What follows is a blog post by me on June 25, 2009. I can't resist reposting it because the 2015 Insurance Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Liability Seminar is nine days away. The Program Chair this year is the below-mentioned Chris Martin. And the below-mentioned Bill Kobokovich will hold forth on "Handling Multi-Claimant and Multi-Insured Bad Faith Exposures." (And, of course, Tony Zelle succeded me as Chair of the Insurance Law Committee.) What is old is new again. And I predict another synergistic and dynamic experience. I'll see you there. Meanwhile, here's that blog post, vintage 2009:
"Were you at the bad faith seminar in Boston last week? Wasn’t it great? Historically, the Insurance Law Committee has done this program every other year. People who do bad faith litigation, or handle that kind of claim, really look forward to it. In my opinion, there was no disappointment this year. Congratulations to the program chair and vice chair, Tony Zelle and Bill Kobokovich.
There were many high points of the seminar. One of the best was a panel discussion on litigating “institutional bad faith.” The panel consisted of the aforementioned Bill Kobokovich (Travelers), Chris Martin (Martin Disiere, et al) and Richard Fabian (RiverStone). A lot of people told me how much they learned from the panel. The really cool part was that Chris had just gotten a defense verdict, in an institutional bad faith case against Bill’s company, the week before. And, get this; the senior partner of the plaintiff law firm that lost the case was in the audience there in Boston. I don’t believe he submitted any questions to the panel. : )
In any event, I felt the whole program had an outstanding “vibe.” The education, networking and collegiality were synergistic, creating a dynamic atmosphere. Did you feel the same way? To me, the atmosphere in a seminar can make all the difference in the world.
I don’t see how anyone who handles bad faith matters can miss the Insurance Law Committee’s semi-annual seminar." Click here to register for the DRI Insurance Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Liability Seminar in Chicago, June 17–19.