March 24, 2021: What makes a disability or life insurance policy contestable and when is it contestable? With fraudulent schemes to void policies becoming more prevalent and ongoing changes in the way insurers can perform routine contestability reviews after death, Michelle d’Arcambal and Vedant Gokhale will discuss strategies that insurers can employ to adapt to the ever growing changes in the industry as we enter this new decade.
On November 7, 2020, Grace Pyun participated in a CLE panel discussion entitled “Legal, Governmental and Regulatory Issues concerning Insurance Coverage Arising out of COVID-19” at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) 2020 virtual annual convention. The panelists examined various coverage issues arising out of COVID-19-related insurance litigation as well as legislative and regulatory activity over the past year concerning business interruption coverage.
On October 26, 2020, Michelle d’Arcambal, Kimberly O’Toole, and Vedant Gokhale conducted a CLE presentation for a client entitled “Life Insurance Litigation: Recent Topics in Rescission and Interpleader Cases.” The presentation addressed how outside counsel can assist with obtaining information during the regular contestability investigation, situations where policies may be rescinded after the expiration of the two-year contestability period, and avoiding unnecessary costs and potential extra-contractual liability in interpleader matters.
On April 15, 2020, Michelle d’Arcambal conducted a remote presentation, sponsored by the Defense Research Institute’s LHD Corporate Counsel Committee, entitled “Recission: Can You Take it Back?”. The presentation focused on addressing the current difficulty with obtaining information during the regular contestability investigation, and situations where policies may be rescinded after the expiration of the two-year contestability period.
On April 7, 2020, Tiffany Millioen participated in a panel discussion webinar sponsored by the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) entitled “Insurance in the Time of Pandemic.” The panelists analyzed the insurability of business losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including insurer defenses to coverage litigation.
On November 14, 2019, Grace Pyun moderated a panel discussion sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, Antitrust Section entitled “Women in Antitrust: Career Perspectives in Cartel and Criminal Practice” where Rebecca Meiklejohn, Trial Attorney at the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Dina Hoffer, Counsel at Hughs Hubbard & Reed, and Alicia Alvelo, Regulatory Counsel at Uber discussed the role of diversity and implicit bias in their Antitrust practices. Grace is the Vice-Chair of the NYSBA Antitrust Section’s Cartel and Criminal Practice subcommittee.
On April 1, 2019, Michelle d’Arcambal and Maureen Middleton, Assistant General Counsel at Primerica Life Insurance Company, conducted a presentation entitled “Defending Corporate Depositions: The Best Laid Plans” at the Eastern Claims Conference, focusing on how to avoid the gnarly issues that may arise with corporate representative depositions, using specific preparation tools and guidelines.
On October 22, 2018 DOCB attorneys conducted a CLE presentation for a life insurance client entitled “Life Insurance Litigation: How to Avoid the Pitfalls.” The presenters spoke about how to avoid or address pitfalls in connection with life insurance issues, including rescission, STOLI, lapse, garnishment , interpleaders and a description of issues relating to the life guarantee association.
On May 7, 2018, Michelle d’Arcambal and Maureen Middleton, Assistant General Counsel at Primerica Life Insurance Company, conducted a presentation entitled “Take it Back!” at the Eastern Claims Conference, which focused on the ins and outs of rescission litigation.
On December 12, 2017, DOCB’s Beth McCrohan, along with Sheila M. Murphy, Senior VP and Associate GC at MetLife, will participate in a webinar sponsored by the Defense Research Institute’s Law Practice Management Committee. Beth and Sheila will be addressing how small and mid-sized law firms can market their services more successfully, including how to obtain, retain, and expand their client relationships.
On September 29, 2017, DOCB attorneys conducted a CLE presentation for a life insurance client entitled “Life Insurance Litigation: Recurring Themes.” The presenters focused on a range of recurring themes in life insurance including lapse, rescission, the suicide exclusion and accidental death, interpleader and jurisdictional issues.
On April 21, 2017, Michelle d’Arcambal participated in a panel discussion sponsored by the Third Annual Orlando Health Care Forum entitled “Perspectives on Health Plan Overpayments.” The panelists discussed strategies regarding collecting and defending health plan overpayments to providers; Ms. d’Arcambal focused on the health plan perspective and litigation.
