WEDNESDAY, November 01

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Conference Opening General Session
Keynote Address from Peyton Manning
(2:00 - 3:45 pm)

Conference Opening General Session with Keynote Speaker Peyton Manning

Conference Opening General Session with Keynote Address from Peyton Manning Legendary quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL's only five-time Most Valuable Player and a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, has earned his place among the greatest quarterbacks in league history as the active leader in nearly every statistical passing category. Manning serves as a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet and The Pat Summit Foundation Advisory Board. He and his wife, Ashley, established the PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk. It has provided more than $10 million of impact to at-risk youth through its grants and programs since inception.

Opening Night Reception
(5:30 - 7:30 pm)

Opening Night Reception

THURSDAY, November 02

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WARNING - The Internet May Be Hazardous to Employees!
(8:45 - 9:45 am)

WARNING - The Internet May Be Hazardous to Employees!

This session will be eligible for CE and/or CLE credit in various states.

Employers must be prepared to prevent and/or address a wide range of work place issues arising out of the internet and social media including workplace violence, bullying and claims from third parties who may be impacted by such issues. Employees are increasingly concerned about privacy; what is the impact of employers using social media, to screen potential workers or using technology to track employees’ whereabouts, whether they are working, and their health.

OSHA requires that employers provide a safe work environment. Employers must also take into consideration the ADA; NLRA; the Stored Communications Act and background check laws.

These competing considerations present challenges for employers in the cyber age where everyone is connected and the possibilities of bullying, violence, privacy concerns, and, other workplace concerns are increasing rapidly. 

The panel will address policies and procedures employers can institute to mitigate some of those exposures.

Moderator: Claudia A. Costa, Partner, Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani

Panelists:
Lisa Fontana Brennan, Executive Claims Examiner, Markel Services, Incorporated 
Laura R. Lapidus, Esq., Risk Control Director, CNA 
Jennifer R. Weinstein, Esq., AVP - Management Liability Claims, OneBeacon Insurance Group

Business Interrupted: An Alien Concept?
(8:45 - 9:45 am)

Business Interrupted: An Alien Concept?

This session will be eligible for CE and/or CLE credit in various states.

First party business interruption coverage is traditionally the purview of property insurance, but is increasingly the focus of cyber-insurance products. The concepts may be alien to professional liability underwriters and brokers. This session will provide deep dive into business interruption coverage, including:

 

  • Understanding key business interruption coverage concepts (i.e., period of indemnity, extended period of indemnity, waiting period);
  • Dependent business interruption and contingent business interruption exposures and coverage;
  • Computer security failure, “systems failure” and other common coverage triggers; and,
  • Claims overview and claim trends.


Moderator: Robert A. Parisi, Jr., Managing Director, Marsh FINPRO 

Panelists:
Tim Francis, VP Cyber Insurance, Travelers 
David Lewison, SVP, National Professional Lines Practice Leader, AmWINS Brokerage 
Desiree Spain, Underwriter, Beazley 
Christina Terplan, Partner, Clyde & Co US LLP

 

Executive Forum: A Conversation with a Former SEC Attorney
(8:45 - 9:45 am)

Executive Forum: A Conversation with a Former SEC Attorney

This session is NOT eligible for CE or CLE credit.

A discussion with former SEC attorney, Amelia Cottrell, who was the associate regional director of enforcement for the SEC's NY regional office. We will discuss the ins and outs of the investigative process, the insurance coverage issues implicated and what to expect with the new administration. 

Speakers:
Tammy Yuen, Principal, Skarzynski Black LLC
Amelia A. Cottrell, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Spark Session: The "Baby Boom" Goes Bust!
(9:00 - 9:20 am)

Spark Session: The "Baby Boom" Goes Bust!

This session is NOT eligible for CE or CLE credit.

The Baby Boom Generation has reached retirement age, but is increasingly unable to “retire,” in the way their parents;’ generation did. Boomers’ need for continued employment to fund health care, long-term care, and other needs, combined with inadequate retirement benefits and an uncertain social safety net create potential liability exposures for employers, health care professionals, financial planners, and fiduciaries. 

Speaker: Louie Castoria, Co-Managing Partner, San Francisco, and Co-Chair Professional Liability Team, Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP
Amelia A. Cottrell, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Spark Session: Construction Industry: Technological Innovations
(9:30 - 9:50 am)

Spark Session: Construction Industry: Technological Innovations

This session is NOT eligible for CE or CLE credit.

This presentation will touch on innovative technology used in construction today, including but not limited to computer-aided design, advances in building materials and equipment, use of drones, cyber exposure, wearable technology, building information modeling, virtual design, green-building, and more. This innovation is being used at an increasing rate, and in addition to the benefits to construction professionals and end users, it also presents new risks, which will all be discussed.

