Traub Lieberman Partners Brian Margolies and Cheryl P. Vollweiler to Present at CLM’s 2018 Annual Conference

Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP partners Brian Margolies and Cheryl P. Vollweiler will participate on two separate panels at the upcoming 2018 Claims Litigation Management (CLM) Annual Conference being held at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas, on March 14-16, 2018. This conference is the premier annual event for professionals in the claims and litigation management industries. Participants can select from more than 80 collaborative educational sessions focused on all facets of the industry and featuring some of the top minds in the industry. 

Mr. Margolies’ panel is titled “License to Bill – Excess Restoration Costs Following a Loss Event Can Be Controlled and Avoided,” and will discuss how the emergency response and restoration industry in the United States is currently structured and managed to encourage excessive billing and costs to the insurance carrier and property owner following a CAT loss like hurricanes Harvey or Irma, or any environmental event, fire, spill, release, water or wind-storm related loss. At present, while there are many professional remediation, response, restoration and mitigation companies operating both nationally and locally, the current industry standard, contracting structure and project delivery method is fundamentally flawed, resulting in excessive costs being incurred by these firms and subsequently invoiced to the policy owner. The unaware policy owner then submits these costs to the insurance carrier which often results in invoices being rejected or reduced leading to payment delays, disputes and litigation. The speakers will define the problem and present how it can be avoided by applying proven construction management principles and project delivery methods.

Ms. Vollweiler’s panel is titled “Claims and Coverage Issues Arising From Unexpected Results of Natural Disasters,” and is an interactive discussion of claims handling and insurance coverage issue identification using a hypothetical inspired by recent headlines. The focus will be identification of complex claims and coverage issues implicated, not the routine tort issues, and pitfalls arising in claims handling and coverage analysis that may impact the availability of coverage including first versus third party coverage, covered/uncovered damages, late reporting, statutory/regulatory requirements to disclaim, SIRs, additional insureds, indemnification provisions, duties between primary and excess insurers, equitable subrogation, priority of coverage, bad faith, and how choice of law impacts these issues.

Mr. Margolies focuses his practice exclusively to insurance issues, primarily involving pollution, professional and general liability policies. He regularly counsels insurance carriers on insurance coverage, regulatory and bad faith issues, and represents clients in litigation throughout the country. He is the author of numerous articles, the editor of the Traub Lieberman Insurance Coverage blog, and a frequent lecturer at seminars.

Ms. Vollweiler’s practice concentrates in all aspects of insurance coverage and defense.  Her areas of expertise include complex insurance disputes, reinsurance, bad faith litigation, international arbitration, products liability, general liability, premises and hotel liability, cyber risk, technology and data security, property damage and first-party coverage and toxic torts (including pharmaceutical and herbal/homeopathic products, chemical exposure, latent injuries, environmental, lead and mold). She has acted as coverage counsel, defense counsel to U.S. and foreign insurers in U.S. litigation nationwide and international arbitrations, and has supervised defense counsel on a nationwide basis on diverse books of business. Ms. Vollweiler also has extensive experience drafting insurance policies.

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