Insurance Law 2018

June 2018

This seminar is approved for 6.4 total WV MCLE AV credits, including 1.2 Ethics/Law Office Management credits.

Review of 2018 Legislative Session

This program will discuss the highlights of the 2018 Regular Session of the Legislature. We will review the bills that passed that affect the insurance industry and the practice of law, as well as those issues that garnered broader interest and debate during the 60-day Session.

Jill Cranston Rice, Esquire 
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP 

A Review of Recent Insurance Law Decisions and a Preview of Pending Insurance Law Cases  

This presentation will focus on insurance law related opinions relevant to West Virginia for the period of June 8, 2017 through June 1, 2018, with a primary focus on those opinions establishing new law or refining established insurance law principles.  The presentation will also focus on insurance law related cases currently pending before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia that are likely to be decided in the next year. 

Michelle E. Gaston, Esquire  
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Tips and Strategies for Making Mediation More Effective

For the most part, insurance issues play a role in just about every mediation. Coverage, policy defenses, exclusions, types of loss, limits, excess policies, pending declaratory judgment actions, etc. This presentation will discuss ways to make the mediation more effective and more efficient. From the initial stages of selecting a mediator with knowledge of insurance issues, to the end stages of how to deal with impasse, we will be discussing tips and strategies for effective mediation.

Stephen J. Dalesio, Esquire 
Dalesio Law - Mediation

Number of Occurrences and Interrelated Wrongful Acts

S. Douglas Adkins, Esquire 
Cyrus & Adkins, Attorneys at Law

Lee Murray Hall, Esquire  
Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC 

Insurance Coverage Issues Regarding a Workers' Compensation and Employer's Liability Insurance Policy  

This presentation will include discussion of the basic structure of a standard WC/EL policy in addition to common coverage issues, based on the standard insuring agreement and exclusions. We will then discuss how deliberate intent coverage works as part of a standard WC/EL policy as well as give an overview on PEO agreements and how they affect WC/EL coverage issues. Finally, we will conclude with  a discussion of multistate policies and multistate workers and assigned risk WC/EL policies. 

Don C. A. Parker, Esquire  
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC 

Panel: Ethical Issues for the Insurance Law Practitioner