Special Events Insurance – Coverage for Those “Special” Events

Most of us have either planned or attended a special event such as a wedding, baby shower, concert, conference, fair, etc. But did you know there is special insurance coverage for these events? Because these events are limited in time, scope and variety, there is special insurance coverage available to insure them. Join your host Sam Garro, Senior Vice President of the Compliance Department at Philadelphia Insurance Companies as he sits down with Dan Cotter, Attorney and Counselor at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, who also currently serves as the AICP’s General Counsel, to discuss this type of insurance, how it is underwritten, how it has changed over the years and why it may be needed to cover these events.

This presentation is only intended to provide a general educational overview.

The statements contained herein are not intended – nor should they be construed – to provide specific legal or regulatory guidance. The content of this presentation and any related discussion represent the views and perspectives of the speakers and do not in any way constitute official interpretations or opinions of their respective employers.

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Featuring: Dan Cotter, Attorney and Counselor, Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC

Hosted by: Sam Garro, Senior Vice President of the Compliance Department, Philadelphia Insurance Companies

Daniel A. Cotter is Attorney and Counselor at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC. Dan focuses his practices in a variety of areas of corporate law and litigation, primarily on insurance law, including complex business disputes and counseling, employment law, corporate transactions, corporate governance and compliance, and cybersecurity and privacy law. His clients benefit from his diverse professional experience, which – in addition to his years serving as trusted outside counsel – includes positions as a corporate accountant and an in-house attorney.  He spent almost 17 years in-house at insurance organizations, where he focused on insurance, regulatory, technology, IT, compliance, and transactional matters. Dan served as President of The Chicago Bar Association for the 2014-2015 bar year and is former Chair of The Young Lawyers Section of The CBA.

Dan was an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School, and has taught Insurance Law, Accounting for Lawyers, and SCOTUS Judicial Biography. Dan graduated summa cum laude from The John Marshall Law School and received his B.A. in Accounting from Monmouth College, magna cum laude. Dan is a frequent writer and presenter on various substantive topics, including technology and privacy, and in 2019, his book, “The Chief Justices,” was published.

Sam Garro is currently Senior Vice President of the Compliance Department at Philadelphia Insurance Companies. He received his BA degree with honors from Rutgers University and his law degree from Temple University’s (James E. Beasley) School of Law. He is currently licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He holds the CPCU and ACP designations.

Sam has experience in many capacities in Compliance and Product Development with increasing responsibilities in management of those areas. He has managed compliance and product development units in both Life and Health and Property and Casualty.

Sam is active in continuing education and has presented numerous continuing education seminars for the Insurance Society of Philadelphia (ISOP) and the Institute of Strategic Educational Partners. He has twice been awarded the Outstanding Educator Award by ISOP and was a recipient of ISOP’s Mariellen Whelan Excellence in Education Award.

Sam is active with the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals serving as Mid-Atlantic Chapter President and has coordinated, moderated and spoken at various sessions at both the local and national conferences.