San Francisco partner John Finston, Los Angeles partner James Fitzgerald, and Dallas partners Susan Egeland, Neil Rambin and Sondra Sylva will be presenters at Perrin Conferences’ Natural Disaster Conference, to be held April 2-3, 2019, in Miami, Fla. Neil is the conference co-chair.

On Tuesday, April 2, Jim will moderate a panel on “Challenges Facing the Insurance Industry as a Result of Natural Disasters,” and will be joined by panelists from the insurance industry, claims consultants, forensic engineers and construction personnel. The panel will cover some of the most pressing issues insurers and others in the industry face as a result of natural disasters, as well as ways businesses can best manage those obstacles.

Later that morning, Neil will participate in a panel discussion on: “Case Study: Taking a Property Damage and Business Interruption Claim from Soup to Nuts.” Other panelists include Lee Epstein of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC; Matthew Nelson, Vice President of Claims at AmeriTrust Group, Inc.; Andrew Fusco , Chief Operating Office of WorldClaim Global Claims Management and Sharon Pisko Wolfe, Partner and Co-Founder of RWH Myers & Company. Panelists will use a real-life scenario to explore the process of handling a natural disaster-related claim.

Susan will be a panelist on the subject of “Residential Issues.” She will be joined by Missy Heidelberg of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC; Kevin Maxwell, assistant vice president of The Vertex Companies, Inc.; and Henry Sienema, president of Case Strategies Group, LLC. The panel will examine difficulties related to reviewing, processing, and implementing residential claims in the light of a disaster.

Sondra will participate in a panel discussion addressing “Challenges Facing the Hospitality and Real Estate Industries as a Result of Natural Disasters” on the afternoon of April 2. Her co-panelists include Meghan Moore of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC; Aaron Carone, a consultant with CBRE Hotels Advisory; David R. Charles, President of Master Claims Consultants; Jonathan W. Pirie, Senior Director of Ankura; and Helen Eichmann, Vice President, Environmental Division at Allied World Insurance Company. The panel will explore common obstacles and issues the hospitality and real estate industries may encounter following a disaster—and how best to mitigate their risk by preparing and responding properly.

On Wednesday, April 3, Jim will moderate a panel on “Wildfires: Environmental, Economic and Insurance Coverage Issues,” with insurance industry representatives. Their panel will address the recent wildfires in the West and their impact on California’s economy and environment cutting-edge insurance coverage and subrogation issues; business interruption and natural resource damages; and best practices for assessing economic risk.

The Wildfires panel discussion will be followed with a panel discussion on “Insurance Regulatory Issues” that arise from Natural Disasters, and which will be moderated by Jim and John Finston. They will be joined on this panel by John Doak, the Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner from 2010-2018 and Ken Schnoll, the current General Counsel and Deputy Insurance Commission for the State of California. They will discuss the regulatory responses to underwriting and claims issues (e.g., non-renewals, underinsurance, etc.) and issues regarding the education component for the public and insurance industry.

Jim will also speak on the panel entitled: “Legal Ethics for Lawyers Who Help Clients after Natural Disasters,” and will be joined by attorneys Steven Weisbrod of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC and Adam Schwartz of Carlton Fields

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