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Marjorie J. Berger, Esq. Marjorie Berger is Senior Vice President of Liability Claims at American Nuclear Insurers (ANI). ANI is an association of major insurance and reinsurance companies who pool capacity to provide third party liability insurance to the U.S. commercial nuclear power industry and reinsurance to nuclear facilities around the world. Ms. Berger is responsible for managing the defense of all nuclear liability claims asserted against ANI’s policyholders that are covered under the nuclear energy liability policies written by ANI. She works closely with outside counsel, policyholders’ in-house counsel and experts to develop and implement defense strategies. During her tenure at ANI, Ms. Berger has helped to expand the federal body of case governing nuclear liability claims. Ms. Berger is also responsible for overseeing ANI’s Emergency Response Program. Ms. Berger has been with ANI since 2003. Prior to that, she worked on complex litigation matters first at Travelers Insurance Co. and then at RLI Corp. Ms. Berger began her legal career at the Hartford, CT law firm Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, where she concentrated in medical and legal malpractice defense and tried numerous cases to verdict. Ms. Berger received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Boston University and earned a law degree from the University of Connecticut. She is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York and is a member of the American Bar Association. Ms. Berger serves on the Board of the Hartford County Bar Association and the Lawyer’s Committee of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and is also a member of the FDCC, the International Nuclear Law Association (INLA) and Women in Nuclear. She has spoken about the challenges of defending nuclear liability claims at NEI, ABA and INLA meetings. She has also participated in numerous workshops to educate federal, state and local officials and other nuclear industry stakeholders on the federal legislation and case law that governs nuclear liability issues.

Brad Box is an experienced litigator having spent more than twenty years trying jury and bench cases having in state and federal court. His practice focuses on civil litigation and trial practice, with emphasis on the areas of insurance coverage, premises owner defense, professional negligence, commercial and complex civil litigation. Brad was installed in the fall of 2013 as the President of the Tennessee Defense Lawyer Association (“TDLA”). In 2014 Brad was selected by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to serve on the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments. As part of this service, Brad has participated in the selection of numerous trial court and appellate court judges including three of the five Tennessee Supreme Court Justices. In October of 2014 Brad was presented the 2014 Fred H. Sievert Award at the DRI Annual Meeting. The award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution toward achieving the goals and objectives of the organized defense bar. He is the first Tennessean to receive this award.


Amanda M Cialkowski is a thoughtful and accomplished litigator, and she truly exceeds client expectations as a defense trial attorney. Her skills in the courtroom have earned her a sought-after reputation when a case goes before a jury or judge. Her success in the courtroom is partly due to her ability to explain a difficult set of facts to a jury in a way that makes them understand the client's position. Amanda loves being able to dig into the details of a case and learn the industry or science behind the issue at hand to better arm her defense. Not only is Amanda thorough and insightful, but she is sensitive to balancing client’s business interests with the goals of litigation. Amanda currently serves and regional and trial counsel for a major automobile manufacturer in defense of asbestos litigation. She has previously acted as national coordinating counsel for a manufacturer in defense of personal injury and wrongful death claims in trace benzene actions across the United States. Amanda routinely defends her clients against chemical and toxic exposure claims; trucking and transportation wrongful death, personal injury, and property damage claims; complex commercial litigation claims, including consumer fraud and breach of contract matters; and class action claims. Amanda has been listed in Minnesota Super Lawyers each year since 2012, has been named one of the nation’s top product liability attorneys by the Legal Media Group, has been nominated by in-house counsel and peers to appear in the Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law as one of the outstanding practitioners in the field, has been named one of the Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine in 2015, and has the AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Amanda is a member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA), Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), DRI, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, and Hennepin County Bar Association. In addition, she served as the president for Isuroon, a Somali women’s health and wellness support group. Amanda M. Cialkowski obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Carleton College in 1991, and obtained her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1994, graduating magna cum laude. She was admitted to practice in 1994 and has dedicated her practice to defending manufacturers and other businesses against product liability claims. In addition, Amanda is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice in the areas of product liability, mass tort, and commercial litigation. In her spare time, Amanda loves reading and spending time outdoors hiking, walking, gardening, or spending time with her husband and daughters.

