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Luann Battersby has worked in the food and biopharmaceutical industries since 1977. She has been a Research Scientist for the U.S. Army Medical
Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and for multiple biopharmaceutical companies, including Human Genome Sciences and MedImmune (AstraZeneca) in their respective R&D departments. Her research with these entities has included the development of new and investigational drugs, immunological responses, and FDA submissions for phase I-IV development. She was also responsible for the management and training of other research scientists.
After obtaining her Masters Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, she participated in epidemiological studies regarding a multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and various DNA manipulations and molecular techniques.
Luann is a recent graduate of the Georgetown University School of Law and a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Registered Patent Agent.
Ms. DeConti is a member of GrayRobinson attorneys-at-law Beverage and Food team. She earned her B.A. cum laude from Yale University and received her J.D. cum laude from the University Of Miami School Of Law.
Awarded the highest peer rating assigned by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory of “AV”, Ms. DeConti focuses her practice on litigation and compliance matters related to the rules, regulation and business practices that govern the marketing, sale, and consumption of malt beverages, wine, distilled spirits, and other regulated products in the alcohol and food industry. She is also a federal court and state circuit court mediator certified by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and by the Supreme Court of Florida.
Ms. DeConti is a member of The Florida Bar and The Connecticut Bar, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida. Additionally, she is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. She is also a frequent lecturer to the alcohol beverage and hospitality industries.
Roy A. Franco is a Principal of Franco Signor LLC, a Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance Company as well as the co-chair for MARC, the Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition which has supported the introduction of H.R. #4796, known as the Medicare Secondary Payer Enhancement Act.
In his prior life, Roy worked for a Fortune 50 Company and had responsibility over their General Liability Claims Self Administered Program. Over the 18 years he worked for Safeway he identified the Medicare Secondary Payer Act as a significant roadblock for liability settlements and started a grass roots group to explore issues and possible solutions back in 2006. When Mandatory Insurance Reporting became law on December 29, 2007 with the passage of Section 111, Roy formalized the group into MARC.
Through Roy’s leadership, MARC has been able to be a voice of the liability industry that has provided useful feedback to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Agency charged with responsibility over the Medicare Secondary Payer Act. As a result, Section 111 implementation has been appropriately delayed in its implementation from July 1, 2009 to January 1, 2010. Additionally, MARC has sought development of case law through its common law advocacy in appeals as well as pursue a legislative agenda that has gone farther in such a short period of time than any other similar type of needed legislative fix.
Roy is a former member of RIMS serving as member of its National External Affairs Committee and dealt with both state and federal legislative issues which impacted risk management. He is an active member of the State Bars of California and Hawaii and has recently published a book on Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance ( HYPERLINK “http://www.jurispublishing.com” www.jurispublishing.com).
Harold “Butch” Frick has been in the insurance business for over 35 years, both as an underwriter and as a broker/consultant. Butch is the Sr Vice President of Lockton Companies, the largest privately held broker in the world. Butch has been involved in a wide variety of food related accounts over his career including large restaurant chains, a number of privately owned restaurants, one of the largest processors in the U.S., one of the largest producers of fine wine and spirits, and a number of supermarkets nationwide.
Butch holds the Associate of Risk Management designation, and taught ARM course work for a number of years. Butch is a speaker, writer, and student of the insurance and food industry.
Lori’s principle legal work is food, drug, and medical device matters, including regulatory compliance, hazard analysis, patent prosecution, and infringement opinions. She has represented OTC and prescription pharmaceutical manufacturers, as well as medical device and component manufacturers in the US and in Europe.
During her time at an intellectual property boutique firm and an international general practice firm, Lori’s work primarily focused on patent prosecution for pharmaceutical and biotechnology entities in the technical areas of proteins and molecular biology.
Before her legal work began, Lori researched the structure-function relationships of small pharmaceutical proteins using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy. Her pharmacy work has focused on inpatient and outpatient care at hospital, retail, hospice, and home infusion services, including psychiatric pharmacotherapy, pain management, formulary management, and clinical health care consultation.
Responsible for developing the Product Recall/Contamination and Guarantee insurance areas for Lockton clients and prospects throughout the world.
Over 20 years of worldwide experience in assisting clients in this specialist area as both an underwriter (AIG and Beazley Syndicate) and broker (Willis, Miller and Lockton).
Ian holds an MBA from Cass Business School in London and a degree in Law and International Relations from Canterbury, Kent.
Mark Holloway has 20 years of experience in health and welfare employee benefits. He provides technical advice related to health and welfare benefit plans to Lockton Benefit Group professionals and their clients throughout the country. His expertise is in a variety of compliance-related issues including COBRA, HIPAA, Section 125, discrimination testing, FMLA, state insurance laws and legislative and regulatory issues at the state and federal levels.
Prior to joining Lockton Mark was a Senior Vice President in Aon Consulting Health & Benefits Division and served as a Senior Vice President in Aon’s Research & Technical Services Division.
