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Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee



Our committee is one of the largest and most active in the Section of Litigation because of the dedication of our 2,400 members, our ability to assimilate diverse and younger lawyers, and our high-quality substantive benefits. Subcommittee chairs author articles and website materials, coordinate with our membership and programming drives, and work to expand member benefits. Our active ICLC subcommittees include ADR, Additional Insureds, Advertising/Intellectual Property, Asbestos, Bad Faith, Bankruptcy & Insolvency, Business Interruption, CGL, Construction, Cyber Risk and Data Privacy, Directors & Officers, Diversity, Emerging Issues, Employment, Environmental, Ethics & Professionalism, Excess & Umbrella, Health, Life & Disability, In-House Counsel, International/London, Practice & Business Development, Products Liability, Professional Liability, Property, Reinsurance, Social Media, Website, Women in Insurance, and Young Lawyers.


Do you want to network with the established up and comers of insurance coverage litigation? Want to stay ahead of key developments? Want to be a key contributor in this community? Then join us. Please contact ICLC chairs Angela Elbert or Laura Hanson if you are interested in a subcommittee chair appointment, joining a subcommittee, or becoming more involved.



Note from the Editor of Coverage

Goodbye, and Welcome Our New Editor in Chief

The Spring 2015 issue is my last as the editor-in-chief of Coverage journal. I have served in that capacity for eight years, since 2007.  Before serving as editor-in-chief, I was one of the six managing editors of Coverage. I believe the time has come for some new blood. Jason Mazer will be taking over as editor-in-chief, effective with the next issue of Coverage

I am a big believer in term limits in politics, for organizations, in business leadership positions, in governments, and indeed, for publications like Coverage. A change in leadership benefits organizations in terms of the renewed energy infused by a new leader, and by the unique perspectives that different people bring to the position. 

As I ride off into the sunset and onto other things, I would like to thank a couple of wonderful people who helped me along the way.  First, I would like to thank Tim Burns who encouraged me to become involved in the ICLC, when I first attended an ABA Annual Meeting new attendees reception in 2001. Time flies. Wow. Tim was a wonderful early mentor to me in the ICLC, and a wonderful, kind soul. Second, I would like to thank John James. He was a fantastic editor-in-chief for Coverage. Maybe the best ever. John was a fantastic mentor to me, a gentle soul, and an amazing lawyer. He also enjoyed fine wines. I miss seeing John at ICLC meetings in Tucson, and look up to him as a model of how to be a professional, dedicated, and hard-working lawyer.  John is a class act. Finally, I would like to thank Rina Carmel. She has been a great friend and supporter in the ICLC. She has an amazing work ethic, great insights, and understands insurance law perhaps better than anyone I know in the business. I would also be remiss if I did not thank Bob Lopatin at LexisNexis for all of his help with Coverage over the years. Bob’s heart is in the right place, and he has a difficult job in a world where the market for legal publications changes every second of the day. 

Coverage has changed a great deal in the last eight years. I am sure it will continue to evolve under Jason’s leadership. Thanks finally to all of the wonderful managing editors I worked with over the years. You all worked incredibly hard. Thank you.

Erik A. Christiansen

Editor in Chief–Coverage


Papers Available from the 2015 Insurance Coverage CLE Meeting

About Our Subcommittees

The ICLC has 34 subcommittees focusing on diverse areas of substantive insurance coverage law and procedural aspects of insurance coverage litigation. All of our subcommittees are co-chaired by lawyers who typically represent policyholders, paired with lawyers who typically represent insurance companies, an arrangement that provides balance, promotes collegiality, and assures lively dialogue. The subcommittees publish articles in our journal-quality magazine, Coverage; propose, organize, and present programs at the committee's Annual CLE Meeting in Tucson and other Section of Litigation and ABA meetings; and author case notes, articles, and a variety of other materials for our webpage. Our subcommittees also work closely with our chairs and vice chairs on a variety of initiatives focusing on diversity, young lawyers (lawyers under 35 or who have been practicing in the substantive area of insurance law for five years or less), women's issues, social media, and business development. Our subcommittees meet each year at our Annual CLE Meeting in Tucson, at which subcommittee leaders present information regarding subcommittee and ICLC activities, and encourage increased member activity and committee involvement.

If you are interested in joining a subcommittee, please contact cochairs Laura Hanson or Angela Elbert, or co-vice chairs John Mumford or Ernest Martin.

Task Forces

If you have an idea for a Task Force or other special project that may be of special interest to the committee's members, contact your subcommittee chairs.

» ICLC Young Lawyers Initiative

This Subcommittee presents an opportunity for young lawyers (35 or under, or of any age who have been practicing in the substantive area of insurance law for five years or less) to become involved in a dynamic and growing ABA subcommittee. Membership in the Young Lawyers Subcommittee will provide young insurance coverage attorneys with a forum in which they can network with other coverage attorneys across the country. Membership also provides a host of speaking, publishing, and other business development opportunities. If interested, please contact Shaun Crosner (policyholder side) or Karen Toto (insurer side).