Speakers: 
Daniel Gmelin, RPLU, Vice President - Underwriting, Argo Pro Insurance

Coverage in Jeopardy!
(10:15 - 11:30 am)

Coverage in Jeopardy!

This session will be eligible for CE and/or CLE credit in various states

What is a standard claim? Trick question… there’s no such thing! This exciting and interactive session, featuring a claims professional, lawyer, broker, and underwriter, will analyze claims scenarios in the cyber, crime, general liability, and D&O spaces. Come prepared to share your thoughts as the audience will be an active part of this session, voting on which coverages are impacted before the panel of experts deconstructs the claims and coverages. 

Moderator: Liz Roussel, Partner, Adams and Reese, LLP 

Panelists:
Steven Carabases, Senior Vice President, Financial Line Claims, Navigators Pro
Regan Katz, RPLU, Managing Director, Wortham Insurance & Risk Management 
Keith M. Lavigne, Head of Management and Professional Liability, Everest Insurance

 

What's Your Verdict?
Potential Pitfalls in PL Defense (A Mock Trial)
(10:15 - 11:30 am)

What's Your Verdict? Potential Pitfalls in PL Defense (A Mock Trial)

This session will be eligible for CE and/or CLE credit in various states

The trial of a professional liability loss allows for a number of defenses, but presenting such defenses to a jury poses a number of challenges. This panel will explore those challenges through the mock trial of a legal malpractice claim involving estate planning with disgruntled family members. The audience will view evidence, hear arguments, and get to decide the case as jury panels. Can you be fair?

Moderator: Dax R. Watson, Partner, Lipson Neilson Cole Seltzer & Garin

Panelists:
Kristine L. D'Amato, Manager, Professional Risk Claims, Crum & Forster
Kelly Geary, Principal, Coverage Counsel & Claims Leader, Integro U.S.A.
Dana K. Maine, Partner, Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP
Marian C. Rice, Partner, L’Abbate Balkan

Executive Forum:
Cognitive Computing, Artificial Intelligence, and Industry Disruption
(10:15 - 11:30 am)

Executive Forum: Cognitive Computing, Artificial Intelligence, and Industry Disruption

This session is NOT eligible for CE or CLE credit.

Panelists will discuss the evolution of cognitive computing, AI, and the impact this technology is currently having on the insurance industry. Will cognitive computing change how the industry underwrites risks? Will jobs be lost to "robots"? Can artificial intelligence really replace underwriting instincts and decades of experience?

Moderator: Christopher Leisz, Experienced Insurance Executive

Panelists:
Matt Stremel, Financial Services Industry Solutions Leader, IBM
David Vandegrift, CTO, 4Degrees

Spark Session: Managing Diverse Cultures in US Litigation
(10:30 - 10:50 am)

Spark Session: Managing Diverse Cultures in US Litigation

This session is NOT eligible for CE or CLE credit.

While America is becoming more culturally diverse, not all segments of society view the growth of the diversity the same way. While diversity is increasingly accepted by some, there is also an increasingly vocal segment of society that is wary of it. Some seek a political response, such as proposals for restrictive legislation or tightening immigration. This panel will address the challenges created by the inherent conflict between and increasing diverse society and impact of the possible political responses.

Speaker: Frances O'Meara, Esq., Managing Partner, Thompson Coe & O'Meara, LLP

Spark Session: The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Mitigating the Risk
(11:00 - 11:20 am)

Spark Session: The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Mitigating the Risk

This session is NOT eligible for CE or CLE credit.

Speakers:
Andrea Hoeschen, Attorney, Thomadsen & Hoeschen LLC
Letoyia Horton, Claims Manager, Beazley

Thursday Luncheon
Keynote: Kat Cole, COO/President, North America for FOCUS Brands
Presented by the PLUS Foundation Women's Leadership Network
(11:45 - 2:00 pm)

Thursday Luncheon with Keynote Address from Kat Cole, COO and President, North America for FOCUS Brands presented by the PLUS Foundation Women's Leadership Network

Kat Cole's twitter handle reads "Connected-Creative-Conscious-Community building Capitalist, Biz Advisor, MBA, Coffee-loving Chronic Learner" - this not only describes her as a person, it describes the philosophies she applies to business, brands and life. For the past four years, Cole has been President of Cinnabon, Inc. where she was accountable for leading, evolving and building the team and multi-channel brand. In her four years as President, her team and franchisees have accomplished franchise unit growth (1200 in 55 countries), profitability, franchisee satisfaction, philanthropic partnerships, and comp sales performance that is the strongest the brand has seen in over a decade. She works to encourage learning, constant improvement, and helping teams and businesses embrace their roots while driving innovation and growth.

