New York, NY, November 08, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- About P. Wayne Pickering
Mr. Pickering is a partner in the Houston law firm of Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, L.L.P. He was born in Lawrenceville, Illinois, and attended Eastern Illinois University, graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Business. He worked in the oil industry from 1978 - 1989 as an accountant, financial analyst, and operations analyst. While continuing to work full time, he attended the University of Houston Law Center and obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in December 1989. Mr. Pickering has been licensed since early 1990, and has been engaged primarily in a litigation defense practice since that time.
Mr. Pickering’s legal experience includes many years of experience at both the trial and appellate level in numerous facets of insurance litigation. He has handled numerous cases involving coverage issues, “bad faith” claims, and other Texas statutory and common law extra-contractual claims, as well as defending professional liability claims against insurance agents, brokers, and claims adjusters. Mr. Pickering also has authored or co-authored numerous articles, and has edited treatises in the field of insurance law, including “Cornell’s Texas Annotated Insurance Code” (2008 – 2014 editions); “Texas Surplus Lines Regulations – Recent Legislation;” “Lessons Learned from Hurricane Ike;” “Don’t Take ‘No’ For An Answer: A Discussion of Recent Cases From the Supreme Court of Texas Affecting Your Rights As A Policyholder;” and “Overview of Insurance Agents’ and Brokers’ Errors & Omissions Liability.”
About Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP
Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP is a Texas litigation boutique firm with offices in Houston, Dallas and Austin. The insurance practice group of MDJW is one of the premiere insurance coverage and bad faith litigation firms in Texas. MDJW has the expertise to assist the insurance industry from the claim stage all the way through the appellate stage. At the claims stage, MDJW provides its clients with objective interpretations on a wide variety of insurance contracts. When disputes arise, MDJW provides creative advice on the rights and obligations of the parties to an insurance contract.
In litigation, MDJW routinely prosecutes and defends coverage lawsuits across Texas and in other jurisdictions as well. When MDJW clients are alleged to have committed bad faith, Insurance Code violations, deceptive trade practices, violations of the Stowers Doctrine, or other acts of negligence, MDJW is regularly retained to defend those allegations and to take those cases to trial.
Because MDJW recognizes that helping its clients avoid claims and lawsuits is one of the greatest services a law firm can provide, MDJW also works with insurance clients in drafting policy language to avoid future litigation and is frequently called upon to provide training to adjusters and agents to minimize future risks.
In settling underlying claims, disagreement and dispute between the policyholder and its insurer commonly emerge. Insurers face the risk of being exposed to bad faith claims and liability when they decline an injured party’s reasonable settlement offer. Insurers and their counsel must be well-versed with the scope of the duty to settle, the commonly used tactics, and the available options to be able to avoid bad faith situations, or at the very least, be equipped with a winnable defense.
In this two-hour live webcast, a panel of key thought leaders and professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group will offer best strategies in Reducing Insurers’ Bad Faith Litigation Exposure. The panel will also provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of Bad Faith Litigation in Reasonable Settlement Offers.
Key topics include:
- Bad Faith Claims – A Legal Primer
- Duty to Defend and Duty to Settle
- Commonly Used Tactics
- Legal Options for Insurers
- Best Practices to Reduce Litigation Exposure
About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register for an event, please visit: http://theknowledgegroup.org/