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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.

IL Appellate Court Finds No Controversy Over Duty To Defend When Defending Under ROR

By: Joyce F. Noyes & Kyle T. Geiger

Byer Clinic and Chiropractic, Ltd, et al. v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., et al. (Ill.App. Mar. 12, 2013)

Insurance companies should take note of a recent decision by the First District of the Illinois appellate court, in which the Court held that a declaratory judgment action filed by an injured party against an insurer is not ripe during the time the insurer is defending the insured tortfeasor subject to a reservation of rights.  The decision is noteworthy because the Court adopted a standard that an actual controversy over insurance coverage does not arise until an insurer denies a defense or otherwise denies coverage, even if it is defending under a reservation of rights.  This ruling will allow insurers to pick the forum for coverage fights because insurers in effect have been granted the authority to determine when a coverage dispute arises. Continue reading