Andrew B. Downs has been a member of the Federation for 16 years. He’s been practicing in San Francisco for 33 years, first with Derby, Cook, Quinby & Tweedt LLP, then following a merger, with Bullivant Houser Bailey PC, where he sits on the Board of Directors. He’s a 1983 graduate of the UCLA School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University.

Andy is licensed in both California and Nevada. His practice focuses on insurance coverage and the defense of insurance bad faith cases. Over the course of his career, he has handled professional liability, D&O, property insurance, fidelity and maritime matters, and suspects he is one of a relatively small number of Federation members who has arrested a container ship. A former Director of the Federation, Andy was the Program Chair for the 2015 Annual Meeting in Banff. Outside the practice of law, Andy works as a meet official for USA Swimming. He reports he’s had a number of nationally known swimmers in his “jurisdiction,” but hasn’t had to disqualify them.


Kay H.Hodge, is a partner in the firm of Stoneman, Chandler & Miller LLP, where she represents public and private sector management in labor, employment, and employee relations matters, including defending employers in employment related litigation and advising employers on methods and procedures to avoid litigation. She is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She also holds Martindale-Hubbell, AV Peer Review Rating and was selected as a Best Lawyer and Super Lawyer. Ms. Hodge is a Massachusetts Bar Association representative in the American Bar Association (“ABA”) House of Delegates, past member of the ABA Board of Governors, past chair of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, past chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, and past Chair of the Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities. She is past President of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Ms. Hodge has been a member of numerous commissions including the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Council evaluating and recommending candidates for Massachusetts state court judicial appointments, and the Supreme Judicial Court’s Commission to Study Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts. Ms. Hodge lectures frequently to various attorney and human resources groups and provides training to managers and supervisors. She co-chairs programs and participates on several American Law Institute (“ALI”) programs on labor and employment topics. Ms. Hodge serves on the Board of Directors of several non profit entities, including the Newbury College in Boston, Boys and Girls Club of Metrowest, Inc., Advocates, Inc., and Greater Boston Legal Services. She also serves on the Board of Advisors of Bay Cove Human Services, Inc. and the Boston University Law Alumni Association Executive Committee. Ms. Hodge has received the Massachusetts Bar Association Gold Medal for outstanding legal services in Massachusetts benefiting the public, the legal profession and the Association (1999), the Boston University Alumni Association Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession (1996), and the Boston University School of Law Silver Shingle Award (1995). Ms. Hodge received a B.A. from Boston University and a J.D., and LL.M in Taxation from the Boston University School of Law.

Christian Lang Lang is Swiss Re's Claims Key Case Advisor for EMEA and Asia/Pacific. In this capacity, he deals at group level with the largest exposures of Swiss Re's Property & Casualty business and supports the regional claims teams in legal matters. Before joining Swiss Re in 2014, he was a partner in a well know Zurich law firm working mainly for clients from the insurance industry for more than a decade. He has gained broad experience in assessing, negotiating and, if necessary, litigating or arbitrating complex cases from a wide range of lines of business, including property, financial lines, general- and product liability. Christian also was the General Representative for FM Global in Switzerland for a number of years, facilitating the buildup and development of FM's business conducted through the Swiss branch. He has authored or co-authored various publications, amongst others the chapter on the conduct of business of foreign insurance companies in Switzerland in the first comprehensive annotation to the Swiss Insurance Supervisory Act. Christian holds a law degree from the University of Zurich and from New York University. He is admitted to practice law in Switzerland and in New York, where he had lived and worked from 2003 to 2005. Christian is a member of Swiss Re's Key Case Committee and also serves in different functions in a number of professional associations. He is married, has two children and lives near Zurich, Switzerland. In his leisure time, he likes to spend time in the mountains or joins friends to ride their motorcycles across Switzerland and beyond.

