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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, 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.



Papers Available from 2013 Insurance Coverage CLE Meeting

Note from the Editor of Coverage

Opportunities to Be Published in Coverage

As the ICLC annual meeting in Tucson, Arizona, quickly approaches, please consider writing an article for Coverage in advance of the seminar. We presently are looking for articles for the November-December issue of Coverage, which will be distributed in advance of the annual CLE. If you’re looking for some great publicity for a panel presentation that you are involved with at the annual ICLC meeting in Tucson, please consider putting pen to paper and drafting an article on your presentation topic. Not only will writing an article give you some great advanced publicity for your panel presentation, but it will give you a jump start in putting together your panel presentation materials. If you are not participating on a panel in Tucson, publishing an article in Coverage will give you a chance to distribute your written work product to more than 2,400 members of the ICLC. In either case, please consider attending the annual CLE meeting in Tucson in 2015. The quality of the programs, presenters, and panel discussions is unsurpassed in the insurance coverage litigation world. If you have any questions, or need more information about publishing an article in Coverage, or in attending the annual meeting in Tucson, please feel free to contact me at echristiansen@parsonsbehle.com, or the ICLC co-chairs, Sherry Pastor and Laura Hanson at SPastor@McCarter.com or lhanson@meagher.com.

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

Autumn is upon us. The landscape, in many areas, will soon explode with the vibrant colors of the season. Baseball season will wind down, as children begin to play in leaf piles and football season gets well underway. William Cullen Bryant called autumn, “the year’s last, loveliest smile.” And so he was right, as this autumn brings us the ICLC’s Women In Insurance Network (WIN) conference—Women of the Section of Litigation: Leading, Litigating and Connecting. This fall conference will be held on November 5-7, 2014, at the Palmer House Hilton hotel in Chicago.

WIN has joined with the Woman Advocate Committee and Women in Products Liability Subcommittees to sponsor this outstanding event. This year’s conference will be two-and-a-half-days. It will begin with a plenary session on Wednesday afternoon that will announce the ABA’s findings on women litigators, followed by a reception honoring Chicago’s women judges. The next two days then will be filled with spectacular programing, including plenaries and a breakout track focusing on insurance issues including:

· International Insurance Arbitrations
· Hot Topics In Insider Trading: Civil, Criminal And Insurance Perspectives
· Best Practices For Claims Management
· Insurance Issues Arising Out Of Contractual Indemnification
· Product Liability Consumer Class Actions Claims: When Are They Covered By Insurance?

For more information, or to register, please visit www.ambar.org/womenoflit.
We look forward to seeing you in Chicago in this fall.

Sherilyn Pastor and Laura Hanson

Cochairs, 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
  • 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