American Agents Alliance (AAA) Convention & Expo

Mark Robinson will present “The Case for Updated Insurance Licensing Exemption Regulations” at the American Agents Alliance Convention & Expo on Saturday, September 28 from 9 AM – 10 AM.

A lot has changed over the last 17 years, but not everything. Regulations promulgated by the California Department of Insurance – those issued in 2002 governing conduct that an unlicensed employee can engage in at an insurance brokerage or agency – remain unchanged; this despite all the technological advancements over the past decade-plus and the new ways in which the business of insurance – particularly at the producer level – is conducted. That these regulations have not kept pace with technology has proven to be quite problematic. Mark Robinson makes the case for updating the relevant rules.

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Mark B. Robinson

Co-Founding Partner
Practices
Regulatory & Administrative Law
Industries
Banking & Financial Services, Insurance

2020 IIABCal LeadUp LearnUp Virtual Conference

Sacramento, CA

Mark Robinson will present on the panel, “California Consumer Privacy Act Update: What This Sweeping New Law Requires & Why Broker-Agents Shouldn’t Be Fooled By So-called Insurance Industry ‘Exemption,'” at the LeadUp LearnUp (LULU) virtual conference on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 9:00 AM.

Panel led by IIABCal General Counsel Steve Young, and featuring experts Mark Robinson, Mark Webb and John Norwood, Young will summarize the requirements of the current statute; Robinson will explain the meaning of the exemption for licensees covered by the Gramm Leach Bliley Act; Webb will explain implications of the requirements for policyholders served by independent insurance agents and brokers; and Norwood will summarize continuing legislative activity on these issues, and the November 2020 initiative that could completely change current requirements.

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Mark B. Robinson

Co-Founding Partner
Practices
Regulatory & Administrative Law
Industries
Banking & Financial Services, Insurance

American Agents Alliance (AAA) Convention & Expo

Palm Desert, CA

Mark B. Robinson and Jeffrey D. Farrow presented on “Agency/Brokerage Agreements and Hiring Practices: Two Critical Topics for Producers to Consider,” at the American Agents Alliance Convention & Expo on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 8 AM.

Through representing brokers and agents, Mark and Jeffrey have found agency/brokerage agreements and hiring practices to be two critical topics producers must consider. All too often, producers enter into contracts with insurers to solicit and submit applications for insurance without a real understanding of the terms they are agreeing to. To begin, Mark covered the topic of agency/brokerage agreements with insurance carriers. Thereafter, Jeff highlighted five pitfalls agents/brokers may face when hiring competitor’s employees.

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Mark B. Robinson

Co-Founding Partner
Practices
Regulatory & Administrative Law
Industries
Banking & Financial Services, Insurance

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt across industries, and no sector seems to be entirely immune from its destructive forces, the insurance space included. In fact, the outbreak has placed some insurers on the hot seat in the wake of their handling of business interruption claims. Exhibit A: the growing number of federal class action lawsuits recently filed against insurance carriers by businesses alleging that their claims related to business closures mandated in the wake of the coronavirus were wrongfully denied.

By virtue of this litigation, along with the slew of business interruption claims now being filed, many liability and claims-related questions have arisen. Well, Michelman & Robinson has answers. In this webinar, M&R attorneys address the inquiries insurance companies and producers have regarding the many challenges—and opportunities—created by the current COVID-19 related crisis.

May 14, 2020 11 AM – 12 AM PT


Topics to be covered include:

  • Recent class action filings against insurers regarding business interruption claims
  • Managing insureds’ complaints (from an insurer and producer perspective)
  • Producer and carrier obligations relating to investigation and handling of claims
  • Business sector impact overview and the amounts at stake
  • Arguments being advanced by insureds seeking coverage and insurance industry response
  • Key coverage extensions and exclusions — point and counterpoint positions

Speakers:

  • Mona Hanna
  • Mark Robinson
  • David Hauge
  • Warren Koshofer
  • Robert Berg
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Robert N. Berg

Partner
Practices
Commercial Business Litigation
Industries
Insurance, Retail & Apparel

Property Casualty Association of America (PCI) 29th Annual Western Region General Counsel Seminar

San Diego, CA

On Thursday, July 26 from 10:55 AM – 11:45 AM, M&R founding partner Mark B. Robinson and cybersecurity partner Scott T. Lyon participated in the panel presentation “Finding Problems Before the Bad Guys: A Legal and Technical Discussion on Penetration Testing and Managed Security Services.”