Barbara O’Donnell has more than 20 years of experience in matters of insurance coverage, extra contractual liability, insurance agent/broker liability, and professional liability law. Ms. O’Donnell’s practice is regional, and she has handled matters in several state and federal courts and before administrative and arbitration tribunals. Ms. O’Donnell’s insurance coverage practice includes the resolution and litigation of a broad range of liability coverage issues under commercial, specialty lines, professional, directors and officers, employment practices, and other standard form and manuscript policies. She regularly advises and represents insurers in complex coverage disputes involving allocation issues, primary/excess obligations, advertising injury coverage, additional and other insured questions, application misrepresentation defenses, and the application of exclusions under claims made and occurrence based policies. Ms. O’Donnell also counsels insurers concerning claims handling obligations and effective ways to minimize exposure to extra contractual liability claims. Drawing on the breadth of her insurance coverage and industry experience, Ms. O’Donnell also drafts policy forms and endorsements for insurers. Ms. O’Donnell holds leadership positions in national bar organizations and industry organizations. She is the current Chair of the FDCC’s Reinsurance, Excess and Surplus Lines Section and a past Chair of FDCC’s Extra Contractual Liability Section. A past chair of the ABA/TIPS Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Ms. O’Donnell currently serves on the ABA/TIPS Book Publishing Board and the ABA Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight. She is a past editor of TortSource, an ABA/TIPS publication, and also served for several years on the editorial board of the ABA/TIPS Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal. Between 1998 and 2009, Ms. O’Donnell served as the articles editor for The CGL Reporter, a biannual International Risk Management Institute publication. She also served as a Faculty Mentor at 2010, 2011 and 2013 FDCC Graduate Litigation Management Program offered to senior level insurance industry litigation management professionals. Ms. O’Donnell frequently writes and speaks on insurance coverage topics. In March 2012, she spoke at DRI's Insurance Coverage Claims Institute on the topic "Defenses To Bad Faith Actions: Do They Exist And Do They Work" and moderated a panel discussion on "Multiple Claimants and Insufficient Limits - Can Insurers Lessen their Exposure to Bad Faith Claims" at the FDCC’s 2012 Winter Meeting. She authored the opening chapter on “Insurance Policy Interpretation and Construction” in the West Group/American Bar Association (ABA) treatise entitled The Law and Practice of Insurance Coverage Litigation. Ms. O’Donnell’s article entitled “The First Wave of Decisions Interpreting Employment Practices Liability Policies” appeared in the Fall 2005 issue of The Brief, an ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) publication. Ms. O’Donnell received her B.A., with distinction, from the University of Virginia and her J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School.

Marc A. Polk is Senior Legal Counsel, Litigation for Stryker Corporation, a $10 Billion global manufacturer of medical devices, including orthopaedic products, instruments, supplies, and services. As head of litigation based in Allendale, NJ, Marc leads an in-house team in developing and implementing global strategies to effectively manage and resolve offensive and defensive litigation. Marc works closely with business clients and colleagues to define strategies and secure results that balance business interests, potential exposures, risks, and legal costs. Marc also provides training to address effective communications and other issues related to litigation and risk management. Prior to Stryker, Marc was Chief Litigation Counsel for 11 years at Covidien, a leading medical products company located in Massachusetts, where he handled all litigation including product liability and non-product matters such as commercial, intellectual property, general liability, insurance coverage and qui tam litigation and related investigations. Marc graduated from Cornell Law School and before his in-house practice was in private practice in firms in Philadelphia and Boston, where he was a partner at the firm Nutter McClennen & Fish.

William Toles became a member of the Federation in 2015. William is a Partner with Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, LLP, in Dallas, Texas, where he is a trial lawyer with extensive experience handling high exposure litigation. He has handled more than 45 civil jury trials to a successful conclusion and verdict. William has trial experience throughout the state of Texas in tort litigation ranging from simple negligence cases to more complex premises liability, DTPA, commercial and contractual dispute matters. He is Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent-rated. William received his B.A in American History and Broadcast Journalism from Washington & Lee University and a J.D. from the Washington & Lee School of Law. He was admitted to the bar of Texas in 1997. William is a member of the Steward Board of Christian Chapel CME Church. He has also served as a member and chair of a United Way Grant Panel, as a member of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2012, as a class advisor for the Leadership Dallas Class of 2013, as a cluster facilitator for Leadershape at a national session, and as co-lead facilitator at the University of Texas (Austin) and The Ohio State University. For his alma mater, he has served on the Washington & Lee University Alumni Board, as president of the Dallas Alumni Chapter, as president of the Law Council, chair of the Law Annual Fund and was sworn in as a member of the Washington & Lee Board of Trustees in May 2016. See William’s Fee Smith bio for more information regarding his publications, speaking engagements and trial results: feesmith.com 


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