Hot Topics in the World of Insurance [CC]

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    Join our expert panelists as they examine trending first-party Covid-19 claims and litigation; the intersection of bankruptcy and insurance coverage litigation.

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    Introduction - Micalann Pepe and Timothy Thornton

    Businesses across the country, and across the globe, have suffered devastating revenue losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A staggering number of lawsuits have been filed seeking rulings regarding the potential availability and scope of coverage for such losses under first-party policies' Business Interruption, Extra Expense, Civil or Military Authority, and other coverage grants. The panelists will discuss the myriad pandemic-related coverage issues, including what constitutes "direct physical loss or damage;" the potential applicability of virus exclusions, "loss of use" exclusions, and "loss of market" exclusions, as well as causation and valuation issues. They also will address new exclusions in the market regarding losses arising from communicable diseases.

    Moderator: Erica Dominitz, Senior Vice President - U.S. Property Coverage Officer, Aon, Washington, D.C.

    Panelists: John Garaffa, Partner, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig, LLP, Tampa, FL
    Christopher Mosley, Partner, Sherman & Howard, LLC, Denver, CO
    Kristin Kulesza, Claims Operations Manager, Boulder Claims, Broomfield, Colorado
    Marisa Jelicks, Senior Litigation Complex Property Examiner, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Weston, Massachusetts
    Sarah Reynolds, Director, Global Risk Solutions, Inc., London, UK

    Panel 2 (Day 1): Diversity & Inclusion (Ethics) Panel (55 – 60 minutes)
    Looking Back and Ahead: Diversity & Inclusion in the Insurance Industry

    The Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements, as well as COVID-19 and resulting economic impact, have sparked renewed focus on the importance and impact of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Focusing on insurance industry stakeholders, this panel will discuss and evaluate previous diversity and inclusion efforts, current initiatives, and related ethical considerations for lawyers under ABA Model Rule 8.4.

    Moderator: Jason Reichlyn, Attorney, Dykema, Washington, D.C.

    Panelists: Gary Gassman, TIPS Chair-Elect; former TIPS Diversity Officer; Co-Chair, Professional Liability Practice Group; Leader of Cozen O’Connor LGBTQ Lawyer Affinity Group, Cozen O’Connor, Chicago, IL
    Michele Fenice, Vice President Employment Practices Liability Claims, Chubb, Jersey City, NJ
    Kristine Rickard, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Fuzion Analytics, Indianapolis, IN
    Lynette Espy-Williams, Chief Diversity Officer; Board of Directors Member, Cozen O'Connor, Washington, D.C.

    Panel 3 (Day 2): Directors & Officers Coverage Panel (60 minutes)
    Emerging Issues in D&O Coverage

    This Program will discuss emerging and changing issues in Directors & Officers Liability Coverage, including discussion of the 9th Circuit's recent decision that excess insurers generally may not avoid or reduce their own liability by contesting payments made by underlying insurers, unless the payments were motivated by fraud or bad faith. The Panel will also discuss recent decisions applying Interrelated Wrongful Acts, the "bump up" exclusion, and the "dual capacity" exclusion. Finally, the Panel will consider the recent spate of lawsuits brought against companies and their directors and officers arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Moderator: Emily Hart, Associate, Wiley Rein, LLP, Washington, D.C.

    Panelists: Ari Magedoff, Head of Management Liability Claims, AXIS Insurance Company, Berkeley Heights, NJ
    Jennifer Odrobina, Vice President, Technical Specialist, Sompo International, New York, NY
    Natasha Romagnoli, Partner, Blank Rome, New York, NY
    Geoffrey Heineman, Partner, Ropers Majeski, New York, NY

    Panel 4 (Day 2): Insurance and Bankruptcy Panel (60 minutes)

    Intersection of Insurance and Bankruptcy Law

    This panel will discuss many of the complex insurance issues that can arise in bankruptcy proceedings, such as the resolution of mass tort claims with trusts and channeling injunctions, access to D&O insurance proceeds, satisfaction of self-insured retentions, and bankruptcy stakeholders’ objections to policy buyback or coverage-in-place agreements as part of a chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

    Moderator:  Seth Lamden, Blank Rome, Chicago, IL
    Panelists: Russell Webb Roten, Duane Morris, Los Angeles, CA
    Iain Nasatir, Partner, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones, Los Angeles, CA
    Elizabeth Hanke, Vice President, KCIC, Phoenix, AZ

    Event Details






    Apr 13 - 14, 2021

    2021-04-13T12:00:00-04:00 2021-04-14T13:00:00-04:00 Hot Topics in the World of Insurance [CC]

    Join our expert panelists as they examine trending first-party Covid-19 claims and litigation; the intersection of bankruptcy and insurance coverage litigation.


    MCLE Information

    The ABA will seek 4.00 general CLE credit hours in 60-minute-hour states, and 4.80 general CLE credit hours in 50-minute states, including 1.00 hours of CLE Elimination of Bias/Diversity and Inclusion credit in 60-minute states and 1.20 hours of CLE Elimination of Bias/Diversity and Inclusion credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

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