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Managing Partner Jeff Eberhard Speaks at 2016 Annual CLM Conference in Orlando

Held each spring, the CLM Annual Conference features more than 80 collaborative educational sessions and keynote presentations designed by industry professionals to help attendees gain the knowledge they need to be on the forefront of the industry. Attendance at the Annual Conference is limited to 1,800 individuals and is balanced among CLM Members and Fellows. This year the annual conference was held in Orlando, Florida, and Managing Partner, Jeff Eberhard led a session on “Claims Management – Same-Sex Marriage, Open Carry and Weed”.

The discussion focused on how these new legal concepts (via Supreme Court decisions and new legislation) will affect the way in which tort/injury/death claims may be evaluated in the future and the types of unique new claims we can expect. Now that same-sex marriage is the law of the land, that will obviously open up a new group of litigants in wrongful death cases, as well as consortium claims. With open carry, we may see a variety of new tort claims. Now that marijuana has been legalized in some states, there may be an increase in tort claims related to impairment issues. We examined how new legislation and new laws have the potential to change the landscape of tort claims generally, so that claim resolution professionals and defense counsel can plan ahead for possible new issues and potential liability exposures.

About the CLM: The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) promotes and furthers the highest standards of claims and litigation management and brings together the thought leaders in both industries. CLM’s Members and Fellows include risk and litigation managers, insurance and claims professionals, corporate counsel, outside counsel and third party vendors. The CLM sponsors educational programs, provides resources and fosters communication among all in the industry. To learn more about the CLM, please visit

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