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The Defense Never Rests
62 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
102 - Let's Talk About.... Cannabis
What do you know about insuring cannabis products and navigating the related claims? Whether it is used for recreational or medical purposes, cannabis has an element of uncharted territory. But is it all that different from insuring another crop? Or how about a pharmaceutical product used for medical purposes? Some say not so much and others believe it is polar opposite. This week on the Defense Never Rests we are joined by Brayden York who is the insurance and risk manager at a cannabis company and we take a dive into the particular challenges of this booming industry. Not only are there challenges because this is a newer industry with regulations and laws that change quite rapidly. But also, while cannabis is a crop it also has pharmaceutical elements and is used for that purpose – thus insert more regulations that require compliance Not to mention how it is permitted to be manufactured, produced and distributed varies widely depending on your country and/or state. There is a lot to pack into this episode and we do our best. What do you think are some of the challenges cannabis industry faces with insurance and claims?
68 minutes | Jan 6, 2022
101 - Insider Look at Public Entity Claims
How are the risks of a public entity different? Or maybe the better question to ask is: how does one approach a claim against a public entity differently? This week on the Defense Never Rests, we are joined by Eileen Fay, SVP and Head of Claims at Berkley Public Entity and we dive into the nuances of public entity claims. In some respects, they are not all that different from claims against private entities or individuals. However, when we are talking about claims against townships or police and fire departments there is certainly a distinct finesse that is necessary in defending that claim. What we also often forget, a lot of these entities are in small towns or departments where everyone knows everyone. For that reason, the counsel is VERY important. Eileen weighs in on the specific nuances she has seen with public entities but also dives into her path that brought her here. Even if these types of claims are foreign to you, you do not want to miss this dynamic discussion.
49 minutes | Dec 30, 2021
9 (Replay) - Mediation
In this throwback episode, host Patricia Baxter is joined by cohost Oliver Brooks to welcome their guests. Two well-respected and widely used mediators, Judge Michael Snyder, the newly elected Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and Barbara Lyons. Judge Snyder has been mediating cases at The Dispute Resolution Institute since 2014 after retiring from the bench and Barbara Lyons has been mediating cases for over 25 years at the Bucks County Mediation and Arbitration Center. What do you think? Let us know! We want to hear from you!
54 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
8 (Replay) - Balancing Life, Career, and Family
Juggling family and career is tough for so many people. While this topic certainly isn't new, talking about it is still so important! In this throwback episode, host Patricia Baxter is joined by Kara White, Meghan Henry, and Scott Rybny. Tune in and listen to the experiences of 4 family-oriented, busy professionals with different backgrounds and struggles.
58 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
100th Episode: Then and Now
64 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
99 - Careers and Parenthood
For our parents out there, what was the biggest challenge you faced professionally as a young parent? For many expecting mothers, the first challenge is TELLING your employer. What will they say? What type of reaction will you receive? When do you even break the news? What does this mean for your career trajectory? So many questions swirling around what is one of the happiest and exciting periods of one’s life. This week on The Defense Never Rests we bring back Helen Yoon, Karly Wannos, Esq. and Jamie Szal to take a deep dive into firm and corporate culture for parents and particularly the challenges young parents face trying to juggle careers with life. But more importantly, we discuss what changes companies and firms can make to retain talent. This is not a new topic, by any means, but always an important one. If you are an expecting parent, a new parent, a "seasoned" parent or, even more importantly, a manager or leader, this is a must listen.
67 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
98 - Defense Counsel Do’s and Don’ts: Candid Advice from a Claims Adjuster
Which of your defense counsel’s characteristics really impress you? Could it be an executive summary at the start of a report? Picking up the phone to discuss an issue or ask a question? Better yet - what do they do that you absolutely loathe? We attorneys may not want to admit it, but alas, that list may be longer. It might even get so bad that you explore switching counsel. This episode of “The Defense Never Rests” is dedicated to discussing the “do’s” and “don’t’s” of defense counsel from an adjuster’s perspective. This week we are joined by Morgan Dooley, who very candidly shares her likes and dislikes. She holds nothing back and, frankly, it is refreshing. In fact, if you do not follow Morgan on LinkedIn, you should start. Like right now. She is very candid about her opinions on…well…everything. But particularly her assigned defense counsel. Given how much fun we had, we have to believe it will be the last time Morgan joins us on this podcast either! If you handle claims, we are sure you can weigh in on this subject and we would love to hear from you. Don’t be afraid to share tips for defense counsel!
