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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 the 2014 Insurance Coverage CLE Meeting

Note from the Editor of Coverage

Should Coverage Go Short or Long?

A few years ago, when Coverage went from a printed publication to an e-mail publication, I had many concerns, including, whether we could still attract the same high-quality content. I suspected that given the e-mail format of Coverage, it would become more difficult to find busy lawyers interested in writing an article for Coverage. Luckily, there are still many hard-working lawyers who understand the unique audience who reads Coverage, and we have been able to continue to provide high-quality insurance coverage content to our readers.

Conventional wisdom is that readers prefer to read shorter articles online, but we feel that we should maintain our traditional in-depth, scholarly content. Please let us know how you feel about Coverage, and whether you think shorter articles are preferable to the more in-depth analysis that Coverage traditionally provides. Please feel free to e-mail me at echristiansen@parsonsbehle.com with your thoughts and comments.

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

Tucson CLE Details

For most of us, the winter of 2014-15 is shaping up to be a little easier to handle than last year. But we all still need a little time in the sun, and thankfully, March is right around the corner. ICLC’s 2015 Annual Conference in Tucson will be on March 5-7, 2015 at the Loews Ventana Canyon, Tucson, Arizona. A reduced registration fee of just $50 is available for speakers who are in-house personnel, so please let your clients know about this conference so they can make plans to join us. Our early bird cocktail reception is Wednesday evening, March 4, so please plan to arrive in time for that. Registration is live on our website, so please register now. Remember to get your hotel reservation early as well. All the hotel information is on our website, so do it today!

Our conference will follow the new format we adopted last year. We start with our first plenary on Thursday morning, and follow that with a ticketed luncheon. Our opening plenary will again feature a panel of distinguished judges in a program entitled “Well, That Didn’t Go Right,” discussing appellate review of coverage cases and properly protecting the record for appeal. This year, in connection with our Thursday luncheon we are offering two plenary alternatives. We are presenting “Gender Bender 2,” a follow up to last year’s impressive panel discussion. If you are not interested in that topic, we have a simultaneous plenary panel presentation on “Federal Court Certification of Coverage Issues to State Supreme Courts.” Our programming for the remainder of the conference is as stellar as previous years and our conference cochairs and vice chairs have put together a mix of wonderful cutting edge programs. This is going to be a great conference with lots of informative programs and plenty of networking opportunities. Please join us, and consider bringing a younger lawyer from your firm. We want to reach out to the coverage litigators of the future and welcome them to our ranks.

Many law firms have been stepping up to sponsor our conference this year, so thanks to all of them for their support. If your firm would like to sponsor, please contact either of our co-chairs, Sherilyn Pastor or Laura Hanson at spastor@mccarter.com or lhanson@meagher.com for more information.

Please consider writing an article for Coverage. Our editors are seeking great material, and we know our members have it. 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


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