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Business Interruption Insurance Claims Tied to the Pandemic Webinar


Feb. 4
9:00 - 9:50 a.m.

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PICPA Member: $49 | Nonmember: $74

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Get an overview business interruption (BI) insurance coverage. Discuss the arguments being advanced by the plaintiffs’ bar in lawsuits filed on behalf of the business owner community arguing that BI insurance should respond to pandemic-related losses.


  • Break down these arguments, noting which ones appear most frequently and identifying those that appear to be more innovative
  • How are the insurers responding to these lawsuits? 
  • What are the prominent defense arguments and tactics seen in these lawsuits?
  • How have the courts addressed these issues, both procedurally and substantively, via rulings on motions filed to date?
  • What appears to lie ahead on the litigation landscape? 
  • Are there any clear indications as to how the insurance markets might react to the pandemic in terms of evolving coverage forms or otherwise?


Jonathan S. Ziss, Esq.
Goldberg Segalla LLP

Jonathan S. Ziss, Esq., is chair of the firm’s Management and Professional Liability Practice Group, chair of its Aviation Litigation Practice Group, and a member of its Commercial Litigation and Cybersecurity practices. He devotes much of his practice to the representation of professionals, including accountants, attorneys, bankers, design professionals, insurance agents/brokers, directors and officers, and fiduciaries, in administrative and civil proceedings. He counsels and defends not-for-profit entities such as homeowners’ associations, faith-based organizations, and others, in management liability litigation as well as non-litigated disputes. Jonathan counsels clients and litigates, arbitrates, and mediates commercial disputes in a wide range of industries, from healthcare to hospitality. In addition, as a member of the firm’s cyber incident response team, he manages compliance and loss mitigation campaigns in the aftermath of data breaches.

Michael A. Hamilton, Esq.
Goldberg Segalla LLP

Michael A. Hamilton, Esq., handles sophisticated and high-exposure insurance coverage claims and commercial litigation. As a leader of the firm’s Global Insurance Services Pennsylvania and Ohio teams, Mike focuses his practice on environmental, professional liability, construction defect, transportation, and business torts/advertising injury claims. He has been lead defense counsel in class action litigation, representing insurance companies, self-insurers, and transportation entities. He also has extensive appellate experience, arguing numerous appeals in state and federal courts across the country.

Eric A. Fitzgerald, Esq.
Goldberg Segalla LLP

Eric A. Fitzgerald, a leader of Goldberg Segalla’s Global Insurance Services team in Pennsylvania, acts as coverage counsel for insurance companies in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and New York. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of professional, casualty, property, and specialty lines including errors and omissions (E&O); cyber; directors and officers (D&O); employment practices liability; law enforcement liability; commercial property; boiler and machinery; inland marine; builder’s risk; owner controlled insurance programs (OCIPs); commercial auto; and worker’s compensation. He has also served as both a mediator and an arbitrator in insurance coverage disputes.

Eric has devoted his career to representing the interests of the insurance industry. He received his designation as a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and Associate in Reinsurance (ARe). He has served on the Executive Committee of the CPCU Society’s National Board of Governors, as well as on its Nominating Committee and its Champions committee, and is a former CPCU instructor. In association with the American Institute for CPCU, Eric participated in the drafting of several textbooks. In addition to his CPCU activities, Eric is a Certified Litigation Management Professional with the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) and he is an instructor in the CLM Claims College. He is also a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), the Property Legal Research Bureau (PRLB) and the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC). He is the recipient of many honors, including an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Prior to joining Goldberg Segalla, Eric was the assistant director of his last firm’s Professional Liability Department, chair of its Insurance Coverage group, and firm risk manager, where he was in charge of overseeing 16 practice groups and a total of 150 attorneys. He started his career in 1993 as a judicial clerk for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, where he participated in the drafting of many significant coverage decisions.

Hillary N. Ladov, Esq.
Goldberg Segalla LLP

Hillary N. Ladov focuses her practice on insurance coverage litigation, bad faith disputes, and coverage counseling. Hillary counsels and defends insurance industry clients in a wide range of coverage matters, including commercial general liability, homeowners’ liability, commercial and personal auto liability, pollution liability, marine liability, professional liability, and directors and officers liability. She has significant experience handling complex insurance cases in state and federal courts, and has monitored coverage and liability issues in a variety of cases. Hillary’s practice also includes defending clients in commercial litigation matters.

Recognized by the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, the Philadelphia Bar Association, and Rutgers University for her pro bono efforts and leadership, she remains active in her community, serving as Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and on the Board of Directors of Justice at Work.

After receiving a dual J.D./M.B.A. at Rutgers University, Hillary spent two years as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Anne E. Lazarus in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, specializing in appellate-level commercial and insurance-related cases.

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