For nearly 25 years, Elizabeth Hanke has been a trusted advisor in both the settlement and litigation arenas, and KCIC clients can always expect her to work passionately on their behalf.
Elizabeth’s specialty is analyzing, interpreting, and quantifying insurance policies on cost-recovery projects involving asbestos, environmental, and non-asbestos products liability. She does that by coding policies into a database for better evaluation and understanding, then modeling results in real time. A believer in the transformative power of technology, Elizabeth also customizes existing code to solve new and unique problems, particularly those involving very complex data. “I have a strong desire to continually improve processes,” she says.
That deep experience puts Elizabeth in demand for expert testimony on modeling the valuation of insurance recovery, and she frequently represents KCIC at conferences and other events.
Having begun her career in-house at large coverage law firms, she finds that partnering with attorneys as a member of their team is critical. “We accomplish more when we are a true partner,” she says. “That KCIC value that is very important to me.”
Another value she holds high: being engaged outside of work with her family and community. Elizabeth has volunteered with Girl Scouts for almost 10 years, teaching girls to be leaders, as well as streamlining the troop’s registration process. She also has lent her expertise to her church, setting up an online platform to track membership, process donations online, and more.
- Coverage litigation and settlement
- Policy review
- Expert and fact testimony
1996 – M.S., Economics, Arizona State University
1991 – B.A., Economic Theory, Minor in Computer Science, The American University
Founding and Board Member - ABA’s Women in Insurance Network
Member - ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
Speaker - “Bermuda Forms: Not for the Novice”, ABA Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, March 2017
Panelist - Bermuda form general liability policy panel at Perrin’s Emerging Insurance Coverage and Allocation Issues Conference, May 2016
Panelist - “Where the Math Meets the Law: Valuing State Law on Allocation and Related Issues”, ABA Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, March 2016
Speaker and Forum Co-chair - “Allocation du Jour: Complex Allocation Issues”, HB Litigation’s Emerging and Complex Insurance Claims Forum, February 2016
Speaker - “Breaking Down the Data”, Perrin’s Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview & Outlook, September 2015
Panelist - “Data, Metrics, and Statistics, Oh My! Best Practices for Claims Management”, ABA Women of the Section of Litigation Conference, November 2014
Speaker - “Case Study: Breaking Bad Pharmaceuticals” at Legal Analytics and the Business of Law Summit, November 2014
Co-author - “A Practical Approach to Getting Defense Costs Covered” paper for ABA Women in Insurance Network Conference, October 2013
Co-author - “Not for the Novice: Bermuda Form” article for DRI's In-House Defense Quarterly magazine, January 2018