Reptilian Tactics: Litigating First-Party Insurance Cases
Responding to Reptile Techniques During Discovery, Deposition, Voir Dire, Opening Statement, Cross-Examination, Closing Argument
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course 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?
Ms. Gurries is experienced in handling business and construction defect litigation, subrogation and contribution... | Read More
Ms. Gurries is experienced in handling business and construction defect litigation, subrogation and contribution actions, and declaratory relief and bad faith litigation, including complex law and motion work. She also provides coverage analysis of complex first- and third-party claims and has extensive experience in all phases of litigation including mediation and arbitration.Close
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
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