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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.

Comments from attendees included:

“It will be interesting to see where Nevada goes from here.”

“Thanks for the great, informative presentation.”



Mike will also be presenting much of his well researched material to the Las Vegas Defense Lawyers (LVDL) in the fall and has also created The Nevada Cumis/Independent Counsel Easy Reference Guide.

If your insurance company or professional association might benefit from learning about the Evolution and Implementation of Independent Counsel in Nevada, you may contact Mike Mills at 702-240-6060 or