Annual Conference

This year, the Fidelity Law Association’s Annual Conference returns to Boston, Massachusetts.  The Conference will be held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, followed by the ABA TIPS Fidelity and Surety Committee’s fidelity program on Thursday and Friday.

You may now register for the Conference using the Registration form provided on the website.  

Conference co-chairs, Lynda Riesgo Jensen, Senior Claims Counsel, Management Liability First Party Claim, Travelers and Scott Spearing, Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing, P.C., have prepared an excellent program that all attendees will benefit from, regardless of their level of experience.  A distinguished list of speakers will present on a variety of topics of interest to the fidelity community, including:

  • Fidelity Law Update 2017
  • Social Engineering Claims
  • Knowledge of Prior Dishonesty – Does it Really Terminate Coverage?
  • Communications with Claimants and Witnesses: A Guide for Claims Professionals and Retained Counsel
  • Rescission – Inaccuracies, Fraud and Deception in the Application
  • Forensic Investigations – Finding the Hidden Gems
  • Taking Depositions and Statements Under Oath in a Fidelity Bond Case
  • Panel Discussion – The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be: Challenges Facing Fidelity and Commercial Crime Insurers in the 2020s  

We are pleased to have as our keynote speaker, Jeffrey L. Hartman.  

Jeff has been a leader in the corporate security, computer forensics and investigative community for over twenty-five years.  As a founder with 4Discovery, Jeff consults clients on complex litigation and Information Security issues and how they can increase the effectiveness of investigations through digital forensics.  Jeff has managed hundreds of investigations and Trade Secret Breach engagements for Fortune 500 companies and attorneys and is a frequent speaker.  Jeff is also a licensed Private Investigator (IL), and has a B.A. Degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University.

As in past years, we are applying for Continuing Education (CE) and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit.  

And, in keeping with our commitment to give back to the host city of the Conference, the FLA will be making a monetary donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank.  The Greater Boston Food Bank (“GBFB”) works to acquire, store, organize and distribute food through local food pantries, community meal programs, homeless and residential shelters, youth programs and senior centers throughout eastern Massachusetts.  GBFB also distributes food directly to those in need through dedicated programs that serve particularly vulnerable groups, such as seniors and children.  Its objective is to distribute enough food to provide at least one meal a day to all those in need in eastern Massachusetts.  Last year, GBFB distributed almost 41 million pounds of food, enough to provide healthy meals to as many as 545,000 people at risk of hunger.


I hope you will join us in Boston to learn about the most recent developments in fidelity insurance and network with your peers.  


Robert Olausen
The Fidelity Law Association