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GENERAL COMMITTEES: Professionals' Officers' and Directors' Liability

Professionals' Officers' and Directors' Liability

Professionals' Officers' and Directors' Liability

PODL focuses on insurance coverage and risk management issues relating to professionals', officers', and directors' liability insurance and professional liability. Its membership includes representatives from the insurance industry, corporate risk managers, as well as attorneys practicing in this area.

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Join Us at the ABA Annual Meeting In Chicago! PODL will be co-sponsoring a post-CLE/CE reception with the PLUS Mid West Chapter on July 31, 2015 at the Chicago Park Hyatt Hotel. The program, “Trials and Tribulations: Cyber & Privacy Risks for Lawyers” will be presented by Kari Timm of Bates Carey and Michael Flanagan of Big Data Insure. The CLE will commence at 5:30 with a reception at the Park Hyatt to follow from 6:30-8:30. The program has been approved for 1 CE credit in Illinois and California and 1 CLE credit in Texas and California. CLE credit has been applied for in Illinois and CE Credit has been applied for in Texas. All CLE and CE Credit is being provided by PLUS. We’re expecting a great turnout for this fantastic program and hope you can join us! If you will be attending, please RSVP to or via the PLUS Website as soon as possible.

PODL Dinner We are planning a Dutch treat PODL dinner directly after the networking reception at Ditkas at 100 E. Chestnut Street at 8:45. Please email Barbara Costello (, if you are interested in attending so we may include you in the headcount. Many thanks to our membership chair, Greg Monaco, for organizing the dinner.

The PODL Business meeting will be held on July 31, 2015 at 4pm at the Swisshotel Chicago. If you are interested in attending other TIPS sponsored CLE at the annual meeting and will not be attending any non-TIPS sponsored CLE at the annual meeting; you need only register for the meeting as a general attendee for $50 (at the bottom of the form). You can register at: All of the TIPS programs presented at the Swissotel Hotel will be offered free of charge to all TIPS members who pay the $50 general meeting registration fee.

The PODL Business meeting will be held on July 31, 2015 at 4pm at the Swissotel. We have set up a conference call connection for those of you who cannot attend the meeting but would like to participate. The number for the conference call is 877-778-1111 and the conference code is 6525.

The Global Directors & Officers Deskbook is now available!

We are pleased to announce the publication of The Global Directors and Officers Deskbook, at reatise on International D&O edited and co-authored by Perry Granof and Henry Nichols. The book, which includes chapters from several PODL members, is the first of its kind in that it covers both international D&O liability and coverage issues attendant to those liabilities. It’s a fantastic treatise and is certain to be come a valuable tool for our members. You can order your copy now at the TIPS Member discounted rate.

PODL Seeks Authors for TIPS Law Journal Annual Survey

PODL is currently seeking authors for the Accountants Liability and Agents and Brokers Liability sections of the Annual Survey. The Annual Survey provides an overview of the most important d in the law (case law and or new regulations) during the period of 10/1/13 - 11/1/14 and discusses their impact from both a liability and coverage perspective. Submissions, which should be between 5-10 double spaced pages, including foot notes, will be due in late October. Sample extracts from our prior journal submissions can be found on the PODL committee website: It's a great opportunity to contribute to a widely-read journal!

If you’re interested in serving as an author of either of these sections, please contact Barbara Costello( or DanStrick (

PODL Wins "Exceptional Achievement Award" at the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting!

Just the latest sign of all the outstanding work committee members have done this year.

A Day At Lloyd’s ”Seminar An Unmitigated Success!

Knowledgeable speakers. Compelling, informative presentations. Apanel discussion providing wide-ranging and essential perspectives on Lloyd’s-related disputes. All in front of a packed house, filled with practitioners asking terrific questions. This is why you want to be a member of PODL. No wonder PODL Chair Perry Granof called the seminar “an unmitigated success.”

