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  • Description
    Ethical obligations exist in practically every industry, but few are bound by them quite the way the legal system is. These obligations extend even in the realm of no-fault litigation, where theoretically, the lines of culpability have been clearly and pre-emptively drawn. In fact, in an area where legal lines can sometimes be blurred, ethical obligations may prove even more critical. This CLE course will offer a thorough explanation of the ethical obligations of no-fault litigation such as how to create clear and open lines of communication without the benefit of the standard attorney/client relationship, how to create effective retainer agreements and how to minimize and avoid potential conflicts of interest. Special attention will be paid to the issue of confidentiality and client advertising and solicitation. The course will then review, in detail, issues such as: • Privileged Communications • Lack of Cooperation by the Insured • Punitive Damages • Excess Letter • Intentional Acts • Reservation of Rights • Multiple Insured’s • Adverse Representation • Coverage Questions
  • Instructor Bio

    Gail Ritzert

    Gail L. Ritzert focuses her practice on insurance coverage and insurance defense matters, concentrating in both the coverage and defense of catastrophic injury cases arising from construction accidents, products and premises defects, transportation claims, and the defense of municipalities and schools. She works closely with national construction and electrical contractors, real estate developers, property managers and franchisors. She serves as regional counsel handling transportation claims for a national conglomerate, and works with interstate trucking concerns to develop risk management protocols and litigation strategy. She also utilizes her training and experience in the representation of pre-school, primary and secondary educational and technical institutions against claims arising from their instructional programs, student supervision, extra-curricular activities, intramural and interscholastic athletics, and student placement.

    A highly experienced trial attorney, Gail has tried numerous cases to successful conclusions in all courts in the New York metropolitan area. Gail has also served as the regional seminar coordinator for one of the largest domestic insurers. Gail is a frequent lecturer and has spoken extensively for the Defense Research Institute, the Defense Association of New York, the National Business Institute, the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association on topics including construction law and trial strategies, catastrophic injuries, litigation of insurance coverage disputes, medical malpractice, supplemental underinsurance and uninsured motorist claims and ethics. She is a past president of the Defense Association of New York and has served as the New York State representative to the Defense Research Institute.

    Gail graduated cum laude from Pfeiffer College in 1982, received a Master’s Degree in Education from Frostburg State University in 1986 and her Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law in 1989. She is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, and before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.