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Ronald R. Robinson
 

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Ronald R. Robinson is a founding partner of Berkes Crane Robinson & Seal LLP. He served as its Executive Partner from January 2001 to June 2018. He became Of Counsel to the firm in August 2018. He has over 35 years' experience in (i) providing casualty insurance underwriting and coverage advice/opinions, and (ii) complex, multi-party casualty insurance coverage mediations, arbitrations, ADRs, litigation and appeals in the following casualty coverage areas: (i) Comprehensive General Liability, Errors and Omission Liability, Directors and Officers Liability, and intellectual property/media/web risks liability; (ii) personal injury & advertising injury liability; and (iii) terrorism risk liability insurance.

Ron has served on the Defense Research Institute’s (“DRI”) Law Institute Committee, as Chair of both its Insurance Law and Excess & Reinsurance Committees, and as co-founding Editor of "Covered Events," DRI's national coverage newsletter.

He currently serves as Chair of DRI's Subcommittee on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Acts of 2005, 2007 and 2015, for which he was awarded DRI's National Community Service Award. His terrorism risk white papers, published articles and presentations include the following:

  • “The Fire This Time: Why the 2020 TRIA Renewal Process Starts Now,” Defense Research Institute Conference, March 2018;
  • “Underwriting Unknown Risks & Managing Unknown Claims,” Defense Research Institute Conference, December 2016;
  • A Letter to the Editor re “TRIA Reauthorization,” Business Insurance, December 8, 2014;
  • “At the Crossroads Again – the Debate Over Re-authorization of TRIA in 2014,” DRI’s For the Defense Magazine, June 2014;
  • “Terrorism Insurance Returns From the Land of Oz,” DRI’s For the Defense Magazine, September 2007;
  • “Distinguishing Terrorism from Civil Protest, Crime and War,” DRI’s For the Defense Magazine, January 2007;
  • “Underwriting Terrorism Risk – The Specific Peril Solution” (Co-author) The World Jurist Association Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, May 2006;
  • “A Defining Moment – Ought and Can We Distinguish ‘Terrorist Acts’ ‘Criminal Acts’ and, Acts of War’ Under the Rule of Law?" The World Jurist Association Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, May 2006;
  • “Terrorism Risk Insurance: Assessing TRIA and the Way Forward,” (Contributing Author) A George Washington University Homeland Security Institute White Paper, December 8, 2005;
  • “Another Casualty of Terrorism – the Civil Justice System,” DRI’s For the Defense Magazine, October 2005;
  • “Treasury’s Take on TRIA,” DRI’s For the Defense Magazine, August 2005;
  • “Perspectives- Private Government Terror Cover is Possible,” Business Insurance, January 2005;
  • “The Risk Transfer & Insurability Debates Surrounding TRIA'S Successor,” World Jurist Association Conference on International Financial Markets in Rome, Italy, 2004;
  • “Terrorism Coverage: A Partnership of Carriers and Governments,” DRI's For The Defense Magazine, January 2003;
  • “Shared Private and Public Specific Peril Terrorism Risk Programs,” Defense Research Institute Conference, December 2002;
  • “The Challenges of September 11th Test the Resources & Resolve of Insurance Business and Government Communities,” World Jurist Association Conference on International Terrorism, Madrid, Spain, 2002;
  • “Specific Peril Cover - A Proposed Partnership of Insurance and Governments,” World Jurist Association Conference on International Terrorism, Madrid, Spain, 2002;

Ron has also authored and presented white papers on various other casualty insurance underwriting and coverage issues at conferences throughout the United States for: the American Law Institute of the American Bar Association; the American Conference Institute; the Defense Research Institute; the Emerging and Environmental Claims Managers Association; Executive Enterprises; Midwest Environmental Claims Association; the Practicing Law Institute; the Reinsurance Association of America; and at private insurance company venues.

Ron previously served in the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney as: Chief of Criminal Branch Trial Operations; Assistant-in-Charge for its Organized Crime Task Force, Sound Piracy Task Force and Terrorism Risk Task Force; and as the Assistant-in-Charge, Department of Airports, City of Los Angeles, for its Risk Management Program and Terminal/Upper Roadway Construction Program.

Ron received his J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law and his B.A. in Philosophy from California State University at Los Angeles. Ron served as an Air Crewman in Air Anti-Submarine Squadron VS 771, USNR-R.

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