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Oscar J. Cabanas

Defending Negligent Security Claims

Monday 1:30 - 3:00
Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00

Oscar J. Cabanas, JD, Partner, Wicker Smith PA
Kelly S. Klatt, CEO, Center for Security Solutions
Michele Mecca, MCU Liability Claim Specialist, Zurich Financial Services NA

  • Identify issues and challenges of defending premises security claims
  • Describe tools to be used in combating premises security cases
  • Examine strategies in resolving and defending security claims today
  • Meredith Campbell

    Superstorms to Terrorism: State of Emergency

    Monday 10:30 - 12:00
    Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00

    Meredith Campbell, National General Adjuster, York Risk Services Group, Inc.
    James Cohen, PE, Senior Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.
    Mark D. Shifton, JD, Partner, Seiger Gfeller Laurie LLP

  • Effectively respond, investigate, and adjust property and personal property claims during and in the aftermath of a declared disaster
  • Explore the unique issues, both practical and legal, when adjusting property losses resulting from declared states of emergency
  • Evaluate various logistical, practical, and professional impacts a declared state of emergency may have on an insurance professional’s response to property and personal property claims
  • Identify the impact of a declared state of emergency upon an insurer’s potential exposure to claims of bad faith/extra-contractual liability following the denial of property and personal property claims
  • Ulises Castellon

    Adjuster as Witness: Seven Deadly Sins

    Monday 1:30 - 3:00
    Tuesday 3:30 - 5:00

    Ulises Castellon, CPCU RPA, Chief Operating Officer, Fire Cause Analysis
    Douglas K. Wood, JD, Member, Clark Hill PLC

  • Review the seven deadly sins of insurance professional testimony and ways to avoid them!
  • Identify common lawyer tricks and testimony traps
  • Master a witness tool for each lawyer trick and trap
  • Tell the truth effectively, even under fire!
  • Thomas B. Caswell

    Cyber Risks: Trends & Exposures

    Monday 10:30 - 12:00
    Wednesday 8:30 - 10:00

    Thomas B. Caswell, JD, Partner, Zelle LLP
    Jeffrey Morgan, Executive General Adjuster, Charles Taylor Adjusting

  • Identify the trends and risk vectors in hacking activity
  • Describe the evolving cyber exposures faced by different industries
  • Explore the advances in ethical hacking, penetration testing, and other methods of protection
  • Susan Cavanagh

    Delivering Powerful Presentations

    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30
    Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Shameem Awan, CPCU AIC, Assistant Vice President, Amica Mutual Group
    Susan Cavanagh, AVP-Claims, Western National Insurance

  • Explore strategies for becoming a better presenter
  • Discover techniques to developing powerful presentations
  • Demonstrate strategies to involve your audience
  • Examine practical approaches for cultivating confidence and maintaining audience engagement
  • Bruce D. Celebrezze

    Litigation Management College

    Tuesday 8:00 - 12:00
    Wednesday 1:30 - 5:00

    Bruce D. Celebrezze, JD, Partner, Sedgwick LLP
    Edward J. Currie, JD, Shareholder, Currie Johnson & Myers, PA

  • Create effective litigation plans and budgets
  • Evaluate policy coverage, choice of counsel, and issues raised by multiple insureds
  • Identify resources to assist with liability determinations in complex, multi-party cases
  • Analyze methods of resolving litigation
  • James Chin

    Time Element: When Disaster Strikes … Next Door

    Monday 10:30 - 12:00
    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00

    James Chin, JD, Shareholder, Carlton Fields
    Glenn Ricciardelli, CPA, Partner, Matson Driscoll & Damico, LLP
    Joe Slane, Executive Vice President, SLG, Engle Martin & Associates

  • Identify common coverage issues that arise with time element claims under Off Premises Power / Civil Authority / Ingress Egress coverage
  • Explore how business income and extra expense coverage responds to time element claims under Off Premises Power / Civil Authority / Ingress Egress coverage
  • Examine the investigation and accounting challenges unique to time element claims under Off Premises Power / Civil Authority / Ingress Egress coverage
  • Evaluate potential coverage limitations under various loss scenarios, as well as pertinent case law
  • Melissa Christ

    Fresh Perspectives on Talent & Culture

    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30
    Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Melissa Christ, SPHR, EVP/Chief People Officer, Cor Partners
    Stephanie Watson, AVP-Human Resources, Nationwide Group

  • Assess coaching and feedback methods for improved performance
  • Leverage HR data to make better decisions
  • Evaluate leader development frameworks
  • Examine workplace diversity and inclusion issues
  • Steven Christensen

    Large Loss Management: Developing the Adjusting Team

    Monday 3:30 - 5:00
    Tuesday 3:30 - 5:00

    Steven Christensen, AIC, Executive General Adjuster, Crawford Global Tech. Services
    Christopher Mancini, PCLS, Complex Claims Director, American International Group

    Carrie L. Ciliberto

    Claims Handling for Construction Site Accidents

    Monday 10:30 - 12:00
    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Carrie L. Ciliberto, Esq, CEO, ASM
    Jeffrey Price, CPCU AIC SCLA, Corporate Technical Director, Main Street America Group
    Anna Torres, Esq, Partner, Torres Law Group

