Brown & Knapp

Jesse J. Liska | David M. Brown | Neil G. Ballotte, CLU

Brown & Knapp was formed in 1980 after two Northwestern Mutual Financial Representatives, Kenneth P. Brown and Robert D. Knapp, decided to join forces, initially focusing on providing selective Executive Benefit Programs, Estate Planning and Business Succession Planning to businesses and individuals in and throughout the Northeast.  In 1989 Brown & Knapp implemented a portable individual disability insurance plan for the Medical Residents and Interns at Yale New Haven Hospital. Ken’s son, David, joined the firm in 1991, primarily focusing on servicing and expanding the benefit programs in the medical arena. This program ultimately expanded to include Medical Students, Clinical Fellows and Physician Assistants, as they all had similar needs.  With the success of the programs at Yale, came additional training programs at Greenwich Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and The University of Pennsylvania, Weill Cornell Medicine and the Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter School of Medicine.  In 1999 the Yale University School of Medicine Medical Faculty initiated one of the first Supplemental Individual Disability Plans in the country, on a large scale basis for all full time Medical Faculty, with the assistance of Brown & Knapp.  In anticipation of Ken and Bob’s retirements and the firm’s rapidly expanding medical client base, Neil G. Ballotte joined the firm in late 2002 and started to service the medical students, residents and fellows with Dave.  The program expanded again to include the employed physicians and advanced practice providers of the Northeast Medical Group (the physicians group of Yale New Haven Health).  In 2010, Ken Brown retired after 42 years with Northwestern Mutual and Jesse J. Liska joined the firm to work with Dave and Neil.  Bob Knapp retired in 2013 after 40 years with Northwestern Mutual.  Dave, Neil and Jesse continue to service many of Bob and Ken’s clients, as a professional courtesy to their retired partners.

Brown & Knapp is headquartered in greater New Haven, CT.  We have a significant regional and national practice assisting physicians in training, attending/faculty physicians, physicians’ practices and business owners with their risk management, insurance and benefit solutions.  We have developed an expertise to assist busy and successful physicians, professionals and executives with their Individual disability insurance needs (both as primary coverage, and as a supplement to an employer provided Group Long Term Disability Plan), key person disability, disability buy-out and disability overhead expense planning. Most of our clients elect to do all of their financial planning with us as well.  As our clients professional and financial needs continue to grow and evolve, we at Brown & Knapp continue to expand our area of impact within our client’s financial lives.  We look forward to working with you and your family and/or business on the road to achieving financial security.

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  • Best Life Insurance Company ranked by NerdWallet, April 2019 1
  • Highest financial strength ratings of any life insurer from all four major rating agencies2
  • Top 10 U.S. Independent Investment Broker-Dealers3
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2 A.M. Best Company, A++ (highest), May 2019; Fitch Ratings, AAA (highest), May 2019; Moody's Investors Service, Aaa (highest), September 2018; S&P Global Ratings, AA+ (second highest), June 2019. Third-party ratings are subject to change. Ratings are for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company.

3 Measured by 2018 total revenues. Ranking for Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC. Sources: Financial Advisor magazine and Investment News, May 2019.

Neil G Ballotte, CLU®
Financial Representative


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