Scott Seaman to Speak on Duty to Defend and Defense Cost Issues

March 22, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Scott M. Seaman, a Chicago-based partner and co-chair of the firm's national Insurance Services Practice Group will be speaking in an upcoming Strafford live webinar, "Insurer's Duty to Defend: Pre-Tender Costs, Target Tender Issues, Non-Covered Claims and Parties, Uninsured Periods" scheduled for Wednesday, June 14, 12:00pm-1:30pm CDT.

The insurer’s duty to defend or reimburse defense costs is a subject that raises a host of important issues that are frequently subject to disputes and litigation.  Some of the most commonly disputed issues include:  the scope and limitations on the duty to defend; what constitutes defense costs; when and whether independent counsel is required; whether fees are reasonable; whether an insurer is entitled to recoup defense costs for non-covered claims; and whether a policyholder is entitled to recover pre-tender defense costs.  Of course, the long-running coverage battle persists regarding allocation of defense costs.

Scott will provide the perspective of counsel representing insurance companies and his co-panelists Sherilyn Pastor of McCarter and English and Linda Kornfeld of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman will provide perspectives of counsel representing policyholders.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a U.S. law firm with 450 attorneys located in 11 states and London. Founded in 1934, the firm has a national reputation for its insurance industry work, its representation of professionals and law firms, and its closely coordinated business advisory, transactional and litigation services. We serve clients ranging from emerging and middle-market businesses to Fortune 500 companies, as well as governmental and public sector clients.