Deposition Strategies in Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation: Best Practices Explored
Claim handler's depositions play a significant role in insurance coverage disputes. However, these types of disputes often include several underlying factors that the use of credible witnesses and experts, and the preparation of depositions become prone to risks and damages.
With the risks and challenges lining up on coverage and bad faith litigation, it is imperative to plan a deposition strategy that includes a comprehensive knowledge of the policy and fundamental matters and can manage bad faith and insurance fraud competently.
In this LIVE Webcast, civil litigation lawyers Michelle Burton (Shoecraft Burton, LLP) and David C. Berwin (Evans & Dixon, L.L.C.) will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of coverage and bad faith litigation. Speakers will also present important issues concerning this significant topic and will provide practical deposition strategies to help policyholders and insurers deal with this rapidly evolving field of law.
- Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation – An Overview
- Liability Coverage Disputes
- Representative Testimony in Coverage & Bad Faith Claims
- Notable Rules and Cases
- Risks and Damages
- Practical Deposition Strategies
Michelle Burton, Managing Partner
Shoecraft Burton, LLP
- Accessing credibility
- Preparing the witness for your theory of the case
- Objections and the rules of evidence
- Interlacing your theme when responding to questions
- Reviewing the key documents
- Tricky issues
David C. Berwin, Member
Evans & Dixon, L.L.C.
- Depositions of claimed
- Bad faith claims (Missouri focus)
- Difference between 1st and 3rd party as well as the interpretation of a claim file
Who Should Attend:
- Insurance Lawyers
- Insurance Agencies
- Insurers and Policyholders
- Financial Advisors
- Claims Representative
- In-house Counsel
Michelle Burton is the Managing Partner of Shoecraft ♦ Burton LLP, a boutique civil litigation firm specializing in complex insurance coverage, bad faith defense, insurance defense, professional liability, and regulatory compliance. Ms. Burton has obtained numerous jury trial defense verdicts for her clients against multi-million dollar claims throughout California. In addition to her trial practice, Ms. Burton is a Certified Appellate Specialist and has authored and argued numerous appeals addressing insurance-related matters including the leading case on rescission in California.
She has served as the President of the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (2018) and has been recognized as a Lawyer of Distinction in Civil Litigation (2015-2020), Super Lawyer (2018-2020), Avvo Top-Rated Lawyer (2018) and in Lawyer Monthly’s Women in Law Awards (2018). She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor open to only one percent of lawyers, for her commitment to the legal profession and her community.
Michelle Burton is the Managing Partner of Shoecraft ♦ Burton LLP, a boutique civil litigation firm specializing in complex insurance …
David Berwin is a Member in the Civil Litigation Department of Evans & Dixon, LLC. Mr. Berwin has handled a multitude of complex litigation at the trial and appellate Level, in the state and federal courts of Missouri and Illinois. He has lead and co-chaired multiple trials to verdict throughout his 11 years of practice. He currently represents BMA Management, Ltd. now known as Gardant Management, the largest provider of Supportive Living Facilities in the state of Illinois.
He specializes in the areas of insurance defense, construction law, trucking law, employment law, products liability, premises liability and other complex litigation in Missouri and Illinois. He is known as an aggressive lawyer who thinks “outside of the box” by focusing on the early evaluation of claims which empowers his clients to assess risk and determine a strategic course of action at the early stages of litigation. He works to maximize the efficiency of his client’s time and resources to navigate an inefficient legal process.
Mr. Berwin is an active member, in good-standing, of the Missouri Bar, the Illinois Bar, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, The United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
He is a current member of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce.
David Berwin is a Member in the Civil Litigation Department of Evans & Dixon, LLC. Mr. Berwin has handled a …
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Method of Presentation:
On-demand Webcast (CLE)
General knowledge of insurance law
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About Shoecraft Burton, LLP
Shoecraft ♦ Burton, LLP is a multi-practice boutique civil litigation firm that provides proactive, cost-conscious and aggressive legal services tailored to its clients’ goals. The firm practices throughout California and its lawyers are not just litigation specialists but litigation strategists experienced in all aspects of litigation and the appellate process. Shoecraft ♦ Burton, LLP lawyers possess an unmatched ability to anticipate legal hurdles upfront and design a litigation plan to overcome them as they successfully maneuver through the pitfalls of litigation.
About Evans & Dixon, L.L.C.
Evans & Dixon is a full-service, regional law firm with seven offices located across the Midwest. We deliver comprehensive legal counsel in the key areas that affect today’s businesses: corporate, environmental, healthcare, intellectual property, and labor and employment law. Our litigation and dispute resolution team has a strong record of success representing clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts, and in arbitration and administrative proceedings. And our renowned workers compensation group — where we first made our name as a legal provider of choice — continues to provide top-quality, cost-effective counsel to employers and insurers.
Our clients are as diverse as our firm and come to us from virtually every sector of the Midwestern and national economies. In Missouri alone, we represent 80% of the top Fortune 500 companies in the state. While the breadth of our client base is a recognized strength, we have also developed industry-specific teams in construction, real estate, healthcare, insurance and manufacturing, enabling us to provide focused solutions that anticipate and address the unique challenges and goals of clients in these areas.