New York, NY

WSHB is proud to announce that Tom Fama, a distinguished partner in our Northern California office, has been selected as a featured speaker at the upcoming CLM Focus Conference set to take place in New York City on November 29, 2023 at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel.

The CLM Focus Conference is celebrated for its emphasis on sharing innovative legal strategies and best practices for insurance, legal and risk management professionals around the nation. With an impressive lineup of industry thought leaders, the conference promises to be invaluable for participants who are interested in remaining on the cutting edge in their respective industries.

Tom Fama, along with distinguished colleagues Bert Dizon of Gallagher Bassett Services, Conor Meyers of Axis Consulting, and Maren Mooney with Stratus Risk Associates, will present "Nothing to Fear: A Closer Look at AI and the Future of Claims” on November 29, 2023 at 9:50 a.m. This engaging panel will discuss the insurance industry’s history of employing data analytics and how the emergence of AI in recent years has impacted the practice. In this presentation the benefits as well as some of the challenges of AI will be discussed and a deeper dive into the use of AI in claims processing will be provided. Claims professionals, attorneys, and brokers will leave the discussion with a better understanding of how to use AI technology to reduce risk and better assess claims.

A partner in WSHB’s Northern California office, Tom Fama’s practice focuses on complex construction claims counseling and defending the nation’s largest home builders against all facets of construction defect and construction accident litigation. He advises home builders on creative alternative strategies and proposals to litigation that have helped clients avoid multi-million dollar lawsuits. He has been recognized by judges and mediators as a creative lawyer that brings practical effective solutions to complex construction situations.

Tom also brings his honed litigation skills to all aspects of real estate including title insurance claims, boundary disputes, easements, mechanic’s liens and broker professional liability. Tom regularly counsels clients navigating difficult agency disputes between brokers and sales associates as well as advising brokers on proper disclosures of a sales transaction during escrow. He devotes a significant amount of his practice to counseling real estate brokers in Northern California on emerging areas of exposure in real estate law and guides brokers through the preparation and formation of agency relationships.

He has successfully defended professional and product liability matters, businesses against personal injury claims and counsels home builders in contractual matters with subcontractors. Tom secured favorable results for his clients in litigated matters, including receiving defense verdicts for lenders, general contractors and veterinarians. He is highly skilled in all facets of litigation, including trial and appeal. He is a licensed real estate broker and licensed to practice in Bankruptcy Court for the Northern and Eastern District of California.

Tom is an active CLM member and regularly speaks on panels at seminars across the nation, discussing new and emerging trends with insurance claims, management of claims and litigation in the construction and real estate industry. Tom is the president of the Sigma Chi alumni board at the University of the Pacific.

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