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Nicholas J. Macera

Coverage Challenges with Common Property Endorsements

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

Anthony Antonellis, JD, Attorney, Sloane and Walsh, LLP
Nicholas J. Macera, AIC, AINS, Sr. Claims Examiner, Amica Mutual Group
Mark E. Wilson, CPCU, Head of Claims-Marine & Surety, Hanover Insurance Group

  • Dissect critical provisions contained in common property endorsements, such as sewer and drain backups, mold/fungi, cosmetic damage, and hurricane deductibles, among others
  • Evaluate new and emerging commercial and homeowners property endorsements and their implications for established claim adjusting practices
  • Identify frequent and unique coverage issues arising from common property endorsements
  • Describe recent court rulings impacting the application of common property endorsements
  • Mark Majewski

    Smart Buildings & Claims Forensic Investigations

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

    Robert Bragdon, AIC, PCLS, Sr. Training Consultant, Hanover Insurance Group
    Mark Majewski, Ph.D., PE, Project Engineer, Envista Forensics

  • Describe how active building monitoring systems and smart building technologies operate to form the “Internet of Things”
  • Review information obtainable from building systems and their application to events prior to and subsequent to the loss
  • Utilize smart building system information in a variety of claims case studies
  • Danielle N. Malaty

    Fraternity & Sorority Hazing: Liability Exposures & Coverage

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

    Danielle N. Malaty, JD, Shareholder, Kopka Pinkus Dolin PC

  • Describe the graduated levels of duties owed by fraternities and sororities to their social guests
  • Scrutinize case law, social host statutes, and anti-hazing statutes as they apply to personal injury suits arising out of events hosted by these social organizations
  • Review applicable policy forms providing coverage and pinpoint key provisions
  • Examine effective defense strategies
  • Christopher W. Martin

    Declaratory Judgment Actions: How, When & Why?

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

    Christopher W. Martin, JD, Partner, Martin Disiere Jefferson et al

  • Explore reasons for and against seeking a declaratory judgment
  • Assess the most effective time to bring a declaratory judgment action
  • Identify parties that should be joined in the declaratory judgment action
  • Address potential responses that an adverse party may have to the declaratory judgment action and examine methods to combat them
  • Larry Mason

    Ethical Decision-Making: Choosing the Right Path

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

    Larry Mason, JD, Partner, Goldberg Segalla
    Crystal Uebelher, JD, CPCU, Claims Attorney, SECURA Insurance Companies

  • Identify common ethical challenges in claims handling
  • Analyze potential risks of unethical claims handling practices
  • Discuss approaches to resolving ethical dilemmas
  • Explore the benefits of ethical claims handling
  • Ryan Matchack

    Mobile Apps for Adjusters

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

    Nathan Clay, Dir.-CAT & Vendor Operations, American National P&C Group
    Ryan Matchack, Property Claims-HO Specialist, Grange Mutual Casualty 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
  • Andrea Matott

    Property Case Law Developments: Commercial Lines

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

    James A. Kitces, JD, Partner, Robins Kaplan LLP
    Andrea Matott, CPCU, AIC, SCLA, Claims Manager, Beazley Group
    Wayne Taylor, JD, Attorney, Mozley Finlayson & Loggins LLP

  • Review current trends and improve your ability to forecast court decisions in connection with commercial lines property claims issues
  • Identify current issues and concerns in connection with commercial lines property claims
  • Practice reasoning skills in applying policy provisions to factual scenarios
  • Share viewpoints with other claims professionals and attorneys from around the country on commercial lines property claims issues
  • Dean McCall

    Customer Service Markers for Success

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

    Dean McCall, AIC, AIM, ARM, SCLA, AVP, P&C Claims Training, American National P&C Group
    Marc Wolin, President & CEO, Seneca Insurance Group

