Each year FETTI convenes in the Chicago area to host a world-class seminar on a broad range of environmental issues with nationally recognized speakers. At our seminar, professionals who are recognized experts in their fields offer informative and provocative programs to enhance our members’ understanding of the ever-changing environmental and toxic tort issues they face in their professions.

The National FETTI Annual Conference is September 26 – 28, 2018. All of the conference events are located in the Main Lounge of the Union League Club of Chicago (ULCC) at 65 W. Jackson Street in Chicago, Illinois.


This year you have TWO options to register.  You can do the entire process online by using our “Register Online & Pay Online” OR you can register online and pay with a check by using our “Register Online & Mail Check”.

The Annual FETTI Conference provides Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for insurance claims handlers, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for attorneys and networking opportunities for vendors in an elegant Downtown Chicago setting.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

5:00 – 7:00 pm Networking Reception

Thursday, September 27, 2018

7:00 – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 am Opening Remarks
8:15 – 9:00 am Trump Administration’s Dramatic Impact on the Toxic Tort & Environmental Landscapes Kurtis B. Reeg
REEG Lawyers, LLC
St. Louis, Missouri
9:00 – 9:45 am Double Trouble: Plaintiffs’ Two-Prong Attack on Products that Integrate Talc & Asbestos Elizabeth S. Brotten
Foley & Mansfield, PLLP
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Timothy J. Ferguson
Fowler White Burnett, PA
Miami, Florida

9:45 – 10:00 am Break
10:00 – 10:30 am The Union’s Liability in Toxic Tort and Environmental Actions Kay Baxter
Cosmich Simmons & Brown, PLLC
New Orleans, Louisiana
10:30 – 11:15 am Updates in Post-Sale Duty to Warn and Substantial Factor Causation Molly  H. de la Vega
Thomas D. Jensen
Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson, PA
Minneapolis, Minnesota
11:15 –12:00 pm Glysophate Litigation Tara L. Darbyshire
Holistic Nutritionist
Dana Point, California

Kathleen J. Olear
Markel Corporation
Red Bank, New Jersey

Richard S. Ranieri
Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby, LLP
Bedminster, New Jersey

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch

Thursday, September 27, 2018 Continued

1:00 – 1:30 pm Who’s in Charge? Controlling the Defense in Cases with RORs and Declaratory Actions Mollie E. Werwas
Jeanne Zeiger
Kopon Airdo, LLC
Chicago, Illinois
1:30 – 2:15 pm Resolution of Contaminated Drycleaner Site Litigation – Challenges and Approaches to Mediate the Process Eleanor Barr
Barr Mediation, LLC
Encino, California

Elizabeth Brockman
Selman Breitman, LLP
Los Angeles, California

Jon-Erik W. Magnus
Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, PC
San Francisco, California

Alborz Wozniak
Veritas Environmental Consulting, Inc.
Pleasant Hill, California

2:15 – 2:45 pm Overview of Toxic Tort Litigation Involving Legionnaires’ Disease Danielle Luisi
Matushek Nilles, LLC
Chicago, Illinois
2:45 – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 – 3:30 pm Silica: Industrial and Occupational Injury, History and OSHA’s New Standard Luke A. Lafferre
Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Huntington, West Virginia
3:30 – 4:15 pm Opioid Litigation – Current Development, Status, Strategies and Predictions Edward Abbot
Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLP
New York, New York

Peter R. Kelso
Roux Associates, Inc.
Arlington, Virginia

Anissa Mediger
Briggs & Morgan
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Boarding between 4:45 – 5:15 pm

Departs at 5:15 pm

Returns to dock at 7pm

Anita Dee II
DuSable Harbor
200 North Breakwater Access
(Business Casual Attire)

Friday, September 28, 2018

7:00 – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 am Environmental Updates Michael F. Aylward
Morrison Mahoney, LLP
Boston, Massachusetts
8:45 – 9:45 am Asbestos Reform Mark A. Behrens
Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
Washington, D.C.

