Raymond Areaux, JD is the founder of Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux and continues to lead the firm’s intellectual property practice group. For 33 years he has practiced primarily in the IP field, including a strong emphasis on software and computer issues. In connection with the software and computer contract aspects of his IP practice, Mr. Areaux became involved in rendering advice on related data breach, privacy, and security issues. He is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (since 1989), Trademarks and Unfair Competition (since 1999), and Informational Privacy Law (since 2015) at Loyola University School of Law. He co-founded and co-hosts the annual Gulf Coast Data Breach, Security and Privacy Summit. He frequently lectures to business and academia on IP topics as well as informational privacy, data breach, and security topics.
Mr. Areaux received his JD from Loyola University where he was a member of the Law Review. He also holds both a BS in electrical engineering and a BS in computer and information systems from Tulane University.
Mark Behrens, Esq. co-chairs the Washington, D.C.-based Public Policy Group of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. For more than two decades, he has been extensively involved in civil justice issues, liability law, and defense litigation. A substantial part of his practice is working to improve the civil litigation environment through legislation; in the courts through amicus curiae briefs on behalf of business, civil justice, and defense lawyer organizations; through legal scholarship and judicial education; and in the court of public opinion.
Mr. Behrens has worked to enact caps on noneconomic damages and other civil justice reforms in numerous states. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 amicus briefs in federal and state appellate courts, including many cases supporting the constitutionality of tort reform laws. In addition, he has written scholarly articles that have been cited by courts or in briefs, such as an article he published in the “Green Journal” of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists documenting a steep drop in lawsuits and medical liability premium reductions after Mississippi enacted a cap on noneconomic damages.
He is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated attorney and was recently named to the 2019 Washington, D.C. “Super Lawyers” list. In 2016, he received the International Association of Defense Counsel’s (IADC) Joan Fullam Irick Award for exceptional leadership as Civil Justice Response Committee chair. In 2015, he received the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s Individual Achievement Award.
Mr. Behrens received his JD in 1990 from Vanderbilt University Law School and his BA in economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1987.
Hal Dasinger, JD served as the head of government relations for The Doctors Company, directing internal staff and lobbyists in state capitols and Washington, D.C. Prior to joining The Doctors Company he worked in the California legislature and for the state’s political reform agency. After leaving The Doctors Company he served as the lobbyist for the Civil Justice Association of California, the state’s preeminent tort reform association. Since 2017 he has been semi-retired but continues to serve as a consultant on legislation and communications.
Sherie Edwards, JD
Sherie Edwards, JD is vice president of Corporate and Legal at SVMIC in Brentwood, Tennessee, a position she has held since January of 2015.
Ms. Edwards worked for Sumner Regional Health Systems from 1993-1998, beginning as an employment coordinator until her promotion to director of Risk Management in 1995. She joined SVMIC in November of 1998 as a Claims Attorney. In January of 2011, she was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Government Relations and Compliance, and to Vice President of Corporate and Legal in January of 2015. In her current role, she is responsible for corporate legal issues, regulatory compliance, government relations, and corporate services.
Ms. Edwards is active in professional and civic organizations, serving in leadership roles for several organizations including: the MPL Association Corporate Counsel Section (chair); Tennessee Bar Association (vice president); American Bar Association (House of Delegates and vice chair, TIPS Medicine and Law committee); Association of Corporate Counsel (Immediate Past Chair, SLD Network and Board member, Tennessee Chapter); Nashville Bar Association (Sister Cities, mentor for Leadership Forum); and Sister Cities of Nashville. She is a Fellow of the American, Nashville, and Tennessee Bar Foundations and a recipient of the Nashville Business Journal’s Best of the Bar in 2013, 2014, and 2017-2019. Ms. Edwards is a member of the Harry Phillips Inn of Court.
Ms. Edwards received her Bachelor of Science degree in management and human relations from Trevecca Nazarene University in 1991, her JD from the Nashville School of Law in 1996, and her MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Business at Vanderbilt University in August 2012. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court. She frequently presents on the topics of attorney wellness and corporate counsel issues and has been published in ABA TIPS publications and the ACC journal The Docket.
Doris C. Gundersen
Doris C. Gundersen, MD is board certified in both general adult and forensic psychiatry. She is an assistant clinical professor in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado where she teaches medical students, residents, and fellows. Additionally, Dr. Gundersen maintains a private practice in general adult and forensic psychiatry.
In 2000, Dr. Gundersen was invited to join the Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP) team and for 19 years, has been dedicated to assisting physicians with serious illnesses and providing education to medical communities locally, nationally, and internationally concerning physician health. She has been CPHP’s medical director since 2009. She has collaborated with her CPHP colleagues on physician health research and coauthored articles accepted for publication. She currently chairs the Colorado Medical Society’s committee on physician well-being. Dr. Gundersen is the immediate past president of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs. Dr. Gundersen has served on the Colorado Supreme Court Attorney Regulation and Character and Fitness committees.
