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Christopher M. Ramey

Damage By Multiple Perils

Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30
Wednesday 8:30 - 9:30

Christopher M. Ramey, JD, Partner, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig
Brandon L. Sipple, JD, VP, Coverage Director, Chubb

  • Identify multiple causes of loss and associated exclusions
  • Examine coverage nuances including the efficient proximate cause and concurrent cause doctrines where applicable
  • Evaluate regarding potential changes in policy language due to recent case law and assess potential effects of such changes
  • Kimberly Ramey

    Multiple Claimant Cases: Minimizing Exposure

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

    Patricia Farve, AIC, Team Manager, Crawford & Company
    Kimberly Ramey, JD, Partner, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig

  • Scrutinize court decisions from various jurisdictions addressing a carrier's duties and obligations when faced with multiple claimants and insufficient policy limits
  • Describe and illustrate effective strategies for investigating, evaluating and settling in good faith multiple claims with insufficient policy limits
  • Devise solutions to problems that frequently arise when attempting to resolve multiple claims with insufficient policy limits
  • Heidi Hudson Raschke

    Building Valuation Challenges

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

    Jonathon C. Held, President, J.S. Held, LLC
    Heidi Hudson Raschke, JD, Shareholder, Carlton Fields
    Trevor Self, Head of Property Claims, Beazley Group

  • Review the basic valuation concepts of Replacement Cost, Actual Cash Value, and Like Kind and Quality
  • Evaluate various components of depreciation
  • Describe various issues associated with Broad Evidence topics
  • Compare state-by-state differences in Actual Cash Value--what's allowed and what's not
  • Curtis J. Reynolds

    Business Income Claims: Resolving Problems

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

    Robert C. Burrell, JD CPCU, Attorney, Borgelt Powell Peterson et al
    Curtis J. Reynolds, CPA, Partner, Insight Forensic Accountants
    Scott Wittliff, AIC, SCLA, Property Specialist, ACUITY A Mutual Insurance Co.

  • Define steps an insurer should take in the initial claim handling process, including contact with insured, coverage evaluation, reservation of rights, requesting documents
  • Identify specific business income/extra expense–related documents to be requested from the insured at each step of the claim process
  • Evaluate proper claim handling for several challenging claim scenarios
  • Outline the role of each of the participants in the business income/extra expense claim handling process--adjuster, accountant, attorney, etc.
  • Glenn Ricciardelli

    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
  • Christopher Riggs

    Leveraging Digital Info in the Claims Process

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

    Karl Epps, EnCE, CEH, CCFE, Partner, Epps-Tech Consulting
    David C. Potts, JD, Associate, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC
    Christopher Riggs, PTC I, PTC II, AVP-Managing Director, Crawford & Company

  • Identify five information sources that could contain digital data relevant to your claim
  • Describe how "foot printing" can be used to identify potentially useful digital information
  • List three ways digital information could be used in claims scenarios
  • Explain why proper digital data preservation is necessary and provide examples of proper preservation techniques
  • Victoria H. Roberts

    Independent Counsel Fees: Keeping Control

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

    Julia Molander, JD, Member, Cozen O'Connor
    Victoria H. Roberts, JD, Vice President & Counsel, Meadowbrook Insurance Group

  • Identify circumstances in which the insured has a legitimate right to independent counsel
  • Determine whether billing guidelines apply to independent counsel
  • Evaluate whether fees are reasonable and necessary
  • Learn how to negotiate protocols with independent counsel for reporting to insurer
  • Todd Roeder

    Distribution Center Destruction: Managing the Loss

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

    Randy M. Grundy, President & EGA, RGACM
    Todd Roeder, CPA, Partner, HSNO Forensic Accountants

  • Evaluate coverage and loss scenarios for a distribution center affected by a major catastrophe
  • Review the need for and role of experts including building consultant, salvor, and accountant
  • Describe adjustment options with respect to the inventory
  • Examine multiple business interruption triggers, including ingress/egress, civil authority, and power outage
  • Michael T. Ryan

    Homeowner Conundrums: Issues & Analysis

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

    John McLaughlin, AIC, AVP-Claims, Narragansett Bay Insurance
    Michael T. Ryan, Partner, Merry, Farnen & Ryan, P.C.

  • Evaluate residency and determine who is an insured
  • Decide who has an insurable interest and can bring a claim
  • Identify who should be named on insurance proceeds check, including mortgagee, loss payee, lien holder, etc.
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