Mary Margaret Gay
Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy, LLC
Jackson, Mississippi

Frederick C. Scaefer
Nationwide Indemnity
Wausau, Wisconsin

9:45 – 10:00 am Break
10:00 – 10:30 am Coming Soon to a Drinking Water Source Near You: EPA Regulation of Perchlorate Rick Braun
Collins Einhorn Farrell, PC
Southfield, Michigan

David G. Dodge
Bend, Oregon

10:30 – 11:00 am Ethics, Equity and Principles of Justice in our Corporate and Insurance Industries Peter L. Garchie
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP
San Diego, California
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Artificial Turf Debate Jason Babcok, PHD
Engineering Systems, Inc
Irvine, California

James Kasper
Sinars Rollins, LLC
Chicago, Illinois

Greta Lloyd
Sinars Rollins, LLC
Chicago, Illinois

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Business Meeting
This is a Business Casual Event

Business Casual Attire or better is permitted throughout the clubhouse with the exception of specific events for which a higher mode of dress (such as business Dress Attire, Black Tie or White Tie) is specified.

Business Casual Attire is defined as, for men, a collared shirt (including turtleneck) and slacks (without jacket or necktie).  For women, Business Casual Attire includes slacks or skirt with a blouse or sweater.

The following are specifically prohibited (except on floors 10 and above and when checking in or out of the Club guestrooms):

Overalls, tee-shirts, trading jackets, cut-offs, sweatshirts, denim jackets and any clothing that is tattered or contains inappropriate messages.  Blue jeans are not permitted in the clubhouse except on Saturdays before 6:00 pm, on Sundays and on Holidays.

If you must enter or exit the Club in Athletic Attire, please use the Athletic Entrance, located on Federal Street just south of the revolving-door entrance.  To leave the club, take the elevator to the first floor and follow the signs marked “Athletic Exit.”




This year you have TWO options to register.  You can do the entire process online by using our “Register Online & Pay Online” OR you can register online and pay with a check by using our “Register Online & Mail Check”.


The National FETTI Conference provides a terrific exchange of ideas for people engaged in the insurance, legal and technical aspects of environmental matters.

James Hogan
James HoganConsultant

I have attended numerous Fetti conferences and have learned something new every time.  Knowledge gained maybe legal, science and other.  Need not forget the excellent opportunity to mix and mingle with carriers attorneys and experts.

Guy Hollingsworth
Guy HollingsworthClaims Handler


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Does registration include a hotel room?

No, the hotel reservation is not included with the conference registration. You may make a reservation at the Union League Club of Chicago (ULCC) separately by calling . Mention FETTI for our special rate.

When and where is this year’s FETTI conference?

The National FETTI Annual Conference is September 26 – 28, 2018. All of the conference events are located in the Main Lounge of the Union League Club of Chicago (ULCC) at 65 W. Jackson Street in Chicago, Illinois.

Who should attend this year’s FETTI conference?

FETTI’s audience generally consists of insurance professionals, attorneys and supporting consultants. FETTI is designed to provide environmental insurance industry professionals with updates and education on the latest trends associated with environmental and toxic tort issues. Our conference provides continuing education units (CEUs) and continuing legal education (CLE) credits for insurance representatives and counsel, respectively.

How do I register and pay for this year’s FETTI conference?

First, you have two choices this year.  You can Register Online & Pay Online OR register & mail in a check.

If you choose to pay by check, pick Register Online & Mail Check to register online and then send a check or money order made out to “The National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues” to:
c/o Anthony Goldner
Wilson Elser 55 West Monroe
Suite 3800
Chicago, IL 60602

Insurance company representatives and in-house counsel pay $150.00 per person. All others pay $400.00 per person.
For our out-of-towners, don’t forget to complete the registration process by reserving a room at the Union League Club of Chicago. Mention the FETTI Conference to get our special rate!

Can my company sponsor FETTI’s conference?

Yes! New this year, FETTI allows for online sponsorship registration and payment for Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorship levels, each of which include their own set of benefits. For details regarding sponsoring, please click here or contact Board Member Jack McCants at jack.mccants@fetti.org.

Does this qualify for CLE and/or CE?

We have applied for CE credit in CA, FL, OK and TX this year!

Can I speak at a FETTI conference?

Yes! Following each year’s conference, the FETTI board will post a speaker application on our website, http://www.fetti.org. The deadline for completing the application is usually May 1st, and speaker slots are typically awarded by mid-June.