Ethical Duties of Insurance Defense Counsel to Preserve Coverage
Strategies for Preventing Discovery of and Handling Information the Insurer Could Rely Upon to Deny Coverage
Includes 90 Minutes of Ethics Credits
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will discuss the ethical and practical duties and obligations of counsel appointed to defend the policyholder with respect to preserving coverage for the policyholder. The program will discuss ABA Formal Opinion 08-450 and related Model Rules of Professional Responsibility, what appointed counsel is expected to know about coverage issues, and how appointed counsel could structure discovery to avoid coverage issues in various types of cases. The program will also consider estoppel and the legal obligations of an insurer that has obtained from defense counsel information that supports denying coverage when defense counsel was unaware it did so.
- How the issue arises
- Relevant Model Rules and opinions
- ABA Formal Opinion 08-450
- Model Rules: 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7
- Obligations and options if appointed counsel has information:
- Possibly affecting coverage
- Almost certainly vitiating coverage
- Avoiding coverage issues in discovery
- Estoppel to deny coverage using information defense counsel did not know affected coverage
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What level of knowledge must appointed counsel have about coverage issues under the Model Rules?
- What is the best strategy if the policyholder seeks coverage to which the policyholder is not entitled after defense counsel has explained the matter?
- How can and should defense counsel take affirmative steps to preserve and protect coverage in discovery and throughout the case?
Renee C. Callantine
Cornerstone Law Group
Ms. Callantine is the head of the Firm's insurance coverage practice. Her practice is primarily concentrated on... | Read More
Ms. Callantine is the head of the Firm's insurance coverage practice. Her practice is primarily concentrated on representing policyholders in coverage disputes, including litigation over alleged bad-faith claims handling. She also provides coverage advice and representation at appraisal hearings, and she assists brokers in responding to Department of Insurance complaints. She has extensive experience in property and casualty claims, ranging from personal lines homeowners and automobile policies to complex commercial lines policies. As a CPA, she is often asked to assist with claims and litigation involving complex business interruption losses or other complicated accounting issues.Close
Christina Anne Culver
Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons
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Todd M. Rowe
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete
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