Recording Date: August 18, 2010
Duration: 93 minutes
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• First steps for filing a claim:
-What you need to do to prepare your claim
-Gathering documents and the right information
• Who to file a claim with: pros and cons
-Filing a claim for business interruption, property damage or other economic losses against a carrier
-Filing a claim against BP or the fund
• First party property insurance
-Direct physical loss or damage coverage
-Time element coverages
• Other coverages at play
• Advanced insurance coverage discussion: D & O, E & O, specialized insurance, criminal liability coverage, First-party issues, including valuation and appraisal, additional insureds, etc.


Thomas S. Brown, Esq., is a member of the law firm of Gibbons P.C., where he concentrates his practice in the areas of first and third-party coverage disputes, property cases (including defense, bad faith and subrogation) commercial litigation and mediation. In addition, he is a certified mediator for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and serves as a mediator and arbitrator. Mr. Brown received his BA, Grove City College, cum laude and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law. He is admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and is a member of its Supreme Court. In addition, Mr. Brown is admitted to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court of Arkansas. Mr. Brown is a member of the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, the International Association of Defense Counsel, the American Bar Association, where he has served as a member of the Council of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section and as Chair of the Property Insurance Law Committee, the Defense Research Institute, the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, the Loss Executives Association and the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations. He is a member of the House of Delegates and former chair of the Young Lawyers section of the PBA. He has lectured frequently on insurance coverage and related issues for those organizations listed, and has authored numerous articles focusing on his areas of practice. Mr. Brown also serves as an Arbitrator and Mediator in business and commercial disputes, and in complex insurance coverage cases. He received training at the Strauss Institute for ADR at Pepperdine University School of Law and is certified as a mediator by the USDC for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Linda Kornfeld, Esq., is the Managing Partner of Dickstein Shapiro’s Los Angeles office and a partner in the Insurance Coverage Practice. Ms. Kornfeld conducts an active trial and appellate practice, representing insureds in complex litigation matters. She also provides insurance risk management advice to her clients with respect to policy procurement and renewals. She has substantial litigation and trial experience, and has handled major insurance coverage matters for a wide range of clients nationally, including in California, Delaware, New York, Michigan, and Texas. According to Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Ms. Kornfeld and fellow partner Kirk Pasich “are the best attorneys in California when you have a claim against an insurance company.” Ms. Kornfeld also has been recognized by Business Insurance on its list of the top 50 “Women to Watch” in the insurance industry. In 2009, the Daily Journal named her as one of California’s top 100 women litigators, and Southern California Super Lawyers named her as one of Southern California’s top 50 women lawyers. Ms. Kornfeld also is involved in women’s leadership issues and engages in activities to promote the advancement of women into leadership positions in the legal and other professions. In fact, she is a frequent speaker and writer on the subject. “Women Leaders Boost Profit,” an article co-authored by Ms. Kornfeld and Robin Cohen, appeared in the September 2006 issue of Barron’s.

Lorelie S. Masters, Esq., is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Washington, D.C. office. She is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department and Climate and Clean Technology Law and Insurance Litigation and Counseling Practices. Ms. Masters is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale- Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. Ms. Masters was also recognized in the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 editions of Washington DC Super Lawyers for Insurance Coverage Litigation, and by The Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Since 2005, Chambers & Partners USA has named Ms. Masters one of the country’s leading lawyers in Insurance Law. Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Ms. Masters spent 17 years at Anderson Kill & Olick, L.L.P., in its nationally recognized insurance coverage group. Since 1983, she has advised and represented companies and individuals seeking to enforce insurance coverage under general liability, directors & officers, first-party property, health, and other types of insurance. Ms. Masters also has extensive experience in e-commerce issues and related records-management and electronic-discovery issues that arise from the increasing reliance on technology and computers. Ms. Masters has handled, tried, and settled cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts across the country and, more recently, in arbitrations in the United States and abroad. At issue in these cases typically have been millions of dollars of insurance coverage for products liability and directors and officers claims.

Philip Silverberg, Esq., is a Partner of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass in New York. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in insurance coverage and reinsurance litigation, as well as commercial, tort and corporate litigation. His practice has included trials, arbitrations, and appeals involving insurance coverage disputes, third-party defense, environmental claims, subrogation, reinsurance, broker liability, property and casualty losses, and fraud claims. Mr. Silverberg has litigated in state and federal courts throughout the United States He has served as national coverage counsel to insurers on a number of catastrophes, including 9/11 and Katrina. Chambers & Partners USA has named Mr. Silverberg as a leading lawyer in insurance and he also was recognized in the Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers. Mr. Silverberg also has lectured on insurance coverage and claims-handling practices and has published in numerous publications on these topics.