Member News Archive

Posted March 2018
Fellows From Across The Country Participating at the ABA Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s 30th Anniversary CLE Seminar
Twenty-eight ACCEC Fellows participated in presentations and served on panels at the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual CLE Seminar. The seminar celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the ICLC’s meeting with three days of cutting-edge programming.  Fellows Walter Andrews, Mary Craig Calkins, John Mathias, Jerry Oshinsky and Ray Wong participated in a plenary session entitled “Insurance Coverage Litigation – 30 Years of Lessons Learned,” moderated by John Mumford. “Hot Topics for ICLC’s 40th – The Coverage Battles of 2028” was moderated by John Buchanan.   Dan Bailey addressed “What’s New in the Challenging World of D&O Insurance.”  Fellows David Goodwin, Lorelie Masters and JeffreyStemple gave an update on “Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance: Is the Sky Falling?”  Mary Borja, James Cooper and Anthony Leuin presented “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off” Trends and Cutting-Edge Strategies for Pleading, Prosecuting and Defending Rescission Claims.”  John Bonnie and Laura Hanson participated in “Laugh Until You Cry: Obscure, Peculiar and Overlooked State Laws that Can Crater a Case Before It Gets Of The Ground.”  Vincent Morgan participated in “Harvey, Irma, and Maria – Coverage and Litigation Issues.”  Christine Haskett spoke on “The Power of the Unconscious: Of Course I’m Not Biased or Am I?”  David Schoenfeld participated in the panel “The ‘Next Asbestos’ Will Be … Asbestos: Why the Insurance Industry’s Biggest Problem Won’t Go away Anytime Soon.”  Marion Adler, Bill Barker and Neil Posner addressed ethics issues in “Conflicts Among Insurers, Insureds and Independent Counsel: Ethical Considerations.”  Helen Michael parachuted in to speak on “The Nuts & Bolts of Insurance Coverage Litigation: A Toolkit for Young Insurance Coverage Lawyers.”  Roundtable discussions were led by Fellows John Vishneski (“Sometimes Offense is the Best Defense”), Matthew Jacobs (Coverage for “Other Entities”), and David Attisani (“Reinsurance in a Material World”).  Established in 1988, the Section of Litigation’s ICLC Committee is currently co-chaired by two Fellows, Angela Elbert and John Mumford.  Fellow Ernest Martin is Vice Chair of the Committee. 

ACCEC Fellows Appointed to Law360 Advisory Board
Law360 has formed its 2018 Insurance editorial advisory board, the purpose of which is to get feedback on Law360's coverage and gain insight from experts in the field on how best to shape future coverage. ACCEC Fellows Lorie Masters, Sheri Pastor, and Steve Pate have been appointed to serve on the Advisory Board. Click here to read more. 

Six Fellows From Texas Speaking at 15th Annual State Bar Advanced Insurance Law Seminar
Six ACCEC fellows will be giving presentations and serving on panels at the 15th Annual State Bar of Texas Advanced Insurance Law Seminar in San Antonio, June 28-29, 2018. Mark Lawless and Brian Martin will be speaking on “Pollution Exclusion/Asbestos/Toxic Torts/Exhaustion.” Beth D. Bradley and Vince Morgan will be presenting on “Rescission, Reformation and Anti-Technicality Statutes.” Michael W. Huddleston will be on a luncheon panel discussing “Coverage for Sexual Harassment Claims and Other Bad Conduct.” Steve Pate will be on a panel as well discussing “Menchaca: Texas’s Bad Faith’s Return from the Ashes?”

Posted November 2017
In Memoriam: Guy E. “Sandy” Burnette, Jr.
It is with sadness that ACCEC shares the news of the passing of Guy E. “Sandy” Burnette, Jr. Sandy was Of Counsel for the Chartwell Law Offices, in Tallahassee, FL. A insurer-side attorney, he joined ACCEC in February 2015. We extend our sincere condolences to Sandy's family and colleagues. Click here for more information.

Pate Published in Journal of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society
Stephen Pate, Cozen O'Connor, wrote an article titled, "A Perfect Storm: FDR, Pappy O'Daniel, Huey Long's Ghost, and the Failed Fifth Circuit Nomination of James V Allred" for the Journal of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. The article discusses how tough Texas politics can be and the effect that can have on federal judicial nominations. It goes further to discuss a 1943 case where James V Allred had won Senate confirmation as a U.S. District Judge and then was denied an opportunity to become a judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. For the full article click here.

