F R E Q U E N T L Y A S K E D Q U E S T I O N S

Mediation

Q: What differentiates you as a mediator?

A: I was trained in Advanced Mediation at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law. I have been actively involved in over one thousand mediations in varying capacities. A number of these cases involved eight figure settlements. As National Director of Major Litigation at St. Paul Insurance Companies, I was able to observe the skills of top mediators from all areas of the country in resolving cases. I continue my education to stay abreast of new techniques and issues in the mediation field. I will be attending "Mediating the Complex Case: Process Design, Expert and Party Management and Insurance Coverage" at Pepperdine University.

The Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court appointed me to The Supreme Court of Georgia's Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution.
In my various positions with St. Paul, and as a mediator, I have concluded 100's of cases in ranges up to and including eight figured settlements.

Consulting

Q: Why would I consider your services as a consultant in a case that I have?

A: I can bring to the table a value added service based on my experience in the insurance industry as well as my experience as a mediator.

During the consulting process I can assist in evaluation, negotiation, resolution strategy, and attend mediations. I will make the best possible use of my expertise in these areas with the goal of an early settlement, or a good result if tried.

I have extensive experience in working with jury consulting providers. I can assist you in the selection of these services, as well as coordination of mock trials. I can assist with cost containment at all levels of this process.

I am one of very few professionals who can offer a unique service based on experience from a background in insurance, mediation, and structured settlements.

Structured Settlements

Q: You are now involved in the structured settlement process. Tell us about that.

A: At the urging of several members of the bar, I have obtained my license, and I am now affiliated with The Pension Company. The Pension Company is a leading national provider of comprehensive financial services for injured claimants in legal actions.

I was one of the first in the insurance industry in Georgia to conclude cases using structured settlements. I introduced this concept to the Georgia defense and plaintiff bar in 1980. I was a speaker at the State Bar of Georgia, and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association on this subject.


Q: Can this be incorporated in the consulting process?

A: Yes. My consulting services are pro bono if the case settles with a structured settlement.

Q: Can you represent either side in this process?

A: Yes. In the early usage of Structured Settlements only the defendant provided the structured settlement agent to assist both sides in getting the cases resolved. As the concept developed, Structured Settlements became a very serious viable tool. The plaintiff now retains their own agent to assist in compiling important information that will be used to evaluate and prepare the proposals that are presented and offered. In these situations, the agents work together to assure that the case is concluded in a manner that is satisfactory to both the plaintiff and the defendant. Working through The Pension Company, I am able to seek out the best pricing among all Life Insurance Companies to get the best structure for your clients.

My experience and knowledge allows me to represent either party, defendant or plaintiff. Expert Witness

Q: Can you serve as an expert witness?

A: Yes, I have extensive experience in all aspects of claim handling policies and procedures. I have been retained as an expert witness in a number of cases. They involved verdicts; coverage issues; bad faith claim handling, and other insurance related issues. References furnised upon request.

I am actively engaged in a number of "Bad Faith" claims including excess of policy limits suits. References available upon request.

I also have experience and knowledge about the mediation process, and confidentiality agreements. This is a new and emerging issue with the law, and would be glad to discuss the various specific aspects as they evolve. I have been involved in cases with all of these issues.


Q: Can Structured Settlements be incorporated in the consulting process?

A: Yes. My consulting services are pro bono if the case settles with a Structured Settlement.



Q: Can you represent either side in this process?

A: Yes. In the early usage of Structured Settlements only the defendant provided the structured settlement agent to assist both sides in getting the cases resolved. As the concept developed, Structured Settlements became a very serious viable tool. The plaintiff now retains their own agent to assist in compiling important information that will be used to evaluate and prepare the proposals that are presented and offered. In these situations, the agents work together to assure that the case is concluded in a manner that is satisfactory to both the plaintiff and the defendant. Working through The Pension Company, I am able to seek out the best pricing among all Life Insurance Companies to obtain the best structure for your clients.

My experience and knowledge allows me to represent either party, defendant or plaintiff.


EXPERT WITNESS

Q: Can you serve as an expert witness?

A: Yes. I have extensive experience in all aspects of claim handling policies and procedures.

I also have experience and knowledge about the mediation process, and confidentiality agreements. This is a new and emerging issue with the law. I would be glad to discuss the various, specific aspects as they evolve. I have been involved in cases with all of these issues.

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