New York, NY
March 1-2, 2022
CE/CLE Credits
7 Total Credits Available

Plus D&O Symposium

The largest D&O professional liability insurance event of the year

The annual PLUS D&O Symposium is the one and only experience throughout the year that brings together D&O professional liability insurance thought-leaders to learn about the state of the market, trends moving forward, and to garner insights from industry experts. Plus earn up to 7 CE credits!

Click here to view the current list of attendees.

Location Details

Marriott Marquis Hotel
1535 Broadway
New York, NY

Block Rate Deadline | February 18th

The PLUS block rate at the Marriott Marquis has expired as of February 18th. To make a hotel room reservation, please call the Marriott Marquis directly at +1 212-398-1900 or book online here. Room rates are subject to availability and the hotel’s discretion.

New York COVID Requirements

Because this event is in New York City, PLUS will be following local laws and regulations regarding COVID-19. The executive order issued by the mayor of NYC regarding vaccination requirements in New York City states that all customers, employees and vendors are required to be vaccinated for all indoor dining at restaurants, bars, catering/event facilities including meeting space, and any other indoor sit-down dining options.

In order to gain access to any PLUS event space at the Marriott Marquis, all attendees must first go to the 3rd floor lobby at the Marriott Marquis and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The hotel staff will give you a wrist band that allows you access to any event space related to this Symposium. The hotel does not accept a negative COVID test in lieu of proof of vaccination.

Proof of vaccination (with a valid form of identification) means proof of receipt of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use or licensed for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization. Such proof may be established by:

  • A CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or an official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered or a digital or physical photo of such a card or record, reflecting the person’s name, vaccine brand, and date administered; or
  • A New York City COVID Safe Pass (available to download on Apple and Android smartphone devices)
  • A New York State Excelsior Pass
  • Official Vaccine Record

Please review this general information and this list of accepted vaccines provided by the City of New York.

The Symposium Chairs

Meet the folks who helped organize the 2022 PLUS D&O Symposium

Janet Dreifuss, Esq.

Janet is the Associate General Counsel and Senior Claims Counsel at ARC Excess & Surplus, LLC.  Janet specializes in executive risk liability exposures including Directors and Officers Liability, Financial Institutions Professional Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Cyber Liability, Fiduciary Liability and Fidelity coverages.  Janet provides claim advocacy services on behalf of ARC’s Brokerage clients and assists clients in evaluating and negotiating complex claims and coverage issues in order to obtain the best possible results for ARC’s clients.  In addition, Janet works with ARC brokers to draft and manuscript policy wordings and coverage modifications on these lines of business.

Janet previously held positions at Alliant Insurance Services where she was Senior Vice President and Head of Claims for the Executive Risk Claims Practice located in New York and at Hilb Rogal & Hobbs where she was Senior Vice President and headed the National Executive Risk Claims Practice.   Janet started in the insurance industry at AIG where she was the Manager of a claims team in the Financial Institutions Department.

Janet is an attorney and received her Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law.  She began her legal career in private practice where she was a commercial litigator and also spent several years working for the Federal Government in the Regional Counsel’s Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Janet has served on the Eastern Chapter Board of the Professional Liability Underwriters for the past 6 years and served as its Chair Person for 2 years from 2018 through 2019.  In addition, Janet is a current Co- Chair of the PLUS D&O Symposium and has served in such capacity since 2020.

Janet is a frequent speaker on various panels that address insurance industry related issues, including claims and coverage matters.

Cara Duffield

Cara Tseng Duffield is a partner in Wiley Rein LLP’s nationally recognized Insurance practice.  She represents insurers in complex disputes arising under directors and officers and other professional liability and general liability coverages. She provides strategic counseling to insurers for underlying exposures presented by securities and derivative litigation, government investigations, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy. Cara litigates coverage and bad faith actions on behalf of insurers around the country at the trial and appellate levels.  Chambers USA recognizes Cara as a respected and experienced insurance coverage attorney in the areas of D&O disputes, bankruptcy matters and class actions, calling her “excellent in court, a strong advocate and litigator” and “strategic in her approach to litigation and very knowledgeable in the subject matter” (2021).  In 2015, she was named a “Women to Watch” by Business Insurance.  Cara graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned her J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago.

Nora Hattauer

Nora Hattauer joined AIG Financial Lines in 2006 and has twenty years of experience in the Directors & Officers Liability industry. Nora was named Head of Management Liability for National Accounts in December 2020, and was previously the Chief Underwriting Officer for Public Company Management Liability in North America where she played a critical role in improving the performance of the portfolio. Nora graduated Magna Cum Laude from American University, and earned an MBA with High Honors from Georgia State University.