On March 16, 2016, Michelle d’Arcambal participated in a panel entitled “Health Care Fraud: Litigation” at the Eastern Claims Conference. The session addressed the many ways that insurers, their customers and members, and state and federal authorities have been attempting to curb fraud in the healthcare industry.
Jodie L. Ousley was a Panel Speaker at the Annual National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms “NAMWOLF” Conference in Hollywood, California on September 16-19, 2015. Ms. Ousley presented “Law & Order – Special Investigative Unit” regarding Special Investigative Units “SIU” within insurance companies. The panel focused on insurance companies conducting their own initial investigations regarding potential fraud, rescission acts, healthcare provider fraud by doctors who submit fraudulent bills, surveillance scenarios and legal considerations. Jodie Ousley spoke in particular about cases involving foreign deaths, investigations of such cases, and fraud involving such cases.
Aimee L. Creed was a Panel Speaker at a CLE-Session entitled “CSI: Data Sciences in Discovery Practice”. The session focused on the ever growing eDiscovery, the risks posed by these technologies and the use and management of these emerging strategies.
Aimee L. Creed, Panel Speaker, CSI: Data Sciences in Discovery Practice, 2015 NAMWOLF Annual Meeting
Michelle J. d’Arcambal, Panel Speaker, Succession Planning for Law Firms, 2014 NAMWOLF Annual Meeting
Zalika T. Pierre, Presenter, Cloud Computing: Navigating the Coming Storm, 2014 The Litigation Counsel of America Annual Business Meeting
Zalika T. Pierre, Presenter, Cloud Computing: Managing the Coming Storm, 2013 NAMWOLF Business Meeting
Michelle J. d’Arcambal, Panel Speaker, Recent Attempts to Limit ERISA Affirmative Actions and to Expand Discovery in ERISA Benefits Cases, 2012 NAMWOLF Insurance Industry Initiative CLE Program
Jim M. Lenaghan, Panel Speaker, Fiduciary Liability and Standard of Care, 2012 NAMWOLF Insurance Industry Initiative CLE Program
Jodie L. Ousley, Panel Speaker, Health Insurance Fraud – Recent Tactics and Strategies, 2012 NAMWOLF Insurance Industry Initiative CLE Program
Jaclyn DiLascio Malyk, Panel Speaker, Recent Attempts to Limit ERISA Affirmative Actions and to Expand Discovery in ERISA Benefits Cases, 2012 NAMWOLF Insurance Industry Initiative CLE Program
Nada Maloouf Peters, Panel Speaker, Hotel Topics in Interpleader Actions, 2012 NAMWOLF Insurance Industry Initiative CLE Program
Kimberly A. O’Toole, Panel Speaker, Health Insurance Fraud – Recent Tactics and Strategies, 2012 NAMWOLF Insurance Industry Initiative CLE Program
Jodie L. Ousley, Panel Speaker, Tomorrow’s Legal Employer: Opportunities & Challenges for Women, 2011 New York State Bar Association
Jodie L. Ousley, Panel Speaker, Elder Law Issues That Can Benefit From Mediation, New York State Bar Association (2010)
Jodie L. Ousley, Co-speaker and author, Hot Topics in Health Insurance Fraud, 2009 NAMWOLF Annual Meeting
Michelle J. d’Arcambal, Moderator, Stranger-Owned Life Insurance Panel, 2009 NAMWOLF Annual Meeting
Michelle J. d’Arcambal, Co-leader, training session for major life insurer on Disability Waiver of Premium Riders (2008)
Jim M. Lenaghan, Author and Speaker, Life Insurance Hot Topics, 2008 DRI Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Claims Seminar
Michelle J. d’Arcambal, Presenter, Starting Your Own Law Firm, 2007 Association of the Bar of New York
Jodie L. Panel Speaker, How to Set Up Work Arrangements That Help Recruit and Retain Top Employees, 2007 Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
Peter Petrou, “Attorney Ethics Issues Arising Out of Insurance the Insurance Relationship,” Bad Faith Litigation In New Jersey (NBI Seminars, April 7-8, 2005)
Peter Petrou, “Child Labor Regulations,” Understanding The Laws That Benefit Employees And Frustrate Employers In New Jersey (Lorman Continuing Legal Education Seminars, January 12, 2003)
Jaclyn DiLascio Malyk, Speaker, Funding Brownsfield Clean-Up Efforts Through Insurance, 2003 New Jersey State Bar Association Convention