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On Demand

I Have Insurance? Coverage Basics for the In-House Attorney

Practice Areas:
Insurance Law
Philip Cook |  Bernard Bell |  Gaye Montgomery
Course Levels:
1 hour
Audio and Video
Original Program Date :
Jul 06, 2018

Course Description

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Course Description

This course is designed for the in-house attorney who does not regularly advice their client on risk management and insurance coverage issues.  Whether confronting unexpected losses to company property, learning of a dispute that has arisen with a customer or vendor, receiving a subpoena or investigative demand from a governmental entity, or having a complaint naming the company as a defendant served, insurance often comes into the picture.  This course will describe the difference between first-party and third-party insurance, explain basic features of each type of insurance, cover basic insurance policy components and terms, identify specialty insurance that should be considered, and offer helpful practice pointers for in-house counsel when they encounter situations where insurance coverage might be relevant, should be considered, and steps they can take taken to enhance and protect possible coverage.

Course Learning Objectives:

 At the end of this session/webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the various types of insurance and what they typically cover
2. Become familiar with insurance policies, their components and their terms
3. Learn how to analyze the potential for coverage – whether first-party loss or third-party liability
4. Understand the duty to defend and its implications
5. Discuss steps that can be taken to comply with any duties the policyholder might have and to avoid prejudicing potential coverage

Topics and Agenda

  • Mins 1-5: Introduction
  • Mins 5-15: Topic 1 – First-party and third-party (liability) insurance
  • Mins 16-35: Topic 2 – Characteristics of liability insurance / policies
  • Mins 36-40: Topic 3 – Being defended under a liability policy
  • Mins 41-50: Topic 4 – Policyholder duties and preserving coverage
  • Mins 51-60: Closing Remarks

CLE Credits

Mandatory CLE Credit

This program may be eligible for a total of 1 CLE credit(s) in a 60 minute state of which 0  are Ethics credits.

This program may be eligible for a total of 1.2 CLE credit(s) in a 50 minute state of which 0  are Ethics credits.




This course has been approved for 1 MCLE General Credit(s) in California of which 0 are Legal Ethics, 0 are Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, 0 are Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse/Mental Illness that Impairs Professional Competence.


This course has been approved for 1 MCLE General Credit(s) in Illinois of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Professional Responsibility credit.


Select Counsel is an approved provider in the State of Pennsylvania. This course has been approved for 1 CLE Credit(s) in Pennsylvania of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Ethics credit.


This course has been approved for 1 MCLE Credit(s) in Texas of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Ethics credit.


This course has been approved for 1 CLE Credit(s) in Washington of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Ethics credit.

Other MCLE Jurisdictions

Reciprocal States: The following jurisdictions allow reciprocity for courses approved in other MCLE jurisdictions:Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, and Oregon.

Self Reporting States: States that allow an attorney to apply or self-report CLE credit are: Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Course Materials


Philip Cook's Profile

Philip Cook Related seminars and products: 2

The Cook Law Firm, P.C.

The Cook Law Firm was founded on the premise that the most effective and successful litigators certainly master the law that applies to a dispute, but also bring the broader view of trial lawyers and counselors when handling different types of cases. Judges and juries who will decide your case are likely not experts in your industry, your business, or your products. A trial lawyer makes a compelling case for the courtroom decision-maker to see things your way. The Cook Law Firm provides a conflict-free alternative to big law firms for a wide array of plaintiffs and defendants. We have the perspective and skill set that corporate America expects from its attorneys, but deliver a more flexible, cost-effective, and responsive solution to litigation challenges.

PRACTICE FOCUS: Insurance Law | Litigation and Dispute Resolution
PRIOR ROLES/EXPERIENCE: Jones Day  |  Skadden Arps
LAW SCHOOL: University of California-Los Angeles
LOCATION: Los Angeles

Bernard Bell's Profile

Bernard Bell Related seminars and products: 1

Miller Friel, PLLC

Lead lawyer recovering insurance for policyholders in disputed claims -- by negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation -- and across full range of claims and products, including: property damage and business interruption; D&O/E&O and other management liability; builders risk; employment (EPLI); pollution legal liability; fiduciary (ERISA); products and completed operations; food contamination and recall; reps and warranties (R&W) and tax position.

PRIOR ROLES/EXPERIENCEHeller Ehrman   |  Jones Day  |  Swidler Berlin
LAW SCHOOL: Fordham University
LOCATION: Washington, DC

Gaye Montgomery's Profile

Gaye Montgomery Related seminars and products: 2


Montgomery Compliance Law PLLC

Gaye C. Montgomery is an attorney and mom to two adult children.  She is also the founding member of Montgomery Compliance Law PLLC (, a risk and compliance advisory practice that she formed after retiring from Altria Client Services, a Fortune 200 company.  

During her 20-year career with Altria, she spent more than ten years on the law department’s leadership team and led a number of law department practice groups, including Global Compliance; International Sales & Marketing; Sales; Sales & Marketing; Marketing, Communications & Corporate Responsibility; and Employment.  

Prior to joining Altria, Gaye was an associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City, which she joined after a judicial clerkship with a U.S. District Court Judge.

Gaye received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, after which she worked for three years as a Systems Engineer before leaving to attend Yale Law School from which she received her J.D. degree.

Gaye is admitted to practice in New York, Virginia and the District of Columbia and is a Solicitor in the United Kingdom.  Gaye holds several professional certifications in board governance, cyber security oversight and information management.

Gaye serves on several nonprofit boards and is actively involved in her church, where she serves on the Deacon Board and sings in the choir. 

PRACTICE FOCUS: Regulatory Compliance | Corporate and Securities | Data Privacy
PRIOR ROLES/EXPERIENCESimpson Thacher & Bartlett
LAW SCHOOL: Yale University
LOCATION: Richmond, Virginia

MCLE Information for On-Demand

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Select Counsel is an approved accredited provider for in the state of Pennsylvania.  CLE credit is available for all Select Counsel courses. 

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Select Counsel has applied for course approval in CA, IL, OH, TX and WA.The following states allow attorneys to earn CLE credit through reciprocity from a course or course provider that meets the basic requirements for approval in that state.  States that allow reciprocity for courses approved in other jurisdictions below.  Click any of the states  below for rules and regulations regarding reciprocity in that  below state.

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At this time, Kansas requires the sponsor of all non-traditional format courses to submit the program application. (Kansas will not accept an application from an individual lawyer).

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For each on-demand seminar, Select Counsel will be tracking your attendance through participation codes that pop up during the presentation. Instructions on how to use these participation codes, along with information about how to retrieve your credit will be provided to you prior, during and after the completion of the program.

Upon completion of the course you will receive a either a state specific certificate of attendance for the courses that Select Counsel applied for or a Uniform Certificate of Attendance for states that have reciprocity or are self applying/reporting states.  

State by State reporting instructions will be included with each certificate of attendance. You will receive this information via email, as well as in a handout that can be accessed before, during and after the course in your customer account.

Participation Reporting

Select Counsel only applies for course approval in the following states: CA, IL, OH, TX, and WA and is an accredited provider in PA.  Select Counsel will report attendance in any of the above states (e.g. PA) that require the provider to report attendance.  For states that allow course approval reciprocity and/or that attorneys are self-reporting/applying, Select Counsel will guide you to the appropriate forms and governing bodies. All information about reporting credit to your state will be provided as a hand out prior, during and after the completion of the course.

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