26 minutes | Nov 25, 2021
5 (Replay) - Lawyers Choose The Top 10 Legal Movies of All Time
Recognize this? “You can’t handle the truth!” Or this? “The two yutes.” Well those are pretty easy! But what about this: “…now imagine she’s White” In this episode, The Defense Never Rests is taken over by Nate Bohlander and Oliver Brooks, who are joined by Ashley Johnson and Tyler Williams. Have you ever wondered how realistic movies about the law really are? Are they, like most things which come out of Hollywood, sensationalized to draw audiences to theaters? Or do they retain some element of truth and candor about the legal profession? After generating a list, they discuss the top 10 legal movies according to our office.
66 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
97 - Single Mother's Road to General Counsel
What drives you each day to keep working toward your professional goals? Better question…do you know what those goals even are? Some of us are determined to put in the work solely to best serve our insureds. Others it could be monetary rewards or promotions. And for some, providing for our families are the reason we are motivated to succeed. It also could be a number of things. But for each and every one of us, there is some fire inside that drives us. Even if you do not consciously realize it is there. For our guest this week on The Defense Never Rests, Nicole Pielli, General Counsel of First Tek, Inc. she is driven to succeed not only to provide for her family but as an example to her daughter as to why you work hard. I think many of us can relate to this. Nicole has worked tirelessly as a single working mother to make sure her daughter has all the opportunities available to her that she deserves. But also she wants to be a positive example of what we can accomplish if you put the work in. And Nicole definitely put in the work! Not only has she proven herself in private practice, at a big four accounting firm and now as GC at a large technology company, but she sat for the bar a mere few weeks after giving birth. And passed. I would say she wears a cape and has a super power of pure grit and determination. That is certainly a positive example for her daughter – way to go Nicole! If you do not know why you put in the work or what your goals are, you should not miss this podcast. Nicole’s story will certainly inspire you. So, asking again, what drives you to succeed?
17 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
96 - Hot Topics in Trucking (Part 3) | 2021 TIDA Annual Seminar
How does the average juror view the trucking industry? You know what we mean, does the average individual have a positive or negative opinion of truckers. As we approach the holiday season with warnings of supply shortages and we are worrying about getting those all important gifts in time, I would venture a guess that the average person is relying on the trucking industry quite a bit. Even if we may not always be consciously aware of it. We needed it 18 months ago when we were not leaving our homes. We need it today and we will certainly need it tomorrow. Simply said, we, as a society, need the transportation industry. On this installment of Hot Topics in Trucking, my dear friend and fellow Philadelphia attorney Jared Shafer jumps into the hot seat to discuss the latest issues we are seeing in the trucking industry. Jared is no stranger to defending catastrophic lawsuits and the specific challenges he has seen his clients face over the years. He dives into how we can humanize companies and help change the dialog. How do you think we should change the dialog?
18 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
95 - Hot Topics in Trucking (Part 2) | 2021 TIDA Annual Seminar
15 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
94 - Hot Topics in Trucking (Part 1) | 2021 TIDA Annual Seminar
What do you think are the hot topics the trucking industry is facing right now? Driver shortage… Nuclear verdicts... Or is it something else? This week on the Defense Never Rests we launch a new series: Hot Topics in Trucking where I set up a special podcasting booth at the TIDA Annual Conference and jumped into the upcoming trucking trends and what we can do to prepare for what is to come. First up is Andrew Stephenson a seasoned litigator with years of defending national trucking companies from catastrophic claims who was brave enough to be the first one to sit down at the podcast booth. Andrew brings a surplus of knowledge and experience wherein he can offer his insight as to what is hot now and what we should look out for next. He also tried to take over my job as host… If you work in claims in the trucking industry, this series is a must listen. What do you think we need to be ready for next?
