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Tuesday, March 8 • 11:45am - 12:45pm
Leveraging Governance and Leadership in Catastrophic Complicated Losses

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Approximately 110 of the 537 members of the New Jersey  Municipal Excess Joint Insurance Fund (“NJ MEL”) were  affected by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. Hear one pool’s experience of dealing with a catastrophic claim  when its clear limits will be exceeded, receiving FEMA  dollars is complicated, and members are more focused  on rebuilding communities than documenting losses  for insurance claims. Attendees will leave this session  with lessons learned and ideas for how to equip their  pool to deal with a catastrophic claim.

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David Edsey

Zurich American Insurance Company, Senior Coverage Counsel
David Edsey has been in-house counsel for Zurich American Insurance Company in Schaumburg, Illinois since 2008.  David currently manages complex insurance coverage and bad faith litigation against the company and provides coverage and claim handling advice to Zurich claims handlers... Read More →
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Dave Grubb

Executive Director, New Jersey MEL
David Grubb has been Executive Director of the New Jersey Municipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund since 1990 and is Managing Director of PERMA Inc., the firm that manages half of the joint instance funds (JIF) in the state as well as J.A. Montgomery Risk Control.  After graduating... Read More →
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Joe Hrubash

Deputy Executive Director, Public Entity Risk Management Administration, Inc. (NJ)
Joseph Hrubash serves as Deputy Executive Director of the New Jersey Municipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund (“MEL”) (the largest municipal pool in New Jersey and second largest in the country) and the Executive Director for the Residual Claims Fund for PERMA Risk Management... Read More →
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Fred Semrau

General Counsel, New Jersey MEL
Fred Semrau is a partner in the firm of Dorsey & Semrau.  The firm concentrates in representing municipalities and public entities throughout the state of N.J.  Mr. Semrau serves as the General Counsel to the Municipal Excess Liability Fund, the Morris Joint Insurance Fund, and... Read More →
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Heather Steinmiller

General Counsel, Conner Strong & Buckelew
Heather Steinmiller serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Conner Strong & Buckelew, the underwriting manager & insurance broker for the New Jersey Municipal Excess Liability Fund and many other joint insurance funds.  In addition to her corporate responsibilities... Read More →

Tuesday March 8, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm CST
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