Another SUCCESSFUL seminar - Thank you to all who attended, and especially to our knowledgable speakers!

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2014 Speakers and Topics


Presentation by James R. Case

James is a graduate of St. John’s University, is a member of the Kerr, Russell and Weber law firm. Jim belongs to the Michigan and Detroit Bar Associations, the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, and the International Association of Defense Council.



Presentation by Laura L. Guagliardo, J.D.

Senior Claim Executive, based in Naperville, Illinois.  Laura has been responsible for serving the needs of the Central Region for Travelers for over seven years.  Laura received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and her law degree from the University of Illinois.   She began her career as an attorney in the insurance defense and insurance coverage areas.  She then moved into the insurance industry.  She has worked in the Architects and Engineers professional liability insurance field for over fifteen years beginning her career with DPIC Companies as a claims representative.  Laura has developed and presented a number of risk management and loss prevention programs for architects and engineers both in-house and publicly.  She has spoken at the national AIA convention and made presentations before the AIA regional chapters for Chicago, Northern Kentucky, and Kansas City.  She has also spoken for Illinois professional engineering groups as well. 



Presentation by DREW SEAMAN

Drew is a graduate of Washington University, is with the law firm of Straub, Seaman  & Allen. Drew concentrates his practice in the area of Architects & Engineers Malpractice, Construction Claims, Product Liability, and Environmental Claims. Drew is a member of the State Bar Association of Michigan, the Federal Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Presented by: Professional Underwriters, Inc.

Brett Coleman joined Professional Underwriters, Inc. in September 2005. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Eastern Michigan University. He spent the summer of 2004 working with underwriters from the St. Paul Travelers Architects and Engineers division in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2005 he interned in the Architects and Engineers department of Victor O. Schinnerer/CNA. Brett holds a license for Property and Casualty Insurance, as well as for Life & Health Insurance.


Robert L. Coleman’s life-long commitment to the insurance industry spans four decades, from claims adjuster for State Farm Insurance in 1962, to agent/owner of Professional Underwriters, Inc. from 1974 to the present with offices in Arizona, Colorado, and Michigan. Bob’s commitment to specialized insurance for the design professional began in 1974; since then, he has worked closely with his clients and the insurance markets focusing on the unique exposures and risk management solutions for architects and engineers. Bob is the past president of a/e Pronet, an international organization of insurance agents specializing in insurance for the Design Professional. Bob has been an active member of the AIA, MSA, NSPE, MSPE, and ACEC/MI. He has served on the insurance and risk management committees for various associations, insurance companies, and the State of Michigan. He currently serves on the ACEC/MI, Risk Management Committee. Bob has been a participant in over 225 national, regional, and in-house design firm loss control and risk management seminars across the country over the last 44 years.

Stephanie C. Mulligan is a Vice President at Professional Underwriters, Inc. With over 36 years experience in the insurance industry, the last 23 years spent with Professional Underwriters, Inc., Stephanie’s extensive knowledge of commercial lines insurance, bonds, claims, and account handling has been invaluable to our agency and our customers. Licensed as a Michigan Resident Agent since 1981, Stephanie received her Certificate of Insurance from the Insurance Institute of America, Lawrence Technological University in 1984. She is currently licensed as a Non-Resident Agent in Arizona, Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin and is a licensed Surplus Lines Producer. Since joining Professional Underwriters, Inc. in 1991, Stephanie has specialized in recognizing and providing for the insurance and bond needs of professional design firms.

Leah Fritch joined PUI in July of 2011.  She is a licensed property and casualty agent and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  For almost 7 years she has specialized in commercial lines insurance and account management for professional organizations, including Design Professionals. Leah truly enjoys helping people with their insurance needs.  When she is not in the office she enjoys camping, gardening, boating and spending time with family.


Melissa Gerlica joined PUI in 2011 with almost 8 years of insurance experience.  Melissa began her insurance career in personal lines but has added commercial lines insurance to her resume over the years.  She obtained her property and casualty license, as well as life & health, in 2005. She also received her Certified Insurance Service Representative designation in 2006. Outside the office she enjoys the outdoors, playing sports and traveling.