WWM Partner Promotions

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WWM is pleased to announce the promotion of Kyle T. Geiger and Jeremy D. Kerman to partner.

Kyle is a trial lawyer with nearly a decade of experience handling catastrophic injury and death claims. He has extensive experience in representing corporate and individual clients in defending products liability, negligence, premise liability, medical malpractice and other tort cases. He values identifying and managing risk for his clients at the earliest stages of litigation. Kyle grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and has resided in the City of Chicago since graduating from law school. In his free time, Kyle enjoys running, traveling, watching the Chicago Cubs and spending time with his Goldendoodle, Teddi.

Jeremy prides himself on being thorough, thoughtful, prompt, and persistent in his handling of insurance coverage and commercial litigation matters. Jeremy has handled hundreds of D&O, E&O, and cyber claims, and has represented clients in insurance arbitrations, as well as in federal and state court trials and mediations. Jeremy also founded the Kerman’s Korner podcast https://plusblog.org/author/jkerman. When not in the courtroom, Jeremy can be found on the softball field, poorly singing along to classic rock songs on the radio, or mapping out his next hiking excursion.

Kerman’s Korner: Know When It’s Time to Stop Talking

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Time for another Kerman’s Korner podcast!  In this installment, I reminisce about my first solo trial and how it taught me that sometimes you can accomplish more with silence than you can with words…even lawyers.  Especially lawyers. 

Here is the link to the episode: https://plusblog.org/2018/04/04/know-when-its-time-to-stop-talking/

Previous episodes of Kerman’s Korner can be found at: https://plusblog.org/author/jkerman.

The Other Side of the Bitcoin: Doxxing, Ransomware, and Implications for D&O Policies

For those of you who were not able to attend the PLUS-sponsored webinar back in October featuring Special Agent Eric Shiffman of the FBI, Shannon Clark from Chubb, and WWM’s own Jeremy Kerman, please check out the recording of the webinar here: https://vimeo.com/237924010.  If you are interested in learning a bit more about Bitcoin, doxxing, ransomware, and implications for D&O policies, then there is something to learn from the webinar!

Please Join Jeremy Kerman at 2017 PLUS Conference in Atlanta, GA November 1-3

If you are attending the 2017 PLUS Conference in Atlanta, Georgia next week, please plan to join Jeremy Kerman of Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP November 2nd, at 3:45pm for the panel “Ransomware Attacks! A Survival Guide.”

Moderator: Matt Prevost, RPLU, Senior Vice President, Chubb

Panelists:
Jeremy Batterman, Associate Director Incident Response, Navigant
Dan Burke, Vice President, Technology Product Head, Hiscox
Shannon Groeber, Senior Vice President, JLT Specialty USA
Jeremy Kerman, Attorney, Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP

Please click here to register: http://plus.sensov.com/s/jeremy-kerman

Giving Back at the YMCA’s Produce Day

01471757On Friday October 13, staff and attorneys from WWM volunteered to work the YMCA’s Produce Day at Arthur A. Libby Elementary School.  The monthly event is a collaboration between the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, created to bring fresh produce to this area of the city known to be a “food desert”.  WWM joined with YMCA workers and other volunteers in unloading, sorting, packaging and distributing donated produce and other perishable items to the area’s low-income seniors and families.  It was hard but rewarding work and WWM was privileged once again to be assisting the YMCA and GCFD in this worthy cause.

Webinar on Mandatory NYS Cybersecurity Regulations

Is Your Strategy in Place to Meet the NYS DFS Regulation?

Understanding New York State’s required cybersecurity policies and procedures, how these new regulations apply to you, and what you need to do to become compliant can all be confusing and overwhelming. To help you through this process, Citrin Cooperman and Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP hosted an informational webinar to walk you through the complexities of this new regulation.

Key questions answered, include:

  • What’s required under the new regulation?
  • Does this new regulation apply to you?
  • How will you comply with this new regulation?
  • What are the consequences of not complying?

If you are a financial services company or individual regulated, licensed, or supervised by the New York State Department of Financial Services and have questions or concerns about complying with this new regulation, don’t miss this webinar.

To download a copy of the presentation, please click here.

To listen the recording of the webinar, please click here.

To download the NYS DFS summary document, please click here.

PRESENTED BY:
DAVID ROSENBAUM, Principal, Citrin Cooperman
JEREMY KERMAN, Attorney, Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP
CELESTE KING, Founding Partner, Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP

TEXAS LEGISLATURE PASSES HB 1774 (UPDATE)

By: Kristine M. Sorenson & David E. Walker

House Bill 1774 was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on May 26, 2017 and becomes effective on September 1, 2017.  The new law has three sections.  The first section pertains to pre-suit notice requirements and settlement negotiations.  The second section pertains to the amount of interest owed on weather-related property claims that are not promptly paid. The third section creates a new subchapter of the Texas Insurance Code, § 542A, which applies to weather-related property claims.

FOR HURRICANE HARVEY:

This law does not apply to flood insurance policies administered by FEMA under the National Flood Insurance Program.  The Fifth Circuit has held that federal law preempts state claims arising from the handling of flood insurance claims, including claims brought under the Texas Insurance Code.  Wright v. Allstate Ins. Co., 415 F.3d 384, 390 (5th Cir. 2005).

Highlights of the new law can be found in our client alert.

Click here for client alert.

WWM Hosts Career Exploration Lunch With YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Young Parents Program

On March 21, 2017, WWM employees in a wide range of positions and with diverse backgrounds shared their stories and advice with a group of young women participating in YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Young Parents Program. The Program, available to pregnant or parenting teens on Chicago’s South Side, promotes healthy parenting and one-on-one support including home visitation, peer mentoring, and education and career advice. Over a lively lunch discussion, the group talked about the different roles that make up a law firm ranging from legal and paralegal positions to human resource management and accounting. WWM employees provided beneficial insight into their individual pathways through not only education but also mentorship, networking and prior jobs.

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