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ACE USA to Conduct Regional Educational Seminar; Program Offers Insurance & Risk Management Solutions for Defense Base Act (DBA) Workers Comp Coverage
Apr 6, 2007

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ACE USA, the U.S.-based retail operating division of the ACE Group of Companies, today announced that its ACE USA Washington D.C. branch office team will be hosting an educational seminar for brokers and risk managers regarding insurance solutions and risk management issues and concerns faced by companies doing business overseas. The program will include a discussion of risk management issues in dealing with the Defense Base Act (DBA) Workers Compensation Act. The seminar program will be held at The U.S. Navy Memorial & Navy Heritage Center in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, May 9, 2007, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The following is the list of confirmed presenters and the topics to be covered:

  • Keith Flicker, Attorney, Flicker, Garelick & Associates LLP  Scope of DBA coverage
  • Robin Smith, DBA Claims Manager, ACE USA International & Specialty Group  Claims-handling issues
  • William House, Senior Vice President, ACE USA International & Specialty Group  Capture and detention claims
  • Frank DAncona, Vice President, ACE Accident and Health - War risk coverages.
  • John Ingram, Vice President, ESIS, Inc.  Demonstration of ESIS e-risk ManagerSM
  • Jean McDermott-Lucey, Vice President, ACE Professional Risk  Kidnap & extortion risk management issues

Keith Flicker, of Flicker, Garelick & Associates, LLP, a leading national law firm that handles DBA cases, will discuss DBA requirements, the high cost of injured worker cases, and how to evaluate a carriers DBA coverage. In addition, the seminar will feature ACE USA speakers who will review ACE USAs DBA Workers Compensation claims reporting capabilities, Accidental Death and Dismemberment companion coverages and Kidnap & Extortion coverages and products. There will also be an opportunity to preview ACE USAs online DBA claims reporting capabilities offered by ESIS®, the risk management services arm of ACE USA, which offers dedicated claims professionals with specialized knowledge of the complexities involved in administering DBA claims, and provides in-depth risk analysis, vulnerability, threat assessment, and risk control services in support of this coverage.

Were pleased to offer this ongoing series of education programs to brokers and risk managers who wish to learn more about the unique risks faced by government prime and sub-contractors doing business overseas in potentially hazardous business locations, and the specific legal and insurance coverage requirements associated with DBA Workers Compensation coverage, said Patricia Goudarzi, Senior Vice President and ACE USA Washington, D.C. Metro and Maryland Branch Manager. This panel forum offers brokers and risk managers the opportunity to tap into the expertise of insurance, risk management and legal professionals and learn more about the coverage needed to operate in this rapidly changing market.

To register for the seminar, please contact Patricia Goudarzi at (202) 471-2911 or The seminar is open to existing and potential ACE USA customers and insurance brokers.

ACE USA is the U.S.-based retail operating division of The ACE Group of Companies, headed by ACE Limited (NYSE:ACE), and is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company and A+ (Strong) by Standard & Poors. ACE USA, through its underwriting companies, provides insurance products and services throughout the U.S. Additional information on ACE USA and its products and services can be found at The ACE Group of Companies provides insurance and reinsurance for a diverse group of clients around the world. All products may not be available in all states, and surplus lines products are only available through licensed surplus lines brokers.



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