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AKHIL CHOPRA

AKHIL CHOPRA

Managing Director, Head of Cyber, NFP

Akhil Chopra is a Managing Director and Head of Cyber at NFP. His responsibilities include creating new client offerings to clients in risk transfer, evaluation and consultation, while developing and implementing NFP’s overall Cyber strategy.

Prior to joining NFP, Akhil was a Senior Vice President, Corporate Cyber Practice Leader at Marsh USA. Akhil built out multiple teams across the country to help sell Cyber offerings to new and existing clients. He developed key trading relationships in the marketplace to provide unique risk transfer solutions and services. Prior to joining Marsh, Akhil spent time with Integro Insurance Brokers and Aon Risk Services.

Akhil has more than 20 years of experience in the Cyber industry – all of which have been focused on advisory, brokerage and placement. His technical specialties include: Cyber Liability, Miscellaneous Professional Liability, Media Liability and Technology E&O. He has extensive experience building out strategies and initiatives to help drive product awareness and solutions.

Akhil Chopra graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Sciences, Human Resources and Society.

 ELISSA DOROFF

ELISSA DOROFF

Managing Director, Cyber Technical Leader, NFP

Elissa Doroff is a Managing Director and Cyber Technical Leader for NFP’s Management and Professional Lines. Based in New York, she is responsible for the development of thought leadership, claims advocacy and consultation services as well as counseling clients on their risks and insurance needs in the areas of technology, privacy and cyber.

Elissa has over fifteen years of cyber, technology and media liability insurance expertise having worked as the Underwriting and Product Manager at AXA XL where she worked to direct and manage AXA XL’s risk management services designed to minimize the frequency and severity of data breaches. Prior to AXA XL, Elissa was a broker in Marsh and McLennan’s Network Security and Privacy Practice and previously, claims counsel at AIG focusing on Data Security and Privacy, Media and Technology Liability. She has considerable experience presenting on these topics on panels and seminars for clients and industry associations and has published several industry-related articles.

Elissa holds a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School and is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

MATTHEW DOWLING

MATTHEW DOWLING

Senior Associate, S-RM

Matthew has over 9 years’ experience in cyber security consulting, starting his career as a cyber technical analyst at STIGroup Ltd. working his way to Senior Cybersecurity Consultant, taking part in building & leading the penetration testing and incident response programs. Matthew also has taught Information Technology at Lincoln Technical institute at night for the last 5 years of his career. Matthew’s technical expertise, cyber industry knowledge and consulting experience provides Matthew with the tools to effectively advise clients on securing their environment from active or imminent cyber threat.

Matthew, currently a Senior Associate for S-RM, provides technical leadership on Incident Response projects, penetration testing services, as well as vulnerability and compromise assessments for S-RM clients.

Dominic Keller, CISSP

Dominic Keller, CISSP

Global Team Leader and Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Solutions, Willis Towers Watson

Dominic Keller is based in the San Francisco office and consults with domestic and international companies across numerous industries on optimal cyber risk management strategies. He specializes in identifying, quantifying, and mitigating key organizational cyber risks, and then developing consensus-based, cost-effective solutions that align with the organization’s overall business goals. He emphasizes a cross-functional approach, involving key stakeholders and business units across the organization, to ensure that a comprehensive, organization-wide strategy is developed to manage the people, technical and financial risks impacting an organization’s cyber resilience. 

 

Dominic has global experience, practicing as an attorney for ten years in California and Australia and working as a cyber insurance broker. He has the CISSP certification and has studied Corporate Strategy at the Chicago Booth School of Business.

Alexis E. Maimonis

Alexis E. Maimonis

Associate Attorney, Litchfield Cavo LLP

Alexis E. Maimonis is an associate attorney at Litchfield Cavo LLP. She focuses her practice on defending municipalities and corporations in federal court, state court and state agencies. Alexis regularly defends high exposure police liability, employment discrimination and labor dispute cases with damages exceeding $1 million.

Alexis has represented municipalities in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disputes, employment discrimination claims, premises liability matters, personal injury matters, excessive force cases and workers’ compensation claims. Her practice areas include employment and labor law, general liability and workers’ compensation. In addition, she also has experience in arbitration, appeals and arguments before the Appellate Court.

Alfred Saikali

Alfred Saikali

Chair, Privacy and Data Security Practice at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP

Al Saikali is considered a national leader in privacy and data security law according to Chambers USA and Legal 500.  Al represents companies in matters involving the collection, use, storage, and security of personal information. Al and his team at Shook Hardy & Bacon have represented companies in more than 150 privacy and data security class action lawsuits, including more biometric privacy class actions than any other law firm in the United States. He has represented companies in data breach response matters impacting as many as ten million individuals in 120 countries. Al’s dedication to his clients earned him the Lexology Client Service Award two years in a row.

In addition to chairing Shook Hardy & Bacon’s Privacy and Data Security practice, Al founded and is Chair Emeritus of the Sedona Conference’s Working Group on Privacy and Data Security Liability.  He is one of less than 5% of privacy practitioners who holds the Fellow in Privacy designation, accredited by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.  Al is often quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Law360 for his thoughts on privacy and data security legal trends.

In his spare time, Al enjoys watching Florida Gator sporting events and pretending to be athletic on his Peloton bike.

 

Andrew Shaughnessy

Andrew Shaughnessy

Associate, S-RM

Andrew Shaughnessy has worked for 6+ years in cybersecurity consulting and operations. After university, he began working directly for the CISO of Vista Equity Partners’ wholly-owned consulting group, Vista Consulting Group. There, he focused on assessing portfolio company cybersecurity programs and supporting the parent company’s internal program. He then moved onto Vista Equity Partner’s cybersecurity team to operate their internal cybersecurity program full time. 

As an associate at S-RM, Andrew works across the advisory and incident response practices. His advisory work centers on assessing cybersecurity programs and developing strategies for improvement. This work is done with a particular focus on enabling organizations to protect their investments through proportionate cybersecurity maturity. As an incident responder, he focuses on managing the response process and directing efforts to enable recovery.

JOSEPH STAFFORD

JOSEPH STAFFORD

Partner – Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP

Joe Stafford is a Partner at the law firm of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP. His practice focuses on insurance coverage, risk management, and commercial litigation. He represents a wide range of clients, from large corporations and international franchisors to small businesses, artists and individuals. A cum laude graduate of John Marshall Law School, Joe clerked for Judge Harry Leinenweber of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He also served as an officer on the Associate Board for Lawyers for the Creative Arts, where he provided pro bono legal services and helped administer the provision of services to countless artists and creative organizations in the Midwest.