Speakers

  • Partner
    O'Rielly & Roche LLP

    Kendra Basner is a partner at O'Rielly & Roche LLP. She is a Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law by California Board of Legal Specialization. Her practice solely focuses on all aspects of lawyer and law firm responsibility and liability, including the defense of lawyers in civil litigation and disciplinary actions, as well as counseling and advising attorneys, law firms, in-house corporate counsel and other legal services in connection with legal ethics and risk management issues. She is a member of the California Bar's Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC), which prepares the state's ethics opinions, and is the Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco's Legal Ethics Committee.

  • Partner
    Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

    Pam Bresnahan is a partner in the Vorys Washington, D.C. office and is the head of the litigation practice group in that office. She serves as trial and appellate counsel in business and commercial litigation matters, with an emphasis on professional liability defense and coverage litigation.

  • Vice President & Claims Counsel
    Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky

    Jane Broadwater Long has been Vice President and Claims Counsel of Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky since 2003. Jane graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Kentucky College of Law. She is admitted to practice in Kentucky and Georgia.

  • Partner & General Counsel
    Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

    Carole J. Buckner is a Partner and General Counsel with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP. The firm has offices in California, Arizona and Nevada. She is admitted to practice law in California.

  • Director of Risk Management
    The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.

    Gawain Charlton-Perrin is a nationally recognized author and lecturer on professional liability, ethics and risk management. At The Hanover, Gawain focuses on Risk Management for Professional Liability Programs for lawyers and other professionals.

  • Partner
    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    Cassidy E. Chivers is a partner in Hinshaw’s San Francisco office. She focuses her practice on all aspects of professional responsibility and liability, including legal ethics and risk management, law firm organization and regulation, and defending lawyers and law firms in federal and state litigation.

  • General Counsel
    Morgan Lewis

    Michele A. Coffey is General Counsel of Morgan Lewis, where she focuses her practice on representing financial institutions and their employees in investigations and enforcement actions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and other agencies.

  • Partner
    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    Anthony E. Davis is a lawyer’s lawyer. He is a Partner in Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP’s Lawyers for the Profession® practice group, based in New York. Anthony advises lawyers and law firms in the United States and internationally in the areas of professional responsibility, risk management and every aspect of the law governing lawyers.

  • Partner
    DeVore & DeMarco LLP

    Joseph V. DeMarco is a partner at DeVore & DeMarco LLP where he focuses on counseling clients on complex issues involving information privacy and security, theft of intellectual property, computer intrusions, on-line fraud, and the lawful use of new technology.

  • Partner
    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    Edward Donohue is a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Hinshaw & Culbertson. Ed represents business professionals, real estate, insurance and financial services companies. Ed represents his clientele in a variety of matters, including real estate and investment sales practices disputes, data breach and lender liability litigation.

  • Co-Founder & General Counsel
    Decipher

    Michael A. Ellenhorn, co-founder and general counsel of Decipher, is an entrepreneurial leader, lawyer and Solicitor (England & Wales, non- practicing), with more than 20 years of success building and strengthening professional services businesses, including 14 years in the international legal search space, operating businesses throughout Europe, the Middle East, North America and Asia.

  • Assistant Vice President
    CNA

    Ted Ewing came to CNA in 2008 and currently leads the team responsible for driving successful outcomes in legal and accounting claims. Ted also previously managed CNA's Strategic Claim Oversight group which was focused on the handling, evaluation and resolution planning for the most challenging and highest exposure specialty claims. 

  • Partner
    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    Noah Fiedler helps his clients—from lawyers and law firms to corporations and public entities—navigate through the roadblocks and difficulties they face. Noah's clients value his pragmatic approach to both litigation and counseling. By assessing potential impacts on the organization as a whole, he provides his clients with the best solution to their situation, going beyond the context of litigation.

  • Partner
    Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP

    Zandra Foley is a seasoned trial attorney who represents clients in complex litigation matters related to products liability, mass torts, malpractice, and errors and omissions. She also defends clients who have been sued for various intentional torts including assault, battery, libel, slander and defamation. She represents corporations, national product manufacturers, insurance agencies, law firms, accountants, financial advisors, doctors, nurses, engineers, and other professionals in both state and federal courts across the state of Texas.

  • General Counsel
    Thomson Reuters Legal

    Ed Friedland is general counsel of Thomson Reuters Legal. He has had a series of legal roles with Thomson Reuters since joining The Thomson Corporation in 1990. He received a B.A. degree (magna cum laude) from Williams College in Williamstown, MA and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. 