Mark is a well-known and frequent speaker on many employee benefit topics. He was a keynote speaker at the 2005 Health and Welfare Plan Management Conference for Mid-Sized Employers. He is a perennial speaker at the HR Southwest Human Resources Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, which is the second largest human resources conference in the nation.
Mark has written a number of articles and is a member of the editorial board of advisors for the Benefits Law Journal. His most recent article is New Laws Expand Mental Health/Substance Abuse Parity, Extend Coverage for Ill College Students, which appears in the spring 2009 edition of the Benefits Law Journal.
Mark also served as the co-author and editor of The Coordination of Benefits Handbook, which is published by the Thompson Publishing Group.
Mark received his undergraduate degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Hartwick College, his J.D. from Wake Forest University, and his L.L.M. in Taxation from Villanova University Law School. He has completed the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) program sponsored by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
Jim Hughes has been providing loss control and risk management consultation services to a wide range of clients in a variety of industries and states for more than 18 years. Jim’s expertise includes providing loss control consultation for workers compensation, general liability, property, auto/fleet, and builders’ risk exposures.
In his role of Senior Loss Control Consultant with Lockton, Jim provides on-site safety assessments, loss prevention recommendations, safety training, claims cost management support, loss analysis, presentations, OSHA and carrier services coordination, written safety program consultations, and serious accident investigations for Lockton clients.
Bill Kincaid is a Vice President and Senior Loss Control consultant specializing in ergonomics and safety management. He works for Lockton Companies, the nation’s largest privately held insurance brokers, in St. Louis, Missouri. Bill serves a broad range of clients, including food processing, distribution and grocery/retail.
Before joining Lockton, he was Corporate Director of Safety and Health for a packaging manufacturer with locations in the USA and Mexico. Previously, he was an OSHA Safety Engineer, specializing in ergonomics, “significant cases” and fatality inspections.
Bill earned his B.S. and P.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and has 12 years manufacturing experience as a Production Manager.
Mark’s principal work is regulatory compliance for product manufacturers, including product recall. The company size that he represents is typically Fortune 500 companies to mid-size manufacturers. The subject of his legal work is always a product or product manufacturing.
The legal topics on which he frequently works are manufacturers’ compliance with CPSIA, FAA, FDA, OSHA, REACH, RoHS, WEEE, Canadian Hazardous Products Act, and European Directives for General Product Safety, Low Voltage, and Classification, Packaging, and Labeling.
Before joining Averture in 2007, Mark was equity partner and Chair of the Product Liability Department at Stinson Morrison, a 365-member law firm in the Midwest. There, he was a trial lawyer and national counsel for manufacturers in mass tort and class action lawsuits. Today Mark works in litigation as Coordinating Counsel where he creates defenses and prepares experts based upon a product’s engineering, design, and technical specifications.
William W. Large is a passionate advocate for civil justice reform and an experienced attorney who led Gov. Jeb Bush’s fight to reform medical malpractice rules to cap damage awards. As president of the Florida Justice Reform Institute (FJRI), Mr. Large is responsible for the daily operations of FJRI. Mr. Large brings extensive legal and political expertise to FJRI and has worked in the highest levels of Florida government to bring about civil justice reform.
Prior to serving as president, Mr. Large served as Governor Bush’s deputy chief of staff and was responsible for coordinating and advancing Governor Bush’s vision from the governor’s executive office to several state agencies, including: the Agency for Health Care Administration; the Agency for Persons with Disabilities; the Department of Health; the Department of Children and Families; the Department of Elder Affairs; the Department of Veteran Affairs; and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Before becoming deputy chief of staff, Mr. Large served as the general counsel for the Florida Department of Health from March 2000 until June 2004. In that capacity, Mr. Large oversaw more than seventy attorneys and managed litigation files for the third largest executive branch agency.
As DOH general counsel, Mr. Large became one of Governor Bush’s chief counselors as lawmakers negotiated reforms of the state’s medical malpractice laws. During his tenure as general counsel at DOH, Mr. Large served as director of the Governor’s Task Force on Professional Liability Insurance, playing a vital role in ensuring the governor’s medical malpractice reform initiatives were approved by the Florida Legislature. Mr. Large lobbied lawmakers and helped author the governor’s medical malpractice legislative proposals – including a cap on non-economic damages – in order to provide much needed malpractice premium relief for physicians.
Prior to working for the state, Mr. Large was a partner in the Orlando law firm of Hill, Adams, Hall and Schieffelin, P.A., where he practiced in the areas of professional malpractice defense litigation primarily representing hospitals. Mr. Large is a member of The Florida Bar, as well as the Administrative Law Section; Health Law Section; and the Trial Law Section. He is admitted to practice before all Florida courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Florida, the Middle District of Florida and the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Large is an “AV” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest Peer Review Rating awarded. He is a member in good standing of the Federalist Society, the Florida Defense Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute.
