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2013 Law School for Insurance Professionals (Long Island)

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
8:30 AM - 4:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time

2013 LSIP 


PhotoPlease Note: This course is geared toward insurance professionals and does not carry MCLE credit for attorneys.

Program Description

Join the insurance industry professionals and their counsel for an interactive day exploring topics which confront insurance professionals daily.New York's most respected attorneys will provide insights and updates on the law affecting timeliness and specificity, entitlement to independent counsel, strategic use of the declaratory judgment action, social media in the claims investigation and legal process, and the role of the insurance professional in bad faith litigation liability claims.
This year's program will also include an interactive panel discussion of case values in different venues with the assistance of a judge, moderator and with your input and participation.


8:30 - 8:55Registration

8:55 - 9:00Welcome and Introductions

9:05 - 10:30Back to the Basics

  • Tips for writing a great coverage position letter and avoiding the common pitfalls.
  • Partial denials in New York.
  • When is the insured entitled to independent counsel?
  • What are reasonable fees?
  • What do you need to tell the insured?
  • Update on case law regarding timeliness and specificity.
  • Does Ins. Law 3420 apply between insurers?
  • The impact of the Court of AppealsK2 Investmentdecision on claims handling.

Anthony J. Piazza, Esq. (Albany)
Dan D. Kohane, Esq. (Buffalo)
Kevin R. Van Duser, Esq. (Syracuse)
Elizabeth A. Fitzpatrick, Esq. (Long Island & New York City)
10:30 - 11:00 Strategic Use of the Declaratory Judgment ActionUnderstanding the Direct Action Statute in NY

  • When should each be used?
  • What is litigated in a direct action and who are the proper parties?
  • When are attorneys' fees awarded to the successful litigant?

Jason L. Shaw, Esq. (Albany)
Edward B. Flink, Esq. (Buffalo)
I. Paul Howansky, Esq., (New York City)
Clifford G. Tsan, Esq. (Syracuse)
Glenn A. Kaminska, Esq. (Long Island)

11:00 - 11:10 BREAK

11:10 - 12:00 The Use Of Social Media In Claims Investigations, Discovery And Jury Selection

  • How may you ethically avail yourself of information available through social media platforms?
  • How can social media be used against the insured?
  • Now that you've got it, is it admissible?

Steven Peiper, Esq. (Albany)
Maureen E. Maney, Esq. (Syracuse & Buffalo)
Michael Mezzacappa (New York City)
Jill Huntley Taylor, Ph. D., Dennis M. Wade, Esq. (Long Island)
12:00 - 1:10 LUNCH (on your own)


  • Tips for preventing a claim
  • How to protect your file
  • What is discoverable and what is privileged
  • Preparing for a deposition - do's and don'ts

Mirna M. Santiago, Esq. (Albany
Arthur J. Smith, Esq. (Buffalo)
Kristen M. Benson, Esq. (Syracuse, Long Island & New York City)
Evan H. Krinick, Esq. (New York City & Long Island)


  • Workers' Compensation, No- Fault, Medicare - understanding, negotiating and resolving claims involving liens;
  • Intercompany reimbursement;
  • The rights of health insurers.

Robert J. Permutt, Esq. Nationwide Insurance Company (Albany & New York City)
Gary A. Cusano, Esq. Law Office of Gary A. Cusano PC (Buffalo)
George Skandalis, Esq. (Syracuse)
Dirk Marschhausen, Esq. (Long Island)

2:55-3:05 BREAK


An interactive panel discussion of case values in different venues, with the assistance of a judge/mediator and with your input and participation.

Sheri Holland, Esq., Robert Coughlin, Esq.,Robert J. Permutt, Esq (Albany)
Sharon Stern Gerstman, Esq., Judge/Mediator Hon. Robert J. Lunn, Esq., (Buffalo)
Hon. George J. Silver, Ronnie Gallina, Esq., JAMS (New York City)
David S. Howe, Esq., Kevin E. Hulslander, Esq., Janet M. Izzo, Esq., (Syracuse)
Michael T. Colavecchio., Hon. Joseph Farneti (Long Island)

A Certificate of Attendance will be provided to each attendee. TheNew York StateBar Association is not anaccredited provider of Continuing Education "CE" programs for insurance professionals.Program attendees must follow-up in their respective jurisdictions to obtain "CE" credit for participation in this course.

