Counsel for the Insured: A Delicate Balance (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $140 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 8/31/2018


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the September 2015 webcast, Counsel for the Insured: A Delicate Balance.

Topics covered include:

  • Who is the defense counsel’s client?
  • Are the duties owed the insurance company merely contractual?
  • Can the insurance company limit the representation provided to the insured?
  • Is the scope of the insurance coverage a matter upon which the defense counsel can advocate on behalf of the client?
  • What are the limits of client confidentiality?
  • How independent can the defense counsel be in the representation?

In an insurance contract, the insurance company and insured client owe to each other certain duties; this is especially evident should a claim arise under the contract. If the claim involves litigation, a third party—the defense counsel—is introduced into the relationship. The defense counsel is engaged by the insurance company, but represents the insured. What happens when the interests of the insurance company and the insured client diverge?

This seminar will review the delicate role of the defense counsel in this area, and detail the duties owed to the insurer and insured.

In addition, our experienced speakers will offer various “best practices” to assist participants in the seminar to successfully navigate through these potentially difficult, though commonly arising, situations.




Charles M. Allen, Goodman Allen & Filetti / Richmond

Charles Allen is a founder and the managing shareholder of Goodman Allen & Filetti.  His practice focuses on providing clients a wide range of intellectual property, commercial, product liability, professional liability, and complex litigation services.  His extensive experience in intellectual property litigation, patent prosecution, trademark and copyright registration earned the firm recognition as a listed Go-To Law Firm® of a top U.S. company in intellectual property for the last six years.  Mr. Allen has served as an adjunct professor of law at T.C. Williams Law School (University of Richmond), Liberty University School of Law, and The Judge Advocate General's School of the Army.  He served as the chair of the Virginia State Bar's Standing Committee on Professionalism, and is a frequent lecturer on litigation techniques including the use of technology in litigation, as well as ethics and professional issues.


Jessica M. Flage, Goodman Allen & Filetti / Norfolk

Jessica Flage joined Goodman Allen & Filetti following her graduation from American University Washington College of Law in 2007.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from The George Washington University in 2004 with a double major in Communication and Psychology.  While in law school, Ms. Flage worked for the United States Department of Transportation and for the Maryland State's Attorney's Office.  Her experience at the Department of Transportation brings a unique perspective to clients in the defense of claims in catastrophic injury cases as well as in product liability matters. Additionally, Ms. Flage gained invaluable litigation skills that she continues to hone as she focuses her practice primarily in the areas of medical malpractice defense litigation, healthcare, and product liability defense.

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