International Society of Primerus Law Firms

Primerus Defense Institute Convocation

Be sure to mark your calendars to join us at the beautiful Broadmoor to celebrate our 15th Convocation!

Earn up to 5 hours of CLE or CEU credit.

Registration Fees

Member/Client Registration Fee – $1,999
2nd Member Registration Fee – $1,599
Young Lawyer Registration Fee – $1,199
Spouse/Guest Registration Fee – $999

The PDI Convocation is an annual event where you will be able to network with Primerus members and clients alike while earning continuing education credits in your field. The program will feature thought leaders, experienced insurance coverage and defense attorneys, risk managers, and in-house counsel who will share their extensive knowledge related to challenges facing companies in today’s marketplace and help you excel in your role as a strategic decision maker for your company. Topics include: Employment & Marijuana, What Inside Counsel Want in Outside Counsel, Coverage and Climate Changes, Recruiting and Maintaining the Workforce, and Nuclear Verdicts.

Don’t miss the opportunity to re-connect with those you know and reach out to potential new referral resources.

Primerus Gives Back


Join us on Thursday afternoon, as Primerus partners with Blessings in a Backpack to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. We will be packing bags with food items and encouraging notes for the children. Volunteers will receive a team-building experience while packing food for those in need. Join us to demonstrate a commitment to ending hunger and help us feed up to 1,000 children!

Agenda

Thursday, May 12, 2022
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Blessings in a Backpack
3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 – 5:15 p.m. PDI Members Only Meeting (West Ballroom AB)
3:15 – 3:45 p.m. PCRI and Client Only Meeting (Gaylord Boardroom)
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Heavy Hors d’oeuvres (Pompeiian Room)
Friday, May 13, 2022
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast for Seminar Attendees (West Ballroom CD)
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Spouse/Guest Breakfast (West Ballroom CD)
8:45 – 9:15 a.m. President’s Remarks (West Ballroom AB)
• John C. “Jack” Buchanan – Primerus President and Founder (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
9:15 – 9:40 a.m. Attendee Introductions and Introduction of CLE Program (West Ballroom AB)
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Employment & Marijuana: Getting Through the Haze? (West Ballroom AB)
David Walston – Christian & Small LLP (Birmingham, Alabama)
Lisa Stephenson – CRST (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
Jesse Elison – Bennett International Group (McDonough, Georgia)
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – Noon What In-House Counsel Want in Outside Counsel (West Ballroom AB)
Tom Dargan – Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP (Islandia, New York)
Emily Chiarizia – Armstrong Transport (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Peter Barr – Rack Room Shoes/Off Broadway Shoes (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Trey Pauley – The ScottsCompany (Marysville, Ohio)
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (West Ballroom CD)
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Golf (Meet at Course)
1:15 – 5:00 p.m. Guided Hike in the Garden of the Gods (West Lobby)
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Women Lawyers Section Hosted Social Gathering
7:00 p.m. Cocktails and Dinner (Main Ballroom)
Saturday, May 14, 2022
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast for Seminar Attendees (West Ballroom CD)
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Coverage and Climate Changes: The Broken Property Policy Hail Claim Appraisal System and First Steps to a Fix (West Ballroom CD)
Dale Thornsjo – O’Meara Lee Wagner and Kohl (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Steve Phillips – Zupkus & Angell (Denver, Colorado)
Phil Simon – Simon Construction (Minneapolis, MN)
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Workplace Wellbeing – A Look at Recruiting, Retention, and Workplace Wellbeing (West Ballroom CD)
Judy Bodenhamer – Client Experience Group (Ohio)
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m.- Noon Nuclear Verdicts (West Ballroom CD)
Fred Johs – Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP (Islandia, New York)
John Brydon – Demler, Armstrong & Rowland, LLP (San Francisco, California)
Muliha Khan – Zupkus & Angell, P.C., (Denver, Colorado)
Tom Winner – Winner Booze & Zarcone (Las Vegas, Nevada)
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Fly Fishing Tour (Meet at Base Camp Store in South Tower for Golf Cart Transportation)
1:45 – 5:00 p.m. Woods Course Zip Lining (West Lobby)
7:00 p.m. A Rocky Mt. Viewpoint Evening – Cocktails & Dinner (Cheyenne Lodge)

See Colorful Colorado!


Golf
Set in the Cheyenne Mountain foothills of Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor Golf Club is consistently ranked among the best in the world. The two iconic courses were designed by some of golf’s greatest names and have played host to numerous national tournaments.

Guided Hike
Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Natural Landmark, featuring dramatic views: 300 foot towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of a snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. 3-4 mile easy to moderate hike through rolling hills, 200’ max elevation change but at 6400’.

Fly Fishing
Fly fishing lesson at a small lake on the golf course where you will be taken by golf cart . All rods and reels, drinking water and equipment furnished. This will take place rain, snow or shine.

Woods Course Zip Lining
Experience the exhilaration of Seven Falls with a high-flying adventure that propels you across “The Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado.” You will begin around 7000’ and hike about 15 minutes to the first level and then it’s mostly downhill. This will go rain or shine unless there is hazardous weather. You will go in groups of 8 and will have 224 steps down at the bottom.

Attend Safely

Your safety is our highest priority. For this in-person conference after an unprecedented few years, we request that you be fully vaccinated to attend. While the hospitality industry recovers, there may be some amenities that are unavailable at this time, such as maid service.

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