Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law
Friday, May 04, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Cobb Galleria Centre
2 Galleria Parkway Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30339
$349 / Each Additional
Registration Includes Course Book
Continuing Legal Education
- GA CLE - 6.00
- Insurance - 6.00
Hone Your Skills as an Expert UM/UIM Practitioner
Statistics say that six out of ten drivers on the road carry inadequate or no insurance. With the largely voluntary nature of UM/UIM insurance coverage and rapidly changing statutory and case law, you have your work cut out for you. Don't struggle through the mountains of legalese alone. Join us at an engaging analysis of current issues in the law and practice of UM/UIM and get the latest legislative updates along with a balanced view of today's challenges. Register today!
- Analyze real-life insurance coverage scenarios and find out how the courts have interpreted the language.
- Discover what tests are used to clarify the 'made whole' doctrine.
- Get the most out of your medical experts during discovery and in hearings: learn what to ask and how to do it.
- Accurately determine realistic damages to strengthen your position during negotiations.
- Interpret policy limitations and specifications to obtain the most favorable financial outcome for your clients.
- Use effective discovery techniques to find out whether subrogation is feasible and worth it.
- Is a case worth the effort? Take liens and rights of reimbursement into account before the negotiations start.
- Present a realistic settlement demand and support it with conclusive evidence to reinforce your credibility and promote settlement.
- Use the most effective mediation and arbitration strategies to achieve the best settlement possible.
- Let our networking roundtable help you with some of your most difficult issues.
Who Should Attend
This intermediate-to-advanced level seminar will provide an insightful discussion of the realities of UM/UIM practice beneficial for:
- In-House Counsel
- Determining Coverage and Valuing Damages in UM/UIM Cases
- Stacking Insurance Coverage and Uninsured Motorist Set-Offs
- Procedural Tips and Techniques for Handling Subrogation, Rights of Reimbursement and Liens
- Effective Settlement Negotiations and Arbitration
- Bad Faith - An Indelible Part of UM/UIM Practice?
- Special Issues That Can Make or Break Your Case
- Legal Ethics in Insurance Practice
- Roundtable Discussion on Current Trends in UM/UIM/SUM Law and Practice
Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *
Insurance – Insurance: 6.00
* denotes specialty credits
Agenda / Content Covered
- DETERMINING COVERAGE AND VALUING DAMAGES IN UM/UIM CASES
9:00 - 10:00, David J. Blevins
- Legislative and Case Law Update
- Difficult Scenarios of Insurance Coverage Interpretation
- Rental Vehicles
- Out of State MVA With Georgia Policy
- Deemer Clause- Liability Coverage Increase as Affecting Uninsured Motorist Benefit
- Complexities of Applying the "Made Whole" Doctrine
- Subrogation by the UM Carrier
- Liens Against UM Benefits
- Liens Against Liability Coverage as Affecting Traditional UM Policies
- Managing the Complexities of Wrongful Death Claims - Who is the Plaintiff?
- Valuing Soft Tissue and Emotional Distress
- Determining Loss of Capacity
- Tips for Working With Medical Experts
- STACKING INSURANCE COVERAGE AND UNINSURED MOTORIST SET-OFFS
10:15 - 11:15, Michael P. Manfredi
- When is a Negligent Motorist Considered Underinsured?
- Debating the Stacking of Limits for Private and Commercial Policyholders - What do the Courts Say?
- When is a Stacking Waiver No Longer Useful?
- Multiple Coverages
- Stacking in Cases of a Driver vs. Passenger
- Excess of Liability
- Uninsured Motorist Off-Sets: When is the Insurer Entitled to a Set-Off?
- Sample Off-Set Provisions
- Handling Common Uninsured Motorist Set-Offs
- Workers' Compensation
- Social Security
- Personal Injury Settlements
- Arbitrator Considerations
- PROCEDURAL TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR HANDLING SUBROGATION, RIGHTS OF REIMBURSEMENT AND LIENS
11:15 - 12:15, Michael P. Manfredi
- Relevant Statutory and Case Law Update
- Identifying Liens and Determining Their Priority
- Effective Tools for Streamlining the Subrogation Process
- Subrogation of PIP
- EFFECTIVE SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS AND ARBITRATION
1:15 - 2:00, Charles Hoffecker
- Current Law and Latest Court Rulings
- Negotiation Techniques of the Masters
- Using Mediation to Your Advantage
- Arbitration vs. Litigation
- Gaining an Edge With Superior Document Submissions
- BAD FAITH - AN INDELIBLE PART OF UM/UIM PRACTICE?
2:00 - 2:30, Kim M. Jackson
- SPECIAL ISSUES THAT CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR CASE
2:45 - 3:15, Charles Hoffecker
- Preparation and Preservation of Claims
- Handling Conflicts of Law With Other States
- What if the Car has Caused an Accident Without Direct Contact?
- How Will the Latest Appellate Court Decisions Affect Your Practice?
- LEGAL ETHICS IN INSURANCE PRACTICE
3:15 - 4:15, Kim M. Jackson
- Preserving Attorney-Client Privilege
- Determining and Collecting Attorneys' Fees
- Avoiding Conflicts of Interest in Multiple Representation
- ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON CURRENT TRENDS IN UM/UIM/SUM LAW AND PRACTICE
4:15 - 4:30, Charles Hoffecker and Kim M. Jackson
DAVID J. BLEVINS is the shareholder of David J. Blevins PC, located in Dalton, Georgia. Mr. Blevins focuses his practice on personal injury, insurance coverage disputes, probate litigation and civil litigation. His article, “Uninsured Motorist Benefits in Light of Thurman v. State Farm” was published in the October 2017 volume of the Georgia Bar Journal. Mr. Blevins graduated with his B.A. degree from Carson Newman College and he earned his J.D. degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia. He is a member of the Conasauga Bar Association, the Christian Legal Society and the State Bar of Georgia.
CHARLES HOFFECKER is an attorney with Ney Hoffecker Peacock & Hayle, where his practice focuses primarily on representing clients in employment litigation, contract litigation, commercial/business litigation and liability litigation. He has extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts throughout the country. Mr. Hoffecker also regularly conducts arbitrations, mediations and appears in state and federal appellate courts on behalf of the firm's clients. Prior to forming Ney Hoffecker Peacock & Hayle, he practiced law at one of the Southeast's leading litigation firms and also served as an assistant attorney general in the Georgia Department of Law. Mr. Hoffecker is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia. He earned his B.A. degree, with honors, from Albion College and his J.D. degree from Valparaiso University School of Law.
KIM M. JACKSON is a trial attorney and partner with the law firm of Bovis, Kyle, Burch & Medlin, LLC, in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Jackson primarily handles claims involving professional liability, including claims against lawyers, professional licensing, insurance coverage and bad faith, and premises liability. He is a frequent speaker and writes about attorney liability, legal ethics, insurance coverage/bad faith litigation and civil litigation skills. Mr. Jackson graduated with his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Wabash College and earned his J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky School of Law. He is licensed to practice in Georgia, Kentucky and Texas. Mr. Jackson is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, ABA Lawyers' Professional Liability Consortium, Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, and the Atlanta Lawyers Club. Mr. Jackson has been designated as a Super Lawyer every year since 2008, four times being named in the Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia.
MICHAEL P. MANFREDI is an attorney with the Atlanta law firm of Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP, where he focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on premises liability, general liability and insurance coverage. His experience also includes investigating and mediating allegations of deliberate indifference, wrongful death and professional negligence under the Georgia Tort Claims Act. Mr. Manfredi earned his bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Georgia State University School of Law.
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