Member News Archive

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.