Faculty

CHRISTOPHER AREHART is Senior Vice President and Product Manager of crime, financial fidelity, kidnap/ransom and extortion, mail and workplace violence expense insurance for the North America Financial Lines division of Chubb Ltd. based in Chicago, Illinois. Chris has eighteen years of experience underwriting executive liability risks for Chubb including directors and officers, employment practices and fiduciary liability, as well as crime, kidnap/ransom and extortion and workplace violence expense insurance. Prior to joining Chubb, Chris served with the Federal Reserve Bank in Los Angeles, California. Chris received his M.B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his B.A. from Whittier College in Whittier, California.

SAMUEL J. ARENA, JR. is a Partner with the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, practicing in the areas of fidelity and surety law and insurance coverage law. He is Past Chair of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, and the Chair of Stradley’s Fidelity and Surety Law Practice Group. Sam received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Ursinus College, and his J.D., cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law. Sam   is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law where he teaches Advanced Insurance Law: Coverage Disputes. He also serves as Advisor Emeritus to the Fidelity Law Association and Advisor to The Surety & Fidelity Association of America.

CARLA C. CRAPSTER is a Partner with the Dallas, Texas office of Clark Hill Strasburger. She received her B.A. from Texas A&M University, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from the University of Texas  School of Law, with high honors. Ms. Crapster is admitted to practice in   Texas. She teaches Insurance Law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas School of Law.

ROBERT J. DUKE is General Counsel of The Surety & Fidelity Association of America. He is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland, B.B.A. summa cum laude and M.B.A., and the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, J.D. summa cum laude. He is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

ROBERT M. FLOWERS is a 2nd Vice President, Management Liability First Party Claim for Travelers in Hartford, Connecticut. His team is responsible for a variety of First Party Management Liability products, including Commercial Crime, FI Bond, First Party Cyber, ID Fraud and Kidnap and Ransom claims. Mr. Flowers received his B.A. in international relations and affairs/business from the University of Nevada-Reno.

THERESA A. GOOLEY is the Managing Director―Bond & Specialty Insurance at Travelers. Prior to working in the insurance industry, she was an attorney at Meagher & Geer. Theresa graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Finance and earned her J.D. from Drake University Law School.

MICHAEL KEELEY is a Member of the Dallas, Texas office of Clark Hill Strasburger. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona, B.S. summa cum laude with honors, and the University of Arizona School of Law, J.D. cum laude. He is a Past Chair of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Editor-in-Chief of the Fidelity Law Journal, Advisor Emeritus to the Fidelity Law Association, Advisor to The Surety & Fidelity Association of America and past Editor-in-Chief of the Tort & Insurance Law Journal. He specializes in handling crime claims, including cyber-related losses, domestically and abroad.

MARK J. KRONE is an attorney with the law firm of Anderson, McPharlin & Conners LLP in Los Angeles, where he focuses his practice on insurance coverage, in particular commercial crime, financial institution bonds, D&O and E&O. Mark received his J.D. from Fordham University in New York, where he practiced prior to moving to California. Mark is a frequent presenter at insurance conferences on a variety of topics, including emerging trends in technology and their impact on coverage.

KARA A. LORIDAS is a Senior Associate at Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing, P.C. in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her B.S. from Tufts University, magna cum laude, and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, magna cum laude. Ms. Loridas is admitted to practice in Massachusetts.

EMILY LUKES is a Claim Counsel in the Management Liability Claim unit of Travelers in Naperville, Illinois, where she is responsible for handling first-party cyber claims across the country. She also has experience handling a wide array of professional liability and management liability claims. Prior to her entry into the claims arena, Emily worked in private practice at a national law firm as an insurance coverage and defense attorney in Chicago, Illinois. Emily received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law where she was a member of the Moot Court National Honor Society    and an Editor of the Law Review.

JOSH MACDONALD is the Cyber Claim Director for Chubb’s Cyber Liability Group. He received his J.D. from Pace Law School and undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and is responsible for handling complex data breach, network extortion, business interruption, and third party privacy claims including class action claims arising from data breaches and violations of privacy laws. Josh is also a frequent collaborator with Chubb’s Cyber Data Analytic Team.

TIM MARKEY is the AVP of Claims for the Fidelity/Crime Division of Great American Insurance Company in New York City.  He received his B.S .from the University of Scranton and his J.D. from Seton Hall University, School of Law. Mr. Markey is the current Treasurer of the Fidelity Law Association and is admitted to practice in New Jersey.

CHRIS McKIBBIN is a Partner in the Fidelity Practice Group of Blaney McMurtry LLP in Toronto, practicing primarily in the areas of    fidelity coverage litigation and fraud recovery. In addition to editing Blaneys Fidelity Blog, he is a frequent speaker and writer on fidelity and fraud issues in Canada and the United States. In 2018, Chris was recognized by Lexpert® as one of four “Leading Lawyers to Watch” in Commercial Insurance Litigation in Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, LL.B., and the University of Manitoba, B.A., Gold Medal.

