Safeguarding Our Children: Parks and Recreational Area Risk Control Practices

John Roy
Sr. Risk Control Field Representative, Tokio Marine HCC
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John Roy discusses the practices of safeguarding parks and recreational areas for children. He explains how liability trends are changing and how an increase of bike paths and walking trails have their own liability issues. He also delves into how water features can pose a threat at chemical access points and the importance of having a checklist handy for the final walk through with the contractor.

John shares his two most common recommendations and why they are important. You’ll also hear examples of past issues and what to include in an inspection process, the benefits of having or hiring a certified park inspector and best practices for hiring volunteers.

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John Roy
Sr. Risk Control Field Representative, Tokio Marine HCC

Summary of Qualifications

John is a risk control consultant specializing in local government liability issues. He is a litigation attorney using knowledge gained from over 25 years of trial practice to show clients how to mitigate and avoid risks to reduce the likelihood of ending up in court.


John meets with local governmental clients to assess programs, operations and procedures in order to determine a risk control plan tailored to the client's needs that will implement the best practices to reduce risks and avoid claims. He responds to questions and concerns of the clients may have in implementing new programs or policies to spot any potential problem areas.

Business Experience

John has been employed directly by the City of Indianapolis and State of Indiana to advise and represent various departments and employees. He worked in private practice concentrating on municipal entity liability. He has tried a multitude of cases in both state and federal courts and argued before both the Indiana Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago. John has also worked in the insurance industry as an attorney, claims representative and now in risk control.

Professional Affiliations

John is a member of the Indiana Bar as well as United States District Courts of both the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.


  • B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota
  • Juris Doctorate from Indiana University

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