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Cannibis (Please advise title)


Curriculum: Underwriting

Ronald J. Clark, JD, Shareholder, Bullivant Houser Bailey PC

  • Please provide learning objectives. Thank you.
  • Casualty Case Law Update


    Curriculum: Casualty Campus

    W. Lane Neilson, JD, Partner, Neilson & Associates, P.A.

  • Identify current casualty claim law trends across the nation
  • Evaluate current issues and improve your abilities to forecast court decisions
  • Analyze third-party liability factual scenarios
  • CAT Management: Adv. Mapping Technologies/GIS


    Curriculum: PLRB

    Peter J. Balingit, GISP, AVP-Catastrophe Services, PLRB
    Andrew Louchios, GISP, IT/Geospatial Specialist, PLRB

  • Utilize GIS technology for real-world storm and catastrophe studies
  • Analyze different GIS data sets that can assist CAT response efforts
  • Integrate GIS datasets and map services into your claims workflows
  • Conduct historical weather searches using PLRB's interactive mapping applications
  • CAT Planning & Response to Catastrophes


    Curriculum: Catastrophe

    Craig Sakraida, CPCU, AIC, Claims Director CAT Operations, Citizens Property Insurance
    Joseph Wagdy, INC, AIC, Catastrophe Claims Manager, Auto Club Enterprises Group

  • Prepare for the event with pre-season meetings to identify the resources and protocols needed to respond
  • Perform initial reconnaissance of the damaged area to evaluate severity and determine how best to deploy your resources
  • Improve your response by conducting ongoing evaluations and post-mortem sessions to improve the planning and response process
  • Changing Mindsets with Organizational Change


    Curriculum: Management

    Lisa Horn, CPCU, AIM, AIC, Director-Claim Technology, Western National Insurance
    Robert J. Wedoff, President, Envista Forensics

  • Define the psychology and evolution involved in change
  • Explore how failure to recognize the importance of change management in your initiative can jeopardize your success
  • Examine the challenges of effective communication based on roles within the organization
  • Describe strategies to overcome resistance to change and optimize success for your initiative
  • Claims Analytics: Insights & Expertise


    Curriculum: Management

    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
  • Climate Change: Impacts, Claims & Preparations


    Curriculum: Underwriting

    John A. Lee, JD, Partner, Goldberg Segalla

  • Define the underlying science behind climate change
  • Identify potential future regional impacts related to climate change
  • Explore efforts by the insurance industry to model and prepare for future impacts
  • Review current legal developments related to climate change
    ** Identify insurance policy provisions that could impact whether climate change claims are covered
  • Conditional Settlement Demands: Defusing Third-Parties’ Tactics


    Curriculum: Casualty Campus

    Albert Alikin, JD, Partner, Anderson McPharlin & Connors

  • Identify communications and conduct by plaintiff's counsel that are meant to trigger bad faith setups in policy limit demands
  • Analyze the carrier's basic duty to settle in good faith and what could be at stake if carrier fails to fulfill its duty
  • Evaluate particular conditions and scenarios
  • Compare and utilize practical steps, based on the individual situation, to help defuse the bad faith setup
  • Confronting the “Reptile Theory”


    Curriculum: Casualty Campus

    Kenneth Bunn, AIC, AVP, Claims, Builders Mutual Insurance
    JD Keister, JD, Attorney, MGC Insurance Defense

  • Examine considerations for litigation
  • Analyze the foundations of the Reptile Theory and the teachings of Ball and Keenan
  • Compare the various ways plaintiff attorneys are putting the Reptile Theory into action across the country
  • Identify how to spot the reptile and manage a claim before suit is filed
  • Contents Claims Adjustments that Sizzle


    Curriculum: Adjusting Property

    Todd Breton, Project Manager, Germania Insurance
    Deborah Johnson, President & CEO, Contents Adjuster Team, LLC

  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of traditional personal property adjustments
  • Identify the most critical features of contents adjustments
  • Review ways to increase your expertise in handling contents claims
  • Explore the differences between Customer Attention and Customer Service
  • Contractors Equipment Claims Challenges (Please advise title)


    Curriculum: Adjusting Property

    Debra Brickner, Sr. National Claims Director, W. R. Berkley Group
    Tom Fergus, Heavy Equip. Claims Specialist, N. E. Truck & Equip. Claims

  • Please provide learning objectives. Thank you.
  • Contractual Indemnity & Additional Insureds Liability


    Curriculum: Casualty Campus

    John S. Hanlon, SCLA, Complex Claims Unit Manager, Selective Insurance Group
    Dan Kohane, JD, Senior Partner, Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.

  • Distinguish between an insurer's obligations to those who qualify as additional insureds and those who benefit from contractual indemnity obligations
  • Evaluate how tenders of defense and indemnity should be made under both policy and trade agreement
  • Describe the protocols to consider when tenders are received under both insurance policy and contracts
  • Identify the relevant factors when sending or receiving tenders
  • Coverage Challenges with Common Property Endorsements


    Curriculum: Property Coverage

    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
  • Craft Beverage Risk: Analysis & Adjustment


    Curriculum: Underwriting

    Dan Mullen, Assoc. Manager-Casualty Claims, Cincinnati Insurance Companies
    Donald Seitz, CPCU, National Program Director, Cincinnati Insurance Companies

  • Evaluate exposures to fire/explosion, product liability, and alcohol service
  • Identify property and liability controls designed to minimize loss potential
  • Review industry loss leaders and claim examples
  • Describe frequently asked claim handling questions
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