PLUS Conference 2022

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PLUS Conference Agenda

Attend the annual PLUS Conference for a deep dive into all things professional liability insurance. Networking, education, business development and so much more.

Registration Open
11:30am -7:30pm

Location: Grand Registration Foyer
All attendee badges will have a QR code, and you will be scanned in/out of every session or activity at the PLUS Conference this year, including the Welcome Reception and Connections Lounge. This eliminates the need for tickets and CE/CLE manual stamping - Your badge is your ticket.

Pre-Conference Party Featuring Dueling Pianos
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Hosted by the Future Plus And DEIA Committees
This will be a party you won’t want to miss with dueling pianos, flair bartenders, an opportunity to meet fellow PLUS members before Conference starts, and a raffle drawing for two tickets to the Elton John concert on 11/9 in San Diego.

Registration Open
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Grand Registration Foyer

Connections Lounge Open
9:00am - 5:00pm

Open to all registered attendees
9:00 am - 2:00 pm   BARISTA
9:00 am - 2:00 pm   ZEN DEN
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm   “PAWS” FOR A BREAK
9:00 am - 2:00 pm   HEADSHOTS  
9:00 am - 5:00 pm   PHOTO MOSAIC WALL  
9:00 am - 5:00 pm   CHARGING STATIONS

RPLU Celebration
11:30am - 12:30pm

Invitation only for incoming RPLU/RPLU+ designees

Networking & Engagement Welcome Hosted by Future Plus & DEIA Committees
12:30pm - 1:30pm

We’re kicking off the 2022 PLUS Conference off with some fun and helping you create connections. This fast-paced, lively, interactive session will get you moving before the Conference even begins. We promise you to come away knowing a little more about PLUS and Conference, making at least eight new connections, and possibly even winning some prizes. Snacks and beverages will be provided!

Noelle M. Reed, Esq.  Doru Gavril, Esq.  Jack Flug  Matthew McLellan  
Sponsor Session: Navigating the Broadening Regulatory Landscape
1:30pm- 2:30pm

Presented by Marsh
Directors and Officers face greater scrutiny than ever before. There has been a lot of activity at the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) since the beginning of the Biden Administration. SEC Chairman Gary Gensler has been outspoken on several issues with the stated goal of sharpening investor protection. This focus has resulted in the agency establishing an Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) Task Force and proposing a number of rules on topics ranging from Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs), to cyber and climate disclosures. Join this session for an overview of the broader implications of this regulatory activity on companies' disclosure practices, insurance placements, and the liability risk landscape. We'll cover the threat of investor litigation flowing from increased disclosure obligations. And we'll explore ESG-related litigation to date and how successful cases have been in defeating companies’ motions to dismiss and obtaining a settlement.

Alexander C. Drylewski, Esq.  Sarah Downey  Marshall Rothstein  
Sponsor Session: Crypto Coverage Concerns in a Developing Environment
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Presented by Starr Companies
Our presenters will focus on the developing regulatory landscape and industry ecosystem for firms engaging with digital assets. The focus will be on how carriers and brokers are helping to facilitate solutions.

Ron Howard  
Opening General Session Featuring Ron Howard
2:45pm - 4:30pm

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation’s most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed Oscar-winning dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood’s most memorable films. Whether in front of or behind the camera, or for film, television or documentaries, Howard has been a part of many of the most significant projects in every decade since the 1960s.

Keynote Speaker
PLUS Welcome Reception
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Marina Terrace, Pool Level

Registration Open
7:30 am – 5:45 pm

Location: Grand Registration Foyer

Attendee Breakfast
7:30am - 8:30am
Connections Lounge
8:00am - 4:00pm

Open to all registered attendees
8:30 am -11:30 am AND 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm   BARISTA
8:00 am - 3:00 pm   ZEN DEN
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm AND 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm  “PAWS” FOR A BREAK
8:30 am -11:30 am AND 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm   HEADSHOTS  
8:00 am - 4:00 pm   PHOTO MOSAIC WALL  
8:00 am - 4:00 pm   CHARGING STATIONS

Shawn Ram  Rachel Rossini  AnnaMarie Landaverde, RPLU   Kelly B. Castriotta, Esq.  Richard W. Goldberg, Esq.  
CE/CLE Session: Cyber Insurance – Duckling or Swan?
8:30am - 9:30am

The scope and nature of cyber incidents regularly change. The insurance industry has, of course, worked to anticipate those changes. But as adjustments are made, does cyber coverage pull away from or overlap other coverages? Is the nature of cyber claims changing? This panel will address the conditions shaping cyber insurance, the growing pains and friction as the cyber sector integrates with other lines, potential data, capacity, and concentration issues, and the factors affecting the future of the sector.

