||Registration and Continental Breakfast
||Welcome and Introduction
Roman Lifson, Christian & Barton LLP, Richmond, VA
Jennifer A. Ehman, Merchants Mutual Insurance Group, Buffalo, NY
||Going Remote: Sage Advice and Lessons Learned from the Courts, the Industry and Law Firms
COVID-19 has disrupted the way we do business and practice law. This panel consisting of a judge, industry professional and outside counsel will reflect on the changes that we have witnessed in how we communicate, litigate, share information and work toward claim/suit resolution. It will consider whether the changes we are seeing are temporary or here to stay and share tips for thriving in this new environment.
Judge Philip P. Simon, United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana
Allison M. Burns, Ambridge Partners LLC, Chicago, IL
Robert L. Christie, Christie Law Group PLLC, Seattle, WA
||Accidents in the Parking Lot: Understanding an Insurer's Additional Insured Obligations to Property Owners
Whether the loss was due to an inadequately plowed parking lot or broken concrete, frequent questions arise concerning the scope of coverage owed to property owners under policies of insurance issued to their tenants. This presentation will address how the courts have interpreted the CG 20 11 endorsement and other related endorsements, including the general scope of coverage, the interpretation of leased premises, interplay with contractual indemnity and issues related to the duty to defend.
Charles A. Hafner, Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP, Chicago, IL
||Finding the Middle: Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Age of COVID-19
In the age of COVID-19, the number of cases going to trial has decreased and alternative dispute resolution is on the rise – in person and virtual. This presentation will explore how to identify when ADR is appropriate, understand when to mediate a coverage case, explore other options for resolution, virtual mediation and how it works, the platforms and logistics, sharing documents and evidence along with lessons learned after conducting hundreds of virtual mediations.
Harold J. Adkins, Hammonds, Sills, Adkins, Guice, Noah & Perkins LLP, Baton Rouge, LA
||Community Service Activity: Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
Let’s help the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago start the school year right by providing them with school supplies! Why School Supplies? The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago strive to enable all young people, especially those in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. School supplies ensure that all kids have the same opportunities to start the school year right. School supplies also have a profound impact on youth and their learning experience. With the current public health crisis, more and more families are experiencing financial insecurity. As a result, many children don’t have access to essential learning tools.
With your help, we can ensure that each Club member has the supplies they need to be prepared and successful in the school year ahead. During our Friday afternoon lunch and activity break, we will gather at the hotel to stuff backpacks with school supplies for Club members ages 5-18.
||Lunch (On your own)
||Diversity and Inclusion Claims and Coverage: Impact of Claims Involving Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation in the Workplace
Employment practices liability coverage protects business from claims of workplace discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination based upon race, gender and sexual orientation in the workplace. This presentation considers coverage for these types of claims but also examines how restructuring organizations to encourage retention and challenging bias can reduce such claims.
Camille R. Bryant, McGlinchey Stafford PLLC, New Orleans, LA
||Catastrophes and the Impact of Public Pressure and Government Action
Whether due to civil unrest, storm damage, extensions of statutes of limitation or COVID-19, or other events that result in a large number of claims, pressure is being placed on insurers by governors, state legislatures and departments of insurance to pay these claims in an expedited manner. This presentation will explore the issues and impact of public pressure and government action on insurers when presented with catastrophes, and explain how carriers can ensure claims are adjusted and fairly paid.
Rick Hammond, Insurance Claims and Litigation Consultants, LLC, Chicago, IL
Amy E. Johnson, HeplerBroom LLC, Chicago, IL
||Insurance Law Committee Meeting (Open to all)
Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).