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2/24/2023 By Nancy Gutzler

We hope to see you at the American Bar Association Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar in Tucson, March 1-4, where KCIC is proud to be the event sponsor. It will be the 35th anniversary of the seminar, which this year features 28 dynamic programs, 17 roundtable lunch discussion, and many networking events and outdoor activities.

All five of the KCIC attendees  -  Elizabeth Hanke, Nick Sochurek, Diana Kantner, Robert Parrish and I (Nancy Gutzler) – are serving as speakers this year.

Thursday, March 2 - 4:00 to 5:00 pm (MST)

Elizabeth will moderate the breakout session “The Windows Are Open, Which Way Is the Coverage Breeze Blowing?” The breakout session will  discuss how, after several years and high-profile cases following the first “look-back” windows were opened for childhood sexual abuse claims, insurance coverage law is following. Decisions on sufficiency of evidence, number of occurrences, direct action claims, and numerous related bankruptcies set the stage for lively debate and are moving towards resolution, allowing for restitution for survivors. The panel will discuss key coverage issues and practical considerations to resolve abuse cases in the context of recent case law. With Elizabeth as the moderator, other panelists will be:

  • Sarah G. Klein, Manly Stewart & Finaldi/Dalton & Associates PA
  • James P. Ruggeri, Ruggeri Parks Weinberg LLP
  • Jared Zola, Blank Rome LLP

Friday, March 3 - 10:45 to 11:45 am (MST)

I have the honor of  moderating the breakout session “Where the Math Meets the Law (The Sequel).” Our panel will discuss recent developments in allocation, including new cases and concepts and how they can be modeled in complex insurance allocations in the contexts of litigating unresolved allocation issues, settlement discussions, and billing losses to unsettled insurers or under settlement agreements. The conversation will focus on balancing the “spirit of the law” with the practicalities involved in doing the math in these varying contexts. The panelists joining me for this discussion are:

  • Diego Garcia Jr., Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP
  • Gerald P. Konkel, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Eileen T. McCabe, Mendes & Mount LLP

Friday, March 3 - 1:05 to 2:20 pm (MST)

At a roundtable discussion, “To IBT or Not to IBT? Perspectives on Insurance Business Transfers in the U.S.,” Nick will be joined by Bradley Dlatt of Perkins Coie LLP for a discussion on the current landscape of insurance business transfers and corporate division laws in the U.S. and how policyholders, insurers, and other parties may be impacted by these options for insurers to divest legacy and run-off risks.

Friday, March 3 - 1:05 to 2:20 pm (MST)

Insurance Coverage for Climate Change Litigation: Disputes are Heating Up!” will be another roundtable where Diana will be joined by John M. Sylvester of K&L Gates LLP. Conversation will focus on disputes over insurance coverage for claims and lawsuits relating to climate change, whether for alleged environmental damage from selling fossil fuels or for potential misleading claims in corporate disclosure statements.

Saturday, March 4 - 8:00 to 9:10 p.m. (MST)
Robert will moderate the plenary panel “The Elephant in the Room: Why Diversity is Lacking in the Legal Profession and How to Embrace the ‘Uncomfortable’ Conversations and Move Forward.” He will lead a discussion around how Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are critical to creating a space where everyone can thrive, and the question of how best to build a better profession is especially relevant for those in a leadership role. The panel will take a deep look at the experiences of different groups and explore why people avoid engaging in discussions about race and other forms of diversity. Topics will include micro-aggressions, what it means to be an ally, how “white fragility” hinders DEI efforts, and the intersectionality and plight of double and triple minority attorneys. Joining Robert as panelists will be:

  • Lacrecia Cade, What-If Collective Co
  • Linda Kornfeld, Blank Rome LLP
  • William D. Purnell, Bowman and Brooke LLP

This annual conference is always on our calendar because it consistently offers a combination of high-quality programing and quality time spent with many legal professionals we’ve gotten to know over the years. We hope to see you there!

Nancy Gutzler

About Nancy Gutzler

Managing product liabilities often means breaking complex scenarios into smaller components that can be easily understood by all parties. That’s precisely what Nancy Gutzler excels at doing.

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