  • Senior Vice President & Equity Partner
    Ames & Gough

    Eileen Garczynski is a senior vice president and equity partner of Ames & Gough. She is a lawyer by training and has more than 30 years of risk management and insurance experience. She leads the law firm initiative at Ames & Gough, focusing on the risk management and insurance needs of law firms. She is a Special Liaison to the American Bar Association's (ABA) Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability, having been a former member of that committee.

  • Partner
    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    David Grossbaum concentrates his practice in the areas of legal malpractice defense, lawyer discipline, risk management for lawyers, and insurance coverage. He speaks and writes frequently on these topics. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

  • CEO
    Risa Heller Communications

    Risa B. Heller is the CEO of Risa Heller Communications, a full-service communications and crisis management consultancy based in New York City. Risa builds on her background in politics and corporate communications to help clients navigate page-one-news and complex issues management environments where reputation or permission to operate is on the line.

  • Partner
    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    Matthew Henderson concentrates his practice in the representation of attorneys in legal malpractice cases and disciplinary proceedings. He has extensive experience litigating consumer class action cases, including actions brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Mr. Henderson also regularly represents businesses in contract actions and other commercial disputes.

  • Partner
    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    Desmond J. Hinds, Jr. has over 30 years of experience as a civil trial attorney representing clients in the state, federal, state bar and appellate courts throughout California, though his primary region is Southern California.

  • General Counsel
    Greenberg Traurig

    Martin I. Kaminsky is general counsel of Greenberg Traurig. Marty was trial and appellate counsel in contract, securities, commodities, antitrust, employment, and professional malpractice cases, representing public companies, commodities and securities exchanges, law and accounting firms, and their principals, with over 150 reported decisions. He was also counsel to several boards of directors.

  • Information Security Detection & Response

    William (Bill) Kyrouz has been working in the legal information technology community since 2001 and focused on information security since the Massachusetts Data Security Regulations came to fruition. Bill has led security projects that include ISO 27001 certification, vulnerability management, client audits, and Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR). He is active in the LS-ISAO, serving on the Executive and Threat Intelligence Committees, and is committed to raising the security bar across the legal industry.

  • AVP, Underwriting Specialty Programs
    AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.

    Renee Levitt is an AVP, Underwriting Specialty Programs at AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. where she is responsible for oversight of lawyers professional liability, insurance agents, and real estate agents programs, underwriting management, product development and risk management services. Renee has over 30 years of professional liability experience. Before joining AmTrust, she served as in-house Claims Counsel managing insurance coverage disputes, bad faith and large loss litigation, insurance department regulatory and compliance reporting, underwriting counseling, product development and risk management. Prior to joining the insurance industry, Renee practiced law for 22 years in mid-size and national law firms, specializing in insurance coverage and professional liability defense.

  • Founding Partner
    Robie & Matthai

    Edith Matthai is an accomplished trial lawyer whose practice centers on the defense of lawyers in legal malpractice cases and business litigation. In addition, over the last fifteen years she has defended over 250 judges in disciplinary matters before the California Commission on Judicial Performance. She is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and in 2013 was named the CAL-ABOTA trial lawyer of the year. In 2014 she received the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association. In 2008, she was named by the Litigation Section of the California State Bar as the California Trial Lawyer of the Year.

  • Partner
    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    Thomas McGarry is a veteran trial lawyer. His civil litigation practice emphasizes the defense of lawyers and law firms professionals in federal and state courts and disciplinary agencies.

  • Partner
    Zeughauser Group

    Gwen Mellor works with law firm leadership teams to safeguard partnerships through strategic planning engagements and design and implementation of best-in-class initiatives aimed at preventing and resolving workplace disputes. She also advises on partner succession planning and diversity and inclusion efforts. With special attention to increasing the performance of practice group and other law firm leaders, Gwen has significant experience with one-on-one coaching.

  • Partner
    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    Janis Meyer focuses her practice on professional responsibility, risk management and professional liability law, with particular emphasis on attorneys and law firms. Having served as the general counsel of a global firm, Janis is familiar with a broad spectrum of professional liability, human resource, and other risk management issues arising in law firms.

  • Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
    Neota Logic Inc.

    Michael Mills is the co-founder and chief strategy officer of Neota Logic Inc., developers of the Neota Logic System—practical artificial intelligence for law and business, a no-code platform for automation of expertise, processes, and documents.

  • Senior Vice President - Lawyers’ and Accountants’ Professional Liability
    Argo Pro

    Kim Noble is Senior Vice President for the Lawyers’ and Accountants’ Professional Liability product at Argo Pro. Kim has 25 years of professional liability experience, both as outside counsel and in underwriting/risk management roles. Before joining the insurance industry, she was in private practice, concentrating on defending professionals and providing coverage advice.

