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Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
March 7, 2018 - 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 March 7th. 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.
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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., Jan., 23, 2018
CPAs Derek Royster and Matthew Curtis from RGL Forensics address valuation testimony, including the application of the Daubert standard in cases and the impact on claims.

Posted: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017
Attorneys Jan Simonsen and Tracy Scott from the law firm of Carr Maloney in Washington, D.C. discuss differences between negligent security and premises liability claims, and the legal standards that apply in these cases.

Posted: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017
Attorney John J. Cloherty III from the law firm of Pierce Davis & Perritano discusses how schools can defend bullying claims and the steps to take to prevent claims of this nature.
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.

What This Year's Catastrophes Revealed About Real-World Claims Handling
Adjusters and other claims professionals examine the claims response to recent storms, including the role of drones, sensors, new data sources and other tools to gather data, investigate cases and adjust claims. This webinar also looks at related regulatory, legal and privacy issues.
Panelists include:
Register to watch the webinar playback.

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 this webinar playback.

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