He received both his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (B.S.B.A. 1989) and his Juris doctor (J.D. 1993) from the University of Florida, and holds three master’s degrees from Florida State University: (1) A Master’s Degree in Political Science (M.S. 2002); (2) A Master’s Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A. 2009); and (3) A Master’s Degree in Risk Management and Insurance (M.S.M. 2009).
Esther Slater McDonald is a member of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Her general practice includes litigation on business torts, contractual disputes, products liability, and insurance matters. She has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court, the federal appeals and district courts, and various state courts.
Ms. McDonald has extensive experience in litigating dispositive motions and appeals, with special emphasis on complex procedural matters. This experience enables her to provide strategic advice on achieving a favorable dispositive judgment in advance of trial, thereby limiting or negating a client’s litigation expenses for trial and discovery. Often, cases are won or lost on procedure. Failure to preserve an issue for appeal or to recognize the future adverse impact of a procedural move can be a costly mistake. Ms. McDonald advises clients on how to avoid or rectify these mistakes.
Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. McDonald served as the Counsel to the Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. In that position, she reviewed litigation strategy, evaluated proposed settlements, and managed compliance investigations of various components. She was a member of the Department’s health-care task force, and she directed the team revising the Department’s settlement process for civil litigation under the False Claims Act and similar statutes. She also interacted with the White House and others in coordinating initiatives, preparing testimony for congressional hearings and briefings, and proposing revisions to legislation affecting matters within the Department’s purview.
Bringing to her role of Industry Relations for Alchemy, Laura Dunn Nelson has over 25 years of experience implementing food safety and quality control programs for processing, packaging, foodservice and retail operations.
Laura is a graduate of University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. Laura has worked with global retailers and manufacturers in the implementation of their GFSI certification programs. Prior to joining Alchemy, Laura managed Sillliker’s South Region food testing laboratories, implemented ISO certifications and trained new food safety auditors.
Ms. Nelson has years of “hands-on” experience in testing food products for the presence of pathogens, toxins, and spoilage organisms and has assisted food companies in the successful implementation of good manufacturing practices (GMP), quality assurance, and HACCP programs.
In her current position, Laura is the strategic food industry liaison working with customers, regulators and associations to anticipate new regulations and industry trends and assist in the development of new courses for the growing food and product safety library to help Alchemy’s global customers achieve success.
Brian M. O’Neal represents the interest of management in all areas of Labor & Employment law. Brian’s experience prior to joining McMahon Berger, includes general defense litigation in Missouri and Illinois representing corporations in lawsuits ranging from medical malpractice to employment-related issues. Brian also served as a law clerk at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District for the Honorable Gary M. Gaertner, Sr.
Brian’s employment practice includes all facets of employment law, including employment discrimination claims under Title VII and the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the American with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. He is involved in litigating employment discrimination claims as well as investigating and responding on behalf of management to employee claims before administrative agencies. In addition, he advises clients on employment-related matters such as employment contracts and daily human resources issues.
Ade is the overall lead on political risk analysis output at Exclusive Analysis. He is a political economist and has worked on regional analysis on Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. He spent 12 years in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as a member of the Diplomatic Service and the Government Economic Service. In his most recent position at the FCO, he headed its Africa Strategy Unit, building on his four-year posting to South Africa where he headed the Political-Economic team in the British High Commission.
Ade has also spent four years in the European Commission in Brussels working on various EU foreign policy issues, including North East Asia and Iraq post-war reconstruction. During the 2008-9 banking crisis, Ade spent a year in the financial stability unit at HM Treasury. Ade has an MSc and Postgraduate Certificate in Economics from Birkbeck College (1995-1997). He did his first degree in Languages (French, German) and International Studies at Southbank University.
Fred Travis has more than 30 years of finance and risk management experience and is currently owner and Principal of Risk Management Consulting, providing broad risk management, loss control, ERM and analytical services to public, private and non-profit clients.
As Director, Corporate Safety & Risk Management at Anheuser-Busch Companies from 1992-2005, Fred was responsible for global insurance, loss control, claims and risk management functions. During this period, Anheuser-Busch reduced its Workers’ Compensation and Liability claim frequencies by more than 75%, and costs by 50%. Prior to joining Corporate Risk Management, Fred held management positions in various Planning and Finance departments at Anheuser-Busch and Ford Motor Company.
Fred earned an MBA degree in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Allegheny College. He has written and presented on numerous safety, Risk Management, Enterprise Risk and RMIS topics in industry publications and at industry conferences.
Vice President of Risk Management
Safeway Inc (third largest retail grocery company in the United States with over $45B in annual sales, 1750 stores, 35 manufacturing plants, 17 distribution centers and 198,000 employees)
2001 – present
- Oversee Safeway’s risk management program including full responsibility for workers compensation, liability losses, insurance purchasing, safety / loss control, OSHA and environmental compliance
- oversee the nationwide self-insured, self administered claims staff of over 250
- provided technical analysis and direction for Safeway insurance legislative initiatives
- developed and implemented corporate claims goals and metrics for TCOR and ERM processes
- responsible for Safeway’s business continuity process