  • General Counsel - Privacy, Security & Compliance
    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    Steven Puiszis serves as the Firm’s General Counsel – Privacy Security & Compliance. He is a certified (CIPP/US) in information privacy by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Steve is a member of the Firm’s Lawyers for the Professions Practice Group, counseling and defending both lawyers and law firms in ethics, data security, breach risk, professional liability and disciplinary matters.

  • Assistant Vice President
    CNA

    Shauna Reeder is an assistant vice president with CNA Specialty Claim, where she oversees high exposure professional liability claims against large U.S. and U.K. law firms, accountants, and non-medical professional services organizations.

  • Partner
    L’Abbate Balkan Colavita & Contini, L.L.P.

    Marian Rice is a partner at the New York law firm of L’Abbate Balkan Colavita & Contini, LLP where she has represented attorneys for nearly 40 years and chairs the Attorney Professional Liability Group. Marian is a past member of the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability and a past President of the Nassau County Bar Association. She is currently Chair of the New York State Bar Association Law Practice Management Committee and is a frequent author and lecturer on topics involving the defense of attorneys and risk management. Marian holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability, has been designated a Super Lawyer annually since 2008.

  • Partner
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

    Kevin Rosen is a partner in the Los Angeles Office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is a trial lawyer and serves as Chairman of Gibson Dunn’s Law Firm Defense Practice Group. Over the past 31 years, Kevin has successfully defended over 120 high‑stakes cases for law firms across the United States in state and federal trial and appellate courts, bankruptcy courts, and in arbitrations, with aggregate claims exceeding $15 billion.

  • Deputy General Counsel
    Latham & Watkins LLP

    Matthew Roskoski serves as deputy general counsel for Latham & Watkins LLP. He leads a global team that manages the firm’s litigation defense, professional liability insurance, privacy compliance, contracts and commercial transactions, insider trading prevention, and general risk management. Matthew also sits on the firm’s Ethics and Security Committees. He serves on Hearing Committees for the District Court of Appeals Board on Professional Responsibility, and has taught ethics and professional responsibility for the Virginia State Bar.

  • Partner
    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    Peter Sullivan practices in trial and litigation of complex professional liability and commercial litigation cases, including actions against accountants and attorneys, director and officer liability and coverage cases, consumer class action cases and breach of contract cases.

  • Partner
    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    Richard Supple is the firm's General Counsel and Co-Leader of its Professional Responsibility, Professional Liability and Risk Management Department. A prolific speaker on legal ethics issues, he represents law firms and lawyers in all kinds of professional ethics-related matters, including disciplinary and legal malpractice cases, partnership and fee disputes, internal investigations, and disqualification and sanctions motions. Richard also has a substantial risk management advising practice and counsels law firms and lawyers with respect to joint-venture transactions, dissolutions, and lending and credit agreements.

  • Member & General Counsel
    LeClairRyan

    Lori D. Thompson is a Member and General Counsel of LeClairRyan, an entrepreneurial firm of approximately 300 attorneys that recently partnered with UnitedLex Corp. to launch ULX Partners, an innovate approach to providing legal support functions. Lori received her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

  • Partner
    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    Philip Touitou has extensive experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation matters. His practice focuses on business disputes, including corporate class actions, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, business torts, professional liability, directors' and officers' liability, captive insurance liability and insurance coverage matters.

  • Partner
    Williams & Connolly LLP

    John Villa is a Partner at Williams & Connolly where he specializes in corporate and financial services-related litigation (both civil and criminal) and legal malpractice defense. The Financial Times of London writes “John Villa, of Williams & Connolly in Washington, has a reputation for being the lawyer that law firms turn to when in a spot of bother.”

  • Assistant Vice President - Lawyers Professional Liability
    AXIS Capital

    Jeffrey (Jeff) Wactlar joined AXIS in 2017 as an Assistant Vice President in the Lawyers Professional Liability group. Before joining AXIS, he was a director at AIG for six years, where he managed direct actions against AIG for complex toxic tort exposures, and a claims director for Houston International Insurance Group (HIIG), where he handled various professional liability claims.

  • Senior Vice President - Law Firms Practice
    Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Laura Zaroski is SVP of Gallagher’s Law Firms Practice, where she is responsible for the placement of Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance, Management Liability Insurance, and Risk Management services for Gallagher law firm clients. Her primary focus is mid-size to large law firms. Laura has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by law firms due to her 16 years as a practicing attorney, her handling of law firms claims and years dealing with LPL coverage issues.