Communications between insurers and reinsurers range from routine claim updates to in-depth discussions of legal strategy regarding litigated claims. Policyholders seek these communications, insurers and reinsurers seek to keep them confidential, and courts struggle with this thorny issue. This moderated panel discussion regarding the competing interests of policyholders, insurers, and reinsurers will explore whether and to what extent these communications should be discoverable. One area of particular concern is the balance between a reinsurer’s interest in obtaining information regarding the underlying claim and the insurer’s interest in protecting communications between itself and its coverage counsel without risking waiver. Policyholders argue that disclosure to reinsurers constitutes a waiver of the attorney client privilege, while insurers and reinsurers seek to keep these types of communications privileged. The panel will include representatives from each stakeholder.

Panelists:
Erica J. Dominitz, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Washington, DC
Michael Steinlage, Larson King LLP, St. Paul, MN
Kristine Tejano Rickard, Fuzion Analytics, Carmel, IN
Jack Burds, Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC, New York, NY

Moderator:
Elizabeth Kniffen, Zelle LLP, Minneapolis MN

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