  • Explore procedures essential to effectively investigating the accident site
  • Describe potential theories of liability and identify the parties who may liable
  • Pinpoint parties who are additional insureds under the named insured's liability coverage and determine relevant coverage exclusions
  • Identify other carriers which are on the risk assess coverage priorities when multiple policies are involved
  • Andrew T. Clark

    Time Element: Gross Earnings vs Gross Profit

    Wednesday 1:30 - 3:00
    Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00

    Andrew T. Clark, CPA CFE, Vice President, Meaden & Moore
    Christopher Wilkie, MBA, AIC, SCLA, GRP, Executive General Adjuster, Zurich Financial Services NA

  • Review the customary Gross Earnings and Gross Profit insuring agreements and identify the differences between the two time element approaches
  • Examine the potential challenges of each time element measurement approach
  • Review examples of the application of each time element measurement approach
  • Explore customary extra expense issues in time element losses under each measurement approach
  • James Cohen

    Superstorms to Terrorism: State of Emergency

    Monday 10:30 - 12:00
    Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00

    Meredith Campbell, National General Adjuster, York Risk Services Group, Inc.
    James Cohen, PE, Senior Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.
    Mark D. Shifton, JD, Partner, Seiger Gfeller Laurie LLP

  • Effectively respond, investigate, and adjust property and personal property claims during and in the aftermath of a declared disaster
  • Explore the unique issues, both practical and legal, when adjusting property losses resulting from declared states of emergency
  • Evaluate various logistical, practical, and professional impacts a declared state of emergency may have on an insurance professional’s response to property and personal property claims
  • Identify the impact of a declared state of emergency upon an insurer’s potential exposure to claims of bad faith/extra-contractual liability following the denial of property and personal property claims
  • Constantine G. Cois

    Large Loss Commercial: Hurricane Meets Hotel

    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00
    Wednesday 1:30 - 3:00

    David Alvarez, AIC, Executive General Adjuster, Engle Martin & Associates
    Constantine G. Cois, Director, DBI Construction Consultants
    Jeff Williams, CPA, Partner, Matson Driscoll & Damico, LLP

  • Identify exposures and select your team for the challenge
  • Compare various methods for managing scope and cost
  • Select the most appropriate scope and costs management techniques for your loss
  • Describe what’s included in General Conditions, Overhead & Profit and what’s typical for large losses
  • Clint V. Cox, IV

    Catastrophic Injury Damages Models

    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00
    Wednesday 1:30 - 2:30

    Clint V. Cox, IV, JD, MS, Partner, Fee Smith Sharp & Vitullo, LLP
    Howard Zandman, CPA, MAFF , Partner, Aprio

  • Describe damages models used by plaintiffs in catastrophic bodily injury claims
  • Examine the bases for these models, their elements, how each element is proven, and methods to defend against their use
  • Explore methods that the defense can employ to construct responsive, alternative models
  • Identify experts critical to constructing a damages model
  • Kerry C. Crawford

    Critical Damages Issues: Property Subrogation Claims

    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00
    Wednesday 3:30 - 5:00

    Kerry C. Crawford, AIC, Senior Claims Specialist, Sompo International
    David H. Fisk, JD, Director, Kane Russell Coleman & Logan

  • Identify damages issues that frequently arise in property subrogation claims
  • Describe recent trends regarding what damages are recoverable in property subrogation claims
  • Distinguish the calculation of damages in a first-party claim from what is recoverable in a third-party subrogation claim
  • Effectively establish recoverable damages through sworn testimony and know when to rely on outside expertise to establish recoverable damages
  • Robert Crowley

    Stress Management with Rising Claims & CAT Deployment

    Tuesday 3:30 - 5:00
    Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Robert Crowley, AIC, SCLA, VP Claims, American Modern Insurance
    Ray Shelton, Ph.D., Dir.-Professional Development, National Center Crisis Mgmt.

  • Describe the impact stress has on overall wellness, safety, performance, productivity, relationships, and the claims process
  • List safety strategies to use while deployed on CAT duty
  • Describe specific steps to safely manage the angry, hostile policyholder
  • Identify action steps to regain control of your stress and protect the well being of relationships and family
  • Loden Cullar-Ledford

    Mobile Apps for Adjusters

    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00
    Wednesday 1:30 - 3:00

    Loden Cullar-Ledford, Director of Customer Success, Livegenic Inc.
    Dean McCall, AIC SCLA, Director-Training/Development, American National P&C Group

  • Explore available apps that can assist claims adjusters
  • Highlight how apps can improve performance and efficiency for adjusters
  • Review the way apps are shifting and impacting the claim handling industry
  • Describe the advances and future impact of apps for adjusters
  • Edward J. Currie

    Litigation Management College

    Tuesday 8:00 - 12:00
    Wednesday 1:30 - 5:00

    Bruce D. Celebrezze, JD, Partner, Sedgwick LLP
    Edward J. Currie, JD, Shareholder, Currie Johnson & Myers, PA

  • Create effective litigation plans and budgets
  • Evaluate policy coverage, choice of counsel, and issues raised by multiple insureds
  • Identify resources to assist with liability determinations in complex, multi-party cases
  • Analyze methods of resolving litigation
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    Learning with and from others in our industry. A lot of great information was exchanged among attendees in the classes. interesting to hear about what others are doing and how it is working for them. I feel like it provides a perspective on common issues, insights that is difficult to gain in any other way.

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