Insurance coverage attorneys provide advice to their insurer clients in all aspects of claims management, from whether a particular claim is covered and whether a defense to a claim is owed, to how and when to settle a particular claim. In connection with all of this advice, there are many ethical questions that can arise. This course, presented by Alexandra Rigney of Fleischner Potash LLP, will examine some of the more common ethical issues that face Insurance Coverage Attorneys. It will examine what materials and communications are protected by the attorney-client privilege and what the insured’s defense counsel can and cannot share with the insurance company. In addition, the course will explore when an insurance company can select and appoint defense counsel and when an insured has the right to independent counsel. The course will also explore situations where there is a potential conflict between an insured and insurer, such as when there are several claims that are not covered or when there is the potential for a verdict in excess of policy limits. Finally, the course will consider an insurer’s duty to make reasonable settlement decisions.
Gain an overview of the relationship between the insurance company, its insured, and defense counsel (the tripartite relationship)
Explore situations where there can be conflicts of interest between the insurer and insured, and how to resolve these conflicts
Examine the duty of an insurer to make reasonable settlement decisions to protect the insured
Alexandra Rigney is a partner at Fleischner Potash, LLP, where she is a member of the firm’s insurance coverage group. She represents domestic and Lloyd's of London insurers in complex insurance coverage disputes, providing coverage opinions, drafting policy and contract wordings, responding to Insurance Department complaints and handling litigation, mediation and arbitration. Ms. Rigney provides advice to and defends insurers who provide commercial general liability, errors and omissions, excess liability, commercial property and business automobile coverages.
There should be more examples of real life situations, not just going over the rules.
This was a good course.
really great lecturer! clear and easy to understand, and it was obvious that she designed the lecture to stay within the program's time parameters, which was helpful so she wasn't trying to cram at the end.