Michael F. Aylward is a senior partner in the Boston office of Morrison Mahoney LLP, where he chairs the firm's complex insurance coverage practice group. For the past 30 years, Mr. Aylward has represented insurers around the country in disputes with their policyholders, including bad faith, intellectual property disputes, environmental and mass tort claims and construction defect litigation. He has also testified as an expert in cases involving coverage and reinsurance issues. Mr. Aylward is a past chair of DRI's Law Institute and presently serves as an Advisor for the American Law Institute's pending Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance.
James W. Bryan has been practicing law for 28 years and is a Member with the Greensboro office of the Nexsen Pruet law firm. He practices in the area of civil litigation with a concentration in insurance coverage, bad faith litigation, tort litigation, trucking industry defense, commercial litigation, and environmental law. He is a Fellow in the American College of Coverage and Extra-contractual Counsel. He has held several leadership positions in DRI, and currently is a member of the Insurance Law Committee and the current Chair for its First Party Property subcommittee. Jim is the Vice-Chair of the Council of the Insurance Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and was President of the Greensboro Bar Association.
Marcos G. Cancio is a partner in Sedgwick LLP's Chicago office and focuses his practice on counseling and representing domestic and international insurers in complex insurance coverage litigation and bad faith claims in state and federal courts across the U.S. and in international and domestic arbitrations. Mr. Cancio has advised and represented insurers in coverage disputes involving a wide range of matters, including property and casualty, construction defects, professional liability, cyber and data protection, product liability, financial institutions, directors and officers, environmental and mass toxic torts, religious institutions, public entities, healthcare, and bad faith. Mr. Cancio manages all phases of coverage litigation, from strategy, pleadings and discovery, to dispositive motions and trials.
W. Edward Carlton is a shareholder of Quilling Selander Lownds Winslett & Moser PC in Dallas, Texas. He represents business clients in complex civil litigation and defends insurers against claims of bad faith. He also defends insureds in professional liability, non-subscriber, and first party property claims, and represents businesses, including construction companies and self-insured employers. He has served in leadership positions with the Dallas Bar Association, the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and DRI.
Lee Craig is with Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP in Tampa, Florida. He specializes in coverage analysis and litigation of first-party insurance matters, including "bad faith." Lee joined the firm as an associate in 1989. In due course he became a partner, then the managing partner, then a name partner. In DRI, Lee has been Chair of the Insurance Law Committee, Chair of the Insurance Roundtable and a National Director. Presently he is a member of the Law Institute. He works, also, in the Program Committee of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence.
Asim K. Desai, a partner at Gordon Rees LLP (Los Angeles), has extensive experience in high-stakes, complex litigation including insurance bad faith, corporate fraud, commercial litigation, intellectual property, product liability, professional liability and catastrophic personal injuries. Asim is routinely retained to associate or substitute in as trial counsel on the eve of trial and often represents carriers as a regional trial troubleshooter Asim has authored numerous articles on trial preparation and techniques, insurance bad faith, unauthorized practice of law and punitive damages, and is a frequent speaker for national organizations and is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel.
Susan G. Fillichio is a Senior Vice President at DecisionQuest, one of the nation's leading trial consulting firms with offices nationwide. Heading up the firm's research practice in the Los Angeles office, Ms. Fillichio specializes in trial strategy development, behavioral research and jury analysis. She has assisted in hundreds of trials in state and federal venues across the country, including dozens of insurance disputes and bad faith cases. She frequently assists counsel in mock trials, jury selection and witness communication training.
F. Lane Finch, Jr. has advised on insurance coverage, defended bad faith claims, and litigated first-party and third-party insurance claims in Alabama and California for almost 28 years. He has handled insurance coverage claims involving up to $500 million, as well as class action and other liability claims exceeding $100 million. Mr. Finch authored "Automobile Liability Insurance," New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, Chapter 63, as well as numerous articles on insurance coverage and bad faith. He is a Regional Editor for DRI's Bad Faith and Professional Liability Compendia. Mr. Finch is Vice Chair of DRI's Insurance Law Committee, among other leadership positions. Mr. Finch is also a frequent speaker at national American Bar Association (ABA) and DRI conferences.