Overall Planning Chairs

Elizabeth A. Fitzpatrick, Esq.,Hurwitz & Fine PC, Melville, NY
Glenn Monk, Esq.,Harrington Ocko & Monk LLP, White Plains, NY

Chair, Torts Insurance and Compensation Law Section

Robert F. McCarthy, Esq., Northeast Zone Practice Group Leader, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Mineola, NY
Program Speakers

Albany:Robert J. Permutt, Esq., (Co-Chair) Nationwide Insurance, Elmsford, NY* Mirna M. Santiago, Esq., (Co-Chair) White Fleischner & Fino LLP, NYC * Robert H. Coughlin, Esq, Flink Smith, Albany NY, * Sheri Holland, White Fleischner & Fino, NYC, * Anthony J. Piazza, Hiscock & Barclay, Rochester NY* Steven E. Peiper, Hurtwitz & Fine, Buffalo NY, * Jason L. Shaw, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, Albany NY* Hon. Lucindo Suarez, Supreme Court Bronx County, Bronx NY
Buffalo:Eileen E. Buholtz, Esq., (Chair), Connors & Corcoran, PLLC, Rochester NY * Gary A. Cusano, Esq., Law Office of Gary A. Cusano PC, Baldwin Place NY * Edward B. Flink, Esq., Flink Smith LLC, Albany NY* Sharon Stern Gerstman, Esq., Magavern Magavern Grimm LLP, Buffalo NY* Dan D. Kohane, Esq., Hurwitz & Fine, P.C., Buffalo NY* Hon. Robert J. Lunn, Esq., Trevett Cristo Salzert Andolina, Rochester NY * Maureen E. Maney, Esq., Hancock Estabrook LLP, Syracuse NY * Arthur J. Smith, Esq., Baxter Smith & Shapiro PC, Hicksville NY

New York City:Glenn A. Monk, Esq., (Chair), Harrington Ocko & Monk LLP, White Plains, NY *Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Esq., Hurwitz & Fine PC, Melville, NY * I. Paul Howansky, Esq., Harrington Ocko & Monk LLP, White Plains NY * Michael Mezzacappa, Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP, Valhalla, NY * Evan H. Krinik, Esq., Rivkin Radler LLP, Uniondale, NY * Hon. George J. Silver, Supreme Court NY County * Ronnie Gallina, Esq., JAMS, NYC* Robert J. Permutt, Esq., Nationwide Insurance, Elmsford, NY * Stephen Ward, Pinkerton, NY

Syracuse:Timothy J. Fennell, Esq., (Chair), Amdursky, Pelky, Fennell and Wallen, PC, Oswego, NY* Kristen M. Benson, Esq., Smith Sovik Kendrick & Sugnet PC, Syracuse NY * David S. Howe, Esq., Porter Nordby Howe LLP, Syracuse NY* Kevin E. Hulslander, Esq., Smith Sovik Kendrick & Sugnet PC, Syracuse NY* Maureen E. Maney, Esq., Hancock Estabrook, LLP, Syracuse NY * George Skandalis, Esq., Pinsky & Skandalis, Syracuse NY* Clifford G. Tsan, Esq., Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC, Syracuse NY * Kevin R. Van Duser, Esq., Sugarman Law Firm, Syracuse NY * Janet M. Izzo, Esq., Syracuse NY

Long Island:Elizabeth A. Fitzpatrick, Esq., (Chair), Hurwitz & Fine PC, Melville NY* Michael T. Colavecchio, Esq., Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP, Islandia NY* Glenn A. Kaminska, Esq., Ahmuty Demers & McManus, Bohemia NY * Evan H. Krinick, Esq., Rivkin Radler LLP, Uniondale NY * Dirk Marschhausen, Esq., Marschhausen & Fitzpatrick PC, Westbury NY * Dennis M. Wade, Esq., Wade Clark Mulcahy,NYC *Jill Huntley Taylor, Esq., Dispute Dynamics Inc., Philadelphia, PA * Hon. Joseph Farneti, Supreme Court Suffolk County, Suffolk, NY

Long Island Melville Marriott
1350 Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747
Online Registration has closed, to register please contact the State Bar Service Center at 1-800-582-2452