The new cybersecurity regulations from New York’s Department of Financial Services (NY DFS) require annual penetration testing, biannual vulnerability assessments, and continuous security monitoring. But what does this mean for the average brokerage or agency? If security vendors find problems, how do you prevent those reports from being disclosed to opposing counsel following a data breach? Mark and Scott discussed how to structure a relationship with a managed security services provider to both satisfy your regulatory compliance obligations, as well as provided invaluable information to help you manage current threats in your environments and enhance the maturity of your InfoSec programs.

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Mark B. Robinson

Co-Founding Partner
Practices
Regulatory & Administrative Law
Industries
Banking & Financial Services, Insurance

ALIS Law

Los Angeles, California

Dana A. Kravetz spoke on the “Joint Employer Liability” panel from 11:15am to 12:15pm on January 24, 2017 as part of the ALIS Law conference that took place at the Residence Inn and Courtyard Los Angeles L.A. Live. This seminar explored how the recent National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB’s) highly controversial Browning-Ferris Industries of California (BFI) decision will affect hoteliers, and how will it disrupt the franchisor/franchisee relationship. The discussion offered up ways hoteliers can mitigate risk to ensure they won’t be held liable for the labor violations of third party operators.

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Dana A. Kravetz

Firm Managing Partner
Practices
Labor & Employment
Industries
Hospitality

California Insurance Wholesaler Association (CIWA) 2018 California Wholesaler Industry Days

La Jolla, CA

Mark B. Robinson presented on “Producer Compliance in California: Top Three Regulatory Danger Zones,” at the California Insurance Wholesaler Association (CIWA) 2018 California Wholesaler Industry Days on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 2:30-3:30 PM.

The California’s Department of Insurance is watching you. Okay, perhaps not literally, and certainly not all of you, but the Department definitely has its antennae up when it comes to the business of brokers and agents, particularly as it pertains to licensure, operations, sales and reporting. No doubt, producers must be aware of insurance regulations impacting them, and the Department’s resolve to ensure compliance. Presented in this presentation were the three key areas of scrutiny.

  1. Unlicensed Activity
  2. Disclosure of Broker Fees; and
  3. Background Reporting
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Mark B. Robinson

Co-Founding Partner
Practices
Regulatory & Administrative Law
Industries
Banking & Financial Services, Insurance

American Agents Alliance (AAA) Convention and Expo

Palm Desert, CA

Mark B. Robinson and Jeffrey D. Farrow presented on “Licensing, Class Actions and Trade Secrets: What Producers Need to Know,” at the American Agents Alliance (AAA) Convention and Expo on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:00 – 10:00 AM in Palm Desert, CA. This course was approved by the California Department of Insurance for 1 credit.

This panel discussion highlighted critical issues facing brokers and agents relative to licensing, class actions and trade secrets. More specifically, the following topics were covered:

• Licensed vs. Unlicensed Conduct: An overview of insurance licensing requirements and the types of conduct that may and may not be undertaken by unlicensed employees of brokerages and agencies, as well as examples of relevant regulatory exposure
• Class Actions Impacting Broker Agents: An overview of the most common types of class action exposure/risk facing producers
• Trade Secrets and Business Interference: Overview of the legal issues and risks to be considered when hiring brokers or agents from industry competitors

At the end of this session attendees understood how to (1) mitigate regulatory exposure, (2) avoid class action litigation and (3) protect against trade secret infringement and related actions when employing previously competing producers.

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Mark B. Robinson

Co-Founding Partner
Practices
Regulatory & Administrative Law
Industries
Banking & Financial Services, Insurance

NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference

New York, NY

Dana A. Kravetz presented on “Traversing the Perilous Road of Labor and Employment Issues” at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference at the New York Marriott Marquis on June 6, 2017 form 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Given the current climate of ever increasing new regulations, exorbitant labor costs are hitting hoteliers creating the necessity of working within regulations to offer cost-cutting solutions including workforce optimization, labor scheduling, cross-training, attrition reduction, F&B and restaurant outsourcing, and combating increased minimum wage and wage compression. Industry authorities discussed these critical issues during the panel session.

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Dana A. Kravetz

Firm Managing Partner
Practices
Labor & Employment
Industries
Hospitality

California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU) Health Care Retreat

Mark B. Robinson presented on “Limits On Compensation Paid To Producers Selling Health Insurance Policies And Health Care Service Plans in California: an Overview” at the California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU) Health Care Retreat on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM.

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Mark B. Robinson

Co-Founding Partner
Practices
Regulatory & Administrative Law
Industries
Banking & Financial Services, Insurance