Michael A. Frantz is a Senior Vice President and Claim Department Manager at Munich Reinsurance America. His primary responsibilities involve ensuring the delivery of proper claims support and services for Munich Re's Reinsurance Division customers. He oversees staff in Princeton, Chicago, Columbus and San Francisco in their handling of property, casualty and specialty lines reinsurance claims. Mike holds a JD from Widener University School of Law and a BS from the Pennsylvania State University. He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Beth Zaro Green is the Director of Claims Litigation Management at W. R. Berkley Corporation. Beth is responsible for providing litigation oversight for high exposure complex claims, bad faith and coverage litigation across select Berkley companies which focus on Professional Liability. She also manages the WRBC enterprise-wide defense counsel panel. Prior to joining W. R. Berkley Corporation, she was Senior Vice President and Managing Attorney of AIG's Litigation Management, Professional Errors & Omissions and Coverage Department and she also managed the in-house coverage law office which litigated coverage matters in New York and New Jersey. Previously she worked as a trial lawyer admitted in New York and New Jersey after completing a judicial clerkship in New Jersey.
Michael A. Hamilton is a partner in the Global Insurance Services Group of Goldberg Segalla LLP (Philadelphia). Mike handles high-exposure insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. He focuses his practice on professional liability, environmental, construction defect, and business torts claims. Mike is an active member of DRI's Insurance Law Committee, as well as being the immediate past Chair of the Insurance and Reinsurance Committee of the IADC. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.
Leonard H. Kesten is one of the preeminent trial lawyers in Massachusetts. During his career, Mr. Kesten has conducted over 130 jury trials in the Superior Court and the United States District Court representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has argued appeals in the Massachusetts Court of Appeals, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Judicial Court. Recently, he obtained an eight figure judgment on behalf of plaintiffs in a bad faith claims handling case.
Anne Kevlin is the Director of Litigation at American Integrity. She has more than 20 years of insurance litigation and regulatory experience in private law practice and in-house with insurance entities, including SFM, The Hartford, First State Management Group and Beazley. At American Integrity, Anne oversees a legal department that handles more than 1,300 property claims litigation matters, and she performs a wide variety of claim/legal/regulatory functions within Florida's challenging insurance environment.
Naomi B. Kinderman is Assistant Vice President – Counsel at W. R. Berkley Corporation, an insurance holding company that is among the largest commercial lines writers in the United States and operates in three segments of the property casualty business: Insurance-Domestic, Insurance-International, and Reinsurance-Global. She is responsible for providing claims and litigation oversight to several Berkley companies throughout the enterprise She also manages the enterprise-wide coverage counsel panel.
Michael B. King is a principal of Carney Badley Spellman, P.S., in Seattle, Washington. His practice focuses on appellate litigation, including arguments before the Alaska, California, and Washington Supreme Courts, the Oregon and Washington Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has represented insurers in numerous matters. Mr. King is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and a past chair of DRI's Appellate Advocacy Committee.
William J. Kobokovich, Jr. is Vice President and Associate Group General Counsel for Travelers. Mr. Kobokovich graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Maryland School of Law. From 1979 to 1994, he was in private practice with a Baltimore law firm specializing in insurance defense litigation. Mr. Kobokovich went in-house to USF&G Insurance Company in 1994 and, after USF&G's acquisition by St. Paul in 1998, was asked to lead the group that managed all of St. Paul's extra contractual litigation nationwide. Since the merger of St. Paul and Travelers in April 2004, Mr. Kobokovich's responsibilities have included management of commercial lines and personal lines extra contractual litigation nationwide. Mr. Kobokovich is A.V. rated by Martindale Hubbell.
Christopher W. Martin is the founding Partner of the Texas litigation boutique of Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom where he specializes in the trials of bad faith cases across the country. He has defended bad faith cases in 38 different states and has won bad faith jury trials in 14 different states. He is the author of four legal treatises on insurance law and litigation. He was the Professor of Insurance Law at the University of Houston Law School for 14 years.
J. Peter Martin is Associate General Counsel at State Farm. He graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in Physics and obtained his JD from Washington University Law School. He spent four years in the Navy JAGC and eight years in private practice with Adler, Kaplan & Begy in Chicago handling bad faith aviation and employment litigation. Peter joined State Farm in 1998 and has worked in its litigation division.
