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Workshops are 2 hours in length and held twice during the Conference. They address the wide variety of challenges, from coverage to investigation, from evaluation to resolution that confront adjusters and claim managers on a daily basis. Instead of "dry" lectures, you'll be encouraged to actively learn together with a large number of industry peers in every class. You'll hear the latest developments and strategies from subject experts, and learn what others across the industry, and across the nation, are doing with various claim issues and challenges. Over two days you'll be able to attend up to five two-hour workshops on a wide assortment of claim topics.

Builder's Risky Business


Scott LaRue, AIC, General Adjuster, Sedgwick
Granger Stuck, Director-Builder's Risk, J.S. Held

  • Strategies for claims that involve building damage, soft costs, and business income aspects
  • Insights into how large commercial building projects are managed, financed, and operated
  • Impact of external and concurrent delays during construction on calculating the period of delay
  • Methods to support good-faith investigations
  • Catastrophic Explosion/Fire Loss: NFPA Chapter 28 & Beyond

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    Chad Forshee, CFI-IFSAC, CFEI, Engineer, J.S. Held
    Matthew Rosek, JD, Partner, McCoy Leavitt Laskey LLC
    Michael Schwartz, AIC, AINS, RPA, EVP/Secretary & EGA, L.J. Shaw & Company

  • Adjusting large loss with significant injuries and damage to property
  • Damage to other properties and surrounding structures
  • Interruption of seasonal business as it impacts business income for small, local operations, co-ops, etc.
  • NFPA 921, Chapter 28 – impact on complex scenes – how to handle the independent site manager
  • Interaction with federal and state agencies
    How to deal with media and news
  • Disaster at the Treat Factory

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    Adam Farnham, PE, CSP, CFI, Tech. Lead, Fire Protection, Envista Forensics
    Brian O'Connor, Sr. Executive General Adjuster, Engle Martin & Associates
    Matthew Peaire, JD, Partner, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig

  • Determine loss scope/size and type: freeze, head failure, pipe failure, or system not working correctly (undersized or failed to perform as designed)
  • Strategies for handling a subrogation claim involving multiple parties
  • Retaining the right expert vs. a generalist which may have impacts down the road
  • Retention of evidence and working as a team with your insured to retain and preserve the scene
  • Notice of parties and obtaining contracts related to installation and service/maintenance (pitfalls in all)
  • From Riches to Rags, a Story of a Damaged Nonprofit

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    Deborah J. Ford, CPA, ABV, VP, Forensic Accountant, J.S. Held
    Cassandra Hand Gallegos, AIC, CEO & Chief Claims Officer, CCMS & Associates
    Christina Lincoln, JD, Litigation Attorney, Robins Kaplan, LLP

  • Smoke “damage” to high-end goods caused by fire at an adjacent property
  • Proximate cause analysis for complex set of facts involving later water damage to the building’s structure after a high wind event blew off roof shingles
  • Measurement of lost business income for a nonprofit organization that donates all profits and has missing documentation
  • Determining the value of “property damage” for donated goods, including coverage for cleaning vs. replacement and qualifying goods as authentic vs. knock-offs
  • Managing ongoing adjustments involving difficult insureds and/or simultaneous evaluation of coverage and damage calculations provided by legal counsel and forensic accountants, respectively
  • Lots of Roofs, Lots of Problems

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    Michelle Feduccia, PE, Professional Engineer III, J.S. Held
    Thomas A. Keller, JD, Partner, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig
    Joey Lang, Chief Operating Officer, Cat Claims Unlimited

  • Different elements of the building envelope, roof, and breaking down what is a section, slope or division between sections, and how it affects the loss
  • Evaluating when repair, removal, or reinstallation is required or appropriate as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the methods
  • Identifying potential arguments utilized to support inflated or fraudulent claims and how to address them
  • Impact of permits and codes on various repair methodologies and pitfalls to be aware of when evaluating repairs
  • Potential downsides to proceeding through litigation and exposures to fees
  • Managing the Period of Restoration

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    George Dickover, CPCU AIC, Executive General Adjuster, Selective Insurance Group
    Francine M. Giugno, Esq., Partner, Carter Law Group, LLC
    Jerry Provencher, CEO/Executive General Adjuster, Provencher & Company
    Anthony Worrall, Founder/President, Reynolds Restoration Services

  • Finding opportunities for adjustment impact in emergency mitigation, equipment operation, and getting insured back-in-business rapidly
  • Implement a good-faith strategy to protect against bad-faith allegations expected from an openly hostile insured/working with public adjuster
  • Manage repair costs under short-time constraints
  • Cost of construction and materials, supply logistics, slowdown
  • Strategies for expediting resumption of operations

    The 2022 Large Loss Conference is scheduled to be held October 12 - 14 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Hotel in Phoenix, AZ.

    Thank you to those who submitted topics for the 2022 Large Loss Conference. The Large Loss Planning committee and PLRB staff are currently reviewing proposals for workshops for the 2022 Large Loss Conference.  

    Sponsorship opportunities are available; please contact Tom O'Dowd at for details.

    Check back in July for updates on the registration, agenda, workshops with presenters and key issues, and hotel reservations.

    PLRB is closely monitoring CDC and governmental guidelines and regulations. Conference dates and format may change due to restrictions due to COVID-19.

    Adjuster-led workshops encourage active audience participation and provide an opportunity to learn from and with many of the industry's leading experts and performers. Workshops are offered in three large-loss tracks:

    • Commercial Lines, Property Claims
    • Personal Lines, Property Claims
    • Casualty Claims

    Who Should Attend? Large loss claims adjusters and managers, supervisors, general adjusters and EGAs, complex case managers, senior claims management, and service providers who work with these claims. This is an excellent program for those who aspire to or are being groomed to adjust large and complex property and casualty claims within their respective organizations.

    A Big Thank You to our Sponsors of the 2022 Large Loss Conference.



    Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Tom O'Dowd at or call 630-724-2224.

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