Preparing on All Fronts for a Catastrophic Event

Crisis Response, Insurance Recovery and Crisis Communications


1251 Avenue of the Americas
20th Floor
New York, NY

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will reschedule the Preparing on All Fronts for a Catastrophic Event — Crisis Response, Insurance Recovery and Crisis Communications seminar originally planned for Nov. 2, 2023, to a future date in early 2024. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you there.

Join McGuireWoods, along with experts in emergency response, loss calculations and public relations, for insightful panel discussions delving into vital issues encountered in the aftermath of significant accidents and emergencies. The high-stakes investigations prompted by fires, explosions, chemical spills and other serious emergencies draw close scrutiny from neighboring communities and environmental, health and safety agencies, and can result in substantial costs to the company and its stakeholders.

Key discussion points will include:

  • Essential components of confidential, comprehensive incident investigations to pinpoint causes and implement corrective measures
  • Appropriate corporate communications and board engagement after a crisis to mitigate liability and navigate issues that arise
  • Notice and other time-sensitive insurance policy conditions that must be addressed promptly after the incident
  • Key property, business interruption and other relevant coverages, and how to maximize insurance recovery
  • Public relations aspects of an incident and managing stakeholders’ expectations

By addressing these pivotal issues proactively, business owners and investors, corporate attorneys, compliance experts and external legal counsel can better equip themselves to respond effectively should such emergencies arise.

Featured Speakers

daniel kaniewski

Daniel Kaniewski is Managing Director, Public Sector at Marsh McLennan, where he advances the firm’s priorities with all levels of government, develops innovative solutions to public sector challenges, and engages 85,000 experts in risk, strategy, and people.

From 2017-2020, Dr. Kaniewski was the second-ranking official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As the agency’s first Deputy Administrator for Resilience, he launched and led the disaster resilience programs that are now a cornerstone of FEMA’s mission. Earlier, Dr. Kaniewski was Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Response Policy in the George W. Bush Administration, where he managed over 200 Presidential disaster declarations at the White House.

brian dunagan

Brian Dunagan is a managing consultant with IFO Group. He has extensive U.S. and international experience as a recognized expert in process safety and occupational safety, with a large number of successful projects in the energy, paper and pulp, chemical, refining, heavy manufacturing and EPC industries.

In addition, Dunagan has a successful record of leading and managing very high-profile/high-value loss incident investigations involving process-related explosions and fires, occupational injuries and fatalities, equipment failures, human factors/errors and engineering failures. A significant part of his litigation support practice concerns incidents involving loss of life and major disabling injury.

Kendell Fitter

Kendell Fitter is head of the crisis practice at H/Advisors Abernathy. Kendell’s specialty is guiding her clients through high-stakes crisis situations with minimal reputational damage, maximum business continuity and optimized outcomes for all stakeholders.

Her crisis management experience spans a broad range of complex issues including cybersecurity, investigations, employee activism, pandemic response, social issues, workplace misconduct, product recalls, physical disasters, regulatory matters and other special situations. Kendell counsels her clients through all phases of crisis preparedness and response and is a frequent speaker on crisis management throughout the United States.

McGuireWoods Speakers

Applications for CLE credit will be made.

For more information, please contact Caroline Yarborough at [email protected].

Our programs are intended for the benefit of our clients and contacts and we reserve the right to refuse any registration at our sole discretion.