Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
More than 800 attorneys strong, Wilson Elser serves clients of all sizes across multiple industries. It maintains 38 domestic offices, another in London and enjoys more extensive international reach as a founding member of Legalign Global.  The firm is currently ranked 56th in the National Law Journal’s NLJ 500.
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30 Apr 2024 Webinar: New York United States

New York City partners Ellen Greiper and Eugene Boulé will present “How the Recent RICO Complaints Change the Defense Landscape and What Insurance Companies Need to Do,” a Wilson Elser Forum webinar, on April 30, 2024. This webinar will focus on the implications of plaintiffs increasingly using civil RICO charges to pursue racketeering allegations against attorneys, doctors and other medical providers with varying degrees of success.

Defendants are refusing to testify during the pendency of these RICO actions, resulting in juries being disbanded or mistrials declared in existing matters. Importantly, a trend toward widespread fraudulent RICO claims is emerging, and numerous plaintiffs’ law firms have been identified as bad actors in this regard.

This webinar will explain the protocols our teams are using to assert counterclaims and present affirmative defenses, resulting in motions brought by plaintiffs’ counsel to withdraw their representations.

02 May 2024 Panel: New York United States

Otis Felder has been invited to join the Recreational Boating Committee panel at the 125th Anniversary Celebration Kickoff of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, to be held May 1-3, 2024, in New York City. Other speakers are from the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Boat and Yacht Council. Otis will address developments in marine recreation law following his involvement in two Ninth Circuit cases. Topics include the enforceability of liability waivers under Ehart v. Lahaina Divers Inc.; limitation proceedings following Williams Sports Rentals Inc. v. Willis (In re Complaint & Petition of Williams Sports Rentals, Inc.); and indemnity and duty to defend. Otis has been a Proctor Member in the MLAUS since 2020 and has spoken at many of its past events on various topics, including marine insurance and maritime security issues.

More information is available on the event website.

09 May 2024 Webinar: New York United States

Ashley Gilmore (Partner-Dallas, TX), Erik Tomberg (Partner-Raleigh, NC) and Blake Crawford (Of Counsel-Dallas, TX) will present “Navigating the Duty to Defend and the Insured’s Right to Independent Counsel,” a Wilson Elser Insurance Coverage Master Class, on May 9, 2024. They will explore the frameworks for determining when a liability insurer has a duty to defend its insured and when the insured has a right to select independent counsel. Topics include the rules for reviewing the underlying pleading, whether extrinsic information can be considered, when a conflict of interest exists requiring independent counsel, and rate and reporting issues pertaining to independent counsel. General principles will be discussed, as well as specific rules in five key jurisdictions: California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas.

10 May 2024 Other: Albany United States

Kadeem Wolliaston (Associate-Albany, NY) will join Hon. Mae D’Agostino, a judge for the Northern District of New York, to present on Law Day 2024, sponsored by United States District Court for the Northern District of New York in partnership with the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association. The event is an annual commemoration to celebrate the rule of law and cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal system. This year’s “Voices of Democracy” Law Day theme encourages Americans to participate in the 2024 elections by deepening their understanding of the electoral process. Kadeem and Judge D’Agostino with speak with high school students about participation in democracy. Topics include Understanding the Electoral Process, Discussing Issues Honestly and Civilly, and Turning Out to Vote.

14 May 2024 Webinar: New York United States

Susan Schwartz (Partner-Dallas, TX), Tommy Spitaletto (Partner-Dallas, TX) will present “The Art of Mediation,” a Wilson Elser Insurance Coverage Master Class, on May 14, 2024. They will host mediators who have waded into the murky depths of the coverage battle in the first-party and third-party contexts. Discussions will be practical and enlightening to the professional audience. Issues include how best to present a coverage dispute for the mediator’s consideration, and what coverage counsel need in their toolbox to help the mediator focus on the essential factual and legal issues that need resolution. The mediators will discuss the types of information – or behaviors – that are counterproductive to their efforts. They will guide attendees in knowing what works and what does not in preparation, presentation and success in the mediated case.

16 May 2024 Webinar: New York United States

Richard Boone Jr. (Partner-New York, NY), Jonathan Meer (Partner-New York, NY), Richard Bortnick (Of Counsel-Philadelphia, PA) and Siobhán Mueller (Of Counsel-New York, NY) will present “The Ever-Evolving World of Cyber Coverage,” a Wilson Elser Insurance Coverage Master Class, on May 16, 2024. This program will flag the growing areas of cyber-risk and the impact of cyber regulation on claims specialists and cyber insurers. An update on evolving cyber language in the lines of business and a focus on the current trends in first- and third-party coverage are included. The program will conclude with thoughts on threat actors and their use of growing regulations to threaten organizations, changes in cyber policies, and actions related to disputes over business interruption.

23 May 2024 Webinar: New York United States

Jennifer Martin (Partner-Dallas, TX), Peter Moore (Partner-McLean, VA) and David Simantob (Partner-Los Angeles, CA) will present “Avoiding Bad Faith: Defending, Settling and Properly Handling Claims,” a Wilson Elser Insurance Coverage Master Class, on May 23, 2024. There are certain bedrock principles that can help insurers avoid bad faith claims: diligent investigation of claims, efficient claims handling, and appropriately evaluating both the duty to defend and the duty to reasonably settle claims. This session will provide a coherent overview of bad faith coverage principles and outline some of the key differences across jurisdictions. The presenters will address strategies for early identification of potential bad faith scenarios and bad faith “set ups” by unscrupulous attorneys, as well as practical advice for avoiding bad faith claims and appropriately resolving them when they arise.

28 May 2024 Webinar: New York United States

Peter Moore (Partner-McLean, VA), Daniel Tranen (Partner-St. Louis, MO), David Simantob (Partner-Los Angeles, CA) will present “Three Is the Magic Number: The Tripartite Relationship and What It Means for Insurers,” a Wilson Elser Insurance Coverage Master Class, on May 28, 2024. The presenters will define the tripartite relationship and what it means for each member: the policyholder, the insurer and the appointed defense counsel. They will describe how this relationship impacts the lawyer’s ability to act for the policyholder and for the insurer that pays its bills. This relationship limits what the lawyer can do to avoid conflicts of interest and what this means for the insurer. Finally, this relationship can lead to conflicts that may require the withdrawal of defense counsel and the potential appointment of independent counsel, and what that means for the insurer as well.

30 May 2024 Webinar: New York United States

Richard Boone Jr. (Partner-New York, NY), Jonathan Meer (Partner-New York, NY) and Katherine Tammaro (Partner-Madison, NJ) will present “Insurance Coverage Litigation Strategies: How to Sue and Be Sued,” a Wilson Elser Insurance Coverage Master Class, on May 30, 2024. The presenters will address effective and efficient litigation strategies including how, when and where to file; removal; offensive motions to dismiss; discovery for motion practice; and when trial might be a realistic possibility in coverage litigation. Discussions will be in the context of what’s hot and what’s not in current litigation trends.

16 Jul 2024 Conference: Chicago United States

Stu Miller (Partner-New York/White Plains, NY | West Palm Beach/Orlando, FL) will present at the 2024 ClaimsXchange Trial Academy to be held July 16–18, 2024, in Chicago, Illinois. A team comprising some of the nation's finest defense lawyers will guide attendees on a transformative journey through the art of trial advocacy. The three intensive days cover Pre-Trial Strategies all the way through Summation and Closing Arguments.

More information is available on the event website.

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