E&S/Specialty insurance: Who we are

At Nationwide, we believe the people make the place, and we take pride in our talented and dedicated E&S and Specialty insurance team.

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Protecting what matters through innovation and specialization

At Nationwide Excess & Surplus/Specialty, we offer a complete portfolio of protection through our Excess & Surplus, Management Liability and Specialty, Surety and Program offerings. Our associates provide expertise in the areas of property, casualty, personal lines, management lines, surety and specialty insurance coverages and services.

Our E&S segment provides coverage for risks that is generally not available within the admitted market, while our Specialty segment covers highly specialized and emerging risks that require deep expertise and/or significant capacity.

Our specialized and compassionate associates provide superior service to organizations of all sizes, from Fortune 100 corporations to small and middle market companies, and we work with specialized distribution partners to offer the right product, service and claim solutions.

We're proud to be part of one of the largest insurance and financial services providers in the United States, delivering the strength and stability our partners and insureds depend on.

How we got here

After four decades of growth and acquisition, Nationwide E&S/Specialty is now the fifth largest E&S insurer in the United States. We understand E&S and Specialty Lines business, and we're driven to find unique, creative and innovative coverage solutions for the most challenging insurance needs.

Our entrepreneurial spirit continues to guide us, and we're steadfast in our commitment to grow profitably with our partners. As we look to the future, we'll continue to:

  • Innovate our product offerings to meet the evolving needs of our insureds and our partners
  • Unlock the power of data to be a world class underwriting company
  • Invest in new ventures to bring new products and services to the market and stay ahead of the competition
  • Deliver an expert claim experience that is effortless, personal and reassuring
  • Leverage technology to be nimble and offer partners and customers the ease, speed and personalization they've come to expect
  • Remain a leader in the excess & surplus and specialty marketplace
Investing in what matters most

We are a company built on relationships. Our associates and distribution partners deliver specialist-to-specialist expertise to protect what matters most.

We foster a culture where associates can excel and expand their expertise, build mutually beneficial connections with our partners and serve our customers with confidence and compassion when they come to us for claim support.

Strong, stable and dynamic

After 40 years, Nationwide E&S/Specialty is stronger than ever. We're proud to receive recognition year after year for the exceptional performance, leadership and service we deliver to our partners.


A.M. Best
received 12/07/23
The third highest of 16 ratings

Applies to property & casualty affiliates


Standard & Poor’s
received 12/22/08; affirmed 5/16/23

The fifth highest of 21 ratings


received 11/10/23
The sixth highest of 21 ratings

Applies to property & casualty affiliates



affirmed 6/5/23

Our group of companies

We operate on both an admitted and non-admitted basis and write our policies on the following company paper:

  • Freedom Specialty Insurance Company
  • National Casualty Company
  • Scottsdale Indemnity Company
  • Scottsdale Insurance Company
  • Scottsdale Surplus Lines Insurance Company
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