Our History

J. Smith Lanier & Co., JSL, was founded in 1868 in West Point, GA., and has grown into one of the largest independent insurance brokerage firms in the U.S.  JSL is the largest independent insurance brokerage firm in the Southeastern U.S., has 22 offices across five states, and has more than 600 employees.  JSL is an employee owned company with ownership vested in an Employee Stock Ownership Plan and certain executive and producer employees. The company offers products and services in five key areas: 

1.Property & Casualty Insurance

2.Employee Benefits

3.Retirement Services

4.Securities and other investment products*

5.Personal Lines Insurance

The JSL Retirement Services Group’s founding partners, Charles Anderson & Drennen Williams, formed their initial partnership, Anderson, Williams, & Co., on January 1, 1980 in Birmingham, AL.  JSL acquired Anderson, Williams & Co. on March 1, 2007.  Today, the JSL Retirement Services Group now consists of 6 advisors and 4 relationship managers who are all committed to the retirement success of our plan participants.  Altogether, our advisors have 100+ years of experience in working with plan sponsors.