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Legal Considerations

August 31, 2012 -- Atlanta, GA










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Every day across the country, insurance carriers grapple with difficult UM/UIM situations, assigned claims, excess verdicts, bad faith allegations, and tricky disputes involving multiple claims and inadequate limits, while lawyers develop new strategies for bringing successful actions against them.

To help you sort through the issues and stay on top of a complex, continually changing area, our Auto Insurance Legal Considerations conference will provide insights and strategies from top legal and insurance experts from across the country. These topics will be covered:

  • Types of Insurance Policies and Requirements by State Law
  • What Appellate Judges Do and Don’t Want to Hear from Lawyers
  • Adjusting the Injury Claim
  • Litigation against Auto Insurers as Defendants
  • New Technologies in the Field of Accident Reconstruction
  • Ethical Considerations

Richard L. Alleyne
The Hartford
Program Co-Chair

Amanda Gann
QBE First
Program Co-Chair

Leah Sears
Former GA Supreme
Court Chief Justice,

Special Guest Presenter

Thank you to our Lunch Sponsor Ringler Associates.

Lunch Sponsor:

Credits: See the credit section for full information
GA CLE: 6.0 Self-Study Credits, incl. 1.8 Hours of Ethics
FL CLE: 8.0 General CLER Credits, including 2.5 Ethics Credits; 6.0 Credits also apply to Civil Trial Certification
IL CLE: 6.25 Hours including 1.75 Hours of Professionalism
TN CLE: Max of 6.5 Hours, incl. 2.0 Dual Hours
Paralegals: 6.5 CLE Hours including 2.0 Hours in Ethics

Who Should Attend:
Attorneys and Legal Staff
Insurance Professionals
Claims Adjusters
Expert Witnesses


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Friday, Aug. 31, 2012
9:00Introduction and Overview
The Hartford
Hartford, CT
QBE First
9:10Types of Insurance Policies and Requirements by State Law
State Requirements; State Differences; Interstate Considerations; Liability; Personal Injury Protection; Property Damage; Collision Insurance; Comprehensive; Commercial; Uninsured Motorist; Rental Vehicle Reimbursement; Statutes of Limitations; Liability of Insurance Underwriters
Katz Stepp Wright & Fleming LLC
Clinical Asst. Prof.
Georgia State University;
Department of Risk Management and Insurance
10:45What Appellate Judges Do and Don’t Want to Hear from Lawyers
When to Hold ‘Em, When to Fold ‘Em, When to Walk Away, When to Run: The Ethical Duties That a Lawyer Owes to the Court
Schiff Hardin LLP
Schiff Hardin LLP
12:45Adjusting the Injury Claim
Considerations in Injury Claims; Personal Bodily Injury; Additional Injured Parties; Death and Dismemberment; Property Damages; Third Party Claims; Working with Law Firms; Working with Medical Records and Medical Staff; File Sharing; Typical and Atypical Claim Amounts; Extenuating Circumstances
Arrowpoint Capital
The Simon Law Firm
Law & Moran
2:00Litigation Against Auto Insurers as Defendants
Litigation Directly Against Auto Insurers, Relating to How Insurance Claims are Managed from a Corporate Level
Nelson Levine deLuca & Hamilton LLC
New York, NY
3:00New Technologies in the Field of Accident Reconstruction
Aerial Photography, Photogrammetry, 3D Scanning, Crash Data Recorders and Electronic Control Modules
S-E-A, Ltd.
4:00Ethical Considerations
Ethical Considerations in Auto Accident Claims; Examples of Cases Ending with Disciplinary Action; What are “Reasonable” Damages? What are “Reasonable” Fees?
Heninger Garrison Davis LLC
Birmingham, AL
Builders Insurance Group


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Richard L. Alleyne, Program Co-Chair, is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at The Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut. He is responsible for managing the Consumer Markets Law Unit, which supports Personal Lines, Affinity, Catalyst 360, and Enterprise Operations.

Amanda Gann, Program Co-Chair, is a Senior Claim Representative at QBE First, a division of QBE Insurance Group Ltd. She has the responsibility of handling large loss, casualty and litigated claims, and has ten years of multi-state insurance experience handling auto and homeowner claims.

Erik S. Heninger, a partner with Heninger Garrison Davis LLP, represents clients involving wrongful death, personal injury, insurance disputes and business litigation, including trucking collisions, medical negligence, bad faith, premises liability and automobile collisions.

