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Ethical Considerations in No-Fault Litigation

SKU: ETH450
Total Credits
1 - 1.2
Price$50
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Description

No fault litigation occupies an interesting place in the legal system. A method of avoiding the costs and hassle of legal battles, no-fault litigation comes with some potential pitfalls of its own, not the least of which is the ethical considerations of working slightly out-of-bounds of the standard system.

This CLE course will explore those ethical considerations and how to navigate them in the process of no-fault litigation. The course will cover how to maintain clear communication in the absence of the customary attorney/client relationship, creating effective retainer agreements and avoiding conflicts of interests. Special attention will be paid to the issue of confidentiality and client advertising and solicitation.

The course will also cover the issues of privileged communications, how to handle lack of cooperation by the insured, punitive damages, excess letters, intentional acts, reservations of rights, and adverse representation. The course will conclude by addressing coverage questions.

Lecturer Bio

Gail L. Ritzert, Esq.

Gail L. Ritzert focuses her practice on insurance coverage and insurance defense matters, concentrating in both the coverage and defense of catastrophic injury cases arising from construction accidents, products and premises defects, transportation claims, and the defense of municipalities and schools. She works closely with national construction and electrical contractors, real estate developers, property managers and franchisors. She serves as regional counsel handling transportation claims for a national conglomerate, and works with interstate trucking concerns to develop risk management protocols and litigation strategy. She also utilizes her training and experience in the representation of pre-school, primary and secondary educational and technical institutions against claims arising from their instructional programs, student supervision, extra-curricular activities, intramural and interscholastic athletics, and student placement.

A highly experienced trial attorney, Gail has tried numerous cases to successful conclusions in all courts in the New York metropolitan area. Gail has also served as the regional seminar coordinator for one of the largest domestic insurers. Gail is a frequent lecturer and has spoken extensively for the Defense Research Institute, the Defense Association of New York, the National Business Institute, the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association on topics including construction law and trial strategies, catastrophic injuries, litigation of insurance coverage disputes, medical malpractice, supplemental underinsurance and uninsured motorist claims and ethics. She is a past president of the Defense Association of New York and has served as the New York State representative to the Defense Research Institute.

Gail graduated cum laude from Pfeiffer College in 1982, received a Master’s Degree in Education from Frostburg State University in 1986 and her Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law in 1989. She is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, and before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.



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