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What do Mike Mills, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Independent Counsel Have in Common?

As reported a few weeks ago, your favorite Nevada Insurance, Coverage and Trucking law blogger, Mike Mills of Bauman, Lowe, Witt and Maxwell was asked to present at the annual Defense Research Institute (DRI) annual Insurance Claims and Coverage Institute conference.  The conference convened in Chicago in April.

Mike presented “Evolution of Independent Counsel: The Nevada Experience” to almost 500 DRI members and attendees including defense & coverage counsel and insurance claims professionals.  Mike highlighted the recent Nevada case of State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Hansen, 131 Nev. Adv. Op. 74, 357 P.3d 338 (2015).  He used Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups© to teach an object lesson about of the foundation behind the idea of independent counsel and how that idea functions in various states.  He explained how Nevada has followed California’s Cumis model of independent counsel and discussed issues yet to be resolved. [Continue reading]

Eat Lunch with the Judges and Improve Your Practice

Free Lunch

Who says that there is no free lunch?  On the second Tuesday of every month in Courtroom 15D or 15B at 12:05 PM, lunch is free and the conversation is lively at the Civil Bench Bar meetings.  The Nevada office of Bauman Loewe Witt & Maxwell had … [Continue reading]

Mills of BLWM Slated to Speak at DRI’s Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute

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Mike Mills will speak at DRI’s Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute which is scheduled for April 6 – 9, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  The Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute is known as “DRI’s flagship seminar” for coverage counsel, defense … [Continue reading]

Mills Contributes to DRI’s 2016 Duty to Defend Compendium

Duty to Defend Compendium

DRI has honored Mike Mills by selecting him to contribute to its 2016 Duty to Defend Compendium. DRI turns to it most respected members from across the country to author state-specific sections to all of its Compendia. Mike Mills was selected to … [Continue reading]

Once An Insured Proves Coverage, The Burden Shifts To the Insurer To Prove An Exception Or Exclusion

In Nevada Insurance Coverage lore, Victor Havas is legend. Cases involving Mr. Havas answer so many insurance coverage questions.  What duty does an insurance agent owe to a customer? Havas v. Carter, 515 P.2d 397, 89 Nev. 497 (1973). For more … [Continue reading]