Murchison Partner Jean Lawler to Speak on Attorney-Client Privilege in Insurance Litigation at ACCEC Insurance Law Symposium

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Murchison Partner Jean Lawler to Speak on Attorney-Client Privilege in Insurance Litigation at ACCEC Insurance Law Symposium

Jean M. Lawler

Murchison & Cumming Partner, Jean M. Lawler

Jean M. Lawler will present “Waiving Goodbye to the Attorney Client Privilege in Insurance Litigation: Express, Implied, and Subject Matter Waivers”, together with a co-presenter, at the inaugural American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC) Insurance Law Symposium to be held March 21, 2014 at the University of Mississippi Law School in Oxford, Mississippi.

Ms. Lawler, a founding member of the Board of Regents of the ACCEC, is a senior partner and the immediate past managing partner of Murchison & Cumming, LLP. She is a former chair of the firm's Insurance Law practice group and regularly represents insurers, brokers and agents in complex coverage, bad faith and professional liability litigation. Her presentation will include a discussion about the legal and practical effects of using "advice of counsel" as an affirmative defense in bad faith litigation seeking extracontractual and punitive damages, including the scope of the implied waiver of the attorney-client privilege when the “advice of counsel” defense is asserted and ways to plan and prepare in advance of litigation for potentially eventually waiving the privilege where suit against the insurer is anticipated.

ACCEC brings together preeminent lawyers representing the interests of both insurers and policyholders to improve the quality of the practice of insurance law and to increase civility and professionalism in it's field. Their mission includes educating all sectors involved in insurance disputes — including the judiciary, legal and insurance professionals, and businesses — on critical topics such as best practices in policy formation and claims handling, developing trends in insurance law, and bad faith.

About Murchison & Cumming, LLP
With a firm history dating to 1930, Murchison & Cumming, LLP is a premier, AV-rated civil litigation firm with five offices in California and Las Vegas, whose attorneys specialize in the defense of domestic and international businesses, insurers and individuals, at trial and on appeal. The firm's attorneys also handle employment matters and business transactions. The firm is a member of the USLAW and Insuralex Network. For additional information, please visit our website at

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