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July 3, 2008

Board of Directors and RMAC Transitions

Constance Lau and Philip Ackerman have been elected to the AEGIS Board of Directors.

Connie is President and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries and has served HEI and its various subsidiaries in a number of legal, financial and executive positions since 1984. Phil has served as Chairman of the Board at National Fuel Gas since 2002. He also served as CEO from 2001 until earlier this year after more than 20 years of service in various executive positions at NFG.

We welcome Connie and Phil to the Board and look forward to their guidance and contributions.

Joe Del Vecchio of National Fuel Resources is stepping down from his position on the AEGIS Risk Management Advisory Committee (RMAC) after more than two years of service. Joe has moved on to other responsibilities at National Fuel and will still be available to us for advice as needed. We are grateful for his many contributions to the RMAC and wish him continued success at National Fuel Resources.


PHC 08 in San Francisco - July 28 to 31

The registration deadline for the AEGIS Policyholders' Conference is now upon us -- July 3. The 2008 PHC will be held Monday, July 28 through Thursday, July 31 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. Complete details and registration information were sent via e-mail to eligible attendees in recent weeks.

We expect a record high number of attendees this year and look forward to covering a number of topics of great interest to our members including a management and staff report on the state of your company; the new AEGIS-Liberty construction program; 2008 D&O trends with Dan Bailey of Bailey Cavalieri; the current risk and insurance market conditions that affect the utility and energy industry with Bob Hartwig, President and Chief Economist at the Insurance Information Institute; as well as climate change, carbon sequestration, cyber risk and ERM.

We also think you'll enjoy this year's two keynote speakers: George Will, America's foremost political commentator and columnist, and Archie Manning, former NFL quarterback and father of current Indianapolis Colts quarterback, Peyton Manning and New York Giants quarterback, Eli Manning.

Conference registration is complimentary and attendees are invited to bring guests. AEGIS will reimburse one representative from each member company with a current AEGIS policy written through AEGIS in New Jersey for the cost of three nights' lodging at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco or Le Meridien San Francisco, which is three blocks away.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact Gil Gould by e-mail or by phone at 201.508.2790. Brokers must be connected with a current AEGIS member policy written through AEGIS in New Jersey in order to attend. If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Carrie White by e-mail or by phone at 201.508.2480.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

New AEGIS-Liberty Construction Program

We recently expanded our alliance with Liberty Mutual to include a complete range of occurrence-based primary and excess coverages for energy-related construction projects, including primary general liability and workers' compensation. Combined with AEGIS property capacity, we now provide complete construction capabilities, including multi-year coverages, OCIPs and wrap-ups. Coverage details are posted on our website.

We will also discuss this new program in detail at the Policyholders' Conference during the Property and Construction Primer on Tuesday, July 29 and again during the General Session on Thursday, July 31. For more information in the meantime, please contact George Keefe via e-mail or at 201.508.2797.


AEGIS Claims Biennial Seminar - October 2008

Please mark your calendars and join us at the 2008 AEGIS Claims Seminar, which will be held from October 27 to October 29, 2008, at the Hyatt Huntington Beach, in Huntington Beach, California. We'll cover gas and electric case studies, as well as other issues, such as electronic discovery, witness preparation, mock trials and the value of testing in defending liability cases. Participants will be eligible for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits. Registration materials and additional agenda details will be distributed in early August. For more information, please contact Brian Ekdahl by e-mail or at 201.508.2643.

Claims Roundtable schedule announced for 2009

We're pleased to announce the schedule of Claims Roundtables for 2009. This one-of-a-kind educational program helps prepare utility and related energy industry attorneys, claims and loss control professionals, and risk managers for the claims management and litigation issues they face.

The 2009 Claims Roundtable topics include Witness Preparation; Investigating and Defending Fire and Explosion Cases; Climate Change Risks, Opportunities and Liabilities for Utilities; and Class Action Litigation.

Registration details are posted approximately two months prior to each seminar. For more information about the AEGIS Roundtable program, please contact Jeff Schupack by e-mail or by phone at 201.508.2658. As always, you're welcome to attend AEGIS Claims Roundtables in person or by videoconference, and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits are offered.