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2019 Advanced Issues in Insurance Coverage - Part 1

Part 1 of the 2019 Advanced Issues in Insurance Coverage includes sessions from the seminar that originally took place on the morning of 1/29/19 at the Akron Bar Association: 

  1. Allocating Loss Among Multiple Implicated Policies

This presentation will address the limits to the all sums doctrine, battle of other insurance clauses and allocation issues.


  1. Beware the Trip Wires:  How to Protect and Maximize Insurance Coverage Assets

This presentation will present real-world applications of key insurance coverage issues arising in commercial contexts.  The topics explored will include: late notice; notice of circumstances; who is an insured clause; certificates of insurance; settlement allocation issues; consent to settle; deductibles and self-insured retentions; and reservation of rights letters.            


  1. Insurance Coverage Issues in the Cannabis Industry

The disparate treatment of the legality of the cultivation, processing and sale of cannabis under state and federal law has resulted in coverage issues in the cannabis industry.  Attendees will learn what the issues are, how they have been decided, and what the cannabis and insurance industries are doing to address them.


  1. Cyber Risks – The Oldest New Thing

This presentation examines the coverage available for cyber risks and discusses the seminal cases ruling on cyber issues.


This program has been approved for 3 hours of OSBA Insurance Coverage Law Certification

Lucas Blower, Esq., Brouse McDowell

Lucas is a partner at Brouse McDowell practicing in the area of complex litigation. He has experience representing business clients in class-action lawsuits, policyholders in liability insurance recovery actions, and title insurance companies in disputes with financial institutions.


Previously, he served as an extern for the Honorable John R. Adams, for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He was Executive Editor of the Akron Law Review, and an adjunct professor of Legal Analysis Research and Writing at University of Akron School of Law.


Lucas is certified as a Specialist in Insurance Coverage Law by the Ohio State Bar Association.

Daniel Gourash, Esq., Seeley, Savidge, Ebert & Gourash

Daniel F. Gourash is the Director of the SSEG Tort Defense, Product Liability and Complex Litigation Division. In this capacity, he leads various trial and appellate teams in the efficient resolution of complex civil litigation spanning a variety of subject areas, including insurance coverage, toxic/mass torts, products liability, class action defense, business and personal defamation, and commercial and intellectual property disputes. Dan also advises companies regarding a variety of business strategies involving contracts, warranties, warnings and risk management.


Mr. Gourash received his B.A. from the University of New Haven summa cum laude in 1980 and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1983. He has been active in the organized bar serving as Chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division 1993-94; Chair of the Lawyers Conference of the ABA Judicial Division 2005-06; Member of the ABA Trial Torts and Insurance Practice Section Counsel 2005-present; and Chair TTIPS Publication Editorial Board 2000-2005.


Dan has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Bar Foundation, the Rockwell Springs Trout Club, the Vestry and as Senior Warden of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lakewood, Ohio and has been active in the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Cliff Masch, Esq., Reminger Co., LPA


J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1983

B.A., Cleveland State University, 1980



State of Ohio, 1983

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1989

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1989

U.S. Supreme Court, 1993



Listed in Best Lawyers of America for Appellate Practice and Insurance Law, since 2007

Selected as Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2015 – Appellate Practice – Cleveland

Recognized as a Super Lawyer in Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine

Named a Top 100 Ohio Lawyer and a Top 50 Cleveland Lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine

Alex Reich, Esq., Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP

Honors & Recognitions

Ohio Super Lawyers, Ohio Rising Stars, 2013-2019



J.D., summa cum laude, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, chairperson, Moot Court Board of Governors, 2009

B.A. with honors, Washington University in St. Louis, 2006


Licensed In

  • Ohio 


Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
James Sullivan, Esq., Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers 2018 Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Cleveland

The Best Lawyers in America, 2017 - present

Ohio Super Lawyers, 2014-2019; named to Top 100 Lawyers in Ohio list 2015-2019; named to the Top 50 Lawyers in Cleveland list, 2015-2019



J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2001

B.A., in Philosophy, magna cum laude, John Carroll University, 1998

Certified “Insurance Law Specialist” by the Ohio State Bar Association


Licensed In

  • Ohio


Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


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