The New York State Bar Association is co-sponsoring a three-hour seminar and workshop on December 18 in Manhattan to address issues related to Superstorm Sandy.

The event will feature two New Orleans attorneys with professional experience assisting clients in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustav, as well as a New York attorney experienced in storms that have recently hit New York.

The program will be held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, at the MetLife Building, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, 19th Floor, Manhattan. Topics are expected to include FEMA claims, flood and wind claims, and the National Flood Insurance Program.

The State Bar Association will host a free webcast of the program, which can be viewed at    

The program is co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, the Southern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA), the Eastern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Network of Bar Leaders. It is being underwritten by the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association.

Speaker Biographies

Philip A. Wellner of Hudson and New York City (Law Office of Philip A. Wellner) is a solo practitioner in upstate New York specializing in civil and criminal litigation. He provided legal assistance to homeowners affected by Hurricanes Irene and Lee in 2011. He also was personally affected by those hurricanes, as he suffered damage to his home in Greene County.

Eric R. Nowak of New Orleans (Harrell & Nowak) is president of the New Orleans Chapter of the FBA. Mr. Nowak and his firm, Harrell & Nowak, handled hundreds of insurance lawsuits and claims for businesses and individuals after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Gustav.

Soren E. Gisleson of New Orleans (Herman, Herman & Katz) is a director of the New Orleans Chapter of the FBA. Mr. Gisleson tried and/or litigated hundreds of flood, homeowners and commercial claims from Hurricane Katrina.  He prosecuted class actions, represented the state of Louisiana, and lectured extensively on flood and wind insurance policies.

The webcast can be viewed at
To register for the program, go to For further information, contact Jane Zaretskie, Federal Bar Association, at (571) 481-9107 or

The New York State Bar Association, with 77,000 members, is the largest voluntary state bar association in the country. It was founded in 1876.


Contact: Mark Mahoney
Associate Director, Media Services & Public Affairs