent, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Gypsy, God of Carnage, A Steady Rain and more.

1980s to present - Insures musical events for The Backstreet Boys, The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, The Village People, The Pussy Cat Dolls, the Country Music Association and more.

2000 to present - Headquartered in New York, DeWitt Stern opens offices in California and Chicago.

  • Team of top entertainment brokers joins DeWitt Stern's New York headquarters in 2005. Clients continue to include majority of Broadway and off-Broadway productions, Carnegie Hall and other venues, film and TV productions, dance and entertainment companies, such as ABT and San Francisco Ballet.
  • Introduces 24/7 secure electronic access to client's certificates of insurance, wrap-ups and benefit information; establishes "paperless office," and leads the insurance industry in technology.
  • Creates Fine Art practice, insuring private collections, galleries, dealers, auction houses, museums, exhibitions and warehouses.
  • Ten leading entertainment brokers join DeWitt Stern California Entertainment Practice in 2010, creating seamless bi-coastal resources and adding major film and TV producers as clients.

2014 - DeWitt Stern becomes a part of the Risk Strategies Family of Companies. This move pushes the combined organization into the rank of Top 35 brokers nationally, with nearly $100 million in revenues and almost 400 employees nationwide.