ARIAS-U.S. 2020 Spring Seminar (Virtual)

Course Information

Given COVID-19 and the shelter-in-place rules, we are conducting the Spring Seminar online and have decided to split the Seminar into two 2.5 hour sessions, which will include small group networking opportunities co-sponsored by the Education and Member Services Committees.  These virtual cocktail parties will include a diverse mix of ARIAS-U.S. members in small groups, and the groups will be shuffled for the second half of the Spring Seminar.  To encourage more company representatives and young members to attend and network with arbitrators, we are offering the following incentives:

  • Company Representatives: Register One & Bring Four Colleagues
  • Law Firms: Register One & Bring Two Associates

Dates & Times:
Day 1 – Thursday, May 7th from 3:00-5:45pm
Day 2 – Thursday, June 4th from 3:00-5:45pm

Location: Zoom Meeting

Course Schedule:

Session 2—June 4, 2020 from 3:00-5:45 ET:

  • Emerging Trends and Potential Disputes in Life Reinsurance
    Mark Gurevitz, MG Re Arbitrator and Mediator Services LLC
    Gregg Hirsch, Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP
    Brett Wiggins, Munich American Reassurance Company
    Amy Woltman, The Prudential Life Insurance Company of America
    Description: This panel will explain a transaction designed to effectuate the transfer and statutory novation of policies from a ceding insurer to an assuming insurer without the need for policyholder consent.  The transaction represents the first approval of an insurance business transfer (IBT) of its kind by an insurance commissioner in the United States, following a process similar to Part VII business transfers in the United Kingdom.  In addition to our discussion of the groundbreaking Oklahoma transaction, the panel will also consider the recently imposed COVID regulations/mandates applicable to life companies, the impact on insurers and policyholders, and potential areas of dispute that are likely to emerge.
  • COVID-19: The Reinsurance Response
    Faculty: John O’Connor, Sompo International
    Andy Pinkes, Senior Advisor, Board Member and Consultant
    Glenn Frankel, Gen Re
    David Attisani, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
    Description: This panel will address the burgeoning complex claims and reinsurance coverage issues attending the coronavirus pandemic.  Among other topics addressed, the panel will discuss the application of reinsuring clauses, “event”/”occurrence” wordings, hours clauses, pollution and other exclusions, ex gratia provisions, and follow the fortunes/settlements.
  • Networking Groups
    Join us for 45 minutes of virtual networking following the sessions!

David Attisani, Amy Kallal & Justin Fortescue

Marc Abrams & Joshua Schwartz








Questions? For questions about this seminar or to get the client/law firm deal, please contact or call 703-574-4087.

Continuing Education

ARIAS•U.S. Arbitrator Certification:
This seminar counts towards the ARIAS•U.S. Certification requirements. If you are interested in initial certification, you may need to attend one or two seminars under Option C of the ARIAS•U.S. Certification application. Click here for more information.

CLE Credit:
ARIAS•U.S. is an accredited provider of New York State Continuing Legal Education. A total of 4 NY CLE credits are available to those who attend this seminar; all credits are for areas of professional practice. CLE Credits for PA and IL are currently pending.

Financial Hardship Policy

Financial Hardship Policy Statement: As required by the New York and Illinois CLE Boards, if a member of the state’s bar would like to attend an ARIAS•U.S. seminar, but finds that he or she would incur a financial hardship by doing so, an application for waiver of the attendance fee may be made to the Board of Directors of ARIAS•U.S. Such application would be held in strict confidence.