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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, 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 Insurance, 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 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

Goodbye, and Welcome Our New Editor in Chief

The Spring 2015 issue is my last as the editor-in-chief of Coverage journal. I have served in that capacity for eight years, since 2007.  Before serving as editor-in-chief, I was one of the six managing editors of Coverage. I believe the time has come for some new blood. Jason Mazer will be taking over as editor-in-chief, effective with the next issue of Coverage


I am a big believer in term limits in politics, for organizations, in business leadership positions, in governments, and indeed, for publications like Coverage. A change in leadership benefits organizations in terms of the renewed energy infused by a new leader, and by the unique perspectives that different people bring to the position. 


As I ride off into the sunset and onto other things, I would like to thank a couple of wonderful people who helped me along the way.  First, I would like to thank Tim Burns who encouraged me to become involved in the ICLC, when I first attended an ABA Annual Meeting new attendees reception in 2001. Time flies. Wow. Tim was a wonderful early mentor to me in the ICLC, and a wonderful, kind soul. Second, I would like to thank John James. He was a fantastic editor-in-chief for Coverage. Maybe the best ever. John was a fantastic mentor to me, a gentle soul, and an amazing lawyer. He also enjoyed fine wines. I miss seeing John at ICLC meetings in Tucson, and look up to him as a model of how to be a professional, dedicated, and hard-working lawyer.  John is a class act. Finally, I would like to thank Rina Carmel. She has been a great friend and supporter in the ICLC. She has an amazing work ethic, great insights, and understands insurance law perhaps better than anyone I know in the business. I would also be remiss if I did not thank Bob Lopatin at LexisNexis for all of his help with Coverage over the years. Bob’s heart is in the right place, and he has a difficult job in a world where the market for legal publications changes every second of the day. 


Coverage has changed a great deal in the last eight years. I am sure it will continue to evolve under Jason’s leadership. Thanks finally to all of the wonderful managing editors I worked with over the years. You all worked incredibly hard. Thank you.


Erik A. Christiansen

Editor in Chief–Coverage

 

Papers Available from the 2015 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 Laura Hanson or Angela Elbert, or co-vice chairs John Mumford or 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 Sheri Pastor 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.


This fall, the Section of Litigation will repeat the extremely successful women’s conference from last year, Women of the Section of Litigation, which combines WIN with Women in Products Liability and Women of Corporate Counsel. But this year the conference will have separate substantive programming for WIN. 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.

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

Leadership Changes

Aristotle coined the phrase, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” It describes the concept of synergy and extols the benefits of working together. Those familiar with team sports may know the T.E.A.M. acronym, “together, everyone achieves more.” The Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee best exemplifies these concepts. Its extraordinary success derives from the many and outstanding contributions of its dedicated members.


For the past three years, I have had the honor and privilege of serving as the ICLC’s (policyholder-side) cochair. In that role, I have met and worked with the most talented people in the legal and insurance industries. I have come to appreciate that, over the past 25 years, the ICLC has accomplished many great things, thanks to the contributions of its fabulous members, its past and present cochairs, vice chairs, meeting chairs and vice chairs, subcommittee chairs, and Coverage and website editors.


Although so many contribute to the ICLC’s success, as my role comes to a close, I want to especially thank my cochairs Laura Hanson (2013-2015) and Ron Kammer (2012-2013), and my predecessors Mary Craig Calkins and Laura Foggan, for their friendship, support, and extraordinarily good guidance. I thank my vice chairs, Angela Elbert and John Mumford, for their hard work, good advice, and invaluable assistance. I also am thankful to my good friend Rina Carmel (now founding member and cochair of the ICLC’s Publications Editorial Board), to Erik A. Christiansen (immediate past Coverage editor in chief), and to their respective teams, for their professionalism and extraordinary work ethic, which motivates so many members to contribute their time, experience, and work product to the ICLC’s website and award-winning publication.


Good friends never say goodbye. I therefore look forward to seeing you in Tucson at the ICLC’s annual meetings, and in connection with my new role as cochair of the ABA’s Roundtables Committee. I also hope you will join me at the Women of the Section of Litigation: Leading, Litigating and Connecting conference. The ICLC’s Women in Insurance Network Subcommittee is partnering with the Woman Advocate Committee and Women in Products Liability Subcommittee to present this conference from November 11-13, 2015, in Chicago.

The ICLC, of course, remains in very capable hands. Laura Hanson remains its insurer-side cochair, and Angela Elbert succeeds me on the policyholder side. Together with their vice chairs (John Mumford and Ernest Martin) and their annual meeting cochairs and vice chairs (Terrance Evans, Tonya Newman, John Bonnie, and Jodi Spencer Johnson), they are planning another terrific conference from March 2-5, 2016, in Tucson. Please plan to be there.

Sherilyn Pastor
Immediate Past 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
  • Computer and Technology
  • Cyber Risks
  • Construction
  • Data Privacy
  • 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 Web Editors Coverage Editor

Angela Elbert

Chicago, IL


Laura Hanson

Minneapolis, MN


John G. Buchanan III

Washington, DC


Rina Carmel

Los Angeles, CA


James M. Davis

Chicago, IL


Jayson Sowers

Seattle, WA

Jason Mazer

Miami, FL