D&O Trends: The Securities Class Action Explosion
(2:15 - 3:15 pm)

D&O Trends: The Securities Class Action Explosion

This session will be eligible for CE and/or CLE credit in various states.

Shareholder securities class actions (SCAs) historically have been and continue to be the driver of the most significant losses in the public D&O liability insurance arena. One of the hottest D&O trends right now is the “explosion” in SCA litigation activity, driven by a number of factors: the migration of merger objection claims from state courts (especially Delaware Chancery) to the federal courts, in the form of SCA disclosure claims; a renewed focus on SCA claims against foreign-domiciled companies; and the emergence of a new group of plaintiff firms plying their trade in the SCA arena. This trend has left D&O insurers scrambling to reassess their D&O books and their assumptions regarding the exposures they face from SCA claims. This panel will discuss what lies behind these new dynamics 

Moderator: Joel S. Townsend, SVP, Specialty Claims, CNA Financial

Panelists:
Jordan Eth, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Kristin Kraeger, Managing Director, Aon
Jeremy A. Lieberman, Managing Partner, POMERANTZ LLP
Darren J. Robbins, Partner, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

Medical: Is it BI or BI?
(2:15 - 3:15 pm)

Medical: Is it BI or BI?

This session will be eligible for CE and/or CLE credit in various states.

Is it bodily injury? Or business interruption? The panelists will provide a case study of a cyber incident occurring in a medical facility that results in patient injury. It will illustrate exposures related to business interruption, patient injury, ransom ware, and medical device hacks. Insurance coverage will also be discussed. For example which policies should respond - med mal, cyber, D&O, property etc. 

Moderator: Lynn Sessions, Partner, Baker Hostetler LLP

Panelists:
Joel Fehrman, Underwriter, TMB, Beazley 
Alicia Marsiglia, RPLU, Allied Healthcare Product Head, Hiscox USA
Kimarie R. Stratos, Senior Vice President/General Counsel, Memorial Healthcare System
Cynthia F. Wisner, Associate Counsel, Trinity Health

Executive Forum:
A Conversation with Senior Leaders
(2:15 - 3:15 pm)

Executive Forum: A Conversation with Senior Leaders

This session is NOT eligible for CE or CLE credit.

Industry leaders will discuss the latest trends and issues facing the professional liability industry including the pace and scope of change affecting both insurers and distributors. Topics will include evolving customer expectations, attracting and retaining talent in the insurance industry, how their careers have been impacted by changes in their former and current organizations and other strategic topics facing our business. Audience participation will be encouraged.

Moderator: Lisa Butera, Senior Vice President, Head of Client Strategy, Swiss Re 

Panelists:
John Benedetto, President, Berkley Professional Liability
Greg Flood, President - IronPro, Ironshore
Deborah Morris, Managing Principal, Integro Insurance Brokers 
Paul Schiavone, Head of Financial Lines & Liability, Allianz

Spark Session: Emotional Intelligence and Effective Claim Management
(2:30 - 2:50 pm)

Spark Session: Emotional Intelligence and Effective Claim Management

This session is NOT eligible for CE or CLE credit.

As litigation costs continue to skyrocket, the need for efficient and effective claim management has never been more critical. While many focus on data-driven methods to further this goal, emotional intelligence also can play a critical role in the effective and efficient handling of professional liability claims. The panel will discuss the significant ways that emotional intelligence can impact professional liability claim defense, management, and resolution.

Speakers: 
Kimberly Ashmore, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
Stephanie Lizotte, AVP, North American Claims Group, Allied World Insurance Company

Spark Session: Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings
(3:00 - 3:20 pm)

Spark Session: Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings

This session is NOT eligible for CE or CLE credit.

Speakers: 
Caroline Berdzik, Partner, Goldberg Segalla
Minton Mayer, Partner, Wiseman Ashworth Law Group, PLC

Spark Session: Ready or Not, IoT is Coming to an Insured Near You
(3:30 - 3:50 pm)

Spark Session: Ready or Not, IoT is Coming to an Insured Near You

This session is NOT eligible for CE or CLE credit.

