James Skarzynski (Moderator)
James Skarzynski is a founding partner and has been the Chairman of Skarzynski Marick & Black LLP since the firm’s inception in 2003. The primary focus of Jim’s practice is insurance coverage with a focus on counselling clients on coverage issues, litigation and policy underwriting pertaining to director & officer, financial institution errors & omissions and various other professional liability policies. Jim has been in the vanguard of critical issues and developments affecting these insurance products for decades; and he has represented insurers in the resolution of insurance coverage issues in numerous high profile cases.
Jim has authored a number of articles on the liability exposures of corporate directors and officers and related professional liability topics, and has spoken at numerous legal conferences and seminars. During the course of Jim’s career he has been very active in PLUS. He is the past Co-Chair of the PLUS D&O Symposium . Jim also served two three-year terms as a PLUS trustee and served on the PLUS Executive Committee in a number of capacities including as PLUS President. Jim is the 2021 recipient of the PLUS 1 Award presented annually by PLUS to a person whose efforts have contributed substantially to the advancement and image of the professional liability industry. Jim currently serves asa member of the PLUS Conference Committee.
Jim also has been active in the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and served two three-year terms as Chair of the Director and Officer Liability Sub-Committee of the Association, during which time he chaired an annual half-day D&O CLE program. Jim also is a member of the American College of Coverage Counsel, the preeminent association of U.S., Canadian and Bermudian lawyers who represent the interests of insurers and policyholders.
Jim is a graduate of Grinnell College and received his J.D. from Columbia University. Jim and wife Betsy have three adult children and currently reside in New York City.