Our Sponsors



BerkleyMed is excited to team with Optima to support the CHI program.  As a repeating sponsor we are excited to bring our risk financing and risk mitigation expertise to the program.  BerkleyMed is a member company of W. R. Berkley Corporation, a well-capitalized insurance holding company.  With a core business focus on the hospital professional liability market, we provide lead excess and reinsurance policies to healthcare organizations throughout the country.

From the first interaction, our team takes a consultative approach with Optima and strives to understand the organization's strategic objectives, risk appetite, and financial position.  Once our team has developed a clear understanding of the organization's needs, they work with Optima to build customized risk financing alternatives.  Based on their identified needs, lead clients receive the support of a dedicated ValueLink™ Team that includes specialists from all facets of the insurance industry, including actuarial, strategic analytics, clinical risk management, underwriting, and claims management.  This team works together to develop risk mitigation service strategies that focus on professional liability and patient safety, which includes identifying loss drivers and preventing losses from occurring.  Our service strategy does not end with the policy year.  We look beyond the present to understand your organization's future goals so we can strategically plan program and service options to help your organization realize them.


Willis Re

One of the world’s leading reinsurance brokers, Willis Re is known for its world-class analytics capabilities, which it combines with its reinsurance expertise in a seamless, integrated offering that can help clients increase the value of their businesses.  Willis Re serves the risk management and risk transfer needs of a diverse, global client base that includes all of the world’s top insurance and reinsurance carriers as well as member owned mutual and risk retention groups.  Willis Re’s global team of experts offers services and advice that can help clients make better reinsurance decisions and negotiate optimum terms.  For more information, visit willisre.com.

Beach Cowdrey Jenkins

Beach Cowdrey Jenkins, LLP is a full-service, AV-rated California law firm focused on the defense of health care and human services providers in civil litigation, writs and appeals, as well as administrative proceedings in state and federal courts. Practice areas also include the defense of skilled nursing and assisted living/residential care facilities, substance abuse and rehabilitation facilities, and other businesses in professional negligence, elder and dependent adult abuse, managed care, employment, and business litigation.

Beecher Carlson

Beecher Carlson is proud to have served as CHI’s captive manager in the State of Hawaii for over 20 years. Beecher Carlson is a large account risk management broker that delivers expertise by industry focus and product specialization. As a pioneer in the alternative risk industry and as one of the world’s largest captive managers, our captive management and consulting practice has been recognized by Captive Review magazine for our innovative approach to captive management, excellence in customer care, and twice as Captive Manager of the Year.

Davis Grass Goldstein & Finlay

Davis-Grass has provided exclusive representation for healthcare providers for 30 years with offices in the Inland Empire and San Diego.

Doyle Schafer McMahon

Medical malpractice defense is the bedrock of our firm. A primary specialty practice, our attorneys have tried numerous cases before juries with consistently outstanding results. Due to the confidential nature of medical malpractice cases, and the inherent trust established between client and counsel, these cases, in particular, are managed with the total engagement of partners.

Specifically, a partner generally appears at all key depositions—plaintiff, client, and experts—all outcome determinate appearances, and is fully available to the client to answer all questions pertaining to the case. Healthcare clients include hospitals, medical groups, HMOs, physicians, dentists, and nurses.

Fraser Watson & Croutch, LLP

Fraser Watson & Croutch LLP specializes in civil litigation. Areas of specialty include defense of medical malpractice, elder and dependent adult abuse, catastrophic personal injury cases, employment claims, and all claims arising under personal and commercial insurance lines, such as premises liability, product liability, various tort and contract disputes. The firm also handles business litigation, and workers’ compensation. We proudly represent some of the most prestigious and established healthcare institutions in Southern California, including teaching institutions, universities, acute general hospitals, community hospitals, and clinics. Fraser Watson & Croutch has the reputation as an aggressive, strong trial advocate for its clients.


Gordon Rees Scully Manshukhani, LLP

Gordon & Rees is a national litigation and business transactions firm with more than 900 lawyers practicing in over 60 offices across all 50 states. Our lawyers provide full service representation to public and private companies ranging from the Fortune 500 corporations to start-ups. Founded in 1974, Gordon & Rees is recognized among the fastest growing and largest law firms in the country. The firm is currently ranked among the 40 largest law firms in the U.S. and among the top 45 firms for diversity among the Am Law 200.

Horvitz & Levy LLP

Horvitz & Levy LLP is the largest law firm in the United States specializing in civil appellate litigation and trial strategy consulting. Founded in 1957, the firm’s services include assisting trial counsel in preserving and developing issues for appellate review, preparing critical trial court motions in anticipation of appeal, negotiating favorable settlements pending appeal, and full briefing and argument before appellate courts.



Kahana & Feld LLP

Kahana & Feld LLP is a business litigation and insurance defense firm focusing on business, employment, real estate, construction, shareholder, and insurance litigation. Whether you are exploring your legal options, getting ready for trial, or just seeking guidance, our team is ready to stand with you.

Kennaday Leavitt Owensby

 Kennaday Leavitt Owensby is a regional firm with a focus on healthcare and employment law. All of our partners are recognized experts in their chosen fields, either AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell or listed as Northern California Super Lawyers. We have decades of experience litigating healthcare, labor and employment matters in state and federal courts, representing health plans, health insurers and other healthcare payors, as well as small and large employers.