Posted October 2017
Kornfeld Joins Blank Rome LLP
Blank Rome LLP has announced that Linda Kornfeld has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office in the Insurance Recovery group. Ms. Kornfeld joins as partner and vice chair of the group. Click here to read more. 

Posted October 2017
Sher Cohen Joins Lathrop Gage
Nancy Sher Cohen has joined Lathrop Gage's Policyholder and Insurance Coverage practice team in Los Angeles.

Posted September 2017
Pate Cited in "Insurers Could Dodge Harvey-Related Legal Fights Under Texas Law"
Stephen Pate, Cozen O'Connor, was quoted in a Financial Advisor article about a new Texas law that may make it harder for hurricane victims to sue insurers for payment of claims. Click here for the full article.

Posted July 2017
Stewart Appointed to Connecticut Superior Court
Elizabeth J. Stewart has been appointed to the Connecticut Superior Court. She was nominated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and confirmed by the General Assembly. Stewart was formerly a partner in the law firm of Murtha Cullina LLP, where she worked since 1986 and had been a managing partner for five years.

Posted June 2017
Cunningham Receives Centurion Award
Fred A. Cunningham, of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen, in Palm Beach Gardens, received the Florida Justice Association's Centurion Award in recognizition of his lifetime contribution to advance the group's mission and ensure consumer protection. Click here to read more.

Posted May 2017

Aylward & Huddleston Receive Segalla Award
Michael F. Aylward, Morrison Mahoney LLP (Boston, MA) and Michael Huddleston, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. (Dallas, TX) are the recipients of the 2017 Thomas F. Segalla Service Award. Aylward was recognized for his overall dedication to the College, leadership in planning a successful symposium in Boston, and service on the Board of Regents (Founding member). Huddleston was recognized for his service on the Board of Regents and as co-chair of the Website and Social Media Committee.

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In Memoriam: Neal Stauffer
It is with sadness that ACCEC shares the news of the passing of Neal Stauffer, a partner in the firm of Stauffer & Nathan in Tulsa, OK. A policyholder attorney, he joined ACCEC in 2014. We extend our sincere condolences to Neal's family and colleagues. Click here for more information. 

Posted May 2017
Lorie Masters Joins Hunton & Williams LLP
Hunton & Williams LLP continues its national expansion with the arrival of  Lorelie S. Masters in Washington as a partner in the global litigation team, focusing on insurance coverage law. A nationally prominent insurance coverage litigator, Masters has handled complex cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts across the country and international disputes in the London market and Bermuda. Click here to read more.

Posted May 2017
Mary Craig Calkins Recognized as One of Los Angeles’ Most Influential Women Lawyers
Mary Craig Calkins, Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, was named one of Los Angeles Business Journal’s (LABJ) Most Influential Women Lawyers. The LABJ selected only 50 “particularly stellar attorneys in the Los Angeles region who happen to be women,” and highlighted the recent success of each their practices. Calkins was selected for handling a broad range of high-profile insurance coverage disputes, helping her clients recover hundreds of millions of dollars through the negotiation, litigation, trial, and arbitration of complex insurance coverage disputes. She is currently handling major coverage litigation in California and North Carolina, negotiating matters in New York and Delaware involving more than $250 million in insurance coverage, and handling insurance coverage matters implicating the laws of multiple states and foreign countries. Click here to read more.

Posted April 2017
Stephen Pate Joins Cozen O’Connor

Cozen O’Connor announced that Stephen Pate has joined the firm’s Global Insurance Department, in the Houston office. Pate—who joins as a member and will be co-chair of the property insurance practice group—handles matters such as property insurance, directors and officers insurance, business interruption, CDL insurance, builders risk and commercial general liability disputes, among others. He has been recognized as a leading lawyer for insurance law by Chambers. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American Law Institute.

Posted March 2017
Jill Berkeley Honored with ABA’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Lifetime Achievement Award
Jill B. Berkeley, chair of the Insurance Policyholder practice group and partner in the General & Commercial Litigation group at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award of the ABA’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC). The award was created this year in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Committee’s annual meeting and recognizes Berkeley's many significant contributions to the mission and objectives of the Committee and the Section. Click here for the full release.