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History, and perhaps your own experience, has proven that anything can happen at trial. So when your organization is forced to wage the big courtroom battle, the legal talent necessary to win must be experienced committed and focused.

Our Senior Trial Group can help you manage your most complex and challenging litigation.

Managing high-stakes, precedent-setting litigation is a formidable undertaking in an era when juries commonly award verdicts in the millions of dollars, including punitive damages against corporations and corporate executives. Company leaders need to exercise sound judgment when determining whether legal cases should be tried to a jury or directed toward dispute resolution. In addition to the cost of litigation and potential high-dollar exposure, executives must consider integrity of brand and reputation, as well as issues related to overall economic security.

Wilson Elser’s Senior Trial Group members are among the most skilled and experienced trial lawyers in the United States. During their lengthy careers, these attorneys have litigated and tried a wide range of highly complex cases. Collectively, they have tried more than 500 cases to verdict in state and federal courts and administrative tribunals in virtually every region of the country.

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Punitive Damages Based on Gross Negligence: Massachusetts Bucks the Trend
Christopher P. Flanagan,Christopher J. Seusing, December 16, 2013
In the recent decision in Aleo v. SLB Toys USA, Inc., 466 Mass. 398 (2013), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) found that an $18 million punitive damages award based on gross negligence was not grossly excessive or violative of due process. As one of eight states that permit punitive...

Recent U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Supports Forum Selection Clauses in Interstate Contracts
William K. Enger,Tracy J. Luu-Varnes, December 13, 2013
On December 3, 2013, the United States Supreme Court in a unanimous decision made an important ruling that supports forum selection clauses in interstate contracts. In Atlantic Marine Construction Co., Inc. v. United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, et. al. (12-929,...

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claim against Insurer for Indemnification or a Defense for a Privacy Claim under a Professional Liability Policy
Richard L. Reiter, November 14, 2013
On October 22, 2013, in The Zodiac Group, Inc. v. Axis Surplus Insurance Co., the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of The Zodiac Group’s (Zodiac’s) claim against its insurer for indemnification or a defense under a...

Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules Provide Some Relief from the Fear of Sanctions in ESI, But Preservation Best Practices Remain the Same
Kathleen A. Daly, November 14, 2013
Many potential litigants have been aggressive in their preservation of electronically stored information (ESI) to diminish the risk of spoliation sanctions - a risk driven by courts that have imposed sanctions with little or no showing of either intent to destroy ESI or prejudice to the opposing...

Court Confirms the Limited Duty of an Insurance Broker to Procure Only Coverage Requested by the Insured
John R. Clifford,Edward P. Garson,Ian A. Stewart, November 11, 2013
Recently, in San Diego Assemblers v. Work Comp for Less Insurance Services, Inc. (October 4, 2013, CA Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District), the court upheld the granting of summary judgment on behalf of a broker on the grounds that it breached no legal duty to its client. The court rejected...

Recent Court Decisions Concerning Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Can Assist Insurers in Defending Regulatory Audits and Future Litigation
William T. Bogaert,Sandy M. McDermott, November 11, 2013
Perhaps the most significant litigation, regulatory and compliance issues facing life insurance companies can be found in the unclaimed property audits, multi-state regulatory settlements and class action lawsuits surrounding unclaimed life insurance benefits. With the assistance of third-party...

“Savings Clause” Still Threatens ERISA Plan Limitations
Laura E. Fannon,Adrienne C. Publicover, November 04, 2013
In Kentucky Association of Health Plans v. Miller, 538 U.S. 329 (2003), the United States Supreme Court restructured the ERISA preemption analysis and reaffirmed the holding in Unum Life Ins. Co. v. Ward, 526 U.S. 358 (1999), that California’s notice-prejudice rule was saved from preemption....

Change in Illinois Code of Civil Procedure Results in Strict Payment Deadlines for Settling Defendants
Loren S. Cohen, November 04, 2013
On August 26, 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn approved a legislative measure designed to hold settling defendants’ feet to the fire in making timely settlement payments in those cases alleging personal injury, property damage, wrongful death or tortious conduct involving a claim for money...