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2024 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar

American Bar Association Litigation Section

Loews Ventana Canyon
7000 North Resort Dr
Tucson, AZ

Blank Rome partners Mary Craig Calkins and Jared Zola and associate Anna K. Milunas will serve as speakers at the American Bar Association Litigation Section’s 2024 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, being held March 6 through 6, 2024, in Tucson, Arizona.

This four-day seminar will feature presentations by leading lawyers and insurance professionals on the very latest developments in insurance law and will include cutting-edge and informative plenary, breakout, and roundtable programs; valuable networking events; and a variety of outdoor activities.


Breakout: Nine Figure Property & Business Interruption Claims
Thursday, March 7  |  3:45–4:45 p.m.

This seasoned panel will showcase effective legal strategies and forensic accounting methodologies for large and often contentious property and business interruption claims. They will discuss best practices for resolving claims efficiently, protecting privilege, avoiding costly claim mistakes, and managing clients, brokers, consultants, and insurers; damage considerations and proven loss calculation methodologies; contingent time element disputes; causation and mitigation issues; liability disputes; declared values; ADR; and key policy language to update before a costly loss.


  • Moderator: Mary Craig Calkins, Blank Rome LLP, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jason Diener, EPIC Insurance Brokers, Philadelphia, PA
  • Gretchen Hoff Varner, Covington & Burling LLP, San Francisco, CA
  • Ronald L. Kammer, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Miami, FL
  • Gregory S. Thaler, Berkeley Research Group LLC, San Francisco, CA

Roundtable: Getting the Best Bang for Your Expert Buck
Friday, March 8  |  1:05 PM–2:20 p.m.

This roundtable will address best practices at multiple stages of engagement with experts, from hiring the best expert for the client’s unique issues to presentation of case documentation, formalizing the report, protecting privilege, and preparing for depositions and trial testimony.


  • Anna K. Milunas, Blank Rome LLP, Los Angeles, CA
  • Russ Rosenzweig, Round Table Group, Aliso Viejo, CA

Plenary: Potential Conflicts: The Defense Counsel’s Duty to Zealously Defend the Insured v. The Insurer’s Right to Control Litigation Costs
Saturday, March 9  |  11:55 AM–12:55 PM

A panel discussion with a moderator, two in-house/carrier lawyers, and two insurance defense lawyers. The panel will discuss various ethical and practical concerns regarding Counsel’s Duty to Zealously Defend the Insured v. The Insurer’s Right to Control Litigation Costs. The program will challenge attendees to consider how they can zealously defend their insured clients and follow their jurisdiction’s ethical rules while simultaneously following the insurer’s guidelines and keeping the insurer happy with the costs. Different jurisdictions’ ethical rules and case law will be discussed with a focus on Texas and New York law.


  • Moderator: Marjorie C. Nicol, Cox PLLC, Houston, TX
  • Amy C. Greene, Phelps Dunbar LLP, Houston, TX
  • Catherine L. Hanna, Hanna and Plaut LLP, Austin, TX
  • Sumera Khan, Tokio Marine HCC, Houston, TX
  • Jared Zola, Blank Rome LLP, New York, NY

Blank Rome is pleased to be a Gold Sponsor of this event.

For more information and to register to attend, please visit the event webpage.