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Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

Welcome Reception at the JAMS Los Angeles Mediation Center

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Please join us for a welcome reception the evening before the conference, from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the JAMS Los Angeles Mediation Center located at 555 West Fifth St. (Gas Company Tower), 32nd Floor. It is a 7-minute walk from the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Click here for more location details.

Please RSVP by Friday Feb. 19 to If you are traveling with a spouse or partner, please include them in the RSVP.


Agenda Day One | Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

Registration & Breakfast

7:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:45 a.m.

EmergInsuranceChairs-1Linda Bondi Morrison Tressler LLP | Elizabeth Hanke KCIC | Scott Godes Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Cyber Liability Coverage: You Say Yes, I Say No

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Where coverage is being sought in non-cyber insurance policies | Update on the state of the law in this emerging area of risk and coverage | Policy form developments regarding coverage under CGL, Crime, Errors & Omissions, Directors & Officers & Property policies


Scott Godes Barnes & Thornburg LLP | Richard Bortnick Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP | Linda Kornfeld  Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP | Laurie A. Kamaiko Sedgwick LLP | Jacqueline Urban Aon Risk Solutions

Primary/Excess: The Business of Layers

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


David Sean Cox Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP | Carrie Scott KCIC

Coffee / Tea Break

10:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Social Media: Now You ‘Like’ It, Now You Don’t

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Social Media as an investigation tool in claims handling and litigation | Pitfalls and advantages for companies | Securing access | Discovery | Ethical considerations


Mollie Werwas Kopon Airdo LLC | Jeanne Sheahan Groupon

Consumer Class Action Claims: Give Peace a Chance

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

TCPA | Zip codes | Made in America/labeling | Settlement issues


Joseph Krock The Claro Group LLC | David Nelson Barnes & Thornburg LLP | Donna Wilson Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP | Dan Cunningham Tressler LLP


12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

 Genetically Modified Organisms
You Say Potāto, I Say Potäto

1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Genetically Modified vs. Hybridized Products – Similarities and Differences | Possible Effects on Insurance Products – Covered or Not | Types of Claims – Those Already Seen and Those That Are Still To Come


Casey Roberts Laurus Insurance Consulting

Legalized Marijuana: What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Emerging risks and liabilities every general counsel, risk manager and claim professional should know: Risks associated with the marketing, sale, ingestion and misuse of marijuana | Ethical issues associated with the legalization (state v. federal law) | Issues presented for financial institutions, accountants, lawyers and others in the professional services industry in providing advice and counsel | Lawsuits of the future: employment law, professional liability, products liability and more.


Stephen Henning Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP | Julia Manganaro Navigators Insurance Group | Dean Rocco Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP | Linda Pierce Vice President Western Region, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Manufacturing in China/Asia: Keep Your Eyes Wide Open

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

How to source products from China and other emerging Asian economies | How to source products so as to avoid product liability lawsuits | How to prevail in litigation against your Asian manufacturer | Cross-claiming against your Asian manufacturer


Dan Harris Harris Moure PLLC, author, China Law Blog

Claims & Coverage Involving Foreign Products

3:45 p.m. –  4:45 p.m.

What to do about your Asian manufacturer once product problems occur | Who pays when foreign products fail? | Real cases involving defective products manufactured in China and elsewhere outside the U.S. | How to navigate challenges involving jurisdiction, foreign insurers, and limiting liability | Specialty insurance products


Eugene LaFlamme McCoy Leavitt Laskey LLC | Brian Benoit McLarens | Dan Harris Harris Moure PLLC | Marie Nolan Cunningham Lindsey

Allocation du Jour: Complex Allocation Issues

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Historical background allocation issues | Allocation of Long Tail claims (multi-plaintiff, occ def, shared coverage, exhaustion, etc) | Bermuda forms – batching occurrences, picking a policy period, cut-off, allocation to a batch definition | D&O allocations (covered and uncovered claims) | Mergers & Acquisitions (capacity questions with class actions arising out of M&A where officers acting as shareholders and not covered by D&O)

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Elizabeth Hanke KCIC, moderator | Mary Craig Calkins Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP | Jerold Oshinsky Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP | Rina Carmel Zelle McDonough & Cohen LLP | Donald McCormick CNA Insurance

Networking Reception

5:45 p.m.KCIC

Agenda Day Two | Friday, Feb., 26, 2016


7:30 a.m.

Rise of the Drones: The Complications of Insuring Unmanned Aircraft Systems

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Third-party liability coverage | Hull and ground equipment coverage | Use of UAVs in the current market place | The future for rogue fliers


Vikki Stone Poms & Associates Insurance Brokers LLC

Tempted by the Fruit of Another:
Additional Insureds, Indemnity Agreements and Risk Transfer

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Significance of policy forms and recent developments in the law | Important factors which could impact the availability of “other insurance” | Practical considerations when pursuing or responding to claims of additional insured coverage | Understanding the importance of indemnity agreements in sharing or transferring risk


Linda Bondi Morrison Tressler LLP | Lisa Unger Markel Corp. | Steve Palley Palley Law PLLC


10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

 ADR: Best Practices & Applications

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

When is the right time to mediate? | How should you prepare your mediator to help you? | What is the best role for your client? | What is good “evaluative mediation”? | How can you have productive Joint Sessions?


Craig S. Meredith JAMS | Jeff Kichaven Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation

Dorothy, You Are Not in Kansas (or California or New York) Any More: Emerging Construction Defects Issues

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

An insurance claims manager, coverage counsel and defense attorney practicing in multiple jurisdictions offer insights on: Litigating and understanding the differences between different states in their approach to construction defect | How the differences affect the strategies, approaches and exposures faced by policyholders and carriers.


John Podesta Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP | Marisa Ala Palumbo Bergstrom LLP | Rob Weingarten Assistant Vice President, Certus Claims Administration LLC


12:30 p.m.

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