Brian P. McDonough, a partner in the Boston office of Zelle McDonough & Cohen LLP, provides coverage advice to carriers on a wide array of first- and third-party policies. Beyond construction and interpretation of policy terms and conditions, his advice extends to all aspects of risk management and the claims handling process, and he serves as trial counsel in coverage-related litigation. As coverage counsel, Mr. McDonough renders analysis on directors and officers, employment practices, errors and omissions, professional liability, general liability, property, Medicare/Medicaid billing errors and omissions, and loss mitigation policies. He also defends insurers against extra-contractual bad faith claims.
Julia A. Molander is with Cozen O'Connor (San Francisco) and represents the insurance industry in virtually all aspects of their business, including insurance coverage litigation, insurance counseling, extra contractual (bad faith) liability, insurance fraud, underwriting matters, policy drafting, regulatory compliance, brokerage and agency liability, insurance insolvency and legislative issues. She has served as first-chair in more than 20 bench trials, jury trials and arbitrations. Julia is a fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, chair of the Insurance Litigation Institute of America, and is active in several other insurance industry organizations. She is rated AV Pre-eminent by her peers and has been recognized as a "Super Lawyer" since 2005. She has lectured about and published on a variety of insurance topics.
Regina E. Roman is the General Counsel for Sugarman Rogers and has represented insurance carriers and counseled professionals for over three decades. Regina's practice focuses on complex civil litigation matters in the areas of insurance coverage, bad faith, and professional liability. Regina frequently advises lawyers and firms on ethical matters and was appointed by the SJC to serve as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. She is perennially ranked as an elite lawyer by Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers in the fields of insurance coverage and professional liability, and was named a 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers for Insurance Law.
Catalina J. Sugayan is a partner in the Chicago office of Sedgwick LLP where she represents domestic and international insurers in a wide array of insurance coverage and bad faith matters, including those arising out of police misconduct, sports injuries, sexual abuse, municipal and school liability, land use and professional liability. She has litigated coverage in several State and Federal trial and appellate courts and in Bankruptcy Courts. She has been a frequent speaker and author on insurance topics for the DRI, PLRB, ABA, and PRIMA.
Marjorie J. Sussman is a manager in the Claims Unit of Allied World. Her responsibilities include oversight of coverage litigation brought by or against Allied World and its affiliated companies in the United States. Prior to joining Allied World in 2003, Marjorie was a Complex Claims Director in the Commercial Directors & Officers Claims Unit of National Union. She also worked as an associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae and as an attorney with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil and Criminal Divisions. She has been a panel member at various conferences and symposiums, including those sponsored by the ABA, PLUS, the ACI and the PLI. Marjorie received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1992 and her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College in 1988.
R. Wade Vandiver, is Assistant Vice President, Complex Claims Litigation Director for Argo Group US, Inc. and is primarily responsible for managing extra-contractual litigation against Argo Group US entities, discovery, depositions, and subpoenas. He also consults on complex litigation matters, including reformations and rescissions. Previously, he was a litigation attorney with an emphasis in coverage/ extra-contractual defense of commercial general liability and property policies. Wade has represented insurance companies in state and federal trial and appellate litigation matters.
Russell F. Watters is a shareholder of Brown & James, P.C. (Missouri). He practices in the areas of complex insurance litigation, catastrophic injury and death cases. He is retained by a number of national insurance carriers to advise on bad faith and insurance coverage issues. He is considered one of the leading authorities in insurance law, having tried over 200 cases and handled over 100 appeals throughout State and Federal levels. He was named "Lawyer of the Year" in Insurance Law by Best Lawyers.
Kevin J. Willging is Executive Counsel for Travelers and is responsible for managing extra-contractual litigation against the company. He was in private practice where he focused on insurance coverage and defense litigation. He joined the St. Paul Companies as coverage counsel in 2000 and assumed responsibility for managing extra-contractual and bad faith litigation in 2002. He works closely with defense counsel in preparing pleadings, formulating strategy, coordinating consistent discovery tactics, negotiating settlements and preparing cases for trial. Kevin is a frequent speaker on bad faith and extra-contractual issues and litigation, as well attorney-client relations.