At the upcoming 2022 CLM Workers Compensation and Retail, Restaurant and Hospitality Industry Conference in Chicago, Craig Derrig, a partner in WSHB’s Chicago office, will be sharing his knowledge and expertise with other professionals regarding the challenges defense counsel encounter when juries are reluctant to hold plaintiffs accountable in cases of contributory or comparative fault. In this session, entitled “How to Hold Plaintiffs Accountable” set to take place on May 19, 2022 at 9:45 a.m., Craig will be joined by fellow industry leaders, Allison Burns of Brit Global Specialty USA, Carly Celmer of Clyde & Co. and Sanjay Shivpuri of Markel Service, Incorporated, as they explore this important topic.
This roundtable discussion will also examine possible causes of this trend as well as biases and perspectives that jurors often hold regarding insurance coverage jury instructions. In addition, the session will include a discussion on the assessment of contributory fault, comparative fault, assumption of risk, and the burden of proof for these defenses.
Craig Derrig is the managing partner of WSHB’s Chicago office. He is a civil litigator who focuses his practice on defending property & casualty, product liability, construction injury, employment and premises liability matters. Craig has built a track record of success representing some of the world’s largest insurance carriers, Fortune 500 companies, architects, engineers, medical professionals, contractors, public entities, and regional and local businesses.
He has trial experience in Illinois state and federal courts and has defended firm clients at numerous arbitration hearings and mediations. He has also successfully briefed and argued numerous summary judgment motions in high exposure cases that have resulted in published opinions in the Illinois state and federal courts. His dedication to the firm and its clients consistently has been recognized by his peers, who have routinely selected Craig for inclusion on Illinois Super Lawyers’ list of “Rising Stars.”