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. 2, No. 1

Spring 2018

In our latest edition of The Robins Kaplan Insurance Insight, we consider the coverage implications of spring showers and other water-related hazards. Our areas of focus include: floating pools, ice dams, mudslides and surface water. Additionally, we discuss the role played by gender and race in the allocation of “office housework.” Finally, we share an upcoming opportunity to connect with women in the industry and members from our team.

We hope you enjoy this edition’s offerings and we welcome your feedback on topics and areas of interest for upcoming issues.

In This Issue

  • Spring Cleaning: Making Sure Everyone Does Their Share of Office Housework
  • Ice Be Damned
  • The President’s Authority to Impose Tariffs and The Effect on Catastrophic Claims
  • Under Pressure: When Spring Showers Cause Floating Pools
  • When It Rains It Pours – Leaving Surface Water Behind  

Elizabeth Burnett


Co-Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Melissa M. D'Alelio


Member of Executive Board
Chair, Insurance and Catastrophic Loss Group

As spring approaches and the snow melts, homeowners in the Northeast and Upper Midwest may incur losses due to ice dams, prompting questions on coverage, exposure, and mitigation.
A recent study by Harvard Business Review found that women and people of color continue to do more “office housework” and have less access to “glamour work” than white men do.
On the heels of recent fires and mudslides in California, President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum will likely result in increased claim costs.
With spring showers come “floating” pool risks, implicating water damage exclusions and anti-concurrent cause provisions in property insurance policies.
Spring rains bring surface water and highlight the importance of case law interpreting surface water exclusions.

Vol. 2, No. 2

Winter 2018