Claims Committee Member Biographies

Michael Bonesteel, Attorney (CA)

Mr. Bonesteel works as a lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator. He was a member of the Product Liability and Environmental Law & Toxic Tort Practice Groups at Haight, Brown and Bonesteel for forty-nine years. For over thirty years, his practice concentrated in the defense of civil litigation with particular emphasis in defending pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in product liability matters. He also has experience in environmental litigation. Mr. Bonesteel has served as national coordinating and coordinating counsel for clients in which he has been responsible for all phases of litigation and trial. Most notably, Mr. Bonesteel has been a part of legal teams on major national litigation and has served as national counsel for major manufacturing companies. He is admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court as well as seven other courts in California.

Marialuisa Gallozzi, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP (DC)

Marialuisa Gallozzi has helped for-profit and nonprofit policyholders develop and execute efficient and practical insurance recovery strategies that have secured over half a billion dollars for complex, high-value claims. She also helps clients to place and renew insurance coverage, transfer risk in contracts and transactions, and prepare for and manage crises. Ms. Gallozzi attended New York University School of Law after graduating from Harvard University and working as a paralegal.

Susan D. Steinwall, Minnesota Land Trust (MN)

Susan Steinwall, attorney with Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., has extensive experience in the sale, purchase, redevelopment, and cleanup of commerical real estate; land use issues; and all aspects of environmental law including brownfields development, Superfund, insurance coverage, environmental due diligence, storm water compliance, environmental review, permitting and wetlands. She has been on the Minnesota Land Trust Board of Directors since 2010 and a chair since 2015. As chair of their conservation committee, she headed a subcommittee that resulted in MLT's decision to join Terrafirma. She is a Real Property Specialist certified by the Minnesota State bar Association since 1998.

Grant H. Weaver, Jr., Principal Oakholm Consulting LLC (CA)

Mr. Weaver brings over 40 years of insurance industry expertise to bear for the firm. The firm provides risk management, loss prevention and insurance related services to construction projectowners, contractors, design and consulting professionals, both directly and through their insurance brokers and legal counsel. This may include advice and analysis as well as placement of coverage with national and international insurers and reinsurers and also captive insurer and alternative risk transfer mechanism feasibility studies and formation. Expert witness capabilities in most areas of the insurance industry are offered, e.g. underwriting and rating, claim handling and procedure, accounting and finance, regulatory relations and filings and reinsurance. Mr. Weaver has been in numerous chief leadership positions for various insurance companies as well
as having decades of direct claims management experience.

Karin Marchetti Ponte’, General Counsel, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (ME)

Karin Marchetti Ponte’ has been a Maine lawyer for 29 years, with a practice devoted exclusively to land conservation. She is a nationally recognized expert in the field, and offers popular workshops in conservation land transactions and easement stewardship. Ms. Marchetti Ponte began her work in conservation in 1985 as General Counsel to Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a position she holds today. She expanded her practice in 1992 as founder of LCLS. She is co-author of the Conservation Easement Handbook.

Jim Phillippi, Board of Directors, The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County (CA)

Mr. Phillippi has specialized in real estate, construction, and banking law since 1981. He is a Director with the 30-lawyer western regional law firm of Knapp, Petersen & Clarke, and PC where he founded its real estate practice, allowing the firm to expand its insurance-based practice areas into real estate, title and title insurance fields. His practice covers a wide range of real estate issues, transactions and disputes, including land use and construction matters, as well as a broad variety of real estate transactions and a multitude of business and lending arrangements in the real estate industry. As a result, his practice involves formation of and advice to a variety of business organizations, including corporations, general partnerships, and joint ventures. His practice intersects regularly with the insurance coverage practice of his firm and that the firm’s subsidiary, “KPC Legal Audit,” a legal cost containment firm that establishes billing guidelines and reviews legal billings in litigated matters. He is admitted to practice before each of the federal district courts in California and is a member of the Commercial and Construction and Large and Complex Case Panels of the American Arbitration Association.

Carl Silverstein, Executive Director, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (NC)

Prior to joining the Conservancy, Mr. Silverstein was an attorney with the Seattle law firm of Riddell, Williams, and Bullitt & Walkinshaw where he focused on general civil litigation. Mr. Silverstein clerked for U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in the Western District of Washington, Seattle WA and also U.S. Appellate Judge Jerome Farris, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Seattle WA. With the Conservancy, he led his staff in protecting more than 36,000 acres of high priority sites since 2000, through land and conservation easement acquisitions in nationally significant locations in North Carolina and Tennessee, including the Highlands of Roan, Appalachian Trail corridor, crest of the Black Mountains, Balsam Mountains, and Smoky Mountains. He worked with local governments and community leaders to protect surplus municipal watersheds from development; partnered with The Conservation Fund and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to protect the 10,000-acre Rocky Fork tract; and led in a successful 2 year lawsuit to defend a conservation easement adjoining the nationally significant Shining Rock Wilderness. Additionally, he led the Conservancy in raising a multimillion dollar endowment as well as all the other leadership details for a successful accredited land trust.

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