*CPLP self-reporting credit eligible

Jonathan Reiner  Yera Patel  Marek Krowka  Beth Goldberg  Gregory Spore  
CE/CLE Session: Fact or Fiction About the D&O Market
8:30am - 9:30am

As the pandemic wanes, a risk-laden economic landscape marked by stock market volatility, runaway inflation, supply chain issues, and labor shortages is affecting not just businesses, but board members and managers, who face a surge of potential lawsuits. What are the knock-on effects for the D&O industry? With this backdrop, the panel will be asked a series of questions, offering a variety of perspectives, on rate trends, SPACs, the impact of new market entrants, ESG, cybersecurity, securities class action litigation, derivative litigation, etc. to explore and discover what fact is and what is fiction.

Joan Woodward  
Sponsor Session: Woodward on Washington: An Economic, Public Policy & Political Outlook
9:45am - 10:30am

Presented by Travelers
Joan Woodward, Executive Vice President of Public Policy at Travelers, will share her annual economic, public policy and political outlook in this data-driven presentation. She will also discuss the most pressing challenges facing Congress and the Biden Administration today. What do higher interest rates, coupled with the highest inflation rates in 40 years mean for your business? Will legislation recently passed by Congress, such as the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and the CHIPS Act, bring relief to consumers and businesses? Joan will explore those issues, as well as the outcome of the mid-term elections and what it might mean for insurance, tax policy, and the economy. Also, as President of the Travelers Institute, Joan will give a preview of the Institute’s 2023 initiatives.

John Butler, RPLU, CPLP  
Sponsor Session: Where Does Tech E&O Stop & Cyber Liability Begin?
9:45am - 10:30am

Presented by CNA
While both Tech E&O and standalone cyber policies can cover data breaches, the similarities and differences between the two coverages my not be apparent. This presentation will compare Tech E&O to standalone cyber, looking at the benefits each provide, and conveying what would (and would not) be covered in a few real world claims examples. We’ll share how these coverages can work in tandem to more fully protect a business then either policy could do alone.

Chris Rafferty  
Sponsor Session: Creating Value Via Intellectual Property
10:45am - 11:30am

Presented by Aon
In 1975, approximately 85% of the S&P 500's value was derived from tangible assets. Today, over 90% of the S&P 500's value is derived from intangible assets, and Intellectual Property is leading this evolution. However, until recently, the insurance industry has lagged at creating ways to help companies, identify, protect, and access this asset. This session will discuss creative ways that companies can protect and leverage their core asset, intellectual property.

Lenin Lopez, Esq.  Maurice Pesso, Esq.  William P. Kelly, Jr.  
Sponsor Session: Climate Change – It’s the End of the World As We Knew It!
10:45am - 11:30am

Presented by Canopius
A heartwarming dialogue on climate change. We will opine on the basics of climate change and how it is becoming an increasingly relevant part of discussions in the underwriting and brokering process and how we are seeing it manifest itself in claims.

Lori Greiner  
Women's Leadership Network Luncheon with Awards & Keynote Lori Greiner
11:45am - 1:30pm

Lori Greiner started with one idea and turned it into a multi-million dollar international brand. She is well known as a self-made inventor, entrepreneur who created and marketed over 1,000 products, holds 120 US and international patents and has a 90% success rate for new items launched. She is recognized as one of the most prolific inventors of retail products of our time.

Keynote Speaker
Barry A. Hartstein  
Sponsor Session: EEOC Impact on EPLI Claims
1:30pm - 2:15pm

Presented by Great American Insurance Company
The EEOC has been faced with one of its most challenging periods in recent times based on ongoing concerns involving harassment and the “me too” movement, “Black Lives Matter” and concerns of systemic discrimination, and issues that have arisen based on COVID-19 and the pandemic. In this session, you will be provided with insights and updates on what is happening at EEOC headquarters and in the field, review charge activity, litigation statistics and noteworthy EEOC settlements, gain insights on the agency’s continued focus on systemic claims, and learn about ongoing challenges involving ADA claims, including the status of telework tied to requests for reasonable accommodations, aside from other recent developments that may be of concern to carriers and insureds. Insights also will be provided regarding the EEOC’s current priorities, key initiatives and the EEOC’s current approach to EEOC investigations. Location: Pacific 14

Fred Cooper  Jeff Kulikowski  Christian E. Hoffman  
Sponsor Session: Beware The Gray Rhinos
1:30pm - 2:15pm

