Tressler attorney Danita Davis will be presenting at the 2022 Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF) Annual Meeting on Friday, September 16th at the Westin Chicago River North. She will be presenting with Alan Palmer Jacobus and Jennifer Groszek. Their presentation is titled "Preventing the Train Wreck: Pre-Claim and Post-Service Assistance of Former and Existing Clients & Ethical/Coverage Implications of Sanctions Arising from Litigation Conduct." We look forward to seeing you there!
Friday, September 16, 2022 from 10:50am CST-11:40am CST
Westin Chicago River North
320 N Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654
About the Presentation:
Before there is a formal claim, former or existing clients often materialize for the “afterthought”, ancillary questions/strategy, or to deal with unanticipated situations that have spawned from the professional services previously provided. Clients often request further assistance with a matter that has not gone according to plans or expectations. In some instances, the attorney is asked to perform more of a “claims handling” type role, assisting with information gathering and strategy assessment. What are the benefits, and risks, of assisting a client in such circumstances? What are the traps to watch for, and avoid? What if the client takes a hard-lined position to discovery, and counsel, to sanctions? What are the potential coverage implications if sanctions are awarded? The presentation will provide practical considerations with respect to both a professional’s pre-claim and post-service assistance of a former or existing client, along with ethical and coverage implications of sanctions related to discovery and other litigation conduct. The discussion will also weave in ethical and practical considerations in defending and avoiding sanctions and sanctionable conduct. Practice tips and strategies will be discussed to avoid and defeat claims, without inadvertently making the situation worse.
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About Danita Davis
Danita Davis is Co-Chair of Tressler's Insurance Practice Group. She also practices with the Litigation Defense Practice Group. Danita represents insurers in matters regarding first party property residential and commercial disputes, commercial general liability coverage, professional liability coverage, liquor liability coverage and employment practices liability coverage, among others. She advises insurers regarding a broad range of matters involving state and federal law throughout the country. She regularly appears in court on both routine and contested matters, participates in oral argument and conducts all facets of discovery and trial preparation. She has many favorable outcomes through dispositive motion practice in cases involving coverage and liability issues. Danita also has experience in alternative dispute resolution, having represented clients in settlement conferences and at mediations and arbitrations. Additionally, she has experience defending policyholders in suits alleging a wide range of claims, including but not limited to, premises liability, general negligence, vicarious liability, wrongful acts, contractual disputes, business torts, wrongful employment practices and wrongful acts and intentional conduct.
The Professional Liability Defense Federation™ is a not-for-profit organization designed to bring together attorneys, claims professionals and risk management specialists to share expertise and information helpful to the successful defense of professional liability claims. Click here to learn more.