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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. based law firm with offices nationwide and in London. The firm's national reputation spans the insurance industry, the financial services sector, and other highly regulated industries. Hinshaw also serves as counsel to the professional services sector, and provides business advisory and transactional services to clients of all sizes.