Professional Notes & Events

  • Dec 28, 2011 - Health Insurance Rescission Case Upheld by California Appellate Court
    On Wednesday, December 28, 2011, the First District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's granting of summary judgment in Hagan v. California Physicians' Service dba Blue Shield of California, et al, Case No. A130809 (unpublished), a health insurance rescission matter.

    The matter was handled by Barger & Wolen Senior Partners John M. LeBlanc and Sandra Weishart, Senior Associates Ophir Johna and Vivian Orlando, and Greg Pimstone of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.

  • Nov 30, 2011 - Michael Newman to Present at ACI’s 22nd Annual Bad Faith Conference
    Los Angeles partner Michael Newman will participate on a panel discussion, "Discovery: Limiting its Scope, Responding Efficiently to Expansive Orders, Protecting Privileges, Preparing Company Witnesses for Depositions and More," at the American Conference Institute's (ACI) 22nd National Advanced Forum on Bad Faith Litigation (November 30 - December 1, 2011 | Orlando, Fl).
  • Nov 01, 2011 - U.S. News & World Report & Best Lawyers Names Barger & Wolen to Their Best Law Firms List

    Barger & Wolen is proud to announce that the firm has received a first-tier ranking in the 2011-2012 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey for our regional Los Angeles insurance law practice. The firm is also recognized for our national insurance law practice as well.

    In addition, partners Kent R. Keller and Royal F. Oakes are listed for their work in Insurance Law.

    “Barger & Wolen continues to be honored by our inclusion in US News & World Report and Best Lawyers’ ranking for the second year in a row,” said Steven H. Weinstein, chairman for Barger & Wolen. “Receiving this national recognition for the work our firm is doing validates for us that we truly are providing the quality legal services our clients’ demand, while maintaining the competitive price structure the insurance industry seeks.”

    About the Survey

    U.S. News & World Report uses data compiled by Best Lawyers to produce their Best Law Firms rankings. Best Lawyers combines hard data with peer reviews, and client assessments to produce their annual reports.

    Rankings of 75 national practice areas are included in U.S. News & World Report’s Money issue, available November 15, with the full results available online today here.

  • Sep 21, 2011 - David McMahon to Present at Council on Litigation Mangement
    David McMahon will participate on a panel, Claims and Litigation: On the Front Line, for the Council on Litigation Management on Wednesday, September 21st in San Francisco, CA. For more information, and to register for this complimentary program, please click here.
  • Jul 28, 2011 - Robert Hogeboom to Present at ACIC Annual Conferencel
    Robert Hogeboom will present "SB 631 Restitution" with Ken Cooley, California State Senate Insurance Committee and Delia M. Chilgren, D. C. Consulting at the 22nd Annual Association of California Insurance Companies' (ACIC) General Counsel Seminar to be held at the Encore Las Vegas (July 27-29, 2011).
  • Jul 28, 2011 - Kent Keller to Present at ACIC Annual Conference
    Kent Keller will present To MacKay and Beyond: The End of the “Dual System” of Rate Regulation and What Lies Ahead at the 22nd Annual Association of California Insurance Companies' (ACIC) General Counsel Seminar to be held at the Encore Las Vegas (July 27-29, 2011).
  • Jun 15, 2011 - Former President of Association of California Insurance Companies Joins Barger & Wolen

    imageSam Sorich, the former president of the Association of California Insurance Companies (ACIC), California’s longest established property/casualty insurance trade association, joins Barger & Wolen as Of Counsel on June 15, 2011. Mr. Sorich, who has been in the insurance industry for more than 30 years, will also open and head the law firm’s new Sacramento office.

    “After my retirement from the ACIC, I was looking for an opportunity to continue to serve the insurance industry and its customers. Joining Barger & Wolen was the perfect opportunity to do that,” Sam Sorich says. “Barger & Wolen is an extraordinary firm that has incredible presence and influence in the insurance industry and has successfully represented many of ACIC’s 300 members.”
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  • Apr 06, 2011 - Upcoming Webinar: Attorney Conflicts of Interest: Identifying and Resolving Ethical Pitfalls
    On April 6, 2011, David J. McMahon will be a panel participant on Strafford Publication's webinar "Attorney Conflicts of Interest: Identifying and Resolving Ethical Pitfalls: Strategies to Minimize the Risk of Ethics Violations and Malpractice Claims." For more information, or to register for the CLE event, please click here.
  • Mar 23, 2011 - Panel Presentation: Crisis Management: A Primer on Crisis Response and Prevention

    Barger & Wolen partner David J. McMahon will lead a roundtable discussion on Crisis Management: A Primer on Crisis Response and Prevention at the 2011 Council on Litigation Management Annual Conference, (March 23-25 | New Orleans, LA).

    Program Description:

    A crisis is a severe, unexpected situation that threatens to harm a business, its shareholders or the general public.

    The objectives of the roundtable are to provide a primer on crisis response and prevention through five hypothetical cases studies.

    The case studies will illustrate how crisis management specialists, public relations professionals, legal counsel and other in-house professionals can be effective players in crisis response, prevention and planning.

    Joining Mr. McMahon will be Rhonda Barnat, Abernathy MacGregor Group, Warren Perkins, Jr., Boh Bros. Construction Co. L.L.C. and Frank Vasek, Chartis Insurance.

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