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Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
November 8, 2017 - Deadline to Nominate a firm or Individual to be in the Member Spotlight or Community Showcase
"Member Spotlight" and "Community Showcase" are two BestConnect features that put the focus on qualified members that have significant achievements in the insurance industry or that have made a valuable impact on their communities, both locally or around the world. If you would like to nominate a firm or individual to be featured, download our "Member Spotlight" or "Community Showcase" nomination forms and make your submissions by November 8th. BestConnect is published bi-monthly. Your nomination will be considered for the May issue. For additional information visit our "Member Spotlight" FAQ and "Community Showcase" FAQ.
Submit your articles for the November edition of BestConnect by November 14, 2017!
The January 2018 issue of BestConnect is projected to be released during the 2nd week of January. If you are a qualified member and have an article or firm announcement that you would like us to consider, please email your submissions directly to by November 14, 2017. Let us know if you would like the article to be posted, for free, in your online listing as well.

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The Insurance Law Podcast is a series that examines timely insurance issues from an attorney's point of view. Each installment features guest speakers that are prominent attorneys from across the country who specialize in insurance defense. All podcasts are published by A.M. Best and available for download. Transcripts of our podcasts are available. Please visit our Insurance Law Podcast home page to see our complete podcast series and view recent transcripts.
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Posted: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017
Attorneys Jennifer Parrot and Melody Kiella of the law firm Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP in Atlanta, GA address the impact of electronic data devices on defense litigation and their effect on future trucking cases.

Posted: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017
Attorney Al Goldberger discusses active areas of risk in interscholastic sports and how carriers are responding to claims involving injuries resulting from assaults and other intentional acts.

Posted: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017
Attorney Nicole Tackett from the law firm of Vernis & Bowling of Charlotte, North Carolina discusses the special issues that arise in trucking claims as they relate to workers' compensation claims in North Carolina.
To listen to these podcasts and others, visit our Podcast Archive.
We would like to thank all of the participating attorneys and their firms for their input and support as we continue to produce these informative and valuable discussions.

Reptile Hunters: Insurers' Defense Counsel Respond to Next-Wave Plaintiff Strategies
Many plaintiff's attorneys have embraced what's become known as the "Reptile Approach," in which attorneys seek to persuade jurors by appealing to primitive survival instincts. In this webinar, a panel of legal experts will discuss where the approach is being used, situations in which it is particularly effective, and how insurers and their defense counsel can respond.
Panelists include:
  • Nathan Edmonds, senior partner, Secrest Wardle
  • Irwin Kramer, managing partner, Kramer & Connolly
  • Lance Ewing, executive vice president of Global Risk Management for Cotton Holdings Inc. and former president of the Risk and Insurance Management Society
  • Rick Woollams, property/casualty claims consultant and former president of Global Commercial Claims for AIG
Register to watch the webinar playback.

Pileup in Commercial Auto
Some insurers are reporting a more difficult market for commercial auto, which remains highly competitive. A panel of insurance and claims experts examine what's driving litigation and losses, how companies' underwriting is changing and how ride-hailing services and autonomous vehicles are poised to change the sector. Panelists include:
Register to watch this webinar playback.

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