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  • Farella Braun + Martel Insurance Recovery Partners Participate in American College of Coverage Counsel Annual Meeting Tyler Gerking was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel’s 7th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois on May 9, 2019. Mary McCutcheon presided over the meeting as she completed her term as President of the College. The American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC), established in 2012, is the preeminent association of U.S. and Canadian lawyers who represent the interests of insurers and policyholders. The ACCC’s membership currently stands at over 300 Fellows. Its mission is to advance the... More
  • Ninth Circuit Asks the California Supreme Court to Interpret the Scope of Personal Injury Coverage On January 15, 2019, the Ninth Circuit certified the following question to the California Supreme Court: Does a commercial liability policy that covers “personal injury,” defined as “injury… arising out of… [o]ral or written publication… of material that violates a person’s rights of privacy,” trigger the insurer’s duty to defend the insured against a claim that the insured violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited text message advertisement that did not reveal any private information?  Yahoo! Inc. v. National Union... More
  • Insurance in a Time of Crisis: Role of Insurance Counsel in Crisis Management I recently participated in a panel at the Association of Business Trial Lawyers Annual Meeting – “Bad News Delivered: The Board Meeting and Crisis Management.”  Among other topics, the panel discussed the role of insurance counsel in crisis management, and addressed the following questions: Who Is The Client?  When meeting with a board in a time of crisis, it is critical to identify whether your client is the company or the board.  And if it is the company, the board must understand... More
  • A Policyholder Perspective on the Unique Challenges of a Three-Way Mediation I recently participated in a negotiation with an insurer who had denied coverage for an underlying errors and omissions claim in the mid-seven figures. The insurer’s counsel and I exchanged stern letters, each explaining why our respective client’s position was absolutely correct, and the other’s absolutely wrong. The client’s broker arranged a meeting with principals and counsel on both sides. At the meeting, the insurer’s counsel and I debated our respective positions once more. Neither of us conceded any possibility... More
  • Insurance Broker Series: Michael Ferraro, Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. Farella’s Insurance Recovery Group lawyers regularly collaborate with and learn from different players and functions within the insurance industry. To provide more value to our readers, we have reached out to a series of insurance brokers to create the Insurance Broker Series Q&A. Our latest installment is with Michael Ferraro, Partner & Senior Vice President with Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.  How long have you been in the insurance industry? 22 years total (18 years at Woodruff Sawyer) How did you get into the insurance industry? I... More
  • Insurance Broker Series: Clark Morton, Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. Farella’s Insurance Recovery Group lawyers regularly collaborate with and learn from different players and functions within the insurance industry. To provide more value to our readers, we have reached out to a series of insurance brokers to create the Insurance Broker Series Q&A. Our latest installment is with Clark Morton, Partner & Senior Vice President with Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.  How long have you been in the insurance industry? 18 years How did you get into the insurance industry? I studied economics, finance and business in... More
  • Insurance Broker Series: Manpreet Gill, Marsh Farella’s Insurance Recovery Group lawyers regularly collaborate with and learn from different players and functions within the insurance industry. To provide more value to our readers, we have reached out to a series of insurance brokers to create the Insurance Broker Series Q&A. Our latest installment is with Manpreet Gill, Managing Director, Communications, Media & Technology Practice Leader, Western Region with Marsh.  How long have you been in the insurance industry? 14 years How did you get into the insurance industry? On campus recruiting... More
  • Insurance Broker Series: Gardner Jones, ABD Insurance and Financial Services Farella’s Insurance Recovery Group lawyers regularly collaborate with and learn from different players and functions within the insurance industry.  To provide more value to our readers, we have reached out to a series of insurance brokers to create the Insurance Broker Series Q&A. Our latest installment is with Gardner Jones, Vice President with ABD Insurance and Financial Services. How long have you been in the insurance industry? 5 years How did you get into the insurance industry? It was actually suggested by a couple of ABD Principals... More
  • Insurance Broker Series: Stephen Leveroni, ABD Insurance and Financial Services Farella’s Insurance Recovery Group lawyers regularly collaborate with and learn from different players and functions within the insurance industry. To provide more value to our readers, we have reached out to a series of insurance brokers to create the Insurance Broker Series Q&A. Our latest installment is with Stephen E. Leveroni, Executive Vice President / Founding Principal of ABD Insurance and Financial Services. How long have you been in the insurance industry? 34 years How did you get into the insurance industry? Following an early career in the banking industry, I joined... More
  • Insurance Broker Series: Cris Christensen, ABD Insurance and Financial Services Farella’s Insurance Recovery Group lawyers regularly collaborate with and learn from different players and functions within the insurance industry.  To provide more value to our readers, we have reached out to a series of insurance brokers to create the Insurance Broker Series Q&A. Our latest installment is with Cris Christensen, Senior Claims Consultant with ABD Insurance and Financial Services. How long have you been in the insurance industry? 20 years How did you get into the insurance industry? I studied about insurance in college as part... More