President’s Message

By Wayne Taylor, Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins, LLP

Dear ACCC Fellows:

I am excited for the College as we and the rest of the country emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. Kudos to Sheri Pastor for her fantastic leadership during this past year. Under Sheri’s stewardship, the College continued to hold seminars on cutting edge issues, notably coverage for coronavirus business interruption claims. Although he will not be forgotten, we say goodbye to Michael Aylward for his service as a member of the Board of Regents and Officer. Michael is the last original member of the Board of Regents from when the College first was created in 2012. Mike Huddleston has become the College’s President-Elect and Deb Varner was elected Secretary-Treasurer.


As I became active in the College, my main involvement was participation on the Membership Committee. As the College’s Fellows age and begin heading into retirement, my priority is to identify the top coverage and bad faith attorneys with experience ranging from 15 to 20 years. It is imperative that we bring these younger attorneys into the College to ensure our continued successes. I am counting on each of you to identify this next generation of Fellows and submit their names to the Membership Committee, which is chaired by Lisa Pake and KT Talieh.

Due to the pandemic, the College’s 2021 Annual Conference usually held in May will take place from September 22 to 24, 2021 in Chicago. The Annual Conference co-chairs, Spence Taylor and John Bonnie, and vice-chairs, Laura Hanson and Tracy Saxe, are hard at work ensuring another incredible program. We also are hoping to hold the next insurance coverage symposium in Nashville, Tennessee, in conjunction with Vanderbilt Law School sometime next winter. Steve Pate is leading the charge to plan the symposium.

I am proud of the College’s flexibility as it negotiated the pandemic. We have some great programs planned during the coming year, and I hope each of you will take advantage of the many opportunities the College offers. I hope to see all of you in September at the Annual Conference.