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Business Interruption Now and Then – the Impacts of COVID-19

Speaker(s): Bradford Barron, Colleen S. Vallen
Recorded on: Apr. 15, 2021
PLI Program #: 326161

Colleen is a partner in the firm’s Valuation and Forensic Services practice and is based in the Philadelphia office. As an expert in the field of forensic and investigative accounting, Colleen has focused her attention on forensic and fraud investigations, the preparation of financial damage analysis and litigation support.

Colleen is highly experienced in the analysis, investigation and review of financial documents. Other responsibilities have included case planning and management, financial and economic analysis, expert report preparation, oral presentation of findings as well as assistance with discovery, interrogatories and depositions.

Prior to joining the firm she worked for a litigation consulting and a forensic accounting firm and with a Big 4 accounting firm as an auditor.

Colleen is an adjunct professor at Villanova Law School. She has been engaged by law firms, legal, banking and utility associations, insurance companies, and other associations to speak on a variety of topics, including business interruption, financial document analysis and fraud. Colleen has also provided continuing education to attorneys and individuals through various seminars, including a full day class on fraud geared to the banking industry.

Colleen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Rutgers University. Her education has been supplemented by various continuing education courses with an emphasis on fraud investigation, forensic accounting, financial analysis and business interruption. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).

Responsibilities Brad Barron serves as Deputy General Counsel for Conner Strong & Buckelew. In addition to supporting the Office of General Counsel’s corporate duties, Barron supports the Commercial Lines Division by providing advice on a variety of coverage matters. Further, he assists Conner Strong & Buckelew’s Claims Department on complex claims to ensure that the Company’s clients maximize their coverage pursuant to their insurance policies. 

Background Before joining Conner Strong & Buckelew, Barron was an attorney in the Insurance Practice Group at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, an AmLaw 100 law firm. While there, he represented policyholders and insurers on a variety of coverage issues and across a number of different insurance products, including technology errors & omissions, general liability, property and life.  His clients included some of the world’s largest software and financial companies.

While at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Barron represented clients in arbitration, litigation and mediation. He practiced before both federal and state trial courts as well as federal and state courts of appeal. Further, at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Barron was one of the attorneys responsible for procuring the Firm’s insurance program. Thus, he not only understands the insurance process from Conner Strong & Buckelew’s perspective, but also from the perspective of a policyholder and consumer.

Education Boston College – Bachelor of Science in Biology Villanova University School of Law – J.D., magna cum laude, admitted to practice in PA and NJ

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