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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

In an age where newspapers are disappearing, magazines are folding, and a hard copy article is an anachronism of a by-gone era, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find quality content for Coverage. The irony, of course, is that Coverage is circulated now to an even larger audience than when it was a print publication, and Coverage is delivered more rapidly by e-mail than by the slow and unreliable postal service. Accordingly, please consider drafting an article for Coverage.

We need quality content, and our six managing editors are constantly on the lookout for suitable articles.  Not only will writing the article broaden and expand your subject matter expertise, but you also will receive additional publicity and exposure to thousands of lawyers, including in-house counsel, who receive Coverage six times a year. You also will have the opportunity to publicize your article in your own publicity channels, such as your firm web-site or client e-mail lists.

 Have you seen a unique, notable or important court decision that deserves analysis?  Is there a new legal trend spreading in the area you practice? Is there a wrongly decided opinion, which is worthy of critical comment? If so, please consider putting together an article for Coverage. None of the quality content in this publication would exist without the authors taking the time and making the effort to write their articles. Isn’t it time for you to consider doing the same?

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

Upcoming Conferences and Events

There is a lot going on in our committee right now. Thanks to so many of you for the thoughtful, creative and cutting-edge proposals for ICLC’s 2015 Annual Conference in Tucson. Our meeting chairs and vice chairs are making their decisions on the slate of programs for the conference, and you will be hearing from them shortly. The 2015 conference is looking to be as outstanding as it has ever been. Please make sure your calendar is marked for it. The seminar will run from March 5-7, 2015 at the Loews Ventana Canyon, Tucson, Arizona. A reduced registration fee is available for speakers who are in-house personnel. Our early bird cocktail reception is Wednesday evening, March 4, so please plan to arrive in time for that.

Soon the ABA will open up registration for its London 2015 Sessions Seminar, scheduled for June 11-14, 2015. This CLE conference will be celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Our committee has a program at the conference, and we would love to see many ICLC members attend. Please watch your ABA communications for more information about registration.

Registration is open for the first annual Women of the Section of Litigation: Leading, Litigating and Connecting conference. It is November 5-7 at the Palmer House hotel in Chicago. The ICLC’s Women in Insurance Network (WIN) have partnered with other committees in the Section for this wonderful event. Several of our members will be speaking, and we expect terrific networking opportunities with other Section of Litigation members. Please plan to join us.

Please seriously consider an article for Coverage. Our editors are seeking great material, and we know our members have it. After a nice win, how about writing about the impact of your decision for other cases? And what about a practice tip that is unique to insurance litigators? 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


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