029aIt was another great D&O Symposium in New York City this week. The show went on despite the huge blizzard that blew through the city on the morning of the Symposium’s second day. The turnout was once again great, the panels were excellent, and we all made it through the snowstorm together.


I was very fortunate to be able to moderate a panel on the afternoon of the Symposium’s second day. The topic of the panel was the global rise in collective investor actions, and we had a very distinguished set of speakers to address the topic. In the picture below, I am standing with the panelists, from left to right, Darren Check of the Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check law firm; me; Jennifer O’Neill of Allianz; and Jonathan Richman of the Proskauer Rose law firm.




There was a very special guest at the year’s Symposium. Jane Pochon is the head of financial lines claims for the Asia Pacific region for AIG. She attended the PLUS D&O Symposium as the winner of a scholarship awarded by the Australia Professional Indemnity Group (APIG), which is the Australian professional liability insurance community’s counterpart to PLUS. It was a pleasure meeting Jane and having her attend the Symposium. In the first picture below, I am standing with Jane and with Pete Herron of Travelers, and the President of PLUS. In the second picture below, I am standing with Jane and Robbie Thompson, PLUS’s Executive Director.






I wanted to include a picture of my old friend and RT Specialty colleague, Tony Falkowski. Tony is one of our industry’s true legends.




In this picture, I am standing with Sujal Vaidya  of AIG. I think Sujal didn’t believe me when I told him I would publish the picture in The D&O Diary. Guess again…




If you ever wondered what it looks like from the stage at the PLUS D&O Symposium, well, here you go. I took the photo from the stage right at the beginning of my panel session.




My congrats to the PLUS conference co-chairs, Kevin Gadbois of Great American, Brenda Shelley of Marsh, and Steve Goldman of Chubb, as well as to the PLUS staff, for another excellent Symposium.