Cozen’s Melissa White to Speak at the 2015 CLM Annual Conference

The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) is a national organization created to meet the needs of insurance professionals in the claims and litigation management fields.  Founded in 2007, CLM currently has over 25,000 members.  It holds an annual conference each year with collaborative educational sessions focused on all facets of the insurance industry that is attended by 1800 people.

This year’s conclave is in Palm Desert, California on Wednesday, March 25th, through Friday, March 27th, and one of the speakers is Cozen’s Melissa O’Loughlin White.  A link to the conference can be found here.  Melissa will be speaking at a Thursday afternoon session on “Institutional Bad Faith:  Are You Insulated?”  The presentation will share strategies crafted to reduce corporate exposure to and increase the predictability of costs and outcomes associated with institutional bad faith litigation, including: (1) pre-litigation posturing; (2) procedural safeguards; (3) techniques to reduce discovery costs; and (4) litigation strategies.

Melissa practices in Cozen’s Seattle office and chairs the Global Insurance Department’s Appellate Practice Area, focusing on all aspects of federal and state court appeals.  She supports trial teams by identifying and preserving appellate issues during trial, and she handles briefing and oral argument on appeal.  She also devotes a portion of her practice to advising insurers about coverage issues and claims-handling practices and defending against allegations of bad faith.  She is a frequent speaker on a number of topics, ranging from practical tips about whether to pursue an appeal to new case law updates with a focus on emerging trends.

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Cozen O’Connor represents insurance clients in jurisdictions throughout the U.S. against statutory and common law first- and third-party extracontractual claims for actual and consequential damages, penalties, punitive and exemplary damages, attorneys’ fees and costs, and coverage payments. Whether bad faith claims are addenda to a broader coverage matter or are central to the complaint, Cozen O’Connor attorneys know how to efficiently respond to extracontractual causes of action. More
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