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Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee

 

Mission

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, Computer & Technology, Construction, Directors & Officers, Diversity, Emerging Issues, Employment, Environmental, Ethics & Professionalism, Excess & Umbrella, Health, Life & Disability, In-House Counsel, International/London, Long Range Planning, Membership, Practice & Business Development, Products Liability, Professional Liability, Programming, Property Insurance, Reinsurance, Social Media, Website, Women in Insurance, and Young Lawyers.

 

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


 
Announcements

 

Papers Available from 2013 Insurance Coverage CLE Meeting


Note from the Editor of Coverage

Dates of Next CLE Seminar

Please plan on attending the ICLC’s Annual Insurance CLE seminar in Tucson from March 5 to March 7, 2015 at the Loew’s Ventana Canyon resort in Tucson, Arizona. Each year, more than 400 lawyers from across the nation assemble in Tucson for a great meeting filled with informative CLE, and great networking opportunities. The ABA’s Annual Mid-Year meeting also is February 4 to February 10, 2015 in Houston.


Whatever event you attend, the key is to get involved. Leadership opportunities abound in the ICLC, and your participation is valuable and important. The ABA is a member organization that depends on its vibrancy on the participation and time of its members. Please take the time to get involved in the ICLC, to attend one of the ICLC’s events, to write an article for Coverage, or to become involved in a subcommittee of the ICLC. Your time and energy will be well spent.


Erik A. Christiansen

Editor in Chief–Coverage

 


About Our Subcommittees

The ICLC has 32 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, Vice Chairs and the Long Range Planning Committee 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, membership, programming, 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:


Ruth Kochenderfer (Insurer side)
Maria Enriquez (Insurer side) 
John Malloy (Insurer side)
Cary Hall (Policyholder side)
Robert Thavis (Policyholder side) 
Donna Wilson (Policyholder side)


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.

 

» Gulf Oil Task Force

The Insurance coverage Litigation Committee is an active participant in the Section of Litigation's Task Force.  Like we did for the 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina disasters, the ICLC is in the process of providing insurance coverage-related materials to be part of a “Resource Center” provided by the Section of Litigation as a whole as a public service for all those affected by the Gulf Oil Spill.  For those interested in assisting in those efforts, please contact Nancy Kornegay or Lou Chiafullo who are heading up our coverage-related participation.   

 

» Task Force on Global Warming Liabilities & Insurance

Like the famous frog in the slowly heating pan of water, we all are beginning to feel the heat of global warming. With the assistance of our Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s website chairs and ABA web support, the Emerging Issues Subcommittee invites you to participate in a shared learning experience surrounding this fundamentally important issue.


» 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 Jamie Carsey (insurer side).


» Women's Initiative

Our new Women in Insurance Subcommittee is working to increase networking and business development opportunities for women. Please contact Lacrecia Cade 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, and hopes to make this an annual event.  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.


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 Erik A. Christiansen, Rina Carmel, or Jim Davis .


 
Message from the Chairs

Women of the Section of Litigation National Conference

As Thanksgiving approaches, we reflect on the many professional opportunities that the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC) offers and for which we are enormously grateful. As but one example, it was wonderful to attend and see so many ICLC members at, and involved in, the Women of the Section of Litigation National Conference: Leading, Litigating and Connecting. The ICLC’s Women in Insurance Network (WIN) co-sponsored this multiple-day women’s event, which received rave reviews and was attended by well over 350 women. The conference featured dozens of substantive programs, many offered by ICLC presenters, and multiple networking events, including a welcome reception honoring the Women Judges of Chicago. The conference was chaired by our own Mary Craig Calkins, former ICLC cochair. It was cochaired by WIN’s Ruth Kochenderfer and by Heather White and Lara White, who represented the Women in Products Liability and Woman Advocate Committee. Congratulations and many thanks to all involved with the event, including Nancy Scott Degan, chair of the Section of Litigation, who conceived of it.


The ICLC offers many speaking and publishing opportunities, and the ICLC’s website features a tremendous amount of content on just about every insurance law topic. As we rely on members to contribute that content, we are grateful to those that have participated in that undertaking. We are always looking for short News & Development pieces, anywhere from 100-750 words long, summarizing recent developments in insurance law and practical tips for coverage attorneys. Contact Rina Carmel at rcarmel@zelmcd.com if you are interested in writing on a particular topic, and she will match you up with the appropriate web editor.


Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.


Sherilyn Pastor and Laura Hanson

Cochairs, Section of Litigation
Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee


 
Subcommittees

Our active subcommittees include:


  • ADR
  • Additional Insureds
  • Advertising/Intellectual Property
  • Asbestos
  • Bad Faith
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency
  • Business Interruption
  • CGL
  • Computer & Technology
  • Construction
  • Directors & Officers
  • Diversity
  • Emerging Issues
  • Employment
  • Environmental Coverage
  • Ethics & Professionalism

 

  • Excess & Umbrella
  • Health, Life & Disability
  • In-House Counsel
  • International/London
  • Long Range Planning
  • Membership
  • Practice & Business Development
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Programming
  • Property Insurance
  • Reinsurance
  • Social Media
  • Website
  • Women in Insurance
  • Young Lawyers
 

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:

 

Insurance Coverage Litigation Leadership

Cochairs Web Editors Newsletter Editor

Sherilyn Pastor

Newark, NJ


Laura Hanson

Minneapolis, MN


John G. Buchanan III

Washington, DC


Rina Carmel

Los Angeles, CA


James M. Davis

Chicago, IL


Jayson Sowers

Seattle, WA

Erik A. Christiansen

Salt Lake City, UT