25th Annual Conference and Anniversary Celebration
The Fidelity Law Association is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to facilitating prompt and fair handling of fidelity claims. Although membership in the FLA is limited to persons employed in fidelity claims handling
or underwriting by insurance companies or reinsurers, our Annual Conference is open to anyone with an interest in fidelity insurance.
This year, the Fidelity Law Association proudly celebrates its 25th Annual Conference with a return to our most popular venue, Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to outstanding programming, our conference
co-chairs, Matthew C. Kalin, Senior Claim Counsel, Bond & Specialty Insurance, Travelers, and Michael Keeley, a member with Clark Hill Strasburger, have worked hard to put together a program worthy of the
FLA’s Silver Anniversary. Each program attendee will receive not only a copy of the Fidelity Law Journal, Volume XXV, but also a fully searchable thumb drive containing each and every one of the FLA’s 25 Journals
from 1995 to the present, as well as a special anniversary mug that promises to make your favorite beverage even better. And there will of course be an anniversary cake, balloons, and other surprises Matt and Michael
have cooked up! In keeping with our commitment to give back to the host city, the FLA will be making a monetary donation to the Happy Hope Factory.
In addition to a distinguished list of speakers presenting on a variety of topics, the program also includes a “Who’s Who” of industry experts participating in a panel discussion of the important trends and highlights in
the fidelity industry over the last twenty-five years.
And, you will not want to miss a special presentation by Timothy Russell, the Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI’s Criminal Cyber Squad, who will discuss the current state of cybercrime, including everything you
need to know about the dark web and its effect on cybercrime, as well as the latest available information on cybercrime, cyber criminals, and the toll it is all taking on businesses worldwide.
We will be applying for Continuing Education (CE) and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit in various states.
Conference attendees are invited to attend the joint American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee/FLA Welcome Reception following the FLA program.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR INSURANCE COMPANY EMPLOYEES: The registration form on page 9 includes information on becoming an FLA member, or renewing your membership, The benefits of membership are
more fully described on the FLA’s website at www.fidelitylaw.org. I encourage you to consider the benefits of becoming a member.
AND, TO OUR SPONSORS: Thank you very much for sponsoring the FLA this year. Your sponsorship helps us to provide the quality programming and scholarly Journals that you have come to expect
from the FLA. If you are not a sponsor, and would like to become one, please visit the website at www.fidelitylaw.org for more information on becoming a sponsor.
The FLA is pleased to announce the establishment of its Diversity and Inclusion Award. This award will be given annually to a person or organization who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to the
advancement of diversity and inclusion in the fidelity bond industry. The first award will be given at the Annual Conference in 2020. You will hear more about the award at this year’s conference. We are excited
about this new development and look forward to sharing additional details with all of you. We look forward to seeing everyone in Boston on November 6!
The Fidelity Law Association
November 6, 2019
Hilton Boston Bay Back Hotel
40 Dalton Street Boston | Massachusetts 02115
This year, the Fidelity Law Association celebrates its 25th Annual Conference in a return to our most popular venue, Boston, Massachusetts. Our co-chairs, Michael Keeley of Clark Hill Strasburger and Matt Kalin of Travelers have planned a cutting-edge CLE program, plus a celebration befitting our Silver Anniversary, that you will not want to miss. Armen Shahinian of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC will moderate a distinguished panel of industry experts, including Bob Flowers of Travelers, Hilary Hoffman of Chubb, Megan Manogue of Berkley, Dolores Parr of Zurich, Gary Valeriano of Anderson McPharlin & Conners LLP, Bob Olausen of ISO, and Bill Heinbokel of SFAA [WOW!!!], who will discuss key highlights as well as important trends in the fidelity industry over the last 25 years. The individual topics to be addressed throughout the day include:
- Apportioning Social Engineering Losses
- Fraudulent Invoice and Kickback Schemes
- Bond Coverage for Public Employees
- Important Rules of Policy Construction
- Key Exclusions and Use of Riders
- Fidelity Law Survey
Additionally, you will not want to miss a thrilling presentation by Supervisory Special Agent Timothy Russell of the FBI’s Criminal Cyber Squad, who will provide an update on cybercrimes and. importantly and very interestingly, the dark web and its effect on cybercrime.
And, in order to celebrate, the FLA will be providing everyone a fully searchable thumb drive containing each and every one of the FLA’s 25 Journals from 1994 to the present, as well as a special anniversary mug. And there will of course be an anniversary cake, balloons, and other surprises Michael and Matt are cooking up! In keeping with our commitment to give back to the host city, the FLA will be making a monetary donation to the Happy Hope Factory.
As has become tradition, CLE and CE credits will be provided. Additional information about the Conference along with registration information will be posted here in the coming months. Please mark your calendars for what will prove to be another industry leading conference as well as one heck of a celebration.
The Fidelity Law Association