Attorney specializing in claims and litigation management with substantial experience managing environmental, mass tort and other complex litigation. Additional experience in researching new products, organizing seminars and editing publications on emerging coverage issues, product liability, litigation management and insurance technology tools. Most recently, I have been researching and analyzing potential insurance coverage issues related to climate change. I contribute articles to Lexis/Nexis and have spoken at industry conferences on the subject. Defense analysis, negotiation, mediation and litigation management for environmental, mass tort, professional liability and other complex claims.
Feb 2008 - Present
Sallie Kraus Consulting
Expert in managing multi-line reinsurance and insurance claims with an emphasis on professional liability, environmental and other latent claims. Conduct claim audits, resolve coverage and billing issues.
Feb 2008 - Apr 2009
Managed portfolio of run-off reinsurance claims, including general liability, environmental, asbestos, construction defect, workers compensation, D&O, E&O.. Researched and analyzed reinsurance contracts and evaluated exposure, determined case values and reserves. Proactively investigated claims, analyze reinsurance contracts to verify coverage, identify potential issues. Conducted pre-commutation claim audits. Resolved coverage and accounting issues and disputes with brokers and cedents. Provided research and analysis to underwriters on professional liability claim issues.
Oct 1995 - May 2007
General Reinsurance Corp.
Assistant Vice President, Claim Dept. Manage environmental, toxic tort insurance/reinsurance claims including hazardous waste, asbestos, silica, chemical exposure and other product liability. Evaluate potential exposure and determine reserves; assess client claim performance. Manage client relationships: conduct claim reviews, advise clients on claim/litigation strategy; resolve reinsurance disputes. Advise internal clients in marketing/underwriting areas on claim issues. Research on emerging claim issues, including climate change, sustainability.