Verisk Vision 2020


Climate Change Liability on the Rise


The effects of climate change have and will continue to trigger litigation, which may result in substantial judgements against parties deemed to be in some way responsible. In this session, a panel of industry leaders will explore these concepts and how businesses and the insurance and reinsurance industries can respond to better manage potential risk.

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Michael Gerrard

Columbia Law School

Michael B. Gerrard is Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, where he teaches courses on environmental and energy law and founded and directs the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. He is also a member and former Chair of the Faculty of Columbia’s Earth Institute. Before joining the Columbia faculty in January 2009, he was partner in charge of the New York office of the Arnold & Porter law firm; he is now Senior Counsel to the firm. He practiced environmental law in New York City full time from 1979 to 2008. He was the 2004-2005 chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. He has also chaired the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Since 1986, Gerrard has written an environmental law column for the New York Law Journal. He is the author or editor of thirteen books, two of which were named Best Law Book of the Year by the Association of American Publishers: Environmental Law Practice Guide (twelve volumes, 1992) and Brownfields Law and Practice (four volumes, 1998). Among his other books are Global Climate Change and U.S. Law (with Jody Freeman) (2d ed. 2014); Law of Clean Energy (2011); Climate Engineering and the Law: Regulation and Liability for Solar Radiation Management and Carbon Dioxide Removal (with Tracy Hester 2018); and Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (with John Dernbach 2019). He received his B.A. from Columbia University and his J.D. from NYU Law School.

Peter Sousounis

VP/Director of Climate Change Research
AIR Worldwide

Dr. Peter Sousounis is vice president and director of climate change research at AIR Worldwide. His current responsibilities include ensuring that current and future catastrophe model development at AIR account for climate change, identifying products and tools to help clients address their climate change concerns, assisting with global resilience projects, and providing thought leadership in various forms of oral and written communication. He has been responsible for overseeing all global atmospheric model development, including hurricanes, extratropical cyclones, and severe thunderstorms, as well as for building the first numerically based storm surge model and the first ever tsunami model. Peter has graduate degrees in meteorology from MIT and Penn State and has authored nearly 100 publications on various topics of weather, climate, climate change, and catastrophe modeling.

Robin Wilkinson

Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Casualty Analytics
AIR Worldwide

Robin Wilkinson has more than 20 years’ experience in legal risk management and has been developing risk models for the aviation industry, legal compliance, early predictive models, portfolio accumulation tools, and policy models. She was the founder and CEO of Arium Risk Architecture. Following the company’s acquisition by Verisk Analytics, she became vice president and managing director of casualty analytics at AIR Worldwide. Robin began her career as a corporate lawyer, serving as head of legal services at British Airways Plc. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Reed College and graduated from New York University School of Law.

Tim Fletcher

Senior Emerging Issues Specialist
Gen Re

Tim Fletcher is the senior emerging issues specialist for Gen Re. Based in Atlanta, Tim identifies and communicates emerging issues and exposures to Gen Re clients and internal colleagues. In this role, Tim serves as a strategic thought partner with clients in creating underwriting responses to those issues and exposures.

Tim is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (Bachelor of Arts in journalism) and the Mitchell Hamline School of Law (Juris Doctor). He has earned his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation and serves as a guest lecturer on risk management and insurance at Georgia State University. He is admitted to the Georgia Bar.

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