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.

All sessions will take place in Central Time, please plan accordingly.

Sponsor Hall Open
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Take a moment to visit with sponsors in the virtual sponsor booths.

Chris Duca (Panelist)  
The Hard Market is Upon Us – Do You Have the Skills to Be Successful?
10:00 am - 11:00 am

If you have placed or purchased any professional liability insurance during the last two years, you know the market has changed. After a prolonged soft market the hard market is here and this change in market requires different skills and a different approach to brokering, underwriting and handling claims. A hardening market has broad implications for insurers, brokers and clients beyond price. Placement transactions, policy terms and conditions, claims management and maintaining long term relationships between all parties has become more challenging than ever. Join these industry veterans as they address critical tactics necessary to be successful across all Professional Liability lines and industries, including Healthcare and Lifesciences.

John Favilla (Panelist)  Carrie O'Neil (Panelist)  Mark Oakes (Panelist)  Craig Boneau, Esq. (Panelist)  Kim Melvin (Moderator)  
The Surge of Bankruptcies & D&O Claims - CE/CLE Eligible
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

When a company files for bankruptcy, the likelihood of a claim against the company’s directors and officers increases substantially and corporate bankruptcies can lead to a host of insurance-related issues. This session will explore the increased frequency of bankruptcy filings and attendant D&O claims and talk through what drives the severity in bankruptcy-related D&O claims and the claims handling challenges presented in defending and settling D&O claims against directors and officers of a bankruptcy company. CE/CLE Eligible

Berkley Professional Liability
Norton Rose Fulbright
Diversity and Inclusion in the PL Industry: What's Different This Time?
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Doris Aragon (Panelist)  Timothy Jabbour (Panelist)  Sara Tucker (Panelist)  Kimberly Kayiwa (Moderator)  
Stem Cell Therapy - Regulatory Developments and Claim Considerations - CE/CLE Eligible
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The number of stem cell clinics have been increasing rapidly, and there are serious questions around the legality of the treatments being provided. Recent enforcement activity by FDA has signified a shift in focus on the regulation of stem cell products, and particularly whether certain products have been adulterated or misbranded. This session will provide an overview of the current clinical treatments being offered and a discussion of those facilities and treatments from a legal and regulatory perspective. It will also address regulatory, coverage and claim considerations related to stem cells, and specifically the complex regulatory framework and developing case law. CE/CLE Eligible

Womble Bond Dickinson
Sedgwick Claims Management
Keynote Speaker - TBD
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Virtual Happy Hour
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Sponsor Hall Open
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Take a moment to visit with sponsors in the virtual sponsor booths.

Underwriting & Bankruptcy
10:00 am - 11:00 am
James Redeker (Panelist)  Ken Fall (Panelist)  Lisa Doherty (Panelist)  Peter Biging (Moderator)  
The Coming Wave of E&O Claims - CE/CLE Eligible
11:30 am - 12:30 am

We live in a world in which disasters and catastrophic exposures are increasingly present in our lives. For each of these exposures, insurance agents and brokers are actively and aggressively seeking to sell insurance. Yet when they hit, there will invariably be hundreds if not thousands (or even tens of thousands) of insureds who will be confronted with liability exposures beyond their coverage limits or uninsured in their entirety. This session will discuss the special risks presented to insurance agents and brokers by disasters and catastrophic risks, the relevant practical and legal issues, and the steps that can and must be taken to defend against these claims and the potentially enormous exposure presented. CE/CLE Eligible

Westport Insurance Corp
Business Risk Partners
Goldberg Segalla LLP
Jamie Sussel Turner, M.Ed PCC (Keynote Speaker)  
Women’s Leadership Network Keynote Address
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Keynote address by award-winner author and coach, Jamie Sussel Turner

Jennifer Weinstein (Panelist)  Chester White (Panelist)  Kate Gookin (Panelist)  Patrick Baker (Panelist)  Jeanette L. Dixon, Esq. (Moderator)  
The Pressure is Rising from Inside - CE/CLE Eligible
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Activism is expanding within the workplace with employees using their voice and platforms to speak out about issues affecting society. This session will explore how social activism is seen throughout an organization and the distinction between private and public employees and the rules effecting these different sectors. It will also discuss the risks and exposures related to activism activities, the laws that protect employees, and practical tips for fostering a workplace that allows employees to speak openly and share their feedback. CE/CLE Eligible

Starr Companies
Gregory C. Case  
CEO Forum - TBD
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
PLUS Foundation Conference Cause
3:45 pm-4:30 pm

Join us for this fun, interactive GAME SHOW that will support our veterans and offer a raucous good time. This year’s Conference Cause will benefit Hire Heroes USA, the #1 organization that supports U.S. military members and their spouses as they make the transition from their military to civilian careers.

Sponsor Hall Open
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Take a moment to visit with sponsors in the virtual sponsor booths.

Kate Tyler (Panelist)  Brian Finlay (Panelist)  Steve Prymas (Panelist)  Brian Sabia (Panelist)  Julie McLoughlin (Moderator)  
State of the Market: Financial Lines and Professional Liability Reinsurance
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Leading Reinsurers will provide their insight on the current state of the marketplace, along with the challenges and opportunities they see in the future.

Sompo International
Head of North American Treaty
Mark Calzaretta (Panelist)  Beth Diamond (Panelist)  Robert Tyson (Panelist)  Heather Fox (Moderator)  
Preventing Nuclear Verdicts in a Post COVID World - CE/CLE Eligible
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every professional and company in some way and a major issue is how juries will impact exposures and the insurance industry. Many corporate boards have been forced to make difficult decisions, healthcare professionals are at the front lines of the fight, and other professionals, such as accountants and lawyers, must quickly and dramatically reinvent how they serve their clients. All while most employers face potential exposure arising out of employee safety, layoffs, or rapid efforts to move their entire workforce remote. This session will explore the emerging issues that could lead to nuclear verdicts, the exposures for the insurance industry, and how insurance defenses can prevail in a post-COVID-19 world. CE/CLE Eligible

Magna Legal Services
ARC Excess and Surplus, LLC
Alyssa Pianelli  Kelly Thoerig (Panelist)  Wendy Mellk (Moderator)  
EPLI Claims in the Wake of COVID 19
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Earlier this year the PLUS webinar, Anticipated EPLI Claims in the Wake of COVID 19, explored the possible claims employers and insurers should expect to encounter in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic. Now that these claims are beginning to be seen, this session will explore the current exposures, emerging claims, the legal landscape, and defensive and preventive strategies.

Shanil Williams (Panelist)  Kate Browne (Moderator)  
The Future Will Be Great If We Are Ready - CE/CLE Eligible
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

New technology creates new risks -brokers, risk managers and carriers now need to have a understanding of the legal and insurance implications of Artifical Intellgience, robots, and blockchain. CE/CLE Eligible

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE
Berkshire Hathaway Speciality Insurance
CEO Forum - TBD
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Closing Comments

Event Detail

November 9, 2020 10:00 am
November 11, 2020 1:30 pm