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2019 NABRICO Conference August 14-16 in Toronto, ON Canada

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Don't miss the 2019 NABRICO Conference, the annual gathering of the North American bar-affiliated professional liability insurers.

The conference is at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Book your hotel before July 16 to get the special conference rate. Reserve your room today!

The Conference agenda (see below) is packed with great speakers on a variety of hot topics, including the future of legal services, a reinsurance update, cannabis-related claims, cyber claims and insurance options, legacy technology transitions, mandatory insurance, unified bars, the most common causes of malpractice claims and claims prevention. The format is more or less identical to what we have done in previous years. There will be the usual opening reception on Wednesday, topic-specific roundtables, and a dinner in historic Convocation Hall at the Law Society of Ontario on Thursday night. There will be exhibitors in the main conference room.

All conference meals and drinks are included in the registration fee. Don't miss this opportunity to connect, learn and collaborate with your NABRICO peers at breakfast, lunch and the hospitality suite. We have a reduced registration fee for family and friends and they are welcome to attend all non-educational events.

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  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Registration Sheraton Hotel
  • 5:00 pm -7:30 pm Welcome Reception Globe & Mail Centre Event Hall
  • 7:30 pm -10:00 pm Dinner (on your own)
  • 10:00 pm Hospitality Suite Sheraton Hotel


  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am Registration/Networking Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 8:45 am Welcome and Orientation - Dan Pinnington, President and CEO, LAWPRO
  • 8:45 am -10:30 am Opening Plenary – The Future of Legal Services

The world of legal services is undergoing fundamental changes. This session will give you broader insights into these changes and what is driving them, and a better appreciation of the implications they will have for legal professional liability insurance.

  • Dennis Kennedy, President, Dennis Kennedy Advisory Services LLC
  • Malcolm Mercer, Treasurer, Law Society of Ontario; Partner, McCarthy Tetrault LLP
  • Darrel Pink, Retired Executive Director, Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society

10:30 am -10:45 am Break

10:30 am -10:45 am Reinsurance Update: Perspectives on an ever changing world

Our panel of reinsurance experts will discuss global results and trends, identifying the headwinds and opportunities that may impact pricing for insurance companies. Topics will include M&A activity, US tax reform, and how changes in the London market could affect (re)insurers.

  • Clifford W, Rich, Managing Director - Market Intelligence, Guy Carpenter & Co. LLC
  • Matt Wolfe, Senior VP - Strategic Growth Leader Canada & Caribbean, AON
  • Jason Arbuckle, Head of Underwriting, Jason Arbuckle, Axis Capital

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm -1:45 pm The Times They Are a Changing (Or Not): Mandatory Insurance and Unified Bars

Malpractice coverage was recently made mandatory in Idaho; and California and Washington are examining the possible implementation. In several states mandatory bars are under attack. The speakers at this session will bring you up to date on what is happening on these issues.

  • Carol Bernick, CEO, Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund
  • Cathy Sargent, Director of Outreach and Development, Lawyers’ Mutual

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm Break

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Breakout A: 50 Shades of Legal: Is That Cannabis-Related Claim Covered?

The production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis is now legal in specified circumstances in Canada and the United States. Cannabis law is a growing area of practice and lawyers are finding themselves giving advice to clients on a wide variety of cannabis-related matters. This session will review the interesting ethical and coverage issues that arise in this emerging area of law.

  • Phil Fraim, President Oklahoma Attorneys Mutual Insurance Company
  • Anne Thompson, Chief Claims Officer, Lawyers’ Mutual

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Breakout B: There Is Life After Legacy Technology Transitions: Tales From The Other Side

Several NABRICO companies have completed or are in the process of transitioning from legacy platforms to more modern technologies. Come to this session to learn how these transitions went and to get practical tips and advice on how you can make a similar transition.

  • Steve Couch, President and CEO, Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Company
  • Dan Zuriech, President and CEO, Lawyers Mutual
  • (TBC) Andrew Chick, President & Chief Executive Officer, Lawyers Mutual

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Roundtable Breakouts:

  • Claims: Moderator Domenic Bellacicco
  • Risk Management/Marketing: Moderator Juda Strawczynski
  • Technology: Moderator Stephen Freedman
  • Underwriting: Moderator Victoria Crewe Nelson
  • CEOs: Moderator Dan Pinnington

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Reception and Dinner in Convocation Hall, at Osgoode Hall, Law Society of Ontario

9:00 pm - Hospitality Suite


7:30 am - 8:30 am Networking Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:30 am Where The Claims Are: The Most Common Causes of Malpractice Claims

As they insure everyone, the insurers in mandatory insurance jurisdictions see the good, the bad, and the ugly. Come to this session for interesting data and insights on the most common causes of malpractice claims.

  • Matt Borrillo, Claims Attorney, Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund
  • Sharnel Mesirow, Claims Attorney, Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund
  • Dan Pinnington, President and CEO, LAWPRO

9:30 am - 9:45 am Break

9:45 am -10:30 am How the Aussies Tackle Claims Prevention: Lawcover’s Risk Management Program

Lawcover, the mandatory professional liability insurer of 16,000 lawyers in New South Wales, Australia, has statistics that show risk educational prevention programs can lower claims. Come to this session to learn more about the innovative things Lawcover is doing to help its insureds reduce their exposure to claims.

  • Janice Purvis, Solicitor and Manager, Practice Support Services, Lawcover

10:30 am -11:15 am Proactive claims prevention: An overview of other approaches to risk management

When it comes to claims prevention, a fence at the top of the cliff is better than an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. Come to this session for an overview of the claims prevention programs in North Carolina, Ontario and Oregon.

  • Hong Dao, Practice Management Advisor, Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund
  • Dan Pinnington, President and CEO, LAWPRO
  • Camille Stell, President, Lawyers Mutual Consulting and Services LLC

11:15 am -11:30 am Break

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Cyber Claims: What NABRICO Companies Are Seeing And How They Have Responded

Cyber dangers are real and we all know too well that our insureds are under attack. In this session, three NABRICO companies will describe the arrangements they made to provide cyber coverage, and they will describe that coverage and the types of cyber claims they are seeing.

  • Dave Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association

12:30 pm -1:30 pm Lunch

12:30 pm -1:30 pm NABRICO AGM (CEOs only)

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