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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

 

Note from the Editor of Coverage

Coverage Goes Quarterly

Welcome to the new quarterly version of Coverage. After making the transition from print to electronic distribution of Coverage, it became increasingly more difficult to find the same high-quality content as when Coverage appeared in printed form. Accordingly, we have decided to adapt to the ever changing publication world, and move from six issues of Coverage per year, to four quarterly issues of Coverage per year. We hope that with fewer issues, we will be able to continue to attract the same high-quality content that ICLC members historically have enjoyed as a member benefit. With fewer publication opportunities each year, we are hopeful that there will be increased competition for publication space, and that our managing editors can better focus on solicitation and publication of high-quality content. Please consider writing an article for Coverage. We have a wide distribution both within and without the ICLC, and our rate at which people open Coverage e-mails continues to be admirable.  If you have any questions about the new publication schedule, please feel free to contact of any our managing editors, myself, or members of the ICLC leadership. Thank you.


Erik A. Christiansen

Editor in Chief–Coverage

 

Papers Available from the 2014 Insurance Coverage CLE Meeting



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

Upcoming Conferences and Events

For those who were able to join us in Tucson, we had another terrific conference! Great programming and networking, and a lot of fun. Mark your calendars for next year–our 2016 conference will be back in Tucson from March 2-5. Program proposals are due July 10, 2015. We are counting on our members to send in their great ideas for proposals. If you have not conducted a conference call with your subcommittee chairs, please do so and plan for a proposal from your subcommittee. Please download our proposal guidelines and our form for submitting proposals.


This fall, the Section of Litigation will repeat the extremely successful women’s conference from last year, but this year will have separate substantive programming for the ICLC. 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.


Please consider writing an article for Coverage. Our publication permits longer articles that provide more in-depth analysis than the standard daily e-mail overview can provide. These types of articles will reach a large audience and boost your resume, too. Thanks so much.


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