OnDemand Speaker Bios

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Bethany Breetz

Bethany Breetz

Ms. Breetz's practice focuses on both federal and state appellate advocacy, complex commercial litigation, including financial institution, real estate, and trust and estate litigation. She currently serves as co-chair of the firm's Appellate Advocacy group. Her practice focuses on state and federal appellate advocacy, complex commercial litigation, including financial institution, real estate, and trust and estate litigation, and defamation. She is admitted to practice in all Kentucky state and federal courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 11th, and Federal Circuits.

Sarah Dufendach, Esq.

Sarah Dufendach, Esq.

Sarah Dufendach is a Claims Manager with Beazley Group and leads Beazley’s turnkey reinsurance cyber claims team. She manages small business, municipality, professional services and healthcare related data breach and cyber liability claims. Prior to joining Beazley, Sarah practiced as an insurance defense attorney in Philadelphia, PA.

Angela Logan Edwards, Esq.

Angela Logan Edwards, Esq.

Sarah Dufendach is a Claims Manager with Beazley Group and leads Beazley’s turnkey reinsurance cyber claims team. She manages small business, municipality, professional services and healthcare related data breach and cyber liability claims. Prior to joining Beazley, Sarah practiced as an insurance defense attorney in Philadelphia, PA.

Dorislee Gilbert

Dorislee Gilbert

Dorislee has been practicing law for 20 years. She was a felony prosecutor in Louisville for 15 years, and for two years she was the Executive Director of the Mary Byron Project, a nonprofit organization enhancing justice to end intimate partner violence. At the Mary Byron Project, Dorislee led a program providing expert appellate representation to survivors of intimate partner violence and created a program to train other lawyers to do the same. Early in her legal career, as a felony prosecutor in the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit, Dorislee began serving some of the most traumatized folks in our community--survivors of child abuse and domestic violence.

Dorislee has provided national training through the National Crime Victims Law Institute regarding trauma-informed advocacy. As well, she has trained judges, lawyers, and police officers locally. Dorislee has written on domestic violence and the law, sexual assault prosecutions, and other related topics. Dorislee has provided representation in cases in all levels of Kentucky’s courts, has handled more than 75 cases in Kentucky's appellate courts, and has tried more than 25 cases before juries. Dorislee can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Charles E.

Charles E. "Buzz" English, Jr.

Charles “Buzz” English is a member of the Lawyers Mutual of Kentucky Board of Directors. His extensive legal career has centered around business litigation. He has extensive experience in federal court and has successfully argued before the Kentucky Supreme Court in precedent-setting cases. He believes in the power of preparation. “When I represent someone in a case, I want the other side to know that we’re going to prepare the case the way it needs to be prepared for it to go to trial.”

Like his father, Charles E. English Sr., Buzz served as President of the Kentucky Bar Association to further the profession of law. Beyond his extensive involvement in the Kentucky Bar Association, Buzz contributes to the profession on the national level. He recently completed a term on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary as the Sixth Circuit Representative. He has also served on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee for Bar Activities and is currently serving in the ABA House of Delegates.

Jonathan Meer, Esq.

Jonathan Meer, Esq.

Jonathan Meer is a partner in Wilson Elser’s New York City office and works closely with his colleagues in the firm’s Louisville, KY office. Jonathan maintains a particular concentration in coverage for directors and officers (D&O), with an emphasis on the growing area of D&Os in cannabis companies; professional errors and omissions (E&O); lawyers (LPL); employment practices; and cyber liability programs. Jonathan represents the interests of primary and excess insurers based in the United States, China, London and Bermuda in highexposure claims against directors and officers of public and private companies, nonprofit boards, financial institutions and insurance companies. He has addressed claims related to shareholder class actions seeking multimillion-dollar damages against public companies and their directors and officers, as well as other highprofile fraud cases involving a variety of issues. In addition, Jonathan’s litigation practice focuses on commercial litigation and professional liability. He has experience with matters arising under E&O policies covering attorneys, co-op boards, software developers, engineers, consultants, agents and other professionals. Jonathan also handles employment matters involving all types of discrimination and harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination claims.

Alex Risen

Alex Risen

Alex is an experienced communications and marketing professional with a diverse background committed to customer success and delivering results. Since joining PhishingBox in 2022, he’s amplified the company’s mission to create a safer, more secure digital landscape through effective cyber training and education for organizations of all types and sizes.

Courtney Risk, Esq.

Courtney Risk, Esq.

Courtney joined the Lawyers Mutual team after beginning her career handling litigation—both criminal and civil—as well as transactional work. In addition to her role in relationship management, she is focused on providing relevant risk management resources and training. She is passionate about advancing wellness in the profession and has spoken across Kentucky and nationally about the connection between burnout, wellness, and our ethical obligations. She continues to handle pro bono appellate matters on behalf of victims of intimate partner violence and trains law enforcement on trauma-informed investigations. Courtney currently serves as the Communications Chair for the Fayette County Bar Association Women’s Law Association and is a member of the Professional Liability Defense Federation Diversity & Inclusivity Committee.

Heather Risk

Heather Risk

Dr. Risk has many years of experience working with victims of traumatic events, primarily children and adolescents who have experienced multiple forms of interpersonal trauma. After completing her undergraduate work and earning a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University, Dr. Risk continued her education at Xavier University where she earned a Doctorate of Psychology. Dr. Risk also completed an APPIC accredited internship at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, CAARE Center. Dr. Risk has dedicated her career to understanding the impact of trauma and learning evidence-based and research supported techniques for best supporting individuals and families through the healing process.

Formerly the Project Director of a National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) site (the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training institute (CATTTI) at the University of Kentucky, Center on Trauma and Children), she is currently the owner of Heather Risk PsyD and Associate, PLLC where she provides therapy, training, supervision, and consultation service. Dr. Risk is also an approved national Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Trainer and an Affiliate Member of the NCTSN.

Nicholas Spano

Nicholas Spano

With 17 years of experience in Professional Liability, Nick has participated in the development, execution, growth and maintenance of insurance products and programs nationwide. As an industry leading global reinsurer, Beazley's Product Solutions division enables insurance carriers across the globe to expand their product offerings. Nick is a 2005 graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and is an active member of PLUS and the Professional Liability Defense Federation.