Download the presentations from the "A Day At Lloyd's" Seminar

The program provided an introduction to the Lloyd's market structure, an analysis of the process of placing a risk with Lloyd's syndicates and an overview of Lloyd's claims management process,including a discussion of the Lloyd's Claims Transformation Programme. The second half of the seminar explored the complex issues that arise when disputes occur between Lloyd's syndicates and their insureds. The program also addressed the legal issues pertaining to conflicts among syndicates with respect to both primary and excess layers as well as with reinsurers. The panelists reviewed the anatomy of a coverage dispute from first tender through resolution with there insurer, as well as the advantages of using alternative dispute resolution to manage these conflicts effectively and efficiently.

Below is a roster of the speakers and a link to their presentations:

"The Lloyd's Claim Process, "by DavidLang, Head of Claims, Lloyd's

"Underwriting in the Lloyd's Market," by Edwin A.Skoch, Global Professional Lines Executive, Pro Sight Specialty Underwriters, Ltd.

"Lloyd's: Cover to Cover," by Hank Watkins, President, Lloyd's America

Message From The Chair

A Few Words From Chair Barbara Costello

As the committee chair I would like to welcome you to the Professionals', Officers' and Directors' Liability Committee. PODL members specialize in liability claims against professionals, officers and directors, and the issues relating to insurance coverage for those claims. Our diverse membership includes in-house insurer counsel, coverage counsel representing both insurers and policyholders, plaintiff and defense counsel, as well as members of the judiciary.

We are in a unique position to offer educational and marketing opportunities in many different practice areas. These include the liability of lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers, medical professionals, agents and brokers and directors and officers of public and private (profit and non-profit) corporations, as well as insurance coverage for these liabilities under directors and officers (D &O), errors & omissions (E&O), and other types of professional liability policies. We hold several CLE webinars and teleconferences each year on hot topics focused specifically on these PODL fields.

We have an active committee and we welcome anyone who wants to participate and take advantage of the tremendous leadership, lecturing and publishing opportunities PODL offers. Our members contribute regularly to The Brief, TortSource, the TIPS Law Journal, and PODL's newsletter. These publications reach thousands of lawyers and potential clients around the country.

We offer networking and marketing opportunities throughout the year and hold events in many major cities. With PODL, you will be involved with a diverse group of lawyers from around the country who are involved in both domestic and international issues in your practice area. Our members expand their professional horizon significantly by being involved in the activities of this committee.

This year we are planning a number of unique educational programs for which we are looking for speakers. We are also always soliciting ideas and participation from our members for CLE programs, newsletter articles and other publishing opportunities and hold monthly conference calls to keep our members apprised of these opportunities. You can keep apprised of PODL’s upcoming events by checking our website as well as connecting with PODL on LinkedIn and following PODL on Twitter: @ABATIPSPODL.

If you are not already a member of PODL, we invite you to join us! Your membership in the Torts Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association entitles you to become a member of PODL free of charge. Get involved and take advantage of the wonderful leadership, networking and marketing opportunities PODL can offer to you!

Barbara M Costello, PODL Chair
Partner, Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP


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Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    Windows of Opportunity:Avoiding Technology Traps in Your Practice


    Don't miss this Free hot topic teleconference, part of the ABA-TIPS Member Monday CLE Series!!! This session will explore the technology related amendments to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct recently adopted as a result of the work of the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 and how you can avoid ...

    Encryption for Lawyers-Legal, Ethical and Insurance Implications


    Cyberattacks against law firms are increasing at an alarming rate. Attorneys send gigabytes of client information through cyberspace on a daily basis and much of it is unencrypted and vulnerable. Considered soft targets by hackers, law firms are repositories of sensitive corporate and personal information ...

    Wild Mustangs and the BLM


    Don't miss this panel discussion featuring multiple perspectives surrounding issues involving the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Administration of the Wild Horse & Burro Program. This program will provide an overview of the governing act and historical application of the BLM, discussion abotu the ...

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Get Involved! Network and Publicize Your Expertise

Get Involved! Network and Publicize Your Expertise! Newsletters and website. If you are a member of PODL, you will get periodic newsletters on timely topics. Please send your ideas for articles to our newsletter editor Cecelia Lockner of Edwards, Angell, Palmer, Palmer and Dodge at

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