Michigan Law Library

Law School Symposium-University of Michigan

Why Insurance Matters: Insurance As A Driving Force For Our Economy
*This event is open to all attorneys & law students*

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Date & Location

Friday, October 20, 2017

University of Michigan Law School
701 South State Street
South Hall - Room 1225
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Please note: Parking is extremely limited; there is street parking at meters or at the visitor lot on the corner of Thompson and Madison streets. The closest parking garage is a 10-minute walk: Hill Street Parking Structure, 975 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. The school has transportation information here.

Ride share services Uber and Lyft are both available in Ann Arbor and Detroit in lieu of taxis.


ACCEC's room block at Hampton Inn, Ann Arbor: 925 Victors Way, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 expired September 22, 2017. Attendees can still contact the hotel directly to ask for the best rate. To reach the hotel by phone, call 734-665-5000.


ACCEC Fellows and Other Attorneys:

  • $250 on or before September 22, 2017 Extended through October 6!
  • $275 September 23 and after October 7 and after

University of Michigan Law School Alumni and Young Attorneys (less than 5 years in practice):

  • $195 on or before September 22, 2017 Extended through October 6!
  • $220 September 23 and after October 7 and after

University of Michigan Law School Faculty/Students:
FREE (but registration is required)

The final registration deadline is Friday, October 13, 2017. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Cancellation Policy

If a cancellation is received by 5:00 pm ET Friday, October 13, 2017, a refund of 75% of the registration fee will be issued. There are no refunds for cancellations received after that date.



8:30 – 9:00 am Registration and Coffee

9:00 –9:15 am Welcoming Remarks and Introductions


  • Bruce Celebrezze, Sedgwick LLP; President, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel
  • Kyle Logue, Douglas A. Kahn Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
  • Michael Barnes, Dentons US LLP, and Christopher Mosley, Sherman & Howard LLC, Program Co-Chairs

9:15 – 10:05 am From Rain Checks to Real Disasters: Insurance as the Necessary Grease in the Wheels of Commerce
Panelists will deconstruct and simplify the core concept of insurance, relate it to other real world examples of risk transfer and absorption, and explain the critical role that insurance plays in permitting a functional market economy.


  • Leo P. Martinez, University of California, Hastings College of Law
  • Christine Haskett, Covington & Burling LLP

10:05 – 10:55 am How Transactional Liability Insurance Has Changed The Way Private Equity Firms and Corporations Approach Public and Private M&A Transactions
Panelists will briefly trace the development of transactional liability policies and how the M&A markets have increasingly adopted these policies in private and public M&A transactions. The panel will discuss the various types of transactional liability policies, their mechanics and their key provisions. The panel also will discuss how the policies and their provisions have affected the way private equity firms and companies have approached the purchase or sale of a private company. The panel will further discuss the claims history of these policies and give specific examples from known arbitrations and litigations.


  • Gary Blitz, Aon Transactional Solutions
  • Joseph Finnerty III, DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Michael Huddleston, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC
  • Peter Rosen, Latham & Watkins LLP

10:55 – 11:10 am Break

11:10 – 12:00 pm Good Faith/Bad Faith Claims Investigations: Information vs. Evidence - A Distinction with a Difference
According to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, insurance fraud impacts approximately ten percent of all property-casualty insurance losses.  How does an insurer know which claim is the one out of ten that’s purportedly fraudulent?  Labeling the wrong claim as fraudulent can have devastating consequences to the policyholder and the insurer.  Under that backdrop, this panel will analyze the issue of good faith versus bad faith insurance investigations, and examine the type of insurer conduct that leads to allegations of bad faith claims handling.


  • Marialuisa Gallozzi, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Rick Hammond, HeplerBroom

12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch

Keynote Speaker:

  • Kyle Logue, University of Michigan Law School

1:15 – 2:05 pm Beyond Champerty: The Rise of Third Party Litigation Funding
Panelists will discuss the explosion in third-party litigation financing in the United States in recent years, including the ethical conundrums that such funding present for the lawyers in a case and its practical and legal implications for insurers and insureds.


  • Michael F. Aylward, Morrison Mahoney LLP
  • Mary Craig Calkins, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

2:05 – 2:55 pm Autonomous Vehicles and Aircraft: The Impact on Insurance
University of Michigan Law School students will join ACCEC fellows in a roundtable discussion of one of the most current issues in insurance law.



  • Ramji Kaul, University of Michigan Law School, Moderator
  • Walter Andrews, Hunton & Williams LLP
  • University of Michigan Law School Insurance Law Students

2:55 – 3:10 pm Break

3:10 – 4:00 pm Crisis Management and Incident Response: Using Insurance as a Loss Mitigation and Business Resiliency Tool
This panel will discuss the importance of planning and preparation for major events that companies may face, such as natural disasters, explosions, fires, floods, regulatory investigations, and cyber-attacks, by incorporating insurance as a tool for risk management so that companies survive and thrive following these events.


  • John Bonnie, Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial
  • Meghan Magruder, King & Spalding

4:00 – 4:45 pm Tour of the Law Quad, including the Reading Room (optional)