Monthly Archives: January 2013

Please join me for the March 5 and 6, 2013 Business Insurance Risk Management Summit.

2013 Risk Management SummitI am happy to announce that I will be a speaker at the Business Insurance Risk Management Summit, March 5 & 6, 2013.  It will be held at the Westin Grand Central in New York City. I hope that you will join me for this exciting event.

The two day conference is designed to serve the information and networking needs of senior risk managers from the largest US and Global companies.

As Business Insurance explains:

The annual Risk Management Summit, now in it its fourth year, provides attendees with focused insight via specific, timely general sessions and strategic, thought-provoking discussions with peers and industry leaders.

My session, from 2:30 – 3:30 pm on March 5, will address cloud computing issues.  Here’s the write up from the agenda:

Cloud Computing — Cloud computing offers opportunities for efficiency and cost savings but can introduce a host of risks in areas such as information security, reputation, business interruption, jurisdictional issues and regulation and compliance. This session will focus on the nature of the exposures associated with cloud computing services and how to address the risks looking at such mitigation areas as risk management, contractual issues and insurance coverage options.

Please be sure to join us!  Registration for the Risk Management Summit is now open.  If you are a Risk Manager at a Fortune 1000 or higher company, a former Business Insurance Risk Manager of the Year, a former Business Insurance Risk Manager of the Year Honor Roll member, or a Risk Executive at a privately-held company with revenues in excess of $2.5 billion, please register for the Summit here.  Additional registration categories are available, please review the information provided in the Registration Link to see if you qualify.

Disclaimer:

This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2013.  As a presenter, I will not be charged a fee to attend the meeting.

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Michael P. Voelker quotes me in his Property Casualty 360 article, “As Cyber Coverage Soars, Opportunity Clicks.”

credit card data breach reportIn his article, As Cyber Coverage Soars, Opportunity ClicksProperty Casualty 360° author Michael P. Voelker writes about cyber and privacy risks, as well as the current state of the market for cyber insurance.

The article opens:

Cyber insurance maintained its double-digit premium-volume growth in 2012, with capacity high, pricing competitive and buyers increasingly willing to pull the trigger on both third- and first-party coverage. Thanks to a proliferation of data breaches, an ever-increasing number of regulations around the protection of private information, and the growing availability and awareness of Cyber insurance, business is booming in this marketplace.

The article provides comments from a number of people in the industry, including brokers, consultants, and underwriters.  Mr. Voelker also quoted me in the article.

Want to read the other opinions and thoughts offered on the subject?  Then click on over to  As Cyber Coverage Soars, Opportunity Clicks to read the entire article.

Update:  The post has been updated to reflect the article’s title of As Cyber Coverage Soars, Opportunity Clicks.  A version of the article also is available, as previously posted, with the title Cyber: Sexy – Capacity, Competition Increase Despite Claims and Concerns Over Expanding Risk.

Disclaimer:

This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2013.

Join me for the ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s 2013 Annual CLE Seminar in Tucson, Arizona!

Tucson skyline and Catalina Mountains at duskWinter got you down?  Want to get away to someplace warm and dry?  Do you want to learn about insurance coverage, mingle with insurance coverage practitioners, and get continuing legal education (CLE) credits while you are enjoying the weather?  Of course you do.  Insurance coverage is crucial at any time, and you know that insurance coverage during the economic downturn is essential.  And if you are an attorney licensed in a jurisdiction that requires CLE credits, aren’t you always on the lookout for high quality legal education seminars that will help you meet your CLE annual requirements?

If you said yes to any of those questions, then you’ll want to join me in Tucson, Arizona at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort for the ABA’s 2013 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC) CLE seminar, from February 28 through March 2, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona.

Here’s what the ABA ICLC says about the seminar:

Please join the nation’s top insurance and policyholders’ counsel and other industry leaders at the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s 25th Anniversary CLE Seminar at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona starting on February 28 through March 2, 2013. This year’s program will feature high-quality presentations and valuable networking opportunities as prior ICLC programs. Our program chairs Suzan Charlton and Rahul Karnani and vice chairs, Anna Torres and Jim Cooper have put together a great program touching on multiple hot topics that are sure to touch upon your practice, and cutting edge trial techniques. Please look for the brochure shortly and be sure to reserve you room quickly.  If you missed last year’s meeting, you will certainly enjoy the amenities at the Loews including its hiking trails, pool side bar and restaurant, spa and golf course.  We look forward to seeing you in Tucson.

You ABA Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Co-Chairs,

Ronald L. Kammer and Sherilyn Pastor

I will be speaking at a roundtable discussion about cyber legislation and regulation, and insurance coverage for those issues.  Will we discuss issues such as the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Corporation Finance’s Disclosure Guidance Topic No. 2, Cybersecurity and insurance coverage in light of that guidance?  Come to the session and find out!:

Friday, March 1, 2013
12:35 pm – 2:00 pm

Cyber Legislation and Regulation: The Full Employment for Lawyers Acts.

Speakers:

Scott N. Godes

Rick Bortnick

Elissa Doroff

Interested in attending?  Then head on over to the ABA’s website to register.  If you’re looking for the reservations page for the event on the Loews Ventana Canyon hotel website, you can find it by clicking here.

Disclaimer:

This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2013.

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Please join me for the January 11, 2013 Delaware Valley RIMS Chapter Meeting: “Cyber Risk Management and Control”

Please join me for a luncheon hosted by the Delaware Valley chapter of RIMS on Friday, January 11, 2013:  Cyber Risk Strategies Meeting.

Here are the details that the Delaware Valley chapter of RIMS has postedCybersecurity about the meeting:

Every day the media reports another major cyber breach. No person or corporation is immune. And the inevitable class action privacy breach lawsuits follow. The trend among courts and government regulators has been to allow these suits to proceed to discovery and beyond. The associated costs are increasing exponentially. Become better informed by a debate on cyber risks and litigation, crisis management, loss control, the applicability of insurance and cyber risk strategies by joining us on January 11, 2013 at Aramark’s Philadelphia office.

The panelists will be Scott Godes [formerly] from Dickstein Shapiro and Richard Bortnick [formerly] from Cozen and O’Connor. Scott Godes [was] counsel in the Insurance Coverage Practice and focuses on representing corporate policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. He is a seasoned litigator who has extensive experience in trying complex insurance coverage disputes, including class actions, in state, federal, bankruptcy, and appellate courts, as well as in commercial arbitrations. He [was] co-leader of the firm’s Cyber Security Insurance Coverage Initiative.

Richard Bortnick, from Cozen & O’Connor is a member resident in Cozen O’Connor’s Philadelphia office. He litigates and counsels U.S. and international clients on cyber and technology, directors’ and officers’ liability, securities fraud, professional liability, insurance coverage, products liability, and commercial litigation cases. He also drafts professional liability insurance policies of varying types, including Cyber/Tech policies, and is co-publisher of the cyber industry blog, Cyberinquirer.com.

Moderating the discussion will be Art Boyle, Vice President of Enterprise Risk at Radian Group.

Here are the time and location details:

DATE:  Friday, January 11th from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
LOCATION:  Aramark office, Center City, Philadelphia

Please be sure to join us!  Click here to register.

Disclaimer:

This blog is for informational purposes only. This may be considered attorney advertising in some states. The opinions on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s law firm and/or the author’s past and/or present clients. By reading it, no attorney-client relationship is formed. If you want legal advice, please retain an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here belong only the individual contributor(s). © All rights reserved. 2013.  As a presenter, I will not be charged a fee to attend the meeting.