Kroloff Belcher Smart Perry & Christopherson

Since its founding in Stockton in 1946, the Kroloff firm has been a strong litigation force in the courthouses of Northern California. Since our earliest days, we have represented hospitals and healthcare providers in malpractice litigation. This remains a core component of our diversified law practice. We also provide advice and counseling to clients in multiple areas affecting the healthcare industry.

Our other litigation focus for the healthcare industry is the growing and troublesome field of employment litigation. We successfully resolve cases including alleged wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, and wage and hour class actions.

LaFollette Johnson DeHaas Fesler & Ames

Founded in 1965, La Follette, Johnson, DeHaas, Fesler & Ames is a statewide litigation firm of 55 attorneys specializing in defense of healthcare providers. The Firm serves clients all over Northern and Southern California, including San Diego, through its five offices. La Follette, Johnson represents many hospitals in Northern California is major exposure medical negligence cases. The state's largest insurers, self-insured entities, and healthcare organizations call upon La Follette, Johnson to defend their most serious claims.

Law Offices of Leonard and Lyde

Leonard and Lyde has specialized in medical professional liability defense in rural Northern Californian for over 60 years.

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Lewis Brisbois offers legal practice in more than 40 specialties, and a multitude of sub-specialties. Our attorneys have broad knowledge, experience, and sensitivity to our clients’ unique needs. Through interaction among our practice groups, Lewis Brisbois provides a wide range of legal services to each client with a continuity of representation across multiple disciplines. We have built longstanding relationships with corporate and institutional clients based on our ability to provide comprehensive service on a national scale.

Low McKinley Baleria & Salenko, LLP

Low McKinley Baleria & Salenko, LLP is a Sacramento and Pleasant Hill litigation defense firm specializing in the areas of medical and nursing malpractice, elder abuse, DHS citation appeals, California Medical Board actions, dental malpractice, chiropractic malpractice, products liability, premises liability and general negligence.

We strive to provide comprehensive legal services at a fair value, with proactive communication and a committed work ethic. Clients can depend on us to render independent, reasoned and appropriate judgment in response to their varied needs.

Madison Scottsdale

With 25 years in managing investments solely for insurance entities, Madison Scottsdale's team of experienced Portfolio Managers brings a combined 115 years of knowledge and insight in working with our domestic and offshore insurance clients. Our Enterprise Risk Balanced solutions in Fixed Income, Equity, and Alternative investments are developed in collaboration with management, and considerate of your company's unique financial and operational drivers. Our solutions include ALM, Asset Allocation determination, Cash Flow modeling, Investment Policy Statement development and review, Rating agency support, Statutory Schedule D reporting, and more.

McCormick Barstow

Founded in 1951, McCormick Barstow LLP is the largest and most experienced law firm in California's Central Valley.  McCormick Barstow combines the individual talents of attorneys with diverse backgrounds and experiences into a multi-faceted civil law firm with practice areas including, but not limited to, employment litigation, estate planning, insurance coverage, medical malpractice, professional liability, personal injury, family law, civil litigation as well as others.

Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn

Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn enjoys a diverse practice spanning insurance coverage advice and litigation, civil appeals and writs, and trial representation in such matters as real estate, construction, business disputes, contract disputes, professional liability, intellectual property and personal injury. We also provide business consultation, entity formation and estate planning services.

Pleiss Sitar McGrath Hunter & Hallack

At Pleiss Sitar McGrath Hunter & Hallack we are dedicated to providing the health and long term care industry with personalized and specialized litigation defense services which meet the highest standards of integrity and unequivocal excellence.  We strive to create partnerships with care providers which proactively protect the integrity of their services and reputation in the community from outside forces who engage in unfair litigation. Our goal as leaders in litigation defense is to educate and empower our clients as we work together to contain litigation risk across the entire spectrum of healthcare providers. We strongly believe that not only is it important that you – our client – feel that your case is our most important case, but that you are our most important client!

Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle

 Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle, LLP is a law firm of trial attorneys who practice in numerous complex areas.  We specialize in complex medical and professional litigation with a diverse practice that encompasses many aspects of the insurance industry.  We handle cases throughout California and Nevada, in state and federal court, at both the trial and appellate levels.  We pride ourselves as being a firm of enormous depth with experienced, dedicated trial attorneys who serve our clients’ broad litigation needs.

West Borges & Rosa LLP

For almost 40 years West, Borges & Rosa has defended hospitals, physicians and other health care providers in medical malpractice litigation in Southern California.  The firm’s trial lawyers have successfully tried to verdict hundreds of cases including catastrophic injury claims and complex injury claims.  WBR represents large academic medical centers, community hospitals, and rural hospitals. In addition to representing healthcare clients in every type of medical negligence cases, WBR also represents its clients in various claims including employment, elder abuse , premises liability, and regulatory matters.  Over the years West, Borges & Rosa has earned a strong reputation for providing dynamic, accomplished and ethical representation.

Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney, LLP

Wilke Fleury is a thriving mid‐sized general practice law firm located in California’s capital. For over 95 years, the firm has served businesses, governmental entities and individuals by providing comprehensive legal services while maintaining the highest standards of integrity and client service.