Lawyers’ Professional Liability – the Market, Claims, and Value of Risk Management
This webinar, presented by an experienced team of LPL professionals with a range of perspectives on the legal malpractice universe and the insurance marketplace, provides insights into:
The state of claims against lawyers and law firms, including the likely direction of claims in the event of an economic downturn;
Market trends and the availability of coverage in the LPL marketplace; and
How effective risk management can prevent or reduce claim severity and make the insurance market more accessible.
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Meet the Speakers
Oliver Sherman, Associate Clyde & Co US LLP Oliver Sherman, an Associate in Clyde & Co US LLP’s Washington, DC office, concentrates his practice on insurance coverage matters, including performing legal research regarding complex coverage issues, drafting comprehensive, detailed and accurate coverage opinions under multiple policy forms, and handling all phases of insurance coverage litigation. Oliver’s insurance coverage experience includes his work in the claims department of a prominent property and casualty insurance company. He independently drafted hundreds of reservation of rights letters evaluating, among other things, the insurer’s duty to defend, allocation of covered and uncovered loss, and whether the failure to provide timely notice of claims precluded coverage under policies. Oliver speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.
Craig Howser, ARM, CPLP Executive Vice President ProQuest a division of Alliant Craig is the Executive Vice President and Co-Leader at ProQuest a division of Alliant. He specializes in placing professional liability, employment practices liability, management liability and data security / cyber liability insurance for mid-to-large size firms. He has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, predominantly focused on the insurance needs of law firms. Craig joined ProQuest in 2000 and was instrumental in establishing the Chicago office. Prior to working with ProQuest, he was with Aon Risk Services, focusing exclusively on the insurance needs of law firms. Prior to that, he was with Zurich American as an underwriting team leader in the Alternative Risk Casualty Group, responsible for underwriting captives, risk retention groups (RRG), and risk purchasing groups (RPG). Craig holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Iowa. In addition, he holds the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Cyber Professional Liability Practitioner (CPLP) designations, is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, The Association of Lloyd’s Brokers, and member of the Board of Directors for the Surplus Lines Association of Illinois.
Graham Delf, Underwriting Consulting Director CNA Graham started his insurance career as a professional liability underwriter in the Lloyd’s of London marketplace. He has underwritten professional liability insurance for professional service firms, miscellaneous professions and technology companies while at Limit Syndicate 2000, QBE and Barbican Syndicate. In 2009 Graham moved to the US and joined the Large Law firm underwriting team at CNA in New York. He is a senior underwriter within the team which is exclusively focused on professional liability insurance for mid-size and large law firms. Graham manages a portfolio of large and complex accounts, builds relationships with key producers and clients, executes cross sell strategies and works on projects to enhance CNA’s market leading position insuring law firms.Graham has an Industrial Economics degree from the University of Nottingham and is a Chartered Insurer and Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII). He is based out of CNA’s New York City office and can be contacted at Graham.Delf@CNA.com or (+1) 212 440 7054. Graham Delf-LinkedIn
Anthony Davis, Of Counsel Clyde & Co US LLP Anthony E. Davis is Of Counsel at Clyde &Co US LLP in its New York office and is best described as a lawyer’s lawyer. He advises lawyers and law firms in the United States and internationally in the areas of professional responsibility, risk management and every aspect of the law governing lawyers. He is co-author of RISK MANAGEMENT: Survival Tools For Law Firms. He is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University School of Law, teaching “Professional Responsibility Issues in Business Practice.” He is a past President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), and a Member of the American Law Institute (ALI). He received his law degree from Cambridge University, and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law. He is admitted in New York, Colorado, and as an English Barrister and a Solicitor (both non-practicing).
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