Winners to be announced at 2015 CLM Annual Conference

Los Angeles, California – March 12, 2015 - Daniel A. Berman, Founding and Managing Partner at Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP, is a finalist for the 2015 CLM Professionals of the Year. The finalists and winners of this prestigious award will be honored at the 2015 Claims & Litigation Management Alliance Annual Conference on March 25th in Palm Desert, CA.

Berman is one of four national finalists in the Outside Counsel category. Finalists were chosen from a record number of nominations based on their commitment to the profession, leadership in the industry, and contribution to the success of their company or clients. Members of the CLM Advisory Board will select one winner in each of the three categories, which include Claim Management, Litigation Management, and Outside Counsel.

“This is a huge honor for both Dan and the firm,” said Stephen Henning, one of the co-founders of WSHB. “This is a peer-based nomination, which means Dan was selected not only by clients but by other lawyers.  His hard work as managing partner has fueled the growth of the firm into a national trial powerhouse all while he handles a full case load of extremely complex litigation with skill, creativity and strategic success.”

Berman co-founded and has served for the past 8 years as the Managing Partner of Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman. During his tenure, WSHB has steadily grown to a 160 attorney law firm with 17 offices throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Oregon and Washington.  Berman has been intimately involved with the management of the firm from its inception, overseeing the firm’s strategic and financial operations.  Representing Fortune 500 companies, major US and foreign insurers, and preeminent members of the business and entertainment communities, Berman is a recognized authority on commercial and business litigation. He carries the highest "A-V" rating by Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected a California “Super Lawyer” over a dozen times. Most recently, Berman and the firm was shortlisted as a finalist for the 2015 MPF Global Awards in the “Best Managed National Firm” category. The MPF Awards are an integral part of the MPF International Management Excellence Summit, in association with Harvard Business Review and Financial Times.

Berman’s areas of expertise include the defense and prosecution of claims involving professional liability, real estate, intellectual property, business litigation, and construction-related issues. Berman has tried numerous cases to verdict, has served as a court appointed arbitrator and mediator, and has served as monitoring and coordinating counsel for client matters litigated throughout the United States.

The 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 number more than 25,000 and 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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