  • Examine the many ways to deliver exceptional claims customer service
  • Help set customer service expectations as you adjust various claims
  • Review ways to salvage adjustments that have gone sour
  • Evaluate opportunities to build your own vital customer-centric claim organization
  • Brandan McGehee

    Large Agricultural Claim Challenges

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

    John Jennings, CPCU, Director-Property Claims, American National P&C Group
    Brandan McGehee, General Adjuster, Midwest Claims Service

  • Review coverage provisions related to agriculture losses
  • Determine when and how experts should be engaged in large agricultural claims
  • Evaluate loss strategies with common losses, including poultry houses, grain bins, milking parlors, and other agricultural structures
  • Describe Business Interruption and Extra Expense loss exposures and ways to mitigate these types of claims
  • Mike McKee

    Fraud with Catastrophic Losses

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

    Jonathan H. Colman, JD, Founding Partner, Colman Law Group
    Mike McKee, Special Agent, NICB
    Dawnde Pence, CPCU, SCLA, CIFI, Unit Manager, SIU Claims, Auto Club Enterprises Group

  • Describe how catastrophe environments can encourage insurance fraud
  • Identify various cat fraud scams and indicators with catastrophe losses
  • Devise strategies to effectively investigate and respond to potential fraud with various claims: wildfires, hurricanes and floods, etc.
  • Review fraud exposures and appropriate responses with additional living expense and fair rental value catastrophe claims
  • Kevin T. Merriman

    Social Media Liability Exposures & Coverage

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

    Kevin T. Merriman, JD, Partner, Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy
    Meghan E. Ruesch, JD, Associate Attorney, Lewis Wagner, LLP
    Nicole Weir, JD, Senior Claims Attorney, SECURA Insurance Companies

  • Examine liability exposures and coverage for cyberbullying and other conduct arising out of social media use
  • Explore present and emerging causes of action enhanced or generated by social media use
  • Assess coverage issues under personal and commercial liability policies for social media-related claims
  • Linda Monaco

    Faulty Construction Coverage Disputes: Current Status

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

    Linda Monaco, Construction Claims, State Auto Insurance Cos.
    Barbara O'Donnell, JD, Partner, Sulloway & Hollis, PLLC

  • Explain the interplay between the CGL policy's threshold insuring agreement and applicable policy exclusions
  • Survey significant recent court decisions highlighting the importance of examining the CGL policy insuring agreement's property damage and occurrence requirements
  • Scrutinize courts' approaches to the availability of coverage for Rip and Tear damages
  • Navigate coverage disputes when efforts are made by the insured to resolve faulty workmanship claims without litigation
  • Charles Mondello

    Drones & Remote Sensing for Claims

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

    Charles Mondello, President, Property Drone Consortium

  • Evaluate the continued and evolving regulatory environment for drone operations
  • Explore how drone operations form a component of remote sensing use cases in claims
  • Describe technology options available to support drones as a component in a larger remote-sensing environment
  • Identify key aspects of imaging to optimize drone remote-sensing operations
  • John Mumford

    Determining the Number of Occurrences Under CGL Policies

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

    Dick Cammett, Owner, EG Claims Adjusting/Consulting
    John Mumford, JD, Partner, Hancock Daniel Johnson et al

  • Identify the scenarios in which the issue of the number of occurrences arises
  • Discover how the parties' respective positions on this issue may change based on the policy provisions (including limits and deductible) and facts of the claim
  • Review the key liability policy provisions which impact the determination of the number of occurrences
  • Describe the different "tests" utilized by courts nationally for determining the number of occurrences and survey recent case law addressing this issue
  • Roy A. Mura

    Use of Social Media to Investigate Claims

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

    Roy A. Mura, JD, Managing Partner, Mura & Storm, PLLC

  • Describe how to gather and record social media evidence with first- and third-party claims
  • Evaluate admissibility and authentication of evidence and the power of a preservation letter
  • Review the risks and regulations in collecting evidence and how to manage the risk
  • List social media resources and third-party profile services

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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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