Justin Kudler

Justin Kudler is Assistant Vice President, Claims at AXA XL in Hartford, Connecticut, where he has handled professional liability claims under Directors and Officers, Errors and Omissions, Employment Practices Liability, and other professional lines policies for over 15 years.  He has published articles on Directors and Officers insurance issues, as well as the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other securities and class action issues.  He also has spoken at insurance industry conferences on topics including claim handling, claim trends, insurance for financial institutions, insurance for agents and brokers, and sub-prime litigation.  In private practice before joining XL, Justin represented insurers in litigation matters under general liability policies, defendants and plaintiffs in securities and consumer class actions, and individuals in investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Justin is a graduate of Harvard University, where he received his undergraduate degree cum laude in Government, and the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as Executive Editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology.

The Agenda

You will not want to miss industry experts discussing key topics including: Ancillary Products as Drivers of D&O Claims, the Canadian D&O Market, De-SPAC Transactions, Derivatives, ESG and Underwriting Concerns, Private Company Exposures, Securities Litigation Update and the State of the Market.
Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:00 am - 9:15 am
CE/CLE Session | Current Trends in Securities Class Action Litigation
9:15 am - 10:15 am

Through the lens of the D&O insurer and plaintiff and defense counsel, this session will provide a review of 2021 securities class action litigation and a robust discussion about the recent development in securities class action litigation and SEC enforcement. Speakers will also provide their perspectives on possible changes that could be seen under the current administration and the settlement process in securities class action litigation.

CE/CLE Session | The Main Event: How Event Driven Litigation Has Impacted D&O Claims
10:30 am - 11:30 am

With the litigation landscape continuing to be shaped by corporate events, like #MeToo, cyber and privacy incidents, and regulatory investigations, the likelihood of these events triggering executive risk claims continues to grow. This session will explore event driven litigation trends, emerging events that could drive future litigation, risk management for event driven litigation, and how EPL, Fiduciary, and Cyber underwriting can assist with assessing D&O risk.

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
CE/CLE Session | The SPAC and deSPAC Evolution: Where Are They Headed?
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

This session will explore the most current trends related to SPACs and deSPACs, including both the insurance and business aspects and how they intersect. This session will explore the impact of these on the future of business combination deals, how D&O underwriters are assessing these transactions, and what the environment might look like going forward.

CE/CLE Session | Private Company D&O: Are We At A Crossroads?
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Today, one of the biggest questions facing the Financial Lines insurance market is whether carriers have done enough or too much to control their exposure to private company D&O. While coverage for antitrust and qui tam exposures has been pulled back, other coverage for other drivers of loss--bankruptcies, ESG, regulatory matters and employment claims are still common and often expensive. This session will explore private company risk and loss drivers, insurer rationale for corrective action, and what to think about in regards to private company D&O renewals in 2022.

Keynote Session | DE&I in the Boardroom
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Few topics are more important than Diversity, Equity & Inclusion today in Corporate America. One of the most prominent ways a Company can signal it’s intention around DE&I efforts is by maintaining an inclusive Board of Directors, with members from diverse backgrounds bringing their varied experiences to leadership discussions. In this session, facilitated by Allison Barrett, Head of North America Financial Lines at AIG, we’ll hear from directors about their perspective in Boardrooms and how their personal contributions shape the organizations they serve.

Shared Networking Reception with Cyber Symposium Attendee
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Continental Breakfast
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:30 am - 10:00 am
CE/CLE Session | The Impact of the ESG Balancing Act on Boards and D&O
10:15 am - 11:15 am

With recent significant ESG development, this session will examine the current ESG landscape, the considerations and emerging risks for directors and officers, and D&O underwriting considerations. This session will also explore the key elements of a strong ESG framework, how organizations can protect themselves from ESG litigation, and what the future might hold for boards and directors and officers.

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
For Our Captive Audience: A Discussion on Delaware D&O Captive Insurance
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Just one month ago, the Delaware General Assembly passed a bill allowing Delaware corporations to use captive insurance to manage D&O exposures. Before the Governor signs the bill into law, join this lively discussion on its potential effect on the industry.

CE/CLE Session | No Longer the Tail of the Dog: The Impact of Derivate Cases
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

In the early days of securities litigation, derivative cases were often viewed as the "tail of the dog." Not so anymore as derivatives have found a footing with societal concerns including environmental, social and governance issues. This session will discuss the purposes of a corporation including the role of the board, the c-suite, and shareholders, the current derivative case landscape, and how the insurance industry is responding.

CE/CLE Session | State of the Market
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

D&O insurance industry executives will discuss the 2021 D&O insurance market trends and the impact of these trends on the industry as well as what they anticipate seeing in the 2022 market. This session will also explore the new and evolving risks for directors and officers, how to best advise stakeholders, and end with the speakers providing their perspectives on how the D&O market will look through 2022 and beyond.

Our Speakers

Don’t miss what some of the best and the brightest in the professional liability insurance industry have to say.

Our Sponsors

PLUS sponsors are an important part of this event and we are excited to see many new this year and returning from previous years.
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Registration for the 2022 PLUS D&O Symposium is now open to PLUS members. Become a PLUS member at no cost to register to attend!


Regular Registration (starting Jan 29)$1375.00
Regular D&O + Cyber Registration LIMITED QTY!$1595.00
Regular Registration - Tuesday Only$1110.00
Regular Registration - Wednesday Only$960.00

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