Reviewing Clients’ Insurance Policies for COVID-19 Coverage: An Introduction


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL Credit (WA 2 Law and Legal)

This CLE will introduce non-coverage lawyers to the basics of insurance coverage and risk transfer, with a particular focus on coverage for claims related to COVID-19. We will provide you with key concepts to help you to think more deeply about insurance, our goal being to help you understand insurance like a risk manager rather than as a frustrated policyholder. Once you have learned the basic concepts, we will lead you through some standard commercial policies to help you apply what you have learned in the context of COVID-19 claims. Special attention will be given to the definition of “direct physical loss” in commercial property policies.

Key topics to be discussed:

• General Insurance and Risk Transfer Principles
• Policy Forms – What to Look For
• Basics of Commercial Insurance Policies
• Coverage for COVID-19 Claims and “Direct Physical Loss” under Commercial Property Policies

Date / Time: July 31, 2020

•   3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern
•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Central
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Mountain
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: July 31, 2020

Brian J. Clifford | Saxe Doernberger & Vita

Brian J. Clifford is an Associate at Saxe Doernberger & Vita Connecticut office. Brian has a decade of experience in litigation, including insurance coverage, from depositions and discovery through mediations, trials, and appeals. He has represented clients on a broad range of matters, from advising on general liability and excess policies, to defending health care providers in medical malpractice actions, to trying cases involving complex constitutional and statutory issues.

In law school, Brian was the Senior Note Editor of the Western New England Law Review, and his Note, “Had Anything Been Wrong, We Should Certainly Have Heard”: The Anonymous Jury in America, was published in 2010. Prior to attending law school, Brian taught English and Latin at a Catholic boarding school in Rhode Island. He was his school’s Teacher of the Year in 2002 and was the winner of the English-Speaking Union Scholarship to University of Oxford in the U.K.

Gregory Podolak | Saxe Doernberger & Vita

Gregory Podolak is the Managing Partner at Saxe Doernberger & Vita Florida office in Naples. SDV is a 25-year-old national law firm dedicated to representing national corporate insurance policyholders in coverage matters.

Greg has spent his entire career advocating on behalf of corporate policyholders and strategizing risk transfer/financing, having successfully navigated issues involving all lines of coverage. Greg will assist his clients in all manner of concerns, from coverage placement and drafting contracts, to complex litigation with successful arguments in multiple jurisdiction courts.

In addition to an active practice, Greg frequently collaborates with national insurance brokerage firms and regularly speaks and authors articles on a variety of insurance coverage topics.

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