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




Papers Available from the 2016 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 John Mumford or Angela Elbert, or co-vice chairsor Anna Torres and 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 Angela Elbert 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.

Save the date for the 2016 Women in Insurance (WIN) Conference, sponsored by the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation. After a two-year hiatus, the WIN conference is back! The conference will take place on October 20, 2016, in Washington, DC. WIN’s goal is to combine a first-class substantive program with a terrific networking opportunity. Past conferences have drawn more than 100 attendees, including in-house risk management and claims professionals. Registration discounts for in-house personnel are available. Spread the word to your colleagues and clients.

Registration information and a conference brochure are available on the ABA website.

We look forward to seeing you in DC!

Cara Tseng Duffield and Jan Larson, meeting cochairs
Suzan Charlton and Kathryn Kasper, meeting vice cochairs.

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


I appreciate the opportunity to serve as the new cochair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee on the insurer side, along with Angela Elbert, on the policyholder side. I want to thank Laura Hanson for all of her hard work and effort in helping to make the ICLC such a success during her six-year tenure as a chair and vice-chair of the committee. I also have the pleasure of announcing that Anna Torres is our new vice chair of the ICLC on the insurer side, along with Ernest Martin returning as vice chair on the policyholder side. 

Jason Mazer will continue in his role of editor-in-chief of Coverage, and Jamie Carsey will also continue in her role as the website editor-in-chief. Both had successful first years in these roles, and their efforts are greatly appreciated. Thanks also to all of the hard working managing editors of Coverage and the website, past and present, for your ongoing efforts and enthusiasm to continue to provide new content. 

Our new publication effort, the Social Media Group, led by editor-in-chief Katherine Mast and a team of managing editors, has been busy getting this project off the ground and adding useful content. 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 in Insurance Networking and CLE seminar, that will be held at Covington & Burling, LLP, in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, October 20, 2016. There will be a welcome reception and dinner the night before. To register and for further information, visit the ABA website, under the Section of Litigation – Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee. 

Last, we are gearing up for another great CLE conference for ICLC in Tucson, March 1-4, 2017. Please be sure to mark your calendars now so you won’t miss it. If your firm is interested in sponsoring, please reach out to Angela or me, or our leadership team for the meeting, cochairs John Bonnie or Jodi Spencer Johnson, or vice chairs Chauntis Jenkins or James Bobotek. 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 Angela or me. We would love to hear from you.

John B. Mumford Jr.
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 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

Jodie Spencer Johnson

Cleveland, OH

Jamie Carsey

Houston, TX

Coverage Editor in Chief

Jason Mazer

Miami, FL

Social Media Editor in Chief

Katherine Mast

Los Angeles, CA