NU Online News Service, Aug. 14, 1:45 p.m. EDT

James J. Wrynn has officially been appointed to serve as New York’s superintendent of insurance, Governor David Paterson has announced.

He will begin his term on Aug. 20 as superintendent-designate, and will assume the permanent appointment pending Senate confirmation, according to Gov. Paterson’s statement.

Mr. Wrynn has served as executive director of the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) since his appointment to that post in April 2009.

On Aug. 5, National Underwriter, citing industry sources, reported that Mr. Wrynn was expected to be tapped as superintendent.

Mr. Wrynn is a founding partner of MacKay, Wrynn & Brady LLP, where he has litigated cases focused on insurance issues and claims on behalf of major companies, their policyholders, municipalities and public authorities.

Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Wrynn worked from 1982 to 1992 as a trial attorney with McCormick, Dunne & Foley, specializing in civil trials and appellate practice related to professional malpractice, subrogation, property and casualty coverage disputes, liabilities, and insurance.

As superintendent, Mr. Wrynn’s salary will be $127,000.

Acting Superintendent Kermitt Brooks will remain with the department as first deputy superintendent, Gov. Paterson said.

Mr. Brooks has served as acting superintendent since Eric Dinallo stepped down as superintendent on July 4 to join the faculty at New York University.