DRI Faculty List

Northeast Regional Claims Conference

Hilton Hartford | Hartford, CT | November 2, 2017

Charles W. (Chuck) Browning
Plunkett Cooney PC

Charles W. (Chuck) Browning is a partner at Plunkett Cooney, where he oversees the firm's nationwide insurance coverage and bad faith practice. He is annually listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in America, and is a Super Lawyer and Leading Lawyer. Mr. Browning is a Fellow in the American College of Coverage and Extra Contractual Counsel. He is a longtime member of the Steering Committee of DRI's Insurance Law Committee and is the 2016 Recipient of DRI's Albert H. Parnell Outstanding Program Chair Award.

Robert N. (Bob) Clark

Robert N. (Bob) Clark is Senior Counsel and Construction Defect Line Lead for Travelers - providing coverage advice and management of coverage litigation related to construction claims. Prior to coming to Travelers in 2010, he was a partner with Robertson – Clark, LLP in San Diego where his practice included insurance coverage and defense of construction defect claims. His defense practice has included trials and appeals of auto, premises liability, public sector and construction defect claims. Bob is a graduate of Colorado State University and University of Tulsa College of Law. He is admitted to practice in Colorado, Arizona, California and Wyoming.

Lee Craig
Managing Partner
Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP

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.

Melissa Fernandez
Senior Counsel

Melissa Fernandez is Senior Counsel for the Major Case Unit of Travelers Claim Legal Liability Group, and provides coverage advice, litigation management and other legal services to Travelers complex claim professionals. She earned an A.B. in Psychology, summa cum laude, from Princeton University in June 2004. Melissa is also a 2007 graduate of New York University School of Law, and was an Articles Editor for NYU's Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. Melissa began her legal career at the firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, LLP in New York as an associate in the firm's Capital Markets and Litigation Groups. She then clerked for the Honorable Vanessa L. Bryant, United States District Court Judge, District of Connecticut. Melissa joined the Stamford, Connecticut office of Wiggin & Dana upon completion of her clerkship, where she focused her practice on a broad spectrum of civil litigation and was a member of the firm's Insurance and White Collar Practice Groups.

F. Lane Finch, Jr.
Swift Currie McGhee & Hiers LLP

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.

Matthew S. Foy
Gordon and Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP

Matthew S. Foy is a partner in the San Francisco office of Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP and serves as the national practice group leader for the firm's property and casualty insurance practice. Mr. Foy represents insurers nationally in connection with coverage litigation and advice involving primary and excess liability policies with an emphasis on complex Coverage B, mass tort, directors and officers, professional liability, and environmental matters. Mr. Foy serves as Chair of DRI's Insurance Law Committee.

William T. (Bill) Graden
Associate General Counsel
State Farm Insurance

William T. (Bill) Graden is Associate General Counsel in the Corporate Law Department at State Farm Insurance. He leads the Auto Claim Counsel section that supports State Farm Auto in all 50 States. Mr. Graden is licensed in Indiana (85) and Illinois (97). He began his career in private practice primarily as insurance defense trial and appellate counsel. He managed Extra Contractual suits against State Farm early in his tenure, then led the Life-Health section prior to his current assignment. He is the chair of the DRI Insurance Law Personal Lines subcommittee.

Peter Kochenburger
Associate Clinical Professor of Law
University of Connecticut School of Law

Peter Kochenburger is the Executive Director of the Insurance Law LL.M. Program, Deputy Director of the Insurance Law Center and Associate Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He helps direct the Insurance Law LL.M. program and teaches courses in insurance law and regulation, including Principles of Insurance, Liability Insurance, and Comparative Insurance Regulation, which involves students and faculty from China, Europe and the United States. He has published in the areas of Liability Insurance and Gun Violence, Climate Change and Insurance, International Insurance Regulation, and Insurance Online and Consumer Protection. He is a funded Consumer Representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and a consumer stakeholder with the International Association of Insurance Supervisors. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2013. Professor Kochenburger graduated from Harvard Law School and holds his B.A. in history from Yale University..

Dan D. Kohane
Hurwitz & Fine PC

Dan D. Kohane, a Senior Member of Hurwitz & Fine, P.C., is a nationally recognized insurance coverage counselor who serves as an expert witness, conducts extensive training, consultation and in-house seminars on this highly specialized practice. Mr. Kohane is known in the industry for his comprehensive newsletter, Coverage Pointers, a bi-weekly publication summarizing important insurance coverage decisions. He teaches Insurance Law as an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo Law School and heads the firm's Insurance Coverage practice group.

Thomas N. (Tom) Leidell
Tokio Millennium Re AG

Thomas N. (Tom) Leidell joined Tokio Millennium Re Ltd in March 2007, and is Sr. Vice President- Compliance & Secretary for the U.S. Operations. His initial role was head of claims which expanded to additional duties which include overseeing Compliance, Legal, Internal Audit and Corporate Secretary functions. With a career that has spanned over 36 years, Tom has enjoyed the benefit of being with some top-level Insurance/ Reinsurance companies such as XL Insurance, Munich-America Re, ACE, Cigna, Home Insurance, Chubb and the Hartford. His work experience includes serving in various roles in both field and head office executive operations, principally focusing on claims technical and administration.

