Current News and Updates

(Last updated August 04, 2016)


Brokers Session Raises Awareness
In an effort to further its mission, the ARIAS•U.S. Board of Directors hosted an educational session for brokers in the reinsurance community to learn more about the ARIAS•U.S. procedures and rules. The luncheon, held on July 27th in New York City, focused particularly on the ARIAS•U.S. Neutral Panel Arbitration Rules and Streamlined Arbitration Rules for Small Claim Disputes and provided a forum to discuss arbitration provisions in (re)insurance contracts. Brokers from Guy Carpenter and Aon Benfield, as well as representatives from Swiss Re and AIG, joined the session in person as well as remotely from offices in Chicago, Minneapolis and Boston.!.

Call for Nominations
This year, there will be five openings on the Board, consisting of one seat each for representatives of ceding companies, reinsurers and law firms plus two seats for ARIAS•U.S. Certified Arbitrators. Deidre Johnson (law firm representative) and Brian Snover (reinsurer representative) are eligible and have agreed to be nominated for re-election. Eric Kobrick (ceding company representative), who has served two full terms on the board, is stepping down. On behalf of the entire organization, we are grateful to Eric for the significant contributions he has made to ARIAS•U.S. both prior to and during his Board service, including during his Chairmanship.

In accordance with the ARIAS•U.S. bylaws, although two ARIAS•U.S. Certified Arbitrators shall be elected to the Board in November, one of those two shall be elected for a term of two years and the other shall be elected for a term of three years. Nominees who wish only to be considered for the two year term should make that clear when nominated.

We encourage you to propose one or more worthy candidates for membership on the Board for any of the three available seats. You should also feel free to propose yourself for membership if you believe that you meet the criteria outlined. When submitting the names of potential nominees, it would be most helpful if you would please include information concerning a proposed nominee's background and his or her past involve¬ment with, and service to, ARIAS•U.S. You are invited to submit the names of potential nominees for the Board along with the information outlined above to the ARIAS•U.S. Executive Director, Sara Meier, via e-mail as soon as possible but in all events no later than 5pm EST on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

ARIAS•U.S. Quarterly – Call for Article Submissions
ARIAS welcomes articles written by its members addressing issues in the field of insurance and reinsurance arbitration and dispute resolution. The page limit for submissions is 5 single-spaced or 10 double-spaced pages. If you’re interested in penning an article or have suggestions for topics for articles you’d like to see, please contact Tom Stillman at

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Upcoming Events
Intensive Arbitrator Training Workshop
September 21, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the office of Foley & Lardner, 90 Park
Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Lunch will be provided.

2016 Webinars
• Webinars Available on Demand Here

• September 27, 2016
Coverage for Cyber risk; Cyber risk Insurance Products

• December, 2016 (exact date TBD)
Underwriting a Risk Part II

Fall Conference and Annual Meeting
November 17 – 18, 2016
New Location! The New York Marriott Marquis 1535 Broadway, New York, NY