Paul Ivey Esq. is the managing partner of Hall Booth Smith’s Columbus, Georgia office. Mr. Ivey practices in the areas of medical malpractice, premises liability, retail liability, insurance defense, and workers’ compensation defense. He has served as counsel defending hospitals and physicians in medical malpractice actions for much of his legal career. Mr. Ivey has tried numerous cases for clients throughout Georgia. He is on the Board of Directors for the Stewart Community Home.
Robert M. Jones
Robert M. Jones joined Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi in January 2004, after 26 years in private practice, as legal counsel representing the company in corporate, insurance, and other related issues. On October 1, 2014, he was named president and chief executive officer of MACM.
Mr. Jones has represented individual physicians and medical groups with respect to general healthcare, corporate, real estate, contracting, and business law matters. He is a frequent speaker on risk management, medical malpractice, physician contracting, and other medical/legal issues.
Mr. Jones received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi in 1975 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi in 1978. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Mississippi Bar, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, American Health Lawyers Association, and the American Association of Corporate Counsel.
Mark Malloy, JD is a trial lawyer who represents businesses in all types of commercial litigation, primarily advising companies in the areas of insurance coverage, extra-contractual liability, and professional liability. He is licensed in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois, and various federal courts. He represents companies in disputes across the country.
Clients contact Mr. Malloy for analysis and opinions relating to complex insurance coverage issues for both personal and commercial lines. In particular, he has significant experience in the analysis and litigation of professional liability coverage claims. He also advises and litigates for clients in the extra-contractual area. He advises companies on both first-party and third-party bad faith claims, including claims for excess verdict. He is a frequent speaker on those topics and has acted as an expert in litigation for both companies and policy holders.
Mr. Malloy is a member of the Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota bar associations, as well as the Defense Research Institute, Claims and Management Litigation Alliance, Wisconsin Defense Counsel, and the Milwaukee Bar Association.
John O’Byrne, JD has close to 30 years of legal experience, advising insurers and reinsurers on various claims and coverage issues. Following graduation from the Fordham University School of Law in 1991, he was employed by Mendes & Mount, LLP, and became an Equity Partner in 2005. He has extensive experience in the healthcare liability sector, and has capably represented clients in the London, U.S., Bermuda, and German insurance markets. Mr. O’Byrne has particular expertise in evaluating healthcare liabilities and advising on claims management practices at both large and small liability insurance companies. He has been retained on numerous occasions to evaluate and counsel claims managers on the most effective claims management protocols and procedures. He has also been retained by insurers and self-insured entities to evaluate existing claims portfolios. During his representation of insurers and reinsurers, he has reviewed and evaluated thousands of healthcare claims in numerous jurisdictions, giving him a unique perspective on claim values and strategies.
Alfred J. Saikali
Alfred J. Saikali, JD is a Chambers-ranked lawyer specializing in privacy and data security law. He represents companies in minimizing the risks associated with the collection, use, storage, and security of personal information. In addition to chairing Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s Privacy and Data Security practice, he founded and chairs the Sedona Conference’s Working Group on Privacy and Data Security, and co-chairs the American Bar Association’s Cybersecurity Law Institute. He is one of less than 5% of privacy practitioners who holds the Fellow in Privacy designation, accredited by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He has won the Lexology Client Choice award in technology law the last two years in a row and was named a “Trailblazer in Cybersecurity” by the National Law Journal in 2015.
Mr. Saikali is also an adjunct professor of Cybersecurity Law at Saint Thomas University and he maintains a blog (Data Security Law Journal) where he writes about emerging trends and issues in privacy and data security law. He has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Law360 for his thoughts on privacy and data security legal trends.
Lori H. Trygg
Lori H. Trygg, JD, is the senior vice president and chief legal officer for Constellation, Inc., the Minnesota-based partnership of mutual liability insurers and health service organizations. She has more than 35 years of experience in insurance and financial services. Her professional memberships include the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Association of Corporate Counsel. She currently sits on the board for a large Minnesota credit union, was past president of the Minnesota chapter of the ACC, and is active on MPL Association committees. She received her BA in political science from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and her JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Micah Woolstenhulme, FCAS is the head of Risk and Economic Advisory for JLT Re. He works with clients to manage risk and performance, uniting a local view on risk profile with global perspectives on market trends, dynamics, and opportunities.
In his role, he assists a company in clarifying risk appetite and articulating risk tolerances. This exercise generates consistent corporate strategy. His clients frequently invite him to present outside opinions on ERM maturity and applications of capital modeling.
Mr. Woolstenhulme has modeled hundreds of individual company balance sheets in a comparable framework, mapping out the efficient frontier for the P&C industry and observing the drivers in maximizing risk-adjusted return. He has worked with dozens of global, national, and regional clients to profile their own risk and to document strategy in the ORSA Summary Report.
Prior to joining JLT Re in 2016, Mr. Woolstenhulme was managing director of ERM advisory at Guy Carpenter, pioneering advisory capabilities in the discipline of ERM. He has also served Swiss Re America in developing strategy for the casualty business. His additional professional experience with Samsung, Safeco, and PricewaterhouseCoopers includes financial modeling, stochastic reserving, pension valuation, and econometrics.
He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in statistics.