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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, 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 John Mumford if you are interested in a subcommittee chair appointment, joining a subcommittee, or becoming more involved.


 
Announcements


Papers Available from the 2016 Women in Insurance CLE Meeting

Thanks to all those who participated in a successful 2016 Women in Insurance (WIN) Conference, sponsored by the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation, especially meeting cochairs Cara Tseng Duffield and Jan Larson, and vice cochairs Suzan Charlton and Kathryn Kasper. After a two-year hiatus, the WIN conference was back! The conference took place on October 20, 2016, in Washington, DC. WIN’s goal was to combine a first-class substantive program with a terrific networking opportunity, as well as written materials. As with past conferences, the 2016 conference drew more than 100 attendees, including in-house risk management and claims professionals.

Conference brochures and biographies of speakers are available on the ABA website.
 

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 newsletter, 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 John Mumford or Angela Elbert, or co-vice chairs Anna Torres and Ernest Martin.



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, Katherine Mast., or Seth Row.


 
Message from the Chairs

Tucson 2017 and WIN 2016 CLEs, Plus Roundtables

Hello ICLC members—We are still excited from the fantastic experience we had on October 20, 206 at the WIN (“Women in Insurance”) CLE conference in Washington D.C. Our hats go off to the amazing leadership team of Cara Duffield and Jan Larson, as chairs, and Suzan Charlton and Kaity Kasper as vice-chairs. We had about 100 people in attendance that included an entire day of CLE programs on interesting topics ranging from coverage for social engineering scams to whether coverage privileges are disappearing. Be sure to check out the written materials, PowerPoint presentations, and speaker bios which are all now posted on the ICLC website. Planning is already underway for next year’s WIN conference, which we plan to move back to Chicago in October 2018. Stay tuned for more information.


We are also officially in our busy season in preparations for the 29th Annual ICLC CLE, which will be in Tucson again at the Loew’s from March 1-4, 2017. Many thanks for all of the hard work to our leadership team, Tucson chairs Jodi Spencer Johnson and John Bonnie, and vice chairs Jamie Bobotek and Chauntis Jenkins-Floyd, and to committee vice chairs Ernest Martin and Anna Torres. Thanks also to the many law firms and corporate sponsors that have already agreed to sponsor and also help make the meeting such a success. If you haven’t already, please mark your calendars, book your hotel (before the rooms are all sold out) and plan to join us in Tucson. We have an action-packed schedule planned, with cutting-edge programming and many networking opportunities. This year, our Friday night dinner will include a 70s theme. Stay tuned for more details, but start considering your attire for the evening now!


My cochair John Mumford and I have been working hard on additional leadership appointments relating to subcommittees and publications. We will be sending around more information on that to the people who have expressed an interest in serving in those roles, so please keep an eye out for an email from us soon.


Last, please further keep a lookout for more ICLC upcoming programming, including roundtables:


  • “What to Do in the Event of a Hurricane – Attending to Insurance Issues.” Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern. The speakers are Marc Rosenthal (Proskauer), Matt Woolf (Baker Donelson) and Kevin O'Toole (Navigant). Register here.

  • “Statutory Damages: The Murky Void Between Compensation and Punishment.” Thursday, January 12, 2017, at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Eastern. Registration Link:, The speakers are Michael Barnes (Dentons), Lynda Bennett (Lowenstein, Sandler), Laura Foggan (Wiley Rein), and Helen Michael (Kilpatrick Townsend). Register here.

We hope to see you in Tucson!


Best,
Angela Elbert
Cochair, 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
  • Cyber Risks and 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 Website Editor in Chief  

Angela Elbert

Chicago, IL


John Mumford Jr.

Richmond, VA


CLE Meeting Cochairs

John Bonnie

Atlanta, GA


Jodi Spencer Johnson

Cleveland, OH

Jamie Carsey

Houston, TX


Coverage Editor in Chief

Jason Mazer

Miami, FL


Social Media Co-Editors in Chief

Katherine Mast

Los Angeles, CA


Seth Row

Portland, OR