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March 7, 2019

Included on the highly anticipated list of 2019's Outside Counsel of the Year is Stephen Henning, one of the co-founders of WSHB. Henning will be one of the honorees during the opening ceremonies of the CLM Annual Conference that takes place on March 15, 2019, in Orlando, Florida. Outside Counsel of the Year Honorees were announced earlier this month by the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). This highly coveted national award is the result of an arduous nomination process by the entire membership, the largest professional organizations of lawyers, general counsel and claim professionals in the United States....

March 1, 2019

National law firm Wood, Smith Henning & Berman LLP (WSHB) announced the opening of its North Carolina office, bringing the total number of offices nationwide to 24. Leading this office is prominent trial attorney William Silverman. Mr. Silverman enjoys a well deserved reputation for consistent results throughout the Carolinas in complex commercial litigation. His practice areas include construction and corporate disputes, insurance coverage, first and third party insurance bad faith litigation, environmental, and catastrophic injury matters. He is an "AV Preeminent" rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been listed in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite in the Young Guns and Construction categories. Mr. Silverman comes to the Firm from a seven year tenure at Wall Templeton, where he served as a Shareholder. ...

February 27, 2019

WSHB partner Michelle Arbitrio will lead a panel entitled "Tangible Strategies for Combatting Unconscious Bias against Women in the Workplace without Risking Backlash" at the 3rd Annual Women in Insurance Leadership ExecuSummit on March 6, 2019. Joan Simone of AmTrust, Antoinette Parker of Berkley Pro, and Erika Nelson of Allied World will also participate in the panel presentation....

January 18, 2019

Following almost two years of litigation, the Fresno office of WSHB has obtained the dismissal of a firm client from two consolidated class action complaints. Both the Micheli and Flannery actions were filed in the Fresno County Superior Court and alleged that the City of Fresno and its contractors were responsible for adverse water quality throughout North East Fresno, damaging resident’s plumbing systems. The proposed class would have included tens of thousands of homes. Our client was a contractor to the City that was alleged to have contributed to corrosion by failing to follow industry standards when installing water meters in thousands of locations. Following initial discovery, WSHB filed a motion for summary judgment arguing that none of the named plaintiffs could prove that our client had performed work on their property. The proposed class representatives therefore lacked both standing and evidence of causation. The motion further argued that under the case of Baltimore Football Club, Inc. v. Superior Court (Ramco, Inc.) (1985) 171 Cal.App.3d 356, 359, the named plaintiffs lacked standing to sue our client in a representative capacity....

January 10, 2019

We're pleased to announce the opening of our newest office in Ventura County, bringing the firm's office count nationally to 23. With the addition of the Ventura location, WSHB enjoys an on-site presence in nine of the largest population centers in the California, the largest state in the nation. "Our impetus in opening Ventura County is client driven, repeated requests for a local presence to service the growing legal needs in not only Ventura, but Santa Barbara and the Central Coast," said Stewart Reid, Managing Partner of WSHB. "We enjoy national recognition as leaders in litigation with a strong trial record of consistent results which has created intense interest in a local presence for this geographic region. Centrally located, the Ventura County office will service and complement our myriad of practice areas including business disputes, labor and employment, transportation, real estate, construction, medical negligence to agricultural exposures to name a few."...

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