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.

Tom Ripp (Speaker)  Brian Zink (Speaker)  Andy Zoller (Speaker)  
Sponsor Led Session | Current Trends in the Global D&O Market and Strategies to Manage Them
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented by Zurich North America The Directors & Officers (D&O) claims environment continues to be challenging for both insurers and insureds due to increased claims frequency and severity – and there’s even more to consider for companies with cross-border operations. This session will help insurance professionals navigate the global D&O landscape by sharing real-world examples of global D&O scenarios and claims, and how insureds and insurers are adapting to mitigate these risks in an effective and locally compliant manner. Specifically, this facilitated discussion will address: - Global D&O trends, including the impact of more frequent U.S. class action lawsuits on the broader D&O risk landscape - Special considerations and best practices for managing international D&O claims - Strategies for ensuring adequate global D&O program structuring with considerations for coverage limits, servicing and compliance

Zurich North America
Zurich North America
Zurich North America
Sponsor Led Session | Fighting Cyber Crime Today - Public/Private Collaboration
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Presented by Travelers 2021 has been a hot year for cyber criminals. As businesses, critical infrastructure and more succumb to attacks, policymakers and the private sector are stepping up strategies for how to move forward. Join us for a packed hour of insights from government and the insurance industry to hear how each are handling the latest influx of cyber threats and promoting cyber readiness. The session will explore how the critical partnership and shared goals across sectors is unfolding today and what it may look like in the future. Don’t miss it.

General Session
2:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Welcome Reception
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Julia Keenan (Speaker)  Jon Janes (Speaker)  Ayesha West (Speaker)  Jonathan Reiner (Moderator)  
CE/CLE Session | State of the Financial/Professional Lines Market
8:30 - 9:30 am

For several years, the financial and professional lines market appears to change daily and this trend doesn’t seem to be stopping in 2021. This session will discuss the current state of the market, why we are seeing the painpoints in specific lines, coverage features to be aware of, and how to manage client expectations in an ever changing marketplace. This session will also touch on the future of these key lines of insurance and where the market might be going as we head into 2022.

Woodruff Sawyer
Everest Insurance
Beth Halberstadt (Speaker)  Jay Desjardins (Speaker)  
Sponsor Led Session | Excessive Fee Litigation Update and Proactive Steps to Mitigate the Risk
9:45 am - 10:30 am

Presented by Aon Excessive fee litigation cases in retirement plans have risen dramatically in frequency and severity and have put pressure on the Fiduciary Liability insurance market. These cases, which generally focus on fees that 401(k) and 403(b) plan participants pay for investment management or administration, have led to a considerable changes in the Fiduciary Liability marketplace, with decreases in capacity, significant increases in pricing and retentions and tightened underwriting criteria. To best mitigate against this litigation threat and to present more favorably to Fiduciary Liability underwriters, it is critical in today’s environment to understand, negotiate, and monitor all of the fees borne by a defined contribution plan and its participants, realizing it is a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that plan expenses are “reasonable” for the services being provided. It is also imperative to ensure that plans are appropriately designed, that appropriate plan governance is implemented and followed, and that plan fees are routinely benchmarked. *This session is a follow-up to the March 2021 PLUS Webinar entitled "Recent Trends in Fiduciary Liability"

Aon Retirement & Investment
Aon Financial Services Group
Stacey E. Rufe, Esq. (Speaker)  Louise Van Dyck, Esq. (Speaker)  
Sponsor Led Session | Beware Delaware: A Review of Recent Delaware Case Law Affecting Professional Liability
10:45 am - 11:30 am

Presented by CNA Given the high percentage of publicly traded companies that are incorporated in Delaware, that state’s case law has a significant impact on coverage disputes affecting those companies. This session will review recent cases concerning choice of law, allocation, insurability, related claims, and the definitions of loss and securities claims in professional liability policies.

Sponsor Led Session | In a post-pandemic world where reputation and resilience to risk is more vital than ever, how can companies and individuals protect themselves against threats that range from ransomware to regulation?
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Presented by Beazley During this session, Beazley’s expert panel will explore the impact of the pandemic on the risk landscape, investigating the impact it’s had on claims and emerging areas of liability for companies and individuals.

Chris Williams (Speaker)  Heidi Roll (Speaker)  Melissa Daugherty (Speaker)  John Mancebo (Speaker)  Kelly Thoerig (Moderator)  
CE/CLE Session | The EPL Landscape: COVID-19, D&I, BIPA & So Much More
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

COVID-19 was expected to bring about a tidal wave of employment litigation, and in many ways, the pandemic has fundamentally altered the Employment Practices Liability (EPL) landscape. However, there are a many of other employment-related exposures (existing before COVID and anticipated in the future) that counsel, carriers, brokers and risk management professionals should be concerned about. This session will explore the vast array of EPL exposures business face today and risk transfer and mitigation strategies from the legal, underwriting and claims perspectives.

Starr Adjustment Services
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Jennifer Beckage (Speaker)  Kelly Castriotta (Speaker)  Elissa Doroff (Speaker)  Megan North, RPLU (Speaker)  Nick Economidis (Speaker)  Mike Karbassi, RPLU (Moderator)  
CE/CLE Session | Cyber Market Update
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

In a world where cyber threats and technology continue to evolve on an almost daily basis the cyber insurance landscape is incredibly dynamic. This session will discuss current claims trends, new and effective data-driven cyber risk mitigation techniques for policyholders, the evolution of cyber insurance coverage, and challenges faced by brokers, policyholders, and underwriters.

Larry Griffin (Speaker)  Russell Fierstein (Speaker)  Sara Brody (Speaker)  Rhonda Prussak (Speaker)  Lisa Doherty (Moderator)  
CE/CLE Session | Looking Ahead: Emerging Coverages, Exclusions, Claims and Lessons Learned in 2021
9:15 - 10:15 am

This entertaining and interactive session will present several topics in the format of the weekly NPR News quiz show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me. This session will explore the developments in excessive fee litigation, updates on the changes to Delaware case law as it pertains to D&O insurance, recent claim trends and the impact of the hard market on claims handling, and recent and emerging coverage issues.

ATRI Insurance Services
Sidley Austin LLP
Berkshire Hathaway
Business Risk Partners

Event Detail

November 8, 2021 10:00 am
November 10, 2021 1:30 pm