Maximizing Insurance Contributions in Mediated Settlements

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, February 10, 2011

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This CLE course will provide plaintiff and defense counsel and mediators with best practices to maximize insurance contributions when resolving cases through the mediation process.


Insurance coverage is often a determining factor in whether cases settle during mediation and in crafting the terms of a settlement. Plaintiff and defense counsel are increasingly scrutinizing insurance policies during mediation to determine how liability and damage issues square with the policy.

To help ensure an efficient mediation session and a successful outcome, attorneys for the plaintiff, defendant and insurance carrier should coordinate early in the case to discuss and resolve insurance coverage issues.

Listen as our authoritative panel—including plaintiff and defense attorneys and a mediator—examines the important role that insurance plays in settling cases through mediation. The panel will discuss strategies for plaintiff and defense counsel and mediators to maximize insurance contributions when resolving cases through mediation.



  1. The role of insurance in mediation
  2. Insurance-related issues arising during mediation
    1. Scope of coverage
    2. Attorney-client privileged communications
    3. Disclosure of mediation communications
  3. Best practices for addressing insurance issues in mediation
    1. For plaintiff counsel
    2. For defense counsel
    3. For mediators


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What role does insurance coverage play in settling cases through mediation?
  • How do issues of attorney-client privilege and confidentiality typically arise during mediated negotiations related to insurance coverage?
  • How can parties to a mediated settlement best maximize insurance contributions when negotiating an agreement?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


John L. Watkins
John L. Watkins

Barnes & Thornburg

He is a business litigator and a registered mediator. As a lawyer, he represents domestic and international companies...  |  Read More

Sherilyn Pastor
Sherilyn Pastor

McCarter & English

Ms. Pastor is the Practice Leader of the firm’s Insurance Coverage Group. She has secured hundreds of millions of...  |  Read More

Kimberly M. Melvin
Kimberly M. Melvin

Wiley Rein

She represents insurers in connection with coverage issues related to professional liability lines of coverage,...  |  Read More

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