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Join us January 15th for presentations on Selective Tenders and Risk Transfer-Related Issues, Bad Faith Liability, and Obligations & Options in Managing Insurer-Imposed Billing Guidelines.

When: 1/15/2016
From 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP
222 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois  60601
United States
Contact: Sandra Wulf

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2:00 - 3:00 

Selective Tenders and Risk Transfer-Related Issues
Presented by: William K. McVisk, Johnson & Bell, Ltd.

Bill McVisk will discuss the various methods parties use to transfer the risk of loss, including contribution, indemnity agreements and statutory limitations on indemnity agreements and additional insured endorsements.  Mr. McVisk will discuss the changes in standard additional insured endorsements and the impact of those changes on coverage for the additional insured, and the use and interpretation of blanket contractual additional insured endorsements.  He will also discuss and the targeted tender doctrine and the limitations on the use of targeted tenders. 

3:00 - 4:00

Bad Faith Liability
Presented by: Jill B. Berkeley, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP, Michael Early, Chicago Underwriting Group and Bennett R. Heller, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

This panel will discuss the rights and the duties of the insured, the insurer, and defense counsel in settling underlying lawsuits. Topics discussed will include: what are the obligations of an insurer with regard to negotiation and funding a settlement; what are the obligations of defense counsel when there is a policy limits demand; when can an insured settle without the insurer’s consent; and when can an insured and the underlying plaintiff agree to settle for more than the policy limits, limit collection against the insurer only, and provide the defendant with a full release and covenant not to execute. 

4:00 - 5:00 Obligations & Options in Managing Insurer-Imposed Billing Guidelines
Presented by: Seth D. Lamden, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP and Michael L. Young, HeplerBroom LLC

This panel will discuss defense counsel's rights and ethical obligations to the insured when asked by an insurer to comply with billing guidelines. Topics discussed will include: whether billing guidelines are enforceable; which guidelines must a defense attorney refuse to follow; how a defense attorney should handle reporting when it learns confidential information from the insured that could affect coverage; how defense attorneys can maximize the likelihood that their bills will be paid in full when submitting them to insurers for reimbursement. 



Jill B. Berkeley, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP
Jill B. Berkeley is a partner with Neal Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP in Chicago, Illinois. She represents corporate and professional policyholders and claimants in coverage disputes and serves as an expert witness, arbitrator and mediator. Ms. Berkeley is a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel and is active in the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section.


Michael Early, Chicago Underwriting Group
Michael has been Assistant General Counsel at Chicago Underwriting Group, Inc. since 2000. Mike handles Director and Officers Liability and Lawyers Professional Liability claims. Prior to joining Chicago Underwriting Group, Mike was in private practice in Chicago, engaged in commercial litigation, bankruptcy and professional liability defense matters. Mike was also an attorney with the City of Chicago Department of Law Commercial and Policy Litigation Division, where he acquired a great deal of trial experience defending the City of Chicago.

Bennett R. Heller, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Ben Heller is an experienced coverage and defense lawyer who focuses his practice in the areas of professional and general liability, employment practices liability, and also serves as coverage/monitoring counsel for directors and officers liability. Over the past 27 years, Ben has had the opportunity to represent insureds and their carriers in a wide variety of litigation.  Ben has lectured in the areas of claims avoidance, risk and claims management, case evaluation, and alternative dispute resolution. He has also participated in numerous client presentations and publications.
Seth D. Lamden, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP
Seth D. Lamden concentrates his legal practice on assisting policyholders in enforcing their rights to insurance coverage.  Seth has written seven book chapters and more than 40 articles on topics relating to insurance coverage. Seth is the former chair of the IDC Insurance Law Committee. He currently serves as the ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section.
William K. McVisk, Johnson & Bell, Ltd.
William K. McVisk concentrates his practice on complex insurance coverage litigation, and hospital law and medical liability. Mr. McVisk has handled all areas of coverage and bad faith litigation, especially third-party bad faith and coverage litigation involving commercial general liability, hospital professional liability and physicians professional liability coverages.
Michael L. Young, HeplerBroom LLC
Michael L. Young is a partner with the St. Louis office of HeplerBroom LLC, with an emphasis in the practice of insurance law. He represents both insureds and insurers in complex insurance coverage matters at all stages of the claims process. Mr. Young is a 2014 Missouri Kansas Supers Lawyers Rising Star in Insurance Coverage, an A.M. Best Recommended Insurance Attorney, and a Certified Litigation Management Professional. He is also a member of the IDC, serving its Insurance Law Committee.



We have applied for 3.0 hours of Illinois CLE Credit, including 1.0 hour of professionalism credit.

In addition, we have an application pending for 3.0 hours of Texas CE Credit.

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