Insurance Law

Jonathan L. Schwartz
Jonathan L. Schwartz Committee Chair Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP Chicago, IL

About the Committee

The Insurance Law Committee (“ILC”) is one of DRI’s largest and most active committees with over 2,700 members and is the resource for professionals whose careers are devoted to or influenced by insurance. The ILC’s Online Community is the place where our members can access all things insurance coverage and claims 24/7/365, and provides members with the opportunity on a daily basis to post articles, share expert witness information, blog, and ask and answer insurance-related questions. Through its educational offerings, publications, and unique networking opportunities, the ILC is an indispensable resource for the insurance industry and outside counsel alike.

The ILC’s two signature seminars, the Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute in Chicago (which takes place in April) and the Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium in New York (which takes place in December), are industry-known for world class presentations on cutting edge insurance issues put on by leaders in the field. The ILC is also holds a biennial Bad Faith seminar, which features presentations on the latest trends and strategies impacting bad faith litigation from nationally renowned trial counsel.

The ILC also has one day regional programing in select cities to provide education to our members by nationally known outside counsel and insurance executives. This programming, which is a microcosm of our signature seminars, provides members in a region with the ability to obtain affordable, high caliber education and a return to their practice and business in a shorter timeframe.

These seminars are known for their unmatched networking opportunities for all members of the insurance community, including access to our 15 substantive law subcommittees which specialize in supporting the insurance industry in connection with specific fields ranging from first party, to excess/umbrella, to reinsurance. Click on the Blue Join a Subcommittee button above, if you would like to join one of the subcommittees. If you are interested in learning more about DRI’s upcoming seminars, click here:

In addition to its seminars, the ILC hosts webcasts available to the insurance industry and practitioners on cutting-edge topics as well as topics specific to a particular substantive law area such as construction defect, first party property, automobile and homeowners coverage and claims, to name a few. Check the DRI website for upcoming webcasts.

The ILC has earned an industry-leading reputation for its publications. Existing resources include 50-state surveys and compendiums which overview the law nationally on hot-topic insurance issues with titles including Writing a Reservation of Rights: A North American Compendium, Professional Liability Insurance, Excess and Umbrella Insurance, Coverage B: Personal and Advertising Injury, Bad Faith, and Duty to Defend. This year, the ILC will add to its library through publication of 50-state surveys on uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage issues, rescission, and declaratory relief actions. The ILC also continues to feature its monthly e-newsletter, Covered Events, which includes articles and case summaries contributed by our members, and regularly contributes to DRI’s national publications For the Defense and In-House Defense Quarterly.

There are no shortages of opportunities for our members to become actively involved in the ILC as speakers, authors, editors, and otherwise. If you are looking to advance your career in insurance or want to be actively involved in one of DRI’s largest and most active committees, we invite you to join the ILC today. Please feel free to contact the committee leadership for any questions, comments, or leadership opportunities. To learn more about the benefits of membership in DRI and the ILC, click here.