JOHN F. MULLEN, SR. is a name partner and co-founder of Mullen Coughlin. He has been licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 1991. He received his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Mr. Mullen and the firm focus their practice on assisting insureds in preparing for and responding to data privacy and network security events. He regularly presents on data privacy and network security issues for insurers and brokers via national webinar/phone, television conferences and live presentations (AM Best, NetDiligence, Advisen, ACI,  CPCU, RIMS and PLUS), and has been published and quoted as a national expert on cyber/data loss issues in multiple publications.

KATHERINE MUSBACH is Senior Counsel in the Chicago office of Gordon Rees Scully & Mansukhani, LLP. Katherine regularly represents clients in fidelity, cyber crime, and technology disputes. Katherine received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and earned her J.D. from Duke University.

ROBERT OLAUSEN is a Principal at ISO. He received his B.B.A. from Upsala College and did his post-graduate work at St. John’s University College of Insurance. Mr. Olausen is the current President of the Fidelity Law Association and a member of PLUS.

BRIAN O’NEILL is a Senior Vice President and the Head of Fidelity and Crime for Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance. in 2012 he was elected Chairman of the Fidelity Underwriting Committee of the Surety and Fidelity Association of America, serving in that capacity from 2012 to 2014. Mr. O’Neill is a graduate of Iona College with a B.B.A. in Finance.

TONI SCOTT REED is a Member of the Dallas, Texas office of Clark Hill Strasburger. She received her B.A. and B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from SMU, cum laude, and Order of the Coif. Ms. Reed was a member of the SMU Law Review. She is admitted to practice in Texas, and is the immediate past chair of the American Bar Association’s Fidelity & Surety Law Committee.

DOLORES A. PARR is Managing Counsel in the Fidelity and Crime Claim Unit at Zurich. She received her B.A. from Towson University and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore. She also has a M.L.A. from Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Parr is admitted to practice in Maryland. She is the current Vice President of the Fidelity Law Association.

KIMBERLY RUSSELL is a Claim Director of Fidelity Claims with Chubb. She graduated from American University with a degree in International Business and obtained her J.D. from Seton Hall Law School. After a judicial clerkship, she worked at AIG Insurance for nearly 15 years, handling various specialty lines of coverage. She then worked at Crum & Forster, handling various specialty lines and E&O claims, and she is currently handling exclusively fidelity claims for Chubb.

KYLE SAWDEY is an underwriter within the Tech Media Business Group of Beazley Group Limited in Philadelphia extensive with experience in the E&O/Cyber industry — Kyle focuses on underwriting Cyber, E&O, and Media from Fortune 500 sized companies to medium sized organizations. Beazley Group Limited is a specialty property/casualty insurer based in London with a large US presence. Kyle graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Business Degree in Finance.

SCOTT SCHMOOKLER is a partner in the Chicago office of Gordon Rees Scully & Mansukhani, LLP. Scott focuses his practices on disputes arising from fidelity policies, cyber crime insurance, and data security breaches. He graduated from Bradley University and earned his J.D. from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law.

ROBYN SONDAK joined Travelers  Staff Counsel in 1999, handling large loss matters and property loss subrogation recovery.  In 2002, Robyn became the National Director for Training and Development for the Travelers Staff Counsel program. She joined Travelers Bond & Specialty Insurance in 2005. Robyn is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Prior to joining Travelers Robyn worked in private practice in Hartford, CT where she focused on first party bad faith defense and insurance coverage litigation, third party insurance defense and appellate litigation.

SCOTT S. SPEARING is a Shareholder and founding member of Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing, P.C. in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. Mr. Spearing is admitted to practice in Massachusetts.

GARY VALERIANO is a Partner with Anderson, McPharlin & Conners LLP in Los Angeles, California. Gary has practiced in the financial lines and specialty insurance business for over 30 years. His emphasis is in Commercial Crime and Financial Institution insurance. He is a Past Chair of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the Tort & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. Gary also is an Advisor to the Fidelity Law Association. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of law at Loyola University Law School Los Angeles, teaching a class in Fidelity and Surety Law. Gary received his B.A. from California State University, Northridge, magna cum laude, and his J.D. from Loyola University.

MELISSA K. VENTRONE is a Member of the Chicago, Illinois office of Clark Hill Strasburger. She is a graduate of the Northern Illinois University, B.S. 2000, and the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D. 2003. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional. She specializes in the areas of cybersecurity, data protection and privacy litigation.

DANIEL W.  WHITE is Counsel at the law firm of Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi, PC, where he practices in the Fidelity and Surety Group. He received his B.A. from Vassar College and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Mr.  White is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.

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