» Women's Initiative

Our Women in Insurance Subcommittee is working to increase networking and business development opportunities for women. Please contact Sheri Pastor to join the subcommittee’s business development network and assist in planning. The Women in Insurance Subcommittee sponsored the inaugural fall Women in Insurance Network (WIN) Regional CLE Meeting in Washington, DC, October 18, 2012.  These two ideas are an outgrowth of the Women’s networking event each year at the ICLC’s Annual Meeting in Tucson, and provide additional avenues through which women can share ideas with other women coverage attorneys and insurance industry representatives from around the country.

This fall, the Section of Litigation will repeat the extremely successful women’s conference from last year, Women of the Section of Litigation, which combines WIN with Women in Products Liability and Women of Corporate Counsel. But this year the conference will have separate substantive programming for WIN. Mark your calendars for November 11-13 in Chicago; the ICLC will have a dinner on Wednesday, November 11. There will be a range of programming to suit all tastes and preferences, including programming specific to insurance issues on Thursday, November 12. Please plan to join us.

Seeking Contributors to Our Webpage and Publications

The Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee is seeking contributors to its website and publications. We are looking for your help providing articles and reports on recent cases of interest that pertain to insurance coverage litigation issues. This is a great way to get involved, network with some of the best litigators in the country, and contribute to building a valuable resource for insurance coverage litigators. If you have cases of interest, articles, or other resources to add, please contact Jason Mazer, Jamie Carsey, or Katherine Mast.

Message from the Chairs

New Teams Step Up

I’m very excited and honored to be appointed as the new cochair of the ICLC on the policyholder side, along with Laura Hanson, on the insurer side. I want to thank Sheri Pastor for all of her hard work and energy in helping to make the ICLC such a success during her six-year tenure as chair and vice chair of the committee, and I realize that I have some very big shoes to fill in her stead. I’d like to start by announcing some exciting new developments with the leadership of the ICLC. First, warmest welcome to Ernest Martin, who is our new vice chair of the ICLC on the policyholder side, along with returning veteran John Mumford, on the insurer side. Second, we are excited to officially welcome Jason Mazer to the role of editor-in-chief of Coverage, following in the footsteps of Erik Christiansen, who held the position for an amazing eight years of service. Thank you Erik! Jason is joined by a team of terrific managing editors, who work hard to oversee the electronic publication of Coverage four times per year.

On the Website, I want to welcome new editor-in-chief Jamie Carsey to the role. She is taking over from the very capable hands of Rina Carmel, who was assisted by John Buchanan, Jim Davis, and Jayson Sowers. Thank you to all of them for working so hard to develop the website and its content. Thanks also to all of the hard working managing editors of the website, past and present, for your continued and ongoing efforts and enthusiasm to continue to provide us with new fresh content. Last, I want to introduce a new group to the publication efforts, the Social Media group, to be led by newly appointed editor-in-chief Katherine Mast, who will be joined by a team of managing editors. We hope to start pushing out the ICLC publications content to social media to draw everyone back to our website more frequently. Thank you to everyone for all of the hard work!

As for upcoming events, I hope you will join me in registering and attending the upcoming Women of the Section of Litigation conference, that will be held at the Swissotel in Chicago November 11-13, 2015. The ABA Section of Litigation is partnering again with the Woman Advocate Committee, and Women in Insurance Network and Women in Products Liability subcommittees to offer this two-and-a-half day conference. This conference will open with a Women Rainmakers plenary; the following day will offer separate programming tracks focusing on trial advocacy skills, insurance, and products liability issues. The conference will conclude with a full day of cutting-edge plenaries. Advance registration ends October 28, so be sure to sign up soon. In addition, I hope you can join us for the insurance dinner that will be held on the evening of Wednesday, November 11. Stay tuned for more details on the dinner.

Last, we are gearing up for another great CLE conference for ICLC in Tucson, March 2-5, 2016. We have chosen fantastic panels and believe this will be one of the strongest years of programming we have ever seen. Please be sure to mark your calendars now so you won’t miss it. If you are interested in sponsoring, please reach out to Laura or me, or our leadership team for the meeting, cochairs Tonya Newman and Terrance Evans, or vice chairs John Bonnie or Jodi Spencer Johnson. Hope to see you there!

Thank you for all of your support of ICLC. If you have ideas or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to Laura or me. We would love to hear from you.

Best wishes,
Angela R. Elbert
Cochair, Section of Litigation
Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee


Our active subcommittees include:

  • ADR
  • Additional Insureds
  • Advertising/Intellectual Property
  • Asbestos
  • Bad Faith
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency
  • Business Interruption
  • CGL
  • Cyber Risks amd Data Privacy
  • Construction
  • Directors & Officers
  • Diversity
  • Emerging Issues
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Ethics & Professionalism


  • Excess & Umbrella
  • Fidelity
  • Food and Drug
  • Health, Life & Disability
  • In-House Counsel
  • International/London
  • Practice & Business Development
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property
  • Reinsurance
  • Social Media
  • Website
  • Women in Insurance
  • Young Lawyers

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:


Insurance Coverage Litigation Leadership

Cochairs Coverage Editor in Chief Website Editor in Chief

Angela Elbert

Chicago, IL

Laura Hanson

Minneapolis, MN

Jason Mazer

Miami, FL

CLE Meeting Cochairs
Terrence Evans

San Francisco, CA

Tonya Newman

Chicago, IL

Jamie Carsey

Houston, TX

Social Media Editor in Chief
Katherine Mast

Los Angeles, CA