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Understanding Employment Practices Liability Insurance


Learn the essentials of employment practices liability insurance to make sure you're covered.

This material will address the essentials of employment practices liability insurance (EPLI), both in terms of the essentials of a standard EPLI policy, as well as issues for advising employers on purchasing EPLI. This topic will cover the attributes of an EPLI policy, and the issues which companies should be aware of in assessing coverage and purchasing EPLI.



Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

  • A Chambers-recognized absolutely phenomenal class action defense litigator of 40 years, a six-time Law360 Employment Law MVP, nine-time recipient of BTI Consulting Group’s distinguished Client Service All-Star, and a 2021 Legal 500 Hall of Fame inductee
  • Based out of Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago and New York offices
  • Among various cases, successfully defended the largest EEOC pattern or practice lawsuit ever prosecuted in the history of the Commission, the largest age discrimination collective action ever brought in Illinois, and the first sexual harassment class action brought by a State Attorney General in the United States
  • Has authored the annual Workplace Class Action Report, a one-of-a-kind go to research and resource guide for businesses and their corporate counsel facing complex litigation, for nearly two decades, and is the lead author of the annual EEOC-Initiated Litigation Report
  • Graduate, Washington & Lee University; graduate, Northwestern University School of Law, where he is an adjunct professor
Leonard S. Surdyk

Leonard S. Surdyk

Surdyk & Kachoyeanos

  • Partner at Surdyk & Kachoyeanos
  • Over 25 years’ experience in representing clients in complex commercial disputes
  • Has extensive litigation and insurance coverage experience in directors and officers, employment practices liability, and insurance companies professional liability insurance matters as well as other professional liability and general liability matters; on the insurance coverage side, he has handled virtually every major professional liability coverage and bad faith issue
  • Has been lead counsel in litigated coverage cases involving issues of late notice, claims made and reported, rescission, dishonesty exclusions, personal profit exclusions, employment-related exclusions, consent to settle, insured versus insured exclusions, other insurance clauses, allocation, definition of claim, uninsurability, cooperation clauses, statutory bad faith, common law bad faith, punitive damages, and various other policy clauses
  • Has drafted policies and applications for directors and officers policies, employment practice policies, errors and omissions policies; media liability policies; food borne illness policies, and reinsurance treaties
  • A frequent lecturer on trial practice issues, professional liability issues and insurance coverage topics and has been a guest speaker at conferences and seminars in various cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Las Vegas, Chicago, New York, Orlando, London, Zurich, Munich and Tokyo and has argued insurance coverage cases before the Fifth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals
  • Co-wrote The EPL Book: A Practical Guide To Employment Practices Liability And Insurance published in 1997; he is also co-editor of three text books published by the Professional Liability Underwriting Society in 1992 titled, Directors & Officers Liability Insurance, Professional Liability Insurance Non-Medical, and Professional Liability Insurance Medical
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the Illinois Supreme Court and is admitted in New York
  • J.D. degree, magna cum laude, The University of Illinois College of Law at Champaign-Urbana; B.S. degree, magna cum laude, Loyola University of Chicago

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