The Robins Kaplan Insurance Insight

The Insurance Insight newsletter delivers practical content to help you navigate the current challenges and latest developments in the insurance industry. This newsletter is curated by the women of Robins Kaplan with the goal of celebrating women in the profession and exploring topics of general interest in the insurance field. 

Vol. 1, No. 4

Winter 2017

In our winter edition of The Robins Kaplan Insurance Insight, we bring you articles on all things tech: from liability exposure in the age of driverless cars and home sharing arrangements, to managing privacy concerns posed by drones and potential coverage for computer hacking. We also discuss the latest initiatives designed to promote gender diversity in the workplace as well as welcome two new women to our team. Finally, we share information on upcoming events for women in the insurance industry.

Happy holidays from the Robins Kaplan Women of Insurance!

In This Issue

  • The Struggle is Real: Managing the Risks to Privacy Posed by Drones
  • Spoofed Emails Armed With Hidden Code: A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Liability in the Age of Driverless Cars
  • Home Sharing – A Growing Market for Liability Insurers
  • Gender Disparity in the Workplace: Helping Companies to Close the Gap

Melissa M. D'Alelio


Member of Executive Board
Chair, Insurance and Catastrophic Loss Group

Elizabeth Burnett


Co-Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Christina M. Lincoln, MLIS


Co-Chair, Women of Robins Kaplan (WoRK) Resource Group
Pronouns: she/her

A 2015 McKinsey study found that companies reported higher profits when they had more women in leadership roles and on boards of directors, compared to companies with lower numbers of women in those positions.
Home-sharing services such as Airbnb and HomeAway have quickly become a popular part of the “sharing economy.”
As companies such as Google, Volvo and Tesla begin to ramp up their production of self-driving vehicles, the legal community braces for an influx of litigation concerning a variety of issues, including data privacy and copyright disputes.
Another case can be added to the growing list of decisions addressing computer hacking and coverage under an “Executive Protection” policy’s “Crime Coverage” section.
By virtue of their design, size, and flying capabilities, drones pose a unique threat to privacy that no other method of surveillance has ever been able to achieve. Such concerns are now being considered by the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which, if held in the appellant’s favor, will dramatically alter the landscape as to who regulates drones and to what extent on key liability issues for this brand new technology.

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