A Practical Look at Directors and Officers Insurance – C02

Business Law Track
Insurance Law Section 

Session C: 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

About the Program
This presentation will explore an important part of any corporate insurance program, Directors & Officers (D&O) insurance. This discussion of D&O coverage will be done in the context of a sample insurance claim involving many of the issues that can arise under a D&O policy.

 You Will Learn

  • The basic coverages under a D&O policy
  • The common exclusions in a D&O policy
  • What to expect from an insurer when a business has a D&O claim

John C. Pitblado, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA, Hartford

Attorney Pitblado is a shareholder in the Hartford office of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A.  He has extensive experience in a wide range of litigation on behalf of insurers in the property and casualty, title, life, health, and reinsurance industries, including coverage, class action, ERISA, and other litigation involving contract disputes, bad faith, statutory unfair insurance and trade practices, RICO, fraud, and misrepresentation claims. Mr. Pitblado also has experience handling regulatory matters, including market conduct examinations and complaints before state insurance regulatory authorities.

A member of the firm’s insurance industry group and data privacy and cybersecurity task force, Mr. Pitblado counsels clients, speaks, and writes on a range of cybersecurity issues faced by insurers, including regulatory and coverage issues.

Ryan M. Suerth, Murtha Cullina LLP, Hartford

Ryan M. Suerth is a member of the Litigation Department and the Insurance Recovery and Risk Management Practice Group. He handles insurance claim disputes in the Northeast, and throughout the country. Ryan regularly enforces rights under all types of insurance policies, including general liability,
directors and officers liability, employment practices liability, professional liability and property insurance policies. He also represents policyholders in connection with other insurance-related issues, including insurance policy and contract review, and the oversight of liability claims.


Douglas S. Worth, Willis Towers Watson, Hartford

Attorney Worth is a Senior Vice President and Claims Advocate in the Willis FINEX Practice where he provides counsel to clients and staff alike regarding all facets of complex claims, legal and broking issues. 

Prior to re-joining Willis Towers Watson, Doug was with Starwood Hotels and Resorts International Global Risk Management Group where he was principally responsible for the negotiation, placement and maintenance of Starwood’s FINEX lines of coverage. Prior to his time in corporate risk management Doug was a 7 year member of the Willis Claims and Legal Group where he served in a similar capacity as he does now. Before that, Doug practiced claims advocacy at Marsh for 5 years where he served as a Claims Advocate specializing in financial institution directors and officers liability, professional liability, employment practice liability and other Management and Professional Liability matters. 


1.0 CLE Credits (CT: 1.0 General; NY: 1.0 AOP)