Kathleen J. (Kathy) Maus
Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP

Kathleen J. (Kathy) Maus a partner of Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP, is active in her firm's bad faith, casualty, and first/third party insurance coverage practices. She is a recognized Super Lawyer in Insurance Coverage and a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Her memberships are varied, including Past Board Member of the Defense Research Institute. Kathy is an author and served as a speaker at numerous seminars on issues including first and third party coverage and bad faith..

James (Jim) McNamara
Aspen Re

James (Jim) McNamara is a forty year claims professional. His initial employment experiences were with primary carriers, Home and Liberty Mutual, in a variety of claim and management roles. Subsequently Jim has worked for both direct and broker market reinsurers including stints in years with Swiss Re(18), Centre Solutions(2), Skandia(2) and Endurance(7). This has included the handling of both reinsurance claims and direct insurance claims for large companies and hospital groups. Jim is currently Senior Vice President and Head of Claims for Aspen Re America, Inc. having joined Aspen in April 2013. In September 2016 Jim received the Vince Donohue Award presented by the International Association of Claim Professionals for his service to the industry over his career. Jim has also served as a party appointed arbitrator and often speaks to industry groups on claims issues.

Barbara A. O'Donnell
Zelle McDonough & Cohen LLP

Barbara A. O'Donnell has more than 20 years of experience in matters of insurance coverage, extra contractual liability, insurance agent/broker liability, employment, and professional liability law. Ms. O'Donnell's practice is regional, and she has handled matters in several state and federal courts and before administrative and arbitration tribunals.Ms. O'Donnell's insurance coverage practice includes the resolution and litigation of a broad range of liability coverage issues under commercial, specialty lines, professional, directors and officers, employment practices, and other standard form and manuscript policies.

Joanna M. Roberto
Goldberg Segalla LLP

Joanna M. Roberto concentrates her practice in complex insurance coverage, product liability, and commercial litigation, with significant experience in aviation litigation. She serves as counsel for multi-national insurance carriers in numerous matters pending throughout the country, and has counseled large insurers on risk management, underwriting procedures, and policy rewriting and claims practices.She has litigated all phases of declaratory judgment actions and arbitrations. Joanna has handled all phases of nationwide litigation for commercial and general aviation companies. She has counseled domestic and international aviation manufacturers and led safety risk meetings for management teams. She has a deep understanding of the aviation industry and is equally knowledgeable in areas of litigation, insurance and contractual disputes.Joanna is multi-lingual and well-versed in international claims-handling practices. She is a member of DRI's Insurance Law Steering Committee.

Victoria H. (Vicki) Roberts
Vice President & Counsel
Meadowbrook Insurance Group

Victoria H. (Vicki) Roberts is Vice President and Counsel to Meadowbrook Insurance Group. She heads an inhouse law group which provides coverage advice and manages claims and underwriting-related litigation nationwide. An honors graduate of Mount Holyoke College, and the Villanova School of Law, she has served as an officer at CIGNA, where she managed environmental claims groups as well as the litigation management and staff counsel operation. Vicki has testified as an expert on claim handling and bad faith issues and has spoken many times in North America and internationally on good faith claim handling, insurance coverage and environmental law topics. She is immediate past president of the FDCC and on the board of DRI and LCJ.

Richard (Rich) Savage
The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co.

Richard (Rich) Savage is a Specialty Claims Adjuster at The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, has worked the past 19 years in the insurance industry. Since 1998, Rich's career at HSB has included various positions in Information Technology prior to moving into his current role as a Specialty Claims Adjuster with specialized focus on Cyber and Data Breach claims. Rich provides marketing assistance and training on Cyber-related products and trends and assists HSB's internal product development teams with new product development and existing product enhancement.

Jonathan L. Schwartz
Goldberg Segalla LLP

Jonathan L. Schwartz is a partner in the Global Insurance Services Practice Group of Goldberg Segalla LLP. He resides in the Chicago office and is admitted to practice in Illinois, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. Jonathan concentrates his practice on insurance coverage litigation and counseling, including primary and excess commercial general liability, professional liability/E&O, commercial auto and trucking, EPLI, and D&O liability insurance policies. Jonathan is also the Chair of Goldberg Segalla's Cyber Risk Coverage subgroup.

Joseph K. Scully
Day Pitney LLP

Joseph K. Scully is a litigator experienced in trying complex civil disputes. He has represented clients in courts throughout New England and other parts of the country including Delaware, Maryland, New York, Ohio and Texas. Joseph has taken several matters to trial in state and federal courts and has litigated numerous arbitrations through final hearings. He has handled appeals before a variety of courts including the First and Second Circuit Courts of Appeals and state appellate courts in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.Joseph's practice focuses primarily on the representation of insurance companies in insurance coverage actions and reinsurance disputes. He has litigated various types of coverage disputes in state and federal courts, including disputes arising from asbestos and other product liability claims, environmental losses, fire and other property damage, construction defects, and equipment breakdown claims.

Dennis N. Ventura
Tressler LLP

Dennis N. Ventura is a partner at Tressler LLP's Chicago office. He represents insurers in a broad range of litigation and non-litigation insurance matters, including claims related to commercial general liability coverage, employment practices liability coverage, excess/umbrella liability coverage and professional liability coverage. He has extensive experience handling matters involving personal and advertising injury, abuse claims, lead paint exposure and additional insured issues.