At the Thursday afternoon lunch session at the 2017 PLUS D&O Symposium

The D&O Diary was in New York last week for the 2018 version of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society’s annual D&O Symposium. It was great to see so many people who had traveled from near and far to attend the event and to see old friends and make new friends.


It was my privilege and honor to have moderated a panel at the Symposium. On Thursday morning, I was the moderator for a panel entitled “Emerging Exposures – What Do You Know?” focused on liability and insurance issues pertaining to cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and Artificial Intelligence. It was an excellent panel and it was a pleasure to work with such an esteemed and knowledgeable panel for the session. My thanks to the panelists (pictured below) for their time and efforts preparing for the session; to Brenda Shelley of Marsh and her conference co-chairs for inviting me to serve as a moderator; and to the attentive and lively audience that attended the session.


A distinguished panel (from left to right): Dara Tarkowski of Actuate Law; Chris O’Brien of Venable; me; Mary McCutcheon of Farella, Braun & Martel; and Christina Terplan of Clyde & Co.



The sessions at the D&O Symposium are always first rate but an equally important reason to attend the event is to see all of the many people at the conference. I enjoyed saying hello to so many fellow industry professionals. Some pictures of some of the people I was fortunate to greet in person are set out below.


Following the panel, Sal Cumella of Nationwide introduced himself to me as an avid reader of the blog. I appreciated the chance to meet Sal and to hear his enthusiasm for my blog. It is always great to know that there are industry professionals out there who follow and appreciate my site. 




I met a number of people at the Symposium who had traveled quite a distance to attend the event, including people who had traveled from as far away as Austria, Israel, and Lithuania. But without a doubt the person who traveled the furthest to attend the event is my good friend Ram Garg, who traveled all the way from Singapore to attend the Symposium. Sorry that this picture is back-lit, Ram. I first met Ram in Singapore when I was participating in a PLUS event there in 2016. I look forward to seeing Ram and other management liability insurance professionals again in September 2018, when I will again be participating in the Singapore PLUS event. Glad you made it to New York, Ram!



At the Wednesday evening reception with my good friend and colleague, Manish Shah of RT ProExec.