While every case involves initial and continuing analysis and evaluation, we believe that there are additional components required in the defense of a self-insured entity or policyholders of insurance carriers that involve certain practical applications and tasks: 1) compliance with procedures and protocols; 2) planning and budgeting for specific activity; 3) accurate and timely reporting, and 4) working closely with the client to obtain the facts and evidence necessary for an optimal result in the case.
An optimal result may be a defense verdict in a case selected for trial or a resolution, as early as possible. We recognize the necessity of being cost-effective in either situation.
We are particularly aware of these needs because two of the four attorneys in the firm, Anita O’Meara and Leigh Bechtle, have previously served as staff-counsel for three insurance carriers: Travelers, Zurich, and AIG. We bring one of the most significant aspects of staff-counsel to our practice and that is our accessibility to the claims professionals, as to cases in progress and any matters in which there may be questions or advice needed. Jim Tupitza served as panel counsel for Kemper Insurance Company in real estate agent defense litigation. He has served in the same role for FIrst American Title Insurance Company, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, and as state counsel for the Guarantee Title and Trust Company.
Our experience has shown two significant things that work and are successful in litigation:
First, that the claims professionals are knowledgeable and informed as to their claims files, the facts, and the fundamental principles of law involved in most cases and,
Second, that the concept of teamwork and close consultation with them has the end-result of winning cases. This has been proven to be true, time and again.