Anne Marie O’Brien was the headline speaker at a continuing education seminar for over 100 local insurance industry professionals on December 13, 2012.
The group of Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America is more commonly known by its acronym: The Big I. It is comprised of professionals from both Nebraska and Iowa.
The presentation focused on recent legal decisions affecting property and casualty insurance. The members of the Big I have frequently asked Mrs. O’Brien to speak on a variety of insurance topics so that members can reach their continuing legal education goals. At the seminar, Mrs. O’Brien discussed several, seminal Nebraska Supreme Court and 8th Circuit decisions of first impression that affect insurance coverage and limitations. These include Nelson v. American Home Assurance Company, ___F.3d__ No. 12-1638 (8th Cir. Dec. 6, 2012); Buckeye State Mutual Ins. Co. v. Humlicek,284 Neb. 463, __N.W.2d __ (Oct. 12, 2012) and D & S Realty, Inc. v. Markel Insurance Co., 284 Neb. 1, 816 N.W.2d 1(2012) among others.
The members had numerous questions as to how these decisions affected their industry and whether they should give additional advice to policy holders who may be looking for this type of coverage.
Mrs. O’Brien speaks often to insurance industry groups in the Midwest on coverage issues, policy interpretation, legal nuances of insurance law and other issues that relate to policy holders.
On November 6, 2012, Firm Partner Bill Settles spoke to a group of students in the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Clarkson College. The topic of the presentation was “Common Charting Errors”. Mr. Settles frequently teaches classes concerning medical-legal issues to nursing and medical students, residents and fellows in all specialties of medicine, and office managers and hospital administrators. Mr. Settles’ presentation explained the purposes of medical charting, described the use of the medical chart in litigation, and set forth common charting pitfalls for practitioners to avoid. The purpose of the presentation was to familiarize the students with the litigation process and to provide them with pointers that may help them avoid being sued. It has been the Firm’s experience that good charting practices are the best defense to medical malpractice claims, and we attempt to reinforce those practices to young practitioners whenever possible.
Matt Bock Graduates From the Leadership Omaha Class 34
Partner Matthew Bock recently graduated from the Leadership Omaha Class 34, along with other future community leaders from his class. Leadership Omaha is a program of the Greater Omaha Chamber that consists of a ten month study of community issues to promote leaders to strengthen and transform the community. This is the 34th year of Leadership Omaha, one of the longest running community leadership programs in the nation.
The Firm Welcomes Daniel Hassing
The Firm welcomes Daniel Hassing as an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Hassing graduated, cum laude, from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with degrees in Spanish and Psychology. He attended law school at the University of Nebraska College of Law where he graduated with high distinction and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif, an honary society recognizing the top students of each graduating class. Following graduation, Mr. Hassing served for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable William Connolly, a Justice on the Nebraska Supreme Court.