Kymberly Kochis, a partner with Nelson Levine deLuca & Hamilton LLC in New York, NY, practices in the areas of insurance and reinsurance litigation, regulation and in all aspects of corporate governance, including complex internal investigations.

Neil Lloyd, a partner with Schiff Hardin LLP, concentrates his practice in analyzing, providing strategic advice concerning, briefing, and arguing complex issues at all stages of litigation. He is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law.

Ronald A. Mazariegos, Claim Executive with Arrowpoint Capital in Charlotte, NC, is also the settlement manager for the Southeast region. He represents Arrowpoint in mediations nationwide and administrative hearings in the State of New York.

James Peters, PE, is a Project Engineer with S-E-A, Ltd., where his responsibilities include tire failure analysis, accident reconstruction, and mechanical failure analysis. His vehicle experience includes motor vehicles, motorcycles and commercial vehicles.

Justice Leah Sears, a partner with Schiff Hardin LLP, joined the firm in 2009 following 17 years of distinguished service on the Georgia Supreme Court, including four years as Chief Justice. She concentrates her practice in general and appellate litigation.

Lisa Siegel, a partner with Katz Stepp Wright & Fleming LLC, has tried numerous cases of governmental liability involving auto accidents, truck accidents, negligent road design, engineering malpractice, medical malpractice and premises liability.

Erik A. Sikorski, CPCU, AIC, Claims Executive at Builders Insurance Group, is the firm’s General Liability and Construction Defect Leader. He has worked in multiple jurisdictions across the U.S., specializing in commercial and personal auto/general liability, commercial and personal property, and commercial and personal litigation, including extensive bad faith claims resolution.

Christopher M. Simon, a partner with The Simon Law Firm, practices exclusively in the area of Georgia personal injury law. He represents the victims of serious accidents throughout the State of Georgia and has also been a registered mediator since 2006.

Matthew B. Stoddard, an attorney with Law & Moran, specializes in products liability, transportation, premise liability and business litigation. He previously worked in the in-house legal department of one of the world's largest manufacturers of automobile parts.

Harold A. Weston, CPCU, RPLU, ARM, is Clinical Assistant Professor of Risk Management and Insurance in the Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University. He was previously engaged in private and corporate legal practice, and as a consultant on insurance and risk management.


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This seminar is approved for the following credits

This course has been approved by the Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency of the State Bar of Georgia for mandatory continuing legal education credit in the amount of 6.0 hours, of which 1.8 hours will also apply in the area of ethics. Up to 6.0 self-study credits are available.

This course has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission of Alabama for a maximum of 6.3 hours credit, including 2.0 hours of ethics.

This course has been approved by The Florida Bar for 8.0 general CLER credits, including 2.5 ethics credits. 6.0 credits also apply to Civil Trial Certification.

This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 6.25 hours of credit including 1.75 hours of professionalism, CLE credit by the Commission on Professionalism.

This course has been approved by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education for 4.25 general hours of CLE credit and 1.75 hours of ethics.

This course has been approved by the South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on CLE and Specialization for 6.5 credits including 2.0 ethics.

This course has been approved by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 6.5 hours of credit including 2.0 dual hours.

This seminar has been approved by the NFPA for 6.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education credits, including 2.0 hours in ethics. The Seminar Group is an NFPA Approved Provider.

GA Insurance
This course has been approved by the Georgia Insurance Department Agents Licensing Division for 7.0 hours.

If this seminar has not been approved for the credits you require, let us know and we will look into it for you.

Information on Continuing Education Credits


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Attorney $550.00
2 or more $525.00
Government / Non-Profit $425.00
Other Professionals $390.00
New Associate $390.00
Other Professionals $390.00
Student $327.00
All Sessions $93.00
All Sessions $431.00
All Sessions $431.00
All Sessions $50.00

Fee Description

Cancellation Policy

We will refund your tuition less a $50 cancellation charge if we receive your cancellation by 8/24/2012.


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This seminar is being held at:
Cobb Galleria Centre
Two Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 770-916-2800
Please call the venue for directions/questions. A block of guest rooms has been reserved at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Atlanta-Galleria until 8/16/12. To reserve, call 888-458-7128 and mention The Seminar Group.
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