Speakers

  • Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company

    Mr. Barron manages litigation nationwide assisting with defense of the company in matters related to individual and group disability insurance, as well as other individual and group insurance products. Mr. Barron also provides counsel to the claims areas regarding claims compliance, and further advises product development staff regarding policy drafting and legal compliance. He also provides legal guidance regarding compliance with and response to matters involving data privacy/security and information management.

  • Funk & Bolton, P.A.

    Bryan D. Bolton is a founding member of the Baltimore based law firm Funk & Bolton, P.A. He is a frequent speaker and author on ERISA, disability insurance, and Department of Labor regulations. He regularly represents disability insurers, life insurers, health insurers, managed care organizations, plan sponsors, and trustees in federal court, state court, and regulatory proceedings, as well as in arbitration and mediation.

  • Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

    Elizabeth (Lisa) J. Bondurant is a partner in Womble Carlyle's Business Litigation Practice Group. Her practice is concentrated in insurance litigation and ERISA. For over thirty years, Lisa has been lead counsel on a variety of cases involving complex insurance issues, ERISA, life, health, disability, and accidental death benefits, broker, and producer and agent disputes.

  • Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP

    Christopher Collins is a member of Mirick O'Connell's Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Litigation Group. Chris is known both locally and nationally for his extensive experience in litigating first party bad faith matters and insurance cases governed by ERISA.

  • Unum Group

    Ann M. Courtney is Assistant Vice President and Senior Counsel in Unum's Portland, Maine office, managing ERISA and non-ERISA Life, Disability and Long Term Care claim litigation and pre-litigation cases nationally. Ann is a cum laude graduate of the Western New England College School of Law in Springfield MA.

  • MassMutual, Claims/Operations

    In May 2008, Sheila joined the Disability Claims division in MassMutual Operations. She is currently the Consultant to a team of claim examiners on a Behavioral Health Team providing oversight, coaching, and policy and claim handling expertise for approximately 500 actively managed claims.

  • MassMutual, Law Department – Dispute Resolution

    Robin joined MassMutual in November 2015 as a litigation paralegal in the Law Department. Robin assists with matters relating to disability income, securities fraud and e-Discovery.

  • Guardian Life Insurance Company

    Adam is Assistant Vice President & Senior Counsel in Guardian’s Pittsfield, MA office managing litigation involving individual disability insurance, group (ERISA and Non-ERISA) and life insurance claims.  Adam also provides extensive pre-litigation counsel to the Company’s claim departments and focuses on regulatory matters involving Guardian's individual disability income and life claim operations, while also providing legal advice and services to product development and underwriting.  Adam started his career in 1994 with Monarch Life Insurance Company as an individual disability insurance claims examiner and has worked as an in-house attorney since 1998 first with Monarch and then with Disability Management Services, Inc. for 15 years prior to joining Guardian in 2015.  Adam is a graduate of Western New England College School of Law (Springfield, MA).

  • Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner, L.L.P.

    Jeff Jury is a nationally-recognized mediator and arbitrator, whose experience as a neutral is supported by significant trial, appellate, and administrative practice. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Texas Law School, Baylor Law School, and Southern Methodist University, teaching classes in negotiation, dispute resolution, mediation, and arbitration.

  • Saul Ewing LLP

    James A. Keller, an ERISA litigator, is lead counsel in ERISA litigation matters filed throughout the East Coast. Jim has particular experience with group benefit plans involving AD&D insurance, disability insurance, and life insurance, and with individual health coverage litigation.

  • Figari + Davenport

    For twenty years, Mr. Lynch has represented clients in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, such as construction litigation involving the renovation of a city-owned golf course, a jail conditions lawsuit for Dallas County, and a judgment creditor dispute against the Republic of Congo.  For the past several years, Mr. Lynch’s practice has focused on first-party insurance defense, both ERISA and non-ERISA, primarily in the disability and life/AD&D areas.  He has handled ERISA and non-ERISA matters throughout Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and other jurisdictions.

  • Matt Marcy has spent the last 15 years performing around the world as a comic-magician and emcee. With over 3,000 shows under his belt, he's entertained everyone from Hollywood celebrities to CEO's of Fortune 500 companies to royalty. Matt has made a name for himself by combining his unique style, quick wit, and completely original magic and illusion, and is a regular entertainer for corporate events and private parties.

  • Disability Management Services, Inc.

    Mr. Miller joined DMS in July 2002 as Vice President of Business Development with responsibility for overseeing the company’s strategic growth initiatives, as well as the company’s Client Services organization. He was formerly Vice President in charge of Life Products & Services for Travelers Life & Annuity, a member of Citigroup.

  • Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    Pete Pederson has extensive experience with litigation involving employee benefits under ERISA and non-ERISA plans. He defends insurers, third-party administrators, and plan fiduciaries in actions alleging improper plan administration and management. 

  • Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

    Jennifer Price is an Assistant General Counsel in the Litigation Section of MetLife’s Law Department. As a member of the Claims Litigation Unit, Jennifer is the lead litigation attorney for the Individual Disability Income Claims Department. She also leads and manages MetLife's P & C House Counsel offices.

  • Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    Daniel Ryan has a diverse commercial litigation practice. He is recognized and distinguished for his strategic ability to successfully and aggressively resolve business disputes, particularly in matters tried in federal courts and through arbitration. His technical background includes a unique combination of capabilities in class action lawsuits, health care litigation, employee benefits litigation, consumer fraud, corporate disputes, employment discrimination, IT software implementation disputes, securities fraud and corporate dissolutions.

  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

    Mark E. Schmidtke has represented clients in ERISA and non-ERISA employee benefits matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States for over 30 years. He has been lead or co-lead counsel in ERISA litigation matters pending in the courts of 49 states.

  • Nawrocki Smith, LLP

    Mr. Smith has more than 25 years of experience in providing small to mid-size business accounting, tax and consulting services and specializes in business valuation, forensic accounting and dispute resolution services.

  • MassMutual

    Julie Temlak is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Information Systems Auditor with over 25 years of audit, consulting, fraud prevention and investigations experience. Ms. Temlak has a Master’s of Science in Finance from Northeastern University and a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.

  • Prudential Group Insurance

    Dr. Tugman has been in the health and productivity consulting field for over 15 years and currently heads up the Health and Productivity Analytics and Consulting Practice for Prudential group insurance products. The team is responsible for analyzing lost time for large employers and designing and implementing solutions to help them minimize absence and maximize productivity.

  • Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    Jenny H. Wang is a partner in Hinshaw & Culbertson’s Business Litigation practice group. She represents disability and life insurers in ERISA-governed benefits litigation involving disputed claims for benefits. She also represents insurers in first-party breach of contract and bad faith actions involving claims made under disability, life and long-term care policies.