Faculty

CHARLES ARMSTRONG is Senior Counsel with Clark Hill PLC in Dallas, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and received his law degree from Baylor University School of Law, cum laude. He is an associate editor of the Fidelity Law Journal and co-chair of the V-Log subcommittee of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.

DELANEY L. BEIER is associated with Clark Hill PLC in Dallas.  She is a graduate summa cum laude of Drake University and obtained her MBA from Drake University and her law degree with High Honors from Drake University’s School of Law. 

THERESA BIEDERMANN is an Assistant Vice President with Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance in New York.  She is a graduate of Rutgers University and obtained her law degree from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. 

CHRISTOPHER D. BLUM is a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in its Chicago office. He graduated magna cum laude from St. Olaf College and obtained his law degree cum laude from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

MICHAEL V. BRANLEY is Claims Counsel with The Hartford in New York.  He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta and obtained his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.  He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Fidelity Law Association. 

JOSEPH COLLINS is a Senior Financial Product Claims Representative with Great American Insurance Company in Windsor, Connecticut. He is responsible for Crime, Financial Institution Bond, and Kidnap and Ransom matters. Joseph earned his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s of Science degree in National Security Studies, with a concentration in Information and Protection Security, from the University of New Haven.

KEITH FLANAGAN is Managing Claim Counsel, Recovery Management Unit, with Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America, where he works in the Naperville, Illinois office. He obtained his B.A. from Georgetown University and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. 

ROBERT M. FLOWERS is a 2nd Vice President, Management Liability First Party Claim for Travelers in Hartford, Connecticut. Mr. Flowers is a graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno. 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.  

ADAM P. FRIEDMAN is a Member in the West Orange, New Jersey office of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC.  Mr. Friedman is a graduate of Cornell University and Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Mr. Friedman is a Past Chair of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. 

ANDREA M. GENNETTI is Claim Counsel with Travelers, Bond & Specialty Insurance, in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.  Ms. Gennetti is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Villanova School of Law. 

ASHLEY GRAY is a crime and cyber complex claims specialist at Hiscox Insurance Company in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Gray is a graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Law.   

MATTHEW C. KALIN is Senior Claim Counsel, Bond & Specialty Insurance with Travelers in Braintree, Massachusetts.  Mr. Kalin is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School. 

MICHAEL KEELEY is a Member of the Dallas, Texas office of Clark Hill PLC. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona, summa cum laude with honors, and the University of Arizona School of Law, cum laude. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Fidelity Law Journal, Advisor Emeritus to the Fidelity Law Association, a Past Chair of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 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, as well as other coverage matters. 

PETER C. NETBURN is a shareholder in Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing, P.C., in Boston.  He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and obtained his law degree from the Boston University School of Law. 

PATRICIA A. RICCIUTI is a Claims Consultant with The Hartford.  For nearly 25 years, she has handled fidelity and commercial surety matters.  She was part of the Bond Department for 23 years, and moved to Financial Lines a little over a year ago focusing on the handling of fidelity matters.  She previously served as Co-Chair, Regions Co-Chair and Technology Co-Chair of the Young Professionals Subcommittee of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.  She graduated from Bay Path College with an Associate’s Degree in legal studies, and thereafter received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. 

SCOTT S. SPEARING is a shareholder in Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing, P.C., in Boston.  He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and obtained his law degree from Northeastern University.  He currently serves as an Advisor to the Fidelity Law Association. 

GABRIEL M. SPECIALE is a Senior Claims Technical Specialist with QBE North America.  He is a graduate of City College of New York. 

D.M. STUDLER is a principal of SDC CPAs in Aurora, Illinois.  She is a graduate of Indiana University and obtained her Master’s in Accountancy summa cum laude from the University of Texas. 

JUSTIN D. WEAR is a partner with Manier & Herod in Nashville.  He is a graduate magna cum laude of the University of the South and obtained his law degree summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law. 

RYAN J. WEEKS is a shareholder of Mills Paskert Divers in Tampa, Florida.  He received his B.S. in Finance and J.D. from the University of Florida.  Ryan serves as a Vice-Chair of the ABA Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee. 

JOEL T. WIEGERT is a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Minneapolis.  He is a graduate of Concordia College and obtained his law degree, with high honors, from the Drake University School of Law.