56 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
93 - Confessions of a Risk Manager
When you assign your outside counsel, did you ever stop and think about the traits you’re seeking? Maybe it is an aggressive approach to litigation. Maybe it is mental dexterity. Maybe both. Perhaps trial experience is an absolute “must.” Perhaps you just genuinely like working with them. No matter what characteristics your outside counsel exhibits, chances are they are different from other risk managers and claims handlers across the country, let alone the globe. This week on “The Defense Never Rests,” we are joined – again – by Matt Margolis, who, after years of private practice, recently moved on to become the Director of Legal & Risk Management at Lloyd Jones. In this episode, we talk about not only the transition from firm attorney to risk manager, but also what traits he looks for when he hires outside counsel. Given his background, Matt offers a truly unique perspective. Just a few months ago, he was being assigned files from the people in the very seat in which he now sits! Matt can still vividly recall working up the defense of a file. But now he is the one asking the tough questions and making the big decisions. Most importantly, he’s learned what he likes (and loathes) in outside counsel. Spoiler: brevity in reporting is preferred! Matt also talks about how tough it was to “let go of the reins” and let someone else – someone who he might not have ever met and with whom he only recently started working – steer the ship through litigation. And, of course, if you have tuned into other episodes with Matt, you know he is a fun and engaging guest that is easily recognized as Matt the Millennial Lawyer! What challenges have you faced when managing outside counsel?
66 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
92 - Corporate Depositions: Tips from a Claims Professional
Undeniably, not the sexiest event during litigation. But, in many cases, it might just be the most vital piece of your defense. There are so many elements to consider to achieve a successful corporate designee deposition. Responding to the deposing counsel’s notice. Choosing the right deponent. Preparing the designee. This week on the Defense Never Rests we are joined by Wade Vandiver, who breaks down corporate designee depositions for us. He not only practiced defending extra-contractual and coverage claims, but spent the bulk of his career at a carrier where he managed outside counsel in their defense of these claims. In fact, he might even be an expert on this topic as he has sprung his experience into his own consulting business. But today we got him for free! During his career he has witnessed the good and the bad..…and wants to share his tips and tricks to a successful deposition. But also how to manage your counsel to get the best results for your case. What do you think are the most important factors when preparing for corporate designee depositions?
67 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
91 - Fixing Gender Bias in the Workplace
Do you know how implicit gender bias is impacting your workplace? It is not always easy to spot and the best of us may be guilty of it as well. Each year, nearly half of graduating law students are women. However, the number of women in partnership or managerial positions is grossly disproportionate to men. This trend is not just seen in the legal field. Women in managerial positions across professional industries, including the insurance industry, are more likely to be male-dominated. Why do we continue to see this happening? We tackle that very question this week on the Defense Never Rests with a lively panel of women - Jamie Szal, Karly Wannos and Helen Yoon – to take a deep dive into gender and racial bias in the work place. We discuss our personal experiences and observations during the course of careers but also some tactics we’ve used to overcome barriers in our way. Which starts with being our true authentic selves. The more important question we raise is: what can we do to change it?
56 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
90 - Imposter Syndrome in the Courtroom
65 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
89 - The Career of a Sports Lawyer
Have you wondered how to become a sports lawyer? What does a sports lawyer do? In this episode of The Defense Never Rests podcast, we are joined by Sam Burum, associate counsel for Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment. Sam currently works with the New Jersey Devils and The Philadelphia 76ers behind the scenes and he is here to answer those questions!
66 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
88 - The Evolution of Insurance Claims
This week on The Defense Never Rests we are joined by Porter Nelms, VP of Claims at Premier Group Insurance Company, who after over 25 years in the industry has witnessed first hand how the insurance industry is changing with the times.
64 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
68 (Replay) - Becoming a Victim of Identity Theft
In this throwback episode of The Defense Never Rests, hosts Meghan and Oliver are joined by Daryl Sanchez. Tune in to hear about his experience in the professional world, and what happens when your identity becomes stolen.
60 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
64 (Replay) - Ethical Pitfalls in Claims
In this throwback episode, hosts Meghan and Scott are joined by Manny Emandulis, Corporate Vice President at Kaufman Financial Group. They discuss ethics in an unethical world while offering insight on what leads people to make unethical decisions, how to spot it, and how to prevent it.
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