2018 PLUS Conference Preview: Are Mega-Verdicts in MPL a Blip or Trend?

The PLUS Conference less than a week away, and we have another exclusive look at an education session happening at the conference.

Paul Greve will be moderating a medical professional liability focused panel on Thursday, November 8. Panelists for this session include Peter Cridland, Matthew Donnelly, and John Fitzpatrick. Discussion will center on the rising number of MPL settlements in the tens of millions of dollars, and how this is affecting underwriting for this branch of the industry.

Below is a summary of the panel as well as a white paper from the PLUS Journal. You still have a chance to register for the conference and attend this and many more incredible education sessions, not to mention the keynote speakers and networking opportunities. Register now and we’ll see you in San Diego next week!

Thursday, November 8, 1:45 pm – Mega-Verdicts in MPL: Blip or Trend

There have been a number of large verdicts and settlements in medical professional liability in recent years. In 2017, there were many of these verdicts/settlements over $10M, with 7 cases of over $40M; perhaps the most ever at that level. 2018 appears to be on a record pace. The panel will discuss the data concerning these verdicts, the reasons why more of these verdicts are being seen despite overall low claim frequency in MPL, and review common threads in these claims. They will identify reasons why these very large verdicts are occurring and formulate claims and underwriting strategies to address the risk of these claims.

Moderator: Paul Greve, Jr., JD, RPLU, Senior Director, Healthcare Risk Solutions, Markel Assurance


Peter Cridland, Assistant Vice President, Transatlantic Re

Matthew Donnelly, Deputy Chief Legal Officer, Cleveland Clinic

John Fitzpatrick, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP

White paper: Medical Professional Liability in 2018: Major Challenges

2018 PLUS Conference Preview: Pick a Topic on the Wheel of Misfortune

In just a over a week, this year’s PLUS Conference will be underway, with incredible speakers, networking opportunities, and education sessions. Here is another exclusive look at one of these sessions happening at the conference.

Claudia Costa will be moderating an Employment Practices Liability focused panel on Thursday, November 8, about the wide variety of liability issues that can occur in the workplace. Panelists for this session include Marci Houston, Carrie Kurzon, Thomas Lookstein, Jennifer Weinstein, and Laura Zaroski. The discussion will focus on trending claims and new directions in this every-changing branch of the industry.

Below is the panel summary as well as a white paper for the panel. Stay tuned for future blog posts with previews of panels and sessions happening at the conference so you can get the most out of this incredible event. If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time to claim your spot— see you in San Diego!

Thursday, November 8, 10:30 am – Pick a Topic: Wheel of Misfortune

The high-energy and interactive session will focus on Employment Practices Liability. This sector of coverage has been in the news quite a bit of late, from religious objections, the #MeToo movement, support animals, LGBTQ rights, religious objections, and much more. Industry experts will weigh in on how claims are trending, the ways in which underwriting must evolve, and what’s next in this exciting and constantly-evolving sector of insurance.

Moderator: Claudia A. Costa, Esq., Partner, Gordon & Rees


Marci Houston, Senior Vice President, Bond & Specialty Insurance Claim, Travelers Insurance

Carrie Kurzon, National EPLI Practice Leader, The Hartford

Thomas Lookstein, Vice President – Financial Lines & Professional Liability Claims, Starr Companies

Jennifer Weinstein, Esq., AVP Mangement Liability Claims, OneBeacon Insurance Group

Laura Zaroski, JD, RPLU, Area Senior Vice President | Law Firms Practice, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

White paper: Wheel of Misfortune—EPL Claims Today

Texas Chapter TopGolf Tournament Benefits PLUS Foundation

Members from the Texas Chapter met in Dallas this past Thursday, October 18, for a TopGolf Tournament benefiting the PLUS Foundation. Everyone enjoyed networking with colleagues between good food and friendly competition.

Thank you to the Texas Chapter and everyone who attended! This event was a great success.