The relationship between the insured, insurer and defense counsel retained to defend the insured can present a minefield of ethical issues and actual or potential conflicts of interest, including the litigation privilege and appropriate disclosures, defense under a reservation of rights, potential exposure in excess of policy limits, control of litigation and settlement, and representation of multiple insureds.
This program examines the various ethical issues that can arise in the context of the tripartite relationship, current developments in the courts and ethics opinions addressing the issues, and best practices for addressing some of the conflicts of interest that may arise.
I. Recognize the circumstances that may give rise to a conflict of interest or ethics issue
II. Explore recent case law and other opinions that address conflicts of interest for defense counsel
III. Understand alternatives for successfully navigating through potential conflicts of interest
Mr. Wolak was recently named "Insurance Lawyer of the Year" (Newark, NJ) by Best Lawyers® and selected for the New Jersey Super Lawyers list, for Insurance Law. For almost 25 years, he has litigated matters involving hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance coverage for a broad range of clients and regularly provides strategic counseling and analysis of potential risks and exposures, policy terms and conditions, and claims resolution. He also represents clients on a broad range of complex commercial disputes, including contract claims, intellectual property matters, real property disputes, and restrictive covenant cases.
A wide variety of clients – including pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing companies, financial and educational institutions, telecommunications companies, professional service providers, and insurance companies – rely on Mr. Wolak’s advice and representation to achieve their objectives and resolve both insurance coverage matters and commercial disputes. He has also been retained as an expert witness/consultant on insurance issues and is a frequent speaker on insurance law topics. Prior to joining Gibbons, Mr. Wolak served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nicholas H. Politan of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Smart and specific examples per ABA, Model Code and NY/NJ cases. Very comprehensive and direct.
Well presented, important information; substantive materials.
This course covered a lot of very important ground with respect to the area of practice that I am about to enter. This was a very high-quality presentation, from which I learned a lot of crucial info.
Particularly good presentation and speaker
Articulate and easy to understand
Excellent speaker and materials
Very interesting information! New topic for me, somewhat, but was extremely enlightening!
Excellent substance and presentation.
Very informative. I thought he was great!
VERY INFORMATIVE - THANK YOU!
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A must watch for all those in the insurance world!
This was not what I expected - much better and more substantive. There was much I did not know and feel armed in the event I need to obtain counsel with respect to an insurance claim. Thank you.
very well done
Excellent content. Well presented.
I greatly enjoyed the class and the subject matter.
Very informative; right on point.
Excellent content and presentation
helpful to think through these issues
good, clear and concise
it was informative and to the point
very clear and concise.
Interesting investigation of the ethics of representing the cynical insurance companies
clear, succinct - great program
Good topic for an ethics presentation.
Very informative on more than one subject.
Thorough and logically presented.
Excellent program. Thank you!
Informative and presented well.
Very nice production value - nice 'set"
Good overview; I would like to hear more from this speaker on this topic.
Presenter wasted no time. e stayed on topic throughout and all materials were relevent.
Right on point - very well done
Nice job with complicated topic.
Generally good substance
Great program. Much of my practice involves this situation and it is important to think about these issues.
Very clear and informative speaker.
Superb material, particularly the material pertaining to reservation of rights letters and their impact on the insured.
Excellent presentation-very informative.
Interesting approach to ethics. Quite interesting.
Great speaker and effective communication throughout the course.
A very informative course.
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