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Catastrophic Loss Conference
May 8-9, 2006
The Ritz-Carlton
Amelia Island, FL

Conference Chair:
Walter J. Andrews, Esq., Hunton & Williams LLP, McLean, VA
David M. Brenner, Esq., Riddell Williams P.S., Seattle

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CONFERENCE AGENDA

Monday, May 8, 2006

8:00
Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45
Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Walter J. Andrews, Esq., Hunton & Williams LLP, McLean, VA
David M. Brenner, Esq., Riddell Williams P.S., Seattle

9:00
After the Storm – Update of Litigation Following Katrina & Rita

• Number/types of claims pending
• Status of assessment/litigation for businesses and insurers
• Emerging legal standards
• 1st party and 3rd party issues
Moderator: Laura A. Foggan, Esq., Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP, Washington, DC
L.D. Simmons II, Helms Mulliss & Wicker, PLLC, Charlotte, NC
Ralph S. Hubbard III, Esq., Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard, Baton Rouge, LA
Mark E. Miller, Esq., Greenberg Traurig LLP, Washington, DC

10:00
Business Interruption I: Claims Handling

• First party property coverage
• Flood vs. Wind
• Number of occurrences
• Traditional/contingent
• Claims handling and contractual issues in the aftermath of a disaster
John N. Ellison, Esq., Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C., Philadelphia
J. Christopher Dineen, Property, Business Interruption, Crime & Fidelity, D&O - Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chicago
Ann Dorsett, Esq., Helms Mulliss & Wicker, PLLC, Charlotte, NC

11:15
Morning Break

11:30
Business Interruption II: Emerging Legal Issues

• Cause of loss and calculation of loss sustained
• Period of restoration
• Extra expense
• Ingress/egress
• Loss of market exclusion
Walter J. Andrews, Esq., Hunton & Williams LLP, McLean, VA
John D. Shugrue, Esq., Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, Chicago

12:30
Networking Luncheon

1:45
Appraisal – Estimating the Costs to Businesses, Insurers & Reinsurers

• Property Loss: Disputed coverage / amount of damage
• Crunching the numbers – assessing damages in the wake of
a disaster
• Out of court: How to prepare for panel proceedings
Lon A. Berk, Esq., Hunton & Williams LLP, McLean, VA
Steven A. Wolf, Principal, LECG, Washington, DC

2:45
Jumping into the Jury Pool: Influencing a Jury After a Catastrophic Event

• How to try a suit in the court of public opinion after a catastrophic event
• Jury perceptions following a disaster
• Venue issues and restrictions
• Successful tactics used to influence a jury in your favor
• Strategies – recent examples of what has worked/failed
Asim K. Desai, Esq., Carlson, Calladine & Peterson LLP, Los Angeles
David B. Graeven, PhD, President, Trial Behavior Consulting Inc., San Francisco

3:45
Afternoon Break

4:00
Regulatory Issues – A Panel Discussion

• How is the government preparing for the next wave of catastrophic events
• TRIA
• Insolvencies
• Emerging regulatory issues
• Liability – who is ultimately responsible and why
Rawle O. King, Economist & Senior Policy Analyst, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Leonard E. Schulte, Esq., Foley & Lardner LLP, Tallahassee, FL
J. Robert Wooley, Esq., Adams & Reese, LLP, Baton Rouge, LA
Edward L. Connor, Chief of Risk Insurance - Mitigation Division, Department of Homeland Security/FEMA, Washington, D.C.

5:30
Networking Reception

 

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

8:30
Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00
Disaster Preparedness: How To Plan and React to a Catastrophic Event

• Lessons learned from 2005 hurricane season
• Forecasting your risk / protecting your assets
• Crisis management: weathering the storm
• Identifying hazards – allocation of resources
• Managing secondary risks following a disaster
Fred S. Wolf, Halliburton Co., New York
Frank X. Neuner Jr., Laborde & Neuner, Lafayette, LA

10:15
Morning Break

10:30
Catastrophic Events: Impact on the Reinsurance Industry

• Environmental claim recovery
• Terrorism & Catastrophic Loss
• “Hours” clauses
• Ultimate cost to reinsurance industry
• Big picture issues – what does the future hold?
Robert P. Arnold, Esq., Lord Bissell & Brook LLP, Chicago
John F. Chaplin, Compass Consulting, LLC, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

11:30
Earthquakes & Other Potential Natural Disasters

• Northridge, CA earthquake – lessons learned
• Preparing for the next seismic event
• Geographic risk management
• Global warming
• Eye of the Storm: The 2006 Hurricane Season
• Businesses and insurers– global strategies
• Insurance coverage issues
David M. Brenner, Esq., Riddell Williams P.S., Seattle
Susan M. Popik, Esq., Chapman Popik & White LLP, San Francisco
Shuyi S. Chen, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami

12:30
Adjourn

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Registration Fee
The registration fee includes continental breakfast each day, one luncheon, attendance at all conference sessions, a copy of the conference handbook on CD, networking reception, and coffee breaks. The registration fee is $1145 for the first attendee.

How to Register
Fax is the best way to enroll, allowing us to attend to your registration immediately. Please fax this form to (610)768-0880, call 1-800-MEALEYS, (610)768-7800, e-mail mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com or mail this form with payment to Mealey Publications™, P.O. Box 7247-6167, Philadelphia, PA 19170-6167. Receipt of payment guarantees your registration.

Special Discounts*
• Early-Bird registration — by 3/3/06 $300 off — $845
• Corporate Discount — $400 off — $745
• Additional registrants from the same firm or company — $150 off — $995
• Government employees — one-third off — $765
• Sitting judges — attend free
• Paralegals — two-thirds off — $380

* Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Special Needs
Should you have any special needs, please contact Mealey’s at least three weeks prior to the conference, to allow us time to make reasonable accommodations.

Hotel Accommodations
The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is located at 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, just 25 minutes from Jacksonville Airport. Attendees should make reservations directly with the hotel by calling 904-277-1100. When making reservations, indicate that you are attending Mealey’sTM Catastrophic Loss Conference, May 8-9, 2006. A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees at a rate of $289 a night for a single or double room. The cut-off date for this rate is April 14th. After that date, this rate will be offered based on space availability. Please note, there are a limited number of rooms in our room block so make your reservations early.
For alternative hotels, please call us at (610) 768-7800.

Cancellation Policy
Registrants who cancel on or before April 24th will receive a full refund. Registrants canceling from April 25-May 1 will receive a full credit towards another Mealey’s conference. Cancellations made after May 1st will be subject to a 25% administrative fee; the remaining amount will be credited towards another Mealey’s conference. Credits must be used within one year of the date of issuance. Attendees who are paid in full and do not attend the conference forfeit a refund or a credit voucher. Substitutions may be made at any time.

Conference on Audio CD
Mealey’s Multi-Media Service allows you to bring the best of our live programs to your home or office. Call 1-800-MEALEYS or email mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com for more information and pricing on the audio CD version of this conference. Visit www.mealeys.com/conferences for a complete list of past audio programs.

CLE, CPCU & CPD credits
CLE credit will be available for all mandatory CLE states. International accreditation will also be available at this conference, as will CPCU credit through the American Institute for CPCU.

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