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Fortress Professional Liability Insurance

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The Seventh District Dental Society has vetted the Fortress Insurance Professional Liability Insurance policy for members. More than a thousand of your colleagues in Central and Western New York feel it is superior to the competition. We encourage you to read on for more information.

Dedicated to Dentists

Fortress Insurance Company is owned and operated by dentists, specializing in writing professional liability insurance exclusively for dentists.

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NY District Claims Review

No claims are settled without review and permission from the local committee, meaning YOU have a voice in the process.

Aggressive Claims Defense

Fortress is a powerful advocate for dentists and applies highly effective defense strategies. Unlike other insurance companies that may be quick to settle claims, Fortress will fight to guard your reputation. Their experienced claims analysts and attorney specialists will partner with you to create a strong, united defense team. Dental claims require a degree of specialization that other insurance carriers simply do not have.

  • 99% client satisfaction rating for Fortress’ national panel of defense attorneys
  • 94% of Fortress claims that go to trial have a favorable outcome
  • More than 12,000 claims against dentists have been defended in the past 20 years

Stability and Commitment, Favored by Dentists Across the Country

Fortress is rated “A” (Excellent) by AM Best for financial health, a strong rating the company has maintained for 20 years. Fortress insures dentists and dental specialists in all 50 states.

Additional Benefits

  • Fortress has teamed up with Chubb Insurance Company to offer Group Personal Excess Liability Insurance (umbrella coverage), to all Fortress policyholders, at discounted premiums.
  • Fortress & Hanover Insurance Companies have combined their expertise and capabilities to deliver Worker’s Compensation and Business Owners policies for dentists.

Service and Experience with New York Dentists

Walsh Duffield has been serving the insurance needs of dentists since 1974. Due to their long-term dedication and expertise to protecting dentists, Walsh Duffield is the endorsed insurance provider for the Fifth, Seventh and Eighth District Dental Societies in New York State.

As an independent agency, Walsh Duffield can offer an array of insurance products from premier companies, including Fortress professional liability, a superior policy created exclusively for dentists.

Christine Garvelli, VP, Dental Practice Insurance Center, Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc. leads the team serving dentists and oral surgeons in New York.

Application Process

Applying is simple. Download and save the Cover Sheet and Application listed below. Then complete, save and email to

Fillable Fortress Application Cover Sheet

Fillable NY Fortress Individual Application

For further information, please contact Christine Garvelli, VP, Dental Practice Insurance Center at or 716-362-7363.

Find out why your fellow New York dentists choose to be insured by Fortress and work with Walsh Duffield to protect their practice.

Why Fortress?