Robert Muriel – Former Director of Insurance – Joins Hoke LLC as Partner

Rob is an accomplished commercial litigator and nationally recognized insurance regulator. After a career of professional accomplishments and dedicated public service, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker asked Rob to leave private practice to serve as Director for the Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI). After his confirmation by the Illinois Senate, Rob helped secure many accomplishments for Illinoisans and the IDOI and became a recognized figure on the national insurance regulatory scene.

During his term as Director, Rob was a leader at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), where he served as Chair of the Accelerated Underwriting in Life Insurance Working Group, Co-Chair of one of the workstreams on the Executive Special Committee on Race & Insurance, and a member of numerous other task forces such as the Long-Term Care Insurance Task Force. He was also elected by his peers as Treasurer of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission during the 2020 year.

Prior to his appointment to the IDOI, Rob practiced as a commercial litigator for over 25 years representing policyholders, corporations and institutions in trials, appeals and arbitrations in state and federal courts. His core practice included insurance coverage and bad faith claims, financial fraud claims, legal malpractice cases and consumer class action cases. In addition to running his own law practice for over ten years, Rob clerked for the Honorable Allen Hartman in the Appellate Court of Illinois and worked at two large Chicago law firms (Hinshaw & Culbertson and Ungaretti & Harris).


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D., 1993)
    • Editor, Law Journal
  • University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana)
    • B.S. Accountancy, 1987
    • B.S. Finance, 1987
  • Certified Public Accountant (inactive license)

Civic Accomplishments

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner appointed Rob to the Illinois Racing Board, which regulates horse racing, where Rob honorably served for four years prior to the appointment as Insurance Director. Rob was also formerly President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and President of the Alumni Board of Governors for Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He was on numerous civic boards, including serving on the Board of Directors for the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, Almost Home Kids, and the Executive Committee for the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening. Rob was recognized by Chicago Lawyer Magazine as “40 Lawyers Under 40 to Watch” in 2000.  In his spare time, Rob is a Chicago sports enthusiast, has coached youth sports in his community, and served as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.