(Webcast) Insurers’ and Insureds’ Perspectives on Current Issues in D&O Liability 2021

Friday, October 15, 2021 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Program Chair:
Jonathan E. Meer
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

  • Directors and officers (“D&Os”) of corporations face constantly increasing and evolving liability.  D&Os have exposures under state law for breach of fiduciary duty in the context of mismanagement claims, while D&Os of public companies may also face liability for violations of the federal securities laws.

    The risks for directors and officers are ever increasing in the changing landscape for both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.  Event driven litigation from sexual harassment claims, diversity claims, cyber liability and claims related to Covid-19 have presented new exposures for the corporation and its directors and officers, but have also led to important changes in the corporate boardroom.  There has also been an upswing in securities class actions and derivative actions addressing mergers and acquisitions activity, including allegations of D&O impropriety.  In addition, there are new issues that are emerging that have only heighten this exposure, such as climate change related claims and the growing field of Cannabis.  In response, D&O and corporate liability insurance products continue to evolve to address these new and renewed exposures.

    Join our panel of professionals, including insurers’ representatives and insured’s’ advocates, and plaintiff and defense counsel, as they provide a balanced perspective on present and future exposures facing corporations and their D&Os, the D&O insurance marketplace, and the coverage afforded for these types of claims.  In addition, the panels will provide up to date commentary on best practices.

    Panel discussions expected to include:

    • Primer on D&O Liability Exposures and Insurance Coverages
    • Update on U.S. Securities Litigation and Coverage Considerations
    • Corporate/D&O Liability for Event Driven Litigation (#MeToo, Diversity, Cyber, Covid)
    • Corporate/D&O Liability for Emerging Claims (Climate Change / Cannabis)

    Program Fee:
    $299 for Members | $399 for Nonmembers
    In-House Counsel: Free for Members | $349 for Nonmembers
    Government/Nonprofit/Academic/Judiciary/Recent Law Graduate/Newly Admitted Lawyer/Student: Free for Members* | $199 for Nonmembers

    *City Bar & IFNY  Members

  • Panel Leaders:

    Jeffrey B. Clancy
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

    Raymond A. Mascia, Jr.
    Anderson Kill P.C.

    Andrew S. Nadolna
    Mediator & Arbitrator


    Sebastian A. Alia
    Deputy General Counsel
    Hudson Insurance Group

    Alan Borst Jr.

    Marisa DeMartini
    AVP, Financial Lines Claims

    David Knowlton
    Chairman and CEO
    Cannabis Education and Research Institute

    Stephen Konigsberg
    General Counsel
    Tikun Olam

    Jeremy Lieberman
    Pomerantz LLP 

    Clea P.M. Liquard 

    Jennifer Odrobina
    Vice-President, Technical Specialist
    Sompo International

    Audra Soloway
    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

    Stephen A. Weisbrod
    Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC

  • 9:00 am – 9:05 am
    Welcome and Introduction
    Frederic M. Garsson, Jonathan E. Meer

    9:05 am – 9:55 am
    Primer on D&O Liability Exposures and Insurance Coverages
    Panel Leader: Raymond A. Mascia, Jr
    Speakers: Alan Borst Jr., Clea P.M. Liquard

    9:55 am – 10:00 am

    10:00 am – 10:50 am
    Update on U.S. Securities Litigation and Coverage Considerations
    Panel Leader: Andrew S. Nadolna
    Speakers: Jennifer Odrobina, Audra Soloway, Stephen Weisbrod

    10:50 am – 11:10 am

    11:10 am – 12:00 pm
    Corporate/D&O Liability for Event Driven Litigations
    Panel Leader: Jeffrey B. Clancy
    Speakers: Marisa DeMartini, Jeremy Lieberman

    12:00 pm – 12:05 pm

    12:05 pm – 1:00 pm
    Corporate/D&O Liability for Emerging Claims (Climate Change / Cannabis)
    Panel Leader: Jonathan E. Meer
    Speakers: Sebastian A. Alia, David Knowlton, Stephen Koningsberg


  • New York: 4.0 Professional Practice
    New Jersey: 4.1 General
    California: 4.0 General
    Pennsylvania: 3.5 General
    Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

  • This program has been generously sponsored by:


    Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Insurance Law, Frederic M. Garsson, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | aavila@nycbar.org