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9/25/2019 » 9/27/2019
2019 PLDF Annual Meeting

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President's Message
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Jason Jobe
Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons, LLP
700 North Pearl Street, 25th Floor
Dallas, TX 75201, 214-871-8297

Winter 2019

I hope you are off to a great start to the new year (I trust that everyone is abiding by the PLDF New Years’ “resolutions” recommended in my prior column). PLDF has really hit the ground running in 2019. To that end, I wanted to provide everyone with a run-down of recent and upcoming events and opportunities.

Board Retreat: We recently had our Board of Directors Retreat in Santa Monica, California, where I can confirm it was sunny and beautiful (sorry to those who have been enduring brutally cold weather and “Artic Blasts”). We were able to avoid the inviting beach (for the most part), dodge paparazzi and complete two days of very productive meetings planning the future of PLDF.

Webinars: We unveiled PLDF’s webinar program last month with “Taming the Beast - Best Practices When Defending a Not-For-Profit Board,” presented by Jonathan Ziss (Goldberg Segalla, LLP). This was a great and informative webinar! We hope to have the next one scheduled soon.

PLDQ: In addition to the consistently great content, you probably noticed that the PLDQ now includes a Wellness column by Patty Beck (Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company). In this and future editions, I hope you enjoy the additional upgrades, including spotlights on Women in the Profession. Pat Eckler (Pretzel & Stouffer) does an amazing job with the PLDQ.

NY Mini-Conference: On February 5th, PLDF was a co-presenter of a mini-conference with the ABA’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) on “Disasters: The Emerging D&O, E&O and Corporate Risks” at Fordham University in New York. Two PLDF Directors, Kiera O’Connell Goral (QBE North America) and Peter Biging (Goldberg Segalla, LLP), were panelists at this event.

Annual Conference: When it comes to events, you do not want to miss PLDF’s 10th Annual Conference at the W Chicago – Lakeshore (September 25th - 27th). Please add this to your calendar and make plans now to attend.

Involvement/Opportunities: For those looking to become more involved, I suggest joining and becoming active in our practice committees and Young Professionals Committee (for those young in age or at heart). Please reach out to any of the committee chairs if you have questions or suggestions. We will be looking for new committee leadership at the end of the year, so now is a great time to get involved.

I also recommend taking advantage of opportunities to author (or co-author) an article in the PLDQ or speak at the Annual Conference. Both are great opportunities for attorneys and claims professionals to team up and gain valuable exposure within the industry. You should be receiving a solicitation for speaking proposals soon. We have several claims professionals who have expressed interest in speaking on panels this year.

Membership: We will also be announcing our exciting new membership initiative soon. In the meantime, please continue helping us spread the word about PLDF to co-workers, colleagues, and acquaintances. Our website,, is great resource for information and provides a link for joining. Make sure to follow PLDF on LinkedIn and share/comment on PLDF-related posts.

Please contact me, other Board members or committee leaders with any ideas and/or recommendations you have for the organization. As you can see, we are always looking for ways to increase member benefits and improve the overall member experience.

Here’s to Spring being around the corner (Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early one)!
- Jason

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