Upgrade Your Remote Litigation Skills

December 2021

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Upgrade Your Remote Litigation Skills

Published: CLM Magazine

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a reality for the legal profession that feels like a science fiction novel, with a shift to remote trials, court appearances, and depositions. Is the concept of the attorney (or judge, juror, or deponent) appearing remotely here to stay? If virtual appearances continue at any level of frequency, here are critical things to consider and ways to improve remote litigation.

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Recent Developments in Excess, Surplus Lines, and Reinsurance Law

Published: ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal

Case law affecting the excess and surplus lines insurance industry addressed a number of issues in the last year, including the issue of exhaustion of underlying insurance and what a policyholder must establish in order to trigger coverage for excess insurance policies and the proper allocation of damages for insurance coverage. Key decisions in each area are discussed below.

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Gray•Duffy Named to U.S. NewsBest Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2022 List

For the seventh consecutive year, Gray•Duffy has been recognized as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. NewsBest Lawyers® for the firm’s work in Insurance Law. “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that involves the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by firms. 

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Timothy Thornton Included in The Best Lawyers in America 2022

Congratulations to Partner Timothy Thornton on being selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022. This marks Tim’s twelfth year on the list for his work in Insurance Law.

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This case involved the construction of a pool, spa, surge tank and hardscape improvements at the Plaintiff’s property in Sherman Oaks, CA. Our client supplied and delivered decorative blocks for a pre-cast screen wall.

After being retained to defend the client after they were served with a Cross-Complaint, we conducted an investigation to compare the universe of claims being alleged against the client’s scope of work. This investigation revealed that none of the Plaintiff’s claims implicated the client’s scope of work, and we demanded that the client be dismissed. After some back and forth discussions, it was agreed that our client would be dismissed. Thus, before our answer was due, the client was dismissed.

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These articles are necessarily general in nature and do not substitute for legal advice with respect to any particular case. Readers should consult with an attorney before taking any action affecting their interests.

Please Note: This article is necessarily general in nature and is not a substitute for legal advice with respect to any particular case. Readers should consult with an attorney before taking any action affecting their interests.