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Pragmatic Issues on Settlement Versus Trial for Legal Malpractice Cases

June 21, 2019

WSHB Partner Phil Grennan Leads Panel on Hot Issue

(Boston, MA) A panel of national thought leaders will address the hot topic of settlement versus trial in the context of a legal malpractice claim at the upcoming CLM Cyber, Management, and Professional Liability Conference at the Boston Waterfront Hotel on July 11, 2019.

“Attorneys on the receiving end of a legal malpractice action likely have a decided opinion on whether to try or resolve the case,” explained Phil Grennan, a nationally acclaimed litigator with the Seattle and Portland offices of WSHB. Grennan, who will lead the panel of thought leaders, explained “as retention’s erode and reputations are on the line, the inclination to find justice and absolution collide with accolades to settlement.”

Ascertaining the fine line between trial and settlement will be explored in depth together with strategies which can be employed on any case where the lawyers are alleged to have mishandled the prosecution or defense of a claim.

Grennan will host the panel Pragmatic Issues on Settlement Versus Trial for Legal Malpractice Cases alongside Reed Millsaps with DWF Claims, lawyer Cristina Yannucci, and Jessica Zimmerman with York. Collectively, this panel will address the unique pragmatic issues that arise in the defense of a legal malpractice lawsuit.

“Decision making whether to defend through trial or potentially move towards a settlement can cause tension between the defendant attorney and the carrier,” said Grennan. “Differing perspectives that could occur between both parties will naturally make the situation much more difficult which gives us opportunity to discuss the pragmatic concerns, pitfalls and solutions.”

Phil Grennan is a partner in WSHB’s Seattle and Portland offices. His practice concentrates on complex, general civil litigation, including the defense of personal injury claims, professional liability, construction accidents, automobile tort and underinsured motorist claims, premises liability, and environmental/toxic torts.

About the CLM:

The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) promotes and furthers the highest standards of claims and litigation management and brings together the thought leaders in both industries. CLM’s Members and Fellows include risk and litigation managers, insurance and claims professionals, corporate counsel, outside counsel and third party vendors. The CLM sponsors educational programs, provides resources and fosters communication among all in the industry.

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