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Robert A. Danielson

Hail Damage to Building Components, Cladding & HVAC

Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30
Wednesday 1:30 - 3:00

Robert A. Danielson, PE, Senior Engineer, Haag Engineering Co.
Matt Livingston, Vendor Programs & Education, HVAC Investigators LLC

  • Describe various hail impact patterns (large to small hail) and the effects on building exterior components (including windows), roof and wall claddings, and HVAC equipment
  • Differentiate between hail-related impacts and non-hail-related impacts to exterior building components, claddings, and HVAC equipment
  • Review the various ways hail damage can impact the reparability of common HVAC systems and equipment
  • Chad Dannewitz

    Electronic Data Coverage Issues

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

    Chad Dannewitz, Assist. Prop. Superintendent, EMC Insurance Companies
    Sean O'Brien, JD, Shareholder, Bradshaw Fowler Proctor et al

  • Identify common electronic data and e-commerce exposures
  • Describe the coverage provisions, exclusions, and endorsements that may apply to electronic data losses
  • Examine how courts have applied the direct physical loss requirement in the context of electronic data claims
  • Determine how to value loss of electronic data
  • Janet Davis

    Claims Analytics: Insights & Expertise

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

    Janet Davis, AVP-Analytics Integration Lead, Chubb
    Veena Gregoire, Head of Claims Analytics, NA, Allianz Global Corp. & Spec.

  • Identify strategies for claims examiners to improve outcomes with predictive analytics
  • Describe the impact of claims outcomes on the company's financial results
  • Discover how to successfully integrate analytics into the adjusting process
  • Connect the dots on how claims can work collaboratively through a cross-functional process to drive extraordinary results
  • Sean DeCrane

    Products that Fail: How & Why

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

    Sean DeCrane, Manager-Industry Relations, UL LLC

  • Identify the ways that commercial consumer products cause injury or damage
  • Identify how building and life safety products and systems must be evaluated to uphold life and building safety
  • Review how regulatory Codes and safety standards impact the development of products
  • Describe the ways product safety standards impact the insurance industry
  • Kevin DeGarmo

    Pursuing Subrogation Against Governmental Entities

    Monday 10:30 - 11:30
    Tuesday 3:30 - 4:30

    Kevin DeGarmo, CSRP, AIC, Director-Subrogation & Salvage, Allianz Global Corp. & Spec.
    Robert A. Stern, JD, Shareholder/Director, Clausen Miller P.C.

  • Identify the “real” obstacles to pursuing a subrogation claim against a governmental entity
  • Describe the laws addressing who “really is” a governmental entity and the law in these types of subrogation pursuit claims
  • Review basic elements and requirements necessary in considering subrogation pursuit against a governmental entity
  • Identify anticipated defenses, and devise strategies and arguments to avoid the defenses
  • Todd Denenberg

    Subrogation of Catastrophe & Weather-Related Claims

    Monday 3:30 - 4:30
    Wednesday 10:30 - 11:30

    Todd Denenberg, JD, Partner, Denenberg Tuffley, PLLC
    Andrea L. Newell-White, Senior Subrogation Rep., Allianz Global Corp. & Spec.

  • Review the types of claims from catastrophes or weather-driven losses that can result in successful subrogation
  • Separate "Acts of God" from "Negligence by man" claims when considering subrogation opportunities
  • Evaluate subrogation opportunities from constitutional claims, Federal Tort Claims Act, and breach of contract/negligence losses
  • Asim K. Desai

    Bad Faith Damages in Third-Party Claims

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

    Asim K. Desai, JD, Partner, Gordon & Rees, LLP
    Kevin Willging, JD, Executive Counsel, Travelers Companies

  • Spot warning signs of bad-faith exposure in third-party contexts
  • Review emerging bad-faith issues and trends in the third-party claims
  • Identify warning signs of bad faith "set-ups" by third-party claimants and develop responsive action plans
  • Patti Deuel

    Homeowners Liability Coverage: Current Trends

    Monday 3:30 - 5:00
    Wednesday 8:30 - 10:00

    Patti Deuel, JD, Partner, Leahy, Eisenberg & Fraenkel

  • Describe the expansion of homeowners policy liability coverage to respond to increasing exposures affecting personal liability
  • Survey evolving state and federal law with respect to courts' broadening interpretation of policy language to address coverage for exposures posed by cyber-bullying and other social media use, and liability for the conduct of minors
  • Scrutinize court decisions addressing coverage for intentional acts
  • Analyze approaches to coverage for these liability exposures
  • Robert J. Donahue, Jr.

    Water Mitigation, Mold & Wind-Driven Rain Issues

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

    Daniel Bernazzani, Ph.D., SVP Environmental Division, YOUNG & Associates
    Robert J. Donahue, Jr., AIC, National Training Manager, Sedgwick
    Edward N. Jones, VP-Education/Oper. Excellence, CodeBlue, LLC

  • Evaluate appropriate procedures for contractors during the mitigation process
  • Describe situations when water or mold damage standards and guidelines are appropriate
  • Review the importance of coverage issues with wind-driven rain
  • Describe accurate records needed for mitigation efforts in a variety of claim scenarios
  • Katie Duckett

    Employee Theft/Employee Dishonesty

    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Katie Duckett, Property Adjuster II, Liberty Mutual Insurance
    D.M. Studler, MAcc, CPA, CFF, Founding & Managing Member, SDC CPAs, LLC
    Regina Tobias, CFE, AIC, Senior Property Adjuster I, Liberty Mutual Insurance

  • Identify specific concerns and procedures when adjusting a commercial fidelity claim
  • Outline claim investigation procedures, including properly obtaining a proof of loss and utilizing a timeline of events
  • Evaluate issues, including the expanded definition of employee, inventory shortages, limits of liability and indirect loss
  • Review strategies for release & assignment, subrogation, and underwriting concerns
  • Katie Duckett

    Interplay of Computer Fraud, Funds Transfer Fraud

    Wednesday 3:30 - 5:00

    Katie Duckett, Property Adjuster II, Liberty Mutual Insurance
    D.M. Studler, MAcc, CPA, CFF, Founding & Managing Member, SDC CPAs, LLC
    Regina Tobias, CFE, AIC, Senior Property Adjuster I, Liberty Mutual Insurance

  • Describe the types of claims that may be anticipated with cyber security losses
  • Evaluate the various coverages apply that might apply
  • Identify the various duties often required by the insured
  • Review resources to help respond to cyber security, computer fraud, and ransomware claims
  • Dan Dyce

    Earthquake Claims Handling Accreditation

    Monday 3:30 - 5:00

    Dan Dyce, CPCU, RPA, Consultant, Dan Dyce Consulting

  • Establish an accurate dollar estimate of covered earthquake damage
  • Describe the appropriate level of detail and documentation needed for an earthquake damage estimate
  • Review the California Earthquake Claims Mediation Program and California Fair Claims Handling requirements
  • Review state and federal programs designed to assist earthquake victims
    This session is a companion session to "Earthquake Damage Assessment & Repair.” Attendees can earn their California Earthquake Claims Handling Accreditation certificate after attending these two sessions.

    Please join us at the Property & Liability Resource Bureau 2019 Claims Conference!

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    PLRB greatly appreciates the following claims service providers for their outstanding support for the 2019 Claims Conference.



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