Speakers:
Richard Reiter, Partner, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Richard Sheridan, Chief Claims Officer, Berkley Cyber Risk Solutions

The New Realities for Insurers and D&Os in Bankruptcy
(3:45 - 4:45 pm)

The New Realities for Insurers and D&Os in Bankruptcy

This session will be eligible for CE and/or CLE credit in various states

This panel will address the newest trends by following one case from underwriting diligence; trustee's use of pre-litigation tactics; use of creative liability theories to find cases in a higher percentage of bankruptcies, the issues arising between the non-bankrupt parent and the bankrupt subsidiaries; the procedural complications and opportunities presented by comfort orders and settlement approval processes; issues with multiple defense counsel by former employees; and viewing the policy as an asset in bankruptcy. 

Moderator: Paul Lavelle, Insurance Company Claims Manager

Panelists:
Paul A. Brophy, Senior Vice President, Berkley Professional Liability 
Janet B. Dreifuss, Esq., Associate General Counsel & Senior Claims Counsel, ARC Excess & Surplus, LLC 
E. Joseph O'Neil, Partner, Peabody & Arnold LLP

Ransomware Attacks! A Survival Guide
(3:45 - 4:45 pm)

Ransomware Attacks! A Survival Guide

This session will be eligible for CE and/or CLE credit in various states

Panelists will discuss current and future trends in attackers utilizing malware such as ransomware to extort companies. Recent studies estimate that over 4,000 ransomware attacks occur daily. By explaining what ransomware and bitcoin are and by providing real-life examples of these attacks, session participants will understand what companies must do to survive should they be targeted. Key Questions to be answered:

  1. What is Ransomware and how does it work?
  2. What is a Bitcoin? How do I get one?
  3. How can I prevent similar attacks?
  4. Should I pay a ransom or not?
  5. Do cyber policies consistently respond to these attacks? What do underwriters and brokers need to consider going forward?

Moderator: Matt Prevost, RPLU, Senior Vice President, Chubb

Panelists:
Jeremy Batterman, Associate Director Incident Response, Navigant 
Dan Burke, Vice President, Technology Product Head, Hiscox 
Shannon Groeber, Senior Vice President, JLT Specialty USA
Jeremy Kerman, Attorney, Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP

Spark Session: The Evolution of Risks with 3D Printing
(4:00 - 4:20 pm)

Spark Session: The Evolution of Risks with 3D Printing

This session is NOT eligible for CE or CLE credit.

Speaker: Jura C. Zibas, Partner, Wilson Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP

FRIDAY, November 03

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Networking Breakfast with Keynote Address from Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Emmy Award-Winning Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN
(8:30 - 10:00 am)

Networking Breakfast with Keynote Address from Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Emmy Award-Winning Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN's reporting on health and medical news for all of CNN's shows domestically and internationally, and contributes to CNN.com. His medical training and public health policy experience distinguishes his reporting from war zones and natural disasters, as well as on a range of medical and scientific topics, including the recent Ebola outbreak, brain injury, disaster recovery, health care reform, fitness, military medicine, and HIV/AIDS. Additionally, Dr. Gupta is the host of Vital Signs for CNN International and Accent Health for Turner Private Networks.

Reps and Warranties Coverage:
An Insurer and Reinsurer's Perspective
(10:15 - 11:15 am)

Reps and Warranties Coverage: An Insurer and Reinsurer's Perspective

This session will be eligible for CE and/or CLE credit in various states.

This panel will discuss claim situations impacting this area of liability that has experienced recent explosive growth. They will also discuss factors needed to propel the continued and future application of this product. All of this, from both the vantage points of an insurer and reinsurer.

Moderator: Jeffrey D. Cowhey, President, Ambridge Partners LLC

Panelists:
Jeremy S. Liss, P.C., Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP 
John McNally, Senior Vice President, JLT Specialty USA
Rainer Schadel, Senior Underwriter, Munich Re 
Sean P. Whelan, Executive Vice President, Willis Re Inc.

Trump Administration's Impact on Employment Law
(10:15 - 11:15 am)

Trump Administration's Impact on Employment Law

This session will be eligible for CE and/or CLE credit in various states.

With President Trump vowing to repeal burdensome regulation, it is anticipated that the Trump Administration will significantly impact the employment practices landscape. At the Conference, we will be almost a year into the new administration. The panelists will discuss the changes implemented already by Executive Order (Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order revoked March 27th), as well as how key players in the administration, including the new Chair of the EEOC and the Secretary of Labor, are already implementing changes and re-shaping stated core missions for policies related to employment. The panel will explore how the laws/directions have changed, the impact of these changes on employment claims and best practices for risk mitigation in light of the evolving landscape.

Moderator: Wendy Mellk, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Panelists:
Rachel Freedman, Assistant Vice President, Claims Counsel, Sompo International Insurance
Kelly Thoerig, U.S. Employment Practices Liability Coverage Leader, Marsh 
Christopher Williams, 2nd Vice President, Travelers