Reptilian Tactics: Litigating First-Party Insurance Cases
Responding to Reptile Techniques During Discovery, Deposition, Voir Dire, Opening Statement, Cross-Examination, Closing Argument
A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A
This CLE webinar will guide insurance counsel on applying the "reptile theory" in first-party insurance cases. Our panel will explore tactics used by counsel for insureds to leverage this litigation strategy and steps insurers can take to neutralize them effectively. The panel will also discuss considerations in preserving for appellate review any challenges to using the reptile theory.
- Overview of "reptile" theory
- First-party insurance cases
- Anticipating and preparing for the reptile theory
- Preventing the foundations for reptile arguments during depositions
- Disarming reptile themes and testimony at trial
- Practical considerations
The panel will review these and other relevant issues:
- How does the application of reptile theory differ in first-party insurance cases?
- What preemptive steps can insurers and their counsel take to combat reptile tactics?
- What impact has the reptile theory had on insured's recoveries in first-party insurance cases?
Cassandra V. Meyer
The Cavanagh Law Firm
Ms. Meyer concentrates her practice on litigation and insurance coverage. She has a diverse litigation practice,... | Read More
Ms. Meyer concentrates her practice on litigation and insurance coverage. She has a diverse litigation practice, working with insureds and self-insured clients primarily in the areas of premises liability, auto liability, commercial liability, professional liability, liquor (dram shop) liability, and products liability. Ms. Meyer’s insurance coverage practice focuses on commercial lines as well as personal lines. She practices in the areas of first-party as well as third-party coverage and bad faith defense, including workers’ compensation bad faith defense. Among Ms. Meyer’s clients are insurance companies, individuals, businesses, and licensed professionals. Ms. Meyer has authored and presented numerous CLE seminars in the areas of litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith.Close
Michael J. Needleman
Reger Rizzo & Darnall
Mr. Needleman is a Partner in the Firm’s litigation section, and handles insurance defense, insurance coverage,... | Read More
Mr. Needleman is a Partner in the Firm’s litigation section, and handles insurance defense, insurance coverage, and employment litigation matters. He has delivered lectures to the insurance industry on various topics, and has taught several CLE classes on a variety of subjects.Close
Robert H. Wright
Horvitz & Levy
Mr. Wright handles appeals and writs covering a broad range of substantive law, including tort liability and damages,... | Read More
Mr. Wright handles appeals and writs covering a broad range of substantive law, including tort liability and damages, products liability, employer liability and employment issues, assumption of the risk, and issues specific to public utilities. He has presented over 30 arguments before the state and federal appellate courts, including arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and each of the districts of the California Court of Appeal. Mr. Wright a frequent contributor to state and national legal publications and a featured contributor to the Washington Legal Foundation on the issue of mass torts-asbestos.Close
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