Derrig Speaks on Nationally Acclaimed Panel at CLM Annual

WSHB Partner, Craig Derrig, will be sharing his insights and experience regarding the common pitfalls as well as best practices when preparing employee witnesses for deposition and trial at the upcoming CLM Annual Conference. In this high-powered panel, entitled "Employee Witnesses: They Are Ours, and We Have to Embrace Them" set to take place on August 12, 2021 at 10:10 a.m., Craig will be joined by fellow thought leaders, Bob Bowman of The Wendy's Company, Sanjay Shivpuri of Markel, and Joseph Menello as they delve into this important discussion.

The panelists will discuss common pitfalls in communicating with employee witnesses, obtaining their "buy in" to the defense, and the importance of interviewing them early as well of maintaining a line of communication and checking in often. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a roundtable discussion on how each specific type of employee witness should be handled through all stages of litigation, depending on the individual facts and circumstances of the case.

Craig Derrig is the Managing Partner of WSHB's Chicago office. He is a civil litigator who focuses his practice on defending product liability, transportation, premises liability, environmental, and complex commercial matters. He is especially accomplished at defending and consulting corporate clients in trucking and product liability accidents across the U.S. Craig's commercial experience includes breach of contract and related breach of warranty disputes. He has trial experience in Illinois state and federal courts and has defended firm clients at numerous arbitration hearings and mediations. Craig has a built track record of success and represents Fortune 500 companies and some of the largest insurance carriers in the United States.

The CLM Annual Conference is the premier annual event for professionals in the claims and litigation management industries. The conference is a colossal mix of interactive educational sessions and social networking events. Participants can select from more than 100 collaborative educational sessions focused on all facets of the industry. This year’s CLM Annual Conference is being held on August 11-13, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

About Wood Smith Henning & Berman:

WSHB is a full service litigation firm with offices throughout the United States. The firm has tried over 1,000 cases to verdict, and is internationally recognized for its exceptionally high rate of success. Since the firm’s inception in 1997 by trial lawyers David Wood, Kevin Smith, Stephen Henning and Daniel Berman, WSHB has been known as the national “go to” firm for complex civil litigation in professional liability, employment, commercial, medical malpractice and healthcare, construction, environmental, real estate, transportation, subrogation, toxic tort, cybersecurity and intellectual property litigation. Additionally, WSHB also regularly handles first and third party coverage issues for the London market. The firm has been named one of the top four law firms in the nation for female lawyers, and one of the top ten in the nation for diversity. WSHB’s lawyers take pride in each and every case and all ultimate results. Most of all, WSHB is proud of their organic growth which translates into consistent results and handling office to office.

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