Presented by Westfield Specialty
Is the obsession with cyber attacks and stock drops causing underwriters to lose focus on the basics of underwriting? The session examines whether critical E&O and D&O exposures are being overlooked due to headline underwriting. Our discussion includes commentary from the brokerage market, as well as active E&O, D&O and Cyber underwriters on the potential long term industry impact of overlooking systemic risk. Location:

Wendy K. Von Wald, Esq.  Emily Seymour Costin, Esq.  Marina Llata  Rebecca Dauparas  Kimberly M. Melvin, Esq.  
CE/CLE Session: Never-Ending Story: Exposures Facing Fiduciaries and Their Insurers
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Fiduciaries are facing unprecedented exposure to litigation from plan participants for alleged breach of duties under ERISA in the management of 401(k) and 403(b) plans. These "excessive fee" class action suits include allegations ranging from excessive record-keeping fees or underperforming investment options to the use of investment options with high expense ratios. Over the course of the last sixteen years, over $1B has been paid to settle these claims and defense costs are not included in that figure and the litigation has had a significant impact on the fiduciary liability insurance marketplace. In addition to the excessive fee litigation, there is now increased scrutiny promised by the DOL targeted at emerging exposures to 401(k) plans arising out of crypto currency and ESQ-related investment options. This panel of industry leaders will provide an update on the status of the excessive fee litigation, provide insight into any emerging trends, comment on the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling in the Northwestern University case, and look at the future of crypto and ESG as investment options in employer sponsored defined contribution plans.

Nicole Sheth, Esq.  Robbyn S. Reichman, Esq.  James Pollock  Japhet Boutin, Esq.  Barry Postman, Esq.  
CE/CLE Session: Waking the Beast: The Claims Process in a Post-Pandemic World
2:30pm - 3:30pm

This presentation will analyze and compare the various issues we face in a post pandemic world as it relates to all aspects of claims management and defense work.

Christine A. Williams  Michelle A. Sartain  Michael D. Price  John J. Lupica  Jeffrey P. Klenk  
CE/CLE Session: Industry Leaders: Evolution of the Insurance Market
3:45pm - 4:45pm

Professional and financial lines Insurance continues to grow in importance and significance to carriers and brokers throughout the U.S. and the world. In this session, professionals that began their careers in professional lines who now oversee multiple facets and many insurance lines of their multi-national carrier or broker companies, will discuss ongoing and future trends in the insurance industry and for specific insurance lines. It will identify trends and provide strategies to address pain points in lines of coverage such as D&O, EPL, and Cyber. This session will examine external factors impacting the industry and insurance lines such as increased cyber security concerns, social inflation, civil unrest, social justice, diversity & inclusion, ESG, and global insurance trends.

Cobi Jones  
PLUS Happy Hour
4:45pm - 5:45pm

With special guest appearance by Friday's keynote speaker, Cobi Jones.
Open to registered attendees only
Connections Lounge, Grand 9-13 and Terrace

Keynote Speaker
Registration Open
7:45 am – 10:30 am

Location: Grand Registration Foyer

Cobi Jones  
Attendee Breakfast featuring Cobi Jones
8:00am - 9:00am

Cobi Jones is a sports legend, maintaining the title of the longest standing member of the Los Angeles Galaxy dynasty of Major League Soccer. Cobi spent 15 seasons with the Galaxy, as both a player and coach from 1996 – 2010. He continues to work with the Galaxy as the Director of Culture and for more than a dozen years as the team’s TV and radio color commentator.

Keynote Speaker
Connections Lounge Open
8:00am - 10:15am

Open to all registered attendees
8:00 am - 10:00 am   BARISTA

Talene Megerian Carter  Dove Burns, Esq.  Peter Woo, Esq.  Aileen Smith  Claudia Oliveri  
CE/CLE Session: EPL Wheel of Fortune – COVID Conundrums & Judicial Quandaries
9:30am - 10:30am

The indelible mark left by the COVID pandemic has revolutionized the workplace. Employers face vexing questions and an unprecedented number of requests for remote work and other accommodation. Simultaneously, a limited and challenging labor market resulting in the Great Resignation has complicated the employment landscape. At the same time, Supreme Court decisions are putting into question a various employment laws and regulations. This presentation will discuss new legislation and loss controls as a result of COVID and the changing judicial landscape. We will provide a roadmap for the most precarious areas for employment law in 2022 and what to expect in 2023.

Event Detail

November 9, 2022 9:00 am
November 11, 2022 11:00 am
333 West Harbor Dr. San Diego, California 92101