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Title Firm Location/Date/Firm Name
Secrest Wardle Executive Partner Caroline A. Grech-Clapper Accepts Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law 2014 Award (Troy, MI) Oct. 16, 2014
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
Dickie McCamey President Inducted Into American College of Trial Lawyers
(Pittsburgh, PA) Oct. 15, 2014
McKay Firm Attorney Selected as a Member of 2014 Midlands Legal Elite (Columbia, SC) Oct. 15, 2014
McKay, Cauthen, Settana & Stubley, P.A.
Will Johnson Named the Columbia Chamber Young Professional of the Year (Charleston, SC) Oct. 14, 2014
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
The Daily Record selected James W. Constable to Receive the 2014 Leadership in Law Award
(Baltimore, MD) Oct. 8, 2014
Secrest Wardle Executive Partner Caroline A. Grech-Clapper Nominated For 2014 Excellence in Advocacy Award (Troy, MI) Oct. 8, 2014
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
Secrest Wardle Partner Krystal D. Hermiz Attends In Defense of Christians Summit in Washington, D.C. (Troy, MI) Oct. 6, 2014
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
Secrest Wardle Sponsors Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth Event (Troy, MI) Oct. 6, 2014
Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex and Morley, P.C.
Barnwell Whaley Welcomes Member Attorney David S. Cox (Charleston, SC) Oct. 1, 2014
Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, L.L.C.
Stetson Law Grad Shaun Cummings Joins Henderson Franklin's Litigation Team
(Fort Myers, FL) Oct. 1, 2014
The Third Quarter Issue Is Now Available
Best's Directories' Free Quarterly E-newsletter
 
 
Featured in This Issue:
 
Special Report: U.S. M&A Activity for P/C & Reinsurance Focuses on Global Diversification
Global merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the property/casualty (P/C) and reinsurance industries continued at a steady pace in the first half of 2014. Based on A.M. Best research, 35 P/C and reinsurance deals were announced globally during the first six months of 2014
. Read more...
 
Also in This Issue:
We are pleased to feature Ronald L. Richman in this edition's Member Spotlight. Mr. Richman is a partner in the San Francisco office of Bullivant Houser Bailey PC. Recently, the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section honored Mr. Richman with its Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award. Read more...
 
Zarwin Baum is dedicated to serving the community through charitable and philanthropic activities. For over 50 years, the firm and its members have contributed their time, energy and economic resources to improve the quality of life in their community and its residents. Read more...
 
For the Record - What our Listees are Writing:
Accelerated Settlement Solutions by Blackburn Group, Inc.
In this age of "instant" communication and expectations, many claim practitioners feel the added pressure of finding solutions that often are out of their immediate control. Read more...
 
It's the Law - Legal Precedents Impacting the Insurance Industry
In Nebraska, the five-year statute of limitations for underinsured motorists begins to run at the date the UIM claim is denied by the carrier. In New York, the Court of Appeals held that a post-modification that rendered a safe product unsafe created an issue of fact on a motion for summary judgment in a design defect claim case. Read more...
 

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Our Directories listees share groundbreaking cases, innovative strategies and important thought leadership that affect the insurance industry. To learn more about the "Member Spotlight," visit our FAQ page or download our Nomination Form.
 
 
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The Insurance Law Podcast Series examines timely and important legal issues affecting the insurance industry, from an attorney's point of view. Past topics have included regulatory compliance, sports law, negligent security and more.
 
To see our complete series of Insurance Law Podcasts, visit:
Posted: Mon, 29 Sep 2014
Attorney Irwin Kramer from the law firm of Kramer & Connolly in Baltimore, Maryland, discusses the flaws with billing by the hour and suggests alternate fee arrangements between insurance companies and law firms.
Posted: Thu, 04 Sep 2014
Attorney Jeffrey Rapattoni, shareholder in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, discusses the burden of medical provider fraud on the insurance industry.
Posted: Tue, 03 Jun 2014
Attorney Charles C. Lemley at the law firm of Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C. discusses bad faith liability in the state of Florida and what insurers should be aware of.

If you like to be featured in a podcast, or have a suggestion for a podcast topic, please contact Directories Group Editor John Czuba or call (908) 439-2200, ext. 5673.

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Law DigestThe Law Digest serves as a summary of the insurance laws for each state and the Canadian Provinces. Our aim is to provide a reference source for each state and province that covers some of the general insurance principles in leading case decisions. We search for law firms that are of excellent reputation and sufficient size to undertake and fulfill the responsibility of revising the laws.

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Legal Precedents Impacting the Insurance Industry within the Past Year:
 
Ontario courtesy of McMillan LLP of Toronto, ON
The following sections have been significantly expanded: Accidental Means; Bad Faith Claims; Fraud; Limitation of Rights and Time for Commencement of Action (Limitation Periods); Privileged Communications; and Waiver and Estoppel.  A new section entitled "Damages" has been added containing information in respect of compensatory damages, damages for mental distress, aggravated damages, and punitive damages.  Smaller supplements appear in the sections entitled "Disability", "Fire Insurance", and "Liability Insurance".