Speaking Engagement

Insurance Coverage

ABA TIPS 32nd Annual Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Conference

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
4949 East Lincoln Dr
Scottsdale AZ 85253

Blank Rome partner Seth D. Lamden, a former chair of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, will serve as a panelist at the ABA TIPS 32nd Annual Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Conference, being held April 11 through 13, 2024, in Scottsdale, Arizona.


The program will focus on the development and defense of novel toxic tort and environmental science through the lens of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”). Speakers will provide an analysis of the most recent national trends in toxic tort and environmental litigation, including takeaways from recent benzene, ethylene oxide, and glyphosate (i.e., Roundup) matters, discussions with regulators and educators regarding the future of regulatory affairs, and new routes of chemical exposure and ingestion. Panelists will speak on the differences in personal injury litigation, environmental due diligence, and environmental restoration litigation.

Seth’s session, “Insurance Coverage,” will take place on Friday, April 12, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.


As companies evaluate potential PFAS exposures, consideration of potential coverage is a critical concern. These speakers will take a broad look at the types of cases being filed, policy provisions triggering and/or precluding coverage, and recent developments impacting litigation of these high exposure cases.


  • John Harding, McAngus Goudelock & Courie, Boston, MA
  • Seth Lamden, Blank Rome, Chicago, IL
  • Cassidy Starkey, Lockton Companies, Philadelphia, PA

Other conference sessions include:

  • A Primer on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances
  • Regulatory Action: History & Horizon
  • Guiding Principles to Effectively Analyze and Manage PFAS Risks
  • State of Medicine / State of Science
  • Nuclear Verdicts
  • PFAS and Consumer Products
  • Artificial Intelligence in Mass Tort Litigation
  • Toxic Tort Litigation Involving Chemicals

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