Emerging Insurance Coverage & Allocation Issues (Insurance)

Venue: The Helmsley Park Lane Hotel

Location: New York, New York, United States

Event Date/Time: Jan 24, 2011
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Monday, January 24, 2011
The Helmsley Park Lane Hotel
New York, NY


Robin L. Cohen, Esq., Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, New York, NY
Andrew T. Frankel, Esq., Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York, NY

This one-day event in New York City features the nation’s top coverage attorneys and insurance experts who will discuss and debate the current and emerging trends that dominate today’s insurance litigation landscape. Debates and discussions will focus on coverage and allocation issues in asbestos and other long-tail mass tort litigation and will feature panels on the impact the recent asbestos-related bankruptcy filings have on insurers, reinsurers and policyholders and the evolving case law involving trigger and non-products cases. Other sessions at the conference will concentrate on choice of law issues, practical applications for allocation, all-sums, quantification of exposure and reserves, and a look at the next big potential litigation risks that will affect the insurance and reinsurance industries.


Cost $795.

All in-house counsel and insurance professionals always complimentary at Perrin Conferences.* Special Restrictions Apply. Registration fee is $795 and includes private website access to course materials, continental breakfast, lunches, refreshment breaks and networking receptions. Group discounts available, please inquire.

Hotel Room Block

Call the W Hotel New York (212) 755-1200 and reference Perrin Conferences' room block. The room block rate is $199.00 and expires on January 14, 2011.

Co-Chair Bios:

Robin L. Cohen, Esq., Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP

Recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America by The National Law Journal, Robin is one of the nation’s preeminent insurance litigators, focusing her practice on representing insureds in complex insurance coverage matters. Robin has litigated and is now litigating many of the most significant and cutting-edge insurance coverage cases, including asbestos, products liability, toxic tort, environmental, directors and officers, first-party, employee dishonesty, and employment coverage matters. Robin has represented clients as lead counsel in courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, California, West Virginia, Oregon, Maryland, and North Carolina. Robin’s expertise and talents have been recognized in numerous publications, including Lawdragon 500 ("a top-flight advocate for insurance clients"), 2010 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Robin is "an outstanding oral advocate and strategic thinker" and "tough, direct and a pleasure to deal with"), 2009 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Robin "is always thinking three to five steps ahead on each issue") and 2008 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Robin "is always strategic and very thorough in her approach—she is someone you can trust for the truly large matters"). Robin was also recently recognized as both a national and local "litigation star" in Benchmark Litigation’s 2010 edition. Before joining Kasowitz Benson in January 2010, Robin was managing partner of the NY office of Dickstein Shapiro.

Robin also is very active in women’s leadership issues. Robin is a frequent speaker and writer on the subject, including co-authoring, "Designing a Women’s Initiative That Works," New York Law Journal, October 2007, "Women Leaders Boost Profit," Barron’s, September 4, 2006, and "Women Leaders and the Bottom Line," Bloomberg Corporate Law Journal, Winter 2006. Robin also has hosted several events that provide the opportunity for women leaders to network in non-traditional settings.

Andrew T. Frankel, Esq., Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Andrew T. Frankel is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department where he represents clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes. In the mass tort and product liability area, Mr. Frankel has successfully represented clients in a variety of contexts, including tobacco-related state Attorney General litigation, asbestos litigation, SUV rollover litigation, breast implant litigation and other mass torts. Mr. Frankel regularly represents insurers in a range of disputes at the trial and appellate level and in mediations throughout the country. He serves as national counsel for a major insurer in connection with direct actions pending in several states under various product liability theories, and in numerous mass tort-related coverage and bankruptcy litigations in state and federal courts. Along with Barry Ostrager, he successfully represented Travelers Indemnity Company in Travelers Indemn. Co. v. Bailey, 557 U.S. __, 129 S. Ct. 2195 (2009), which resolved important issues relating to the rights of settling insurers in asbestos-related bankruptcies.

In addition to his insurance, mass tort and bankruptcy practice, Mr. Frankel currently represents or has represented clients in connection with securities litigation, antitrust litigation, corporate investigations and white-collar criminal proceedings and other complex litigations. He is a member of the bar of the states of New York and New Jersey, the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the United State Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and Sixth Circuits, and the District Courts for the Districts of New Jersey, Eastern District of New York and Southern District of New York. Mr. Frankel has litigated cases in domestic and international arbitrations, and in state and federal courts in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico.

On a pro bono basis, Mr. Frankel appeared at the trial court level and on appeal in McWade v. Kelly, 460 F.3d 260 (2d Cir. 2006), on behalf of the Washington Legal Foundation, Families of September 11, Inc. and a number of federal, state and local officials including U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security) as amici curiae in support of the constitutionality of New York City's subway bag inspection program. Mr. Frankel has also assisted the City of New York and the New York Police Department in connection with hundreds of lawsuits against the City stemming from protests at the 2004 Republican National Convention, and litigation against the City and N.Y.P.D. arising from other mass protests conducted in the city.

Mr. Frankel joined the Simpson Thacher in 1992 and became a partner in 1999. Mr. Frankel is a member of the Firm’s Recruiting Committee. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Frankel clerked for Judge Morton I. Greenberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and Judge Mitchell H. Cohen of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He is a 1990 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, where he was a member of the Brooklyn Law Review.