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FDCC International
Insurance Summit
July 24, 2017
Location: Zurich
2017 FDCC Annual
July 25-29, 2017
Location: Montreux
Corporate Counsel
September 17-19, 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Boot Camp
October 23-24, 2017
Location: New York, NY

Insurance Industry
Institute (I-3)

November 9-10, 2017
Location: New York, NY 

New Members


Jeffrey  V. Commisso
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
Columbus, Ohio
Corporate Counsel
Richard S. Dukes, Jr.
Turner Padget Graham & Laney
Charleston, South Carolina
Defense Counsel
Todd A. Hanchett
Stoel Rives, LLP
Portland, Oregon
Defense Counsel
Courtenay L. Keller
Riley, Shane & Keller, P.A.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Defense Counsel
Melinda S. Kollross
Clausen Miller PC
Chicago, Illinois
Defense Counsel

J. Eric Miles
North, Pursell & Ramos, PLC
Nashville, Tennessee
Defense Counsel
John Marshall Mosser
Elliott Davis Decosimo, LLC
Greenville, South Carolina
Corporate Counsel
Arthur F. Roeca
Roeca Luria Shin LLP
Honolulu, Hawaii
Defense Counsel

Ann E. Trivett
Christie Law Group, PLLC
Seattle, Washington
Defense Counsel

David  C. Van Dyke
Howard & Howard Attorneys, PLLC
Chicago, Illinois
Defense Counsel
John M. Walker
Lamson, Dugan & Murray, LLP
Omaha, Nebraska
Defense Counsel
Benjamin M. Watson
Butler Snow LLP
Ridgeland, Mississippi
Defense Counsel

Jarrod J. White
Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal LLP
Mobile, Alabama
Defense Counsel
Ketia B. Wick
Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, LLP
Seattle, Washington
Defense Counsel



Federation Publications


From The President

Bon Voyage

Dear Federation Friends,

"Bon Voyage" to all of you who will be joining us in Montreux next week at our Annual Meeting: "Magnifique and Beyond!" I offer my sincerest thanks to Ned Currie and Todd Roberts who have planned a week of CLE and activities which will be epic in the annals of Federation history. Also, it is not too late to register and join us if you are a last minute traveler.

We will start the week in Zurich on July 24th with our International Insurance Summit which we are holding in conjunction with AIDA Switzerland. I want to thank Christian Lang and Rich Traub for Chairing this program and putting together a fabulous agenda which includes a unique opportunity to meet and greet our Swiss counterparts.

A literal translation of "Bon Voyage" might be "Good Journey". On behalf of Carol Anne and myself I want to take this opportunity to thank all you for a "Great Journey" this last year! We have truly had a once in a lifetime experience and a wonderful journey as President and First Lady of the Federation. We have enjoyed representing the FDCC this past year and we have memories of our year which we will forever cherish. The greatest pleasure and honor of the Federation President is working with our members. In my opinion the FDCC is the premier defense bar organization in the world and quite simply that is because we have the best members of in the world. I am so proud of the Federation and all that it accomplishes year in and year out and I thank all you members who make the FDCC "Above &  Beyond!"

It is with deep love for the Federation and all of you who have helped us this year that Carol Anne and I wish you "Bon Voyage",


The Latest Federation Flyer is here!

We hope you enjoy this "new" Flyer. Built on the excellent work of our past editors, we have finished the changes and we hope to carry the Flyer deeper into the next decade. This includes the "new" look which readers saw some of in our last issue, but also now, new sections and a Table of Contents.

These new sections are:

  • FDCC Connect
  • Outside the Law
  • FDCC Over & Above
  • FDCC Fellowship
  • FDCC Family
Let us know what you think!  Click here to read!


2017 Annual Meeting in Montreux, Switzerland

We are excited as we approach the departure date for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Montreux, Switzerland.

Ours will be an once-in-a-lifetime meeting in a magical place on the planet, beautiful Lake Geneva, and surroundings where the nearby Alps are alive with the sound of music.  President and First Lady Mills and Carol Anne Gallivan, Convention Chairs Ned and Sue Currie, and Program Chairs Todd and Debbie Roberts have assembled what will be an unbelievable meeting in a spectacular location. 

Extending Your Trip?
Members attending the Montreux meeting wishing to extend - on their own - their European adventure for a delightful trip to Italy may use an Italian Itinerary composed by our FDCC Italian Ambassador, Anthony Perotto and his wife, Anjuska. Anthony and Anjuska will be at the Montreux meeting and will be happy to answer any questions regarding the itinerary.
Click here to view Italian Itinerary
Click here to view Italian Itinerary Map

2017 Asia Pacific Insurance Conference (APIC)
We are pleased to attach the formal announcement of the joint FDCC/AIDA Asia Pacific Insurance Conference scheduled for October 18-20, 2017 in Singapore.   This conference will draw together an array of industry representatives from around the world and will focus on relevant global and regional insurance issues.  
Please also note that special rate sponsorships are still available to our member firms for $1,500.  Your firm's name will appear on the website,  promotional materials and at the conference itself.

For additional information and to register, 
click here.

Registration Now OPEN!
FDCC Corporate Counsel Symposium in Philadelphia!

Join us starting Sunday, September 17 at 3:00 pm for a fast paced and timely legal conference devoted to In-house and Outside Counsel seeking to provide value-added services to their clients.

The Corporate Counsel Symposium ("CCS") is celebrated as the preeminent conference for corporate counsel and outside defense counsel in America. We are again offering complimentary registration to all in-house counsel. Due to the overwhelming response to this new policy last year, space may be at a premium for this year's event. Therefore, we recommend you register early to ensure your spot at the CCS (and for a room at the hotel). We strongly encourage our outside counsel FDCC members to attend with a corporate counsel client and extend your invitations early before registration closes.

Registration Now OPEN!
FDCC I-3 Institute in
New York

Make plans now to join senior Insurance Industry Leaders and your Federation colleagues at the 2017 Insurance Industry Institute (I-3) in New York, November 9 and 10, 2017.

As the insurance industry confronts an ever-increasing pace of change and steady barrage of emerging trends and new crises around the world, the FDCC I-3 Institute brings together industry leaders, senior insurance executives, and their counsel to examine key issues:

  • Criminalization of Torts
  • Early Dispute Resolution
  • American in Paris
  • Artificial Intelligence and Other New Technologies
  • Climate Change Update
  • Major Claims = Major Challenges 
  • Reinsurance
  • Back by Popular Demand - The CEO Roundtable: Top business leaders share their insights regarding the opportunities and challenges the